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Literature: Connecting to Ancient Civilizations

These sites are about fictions related to ancient civilizations and includes reviews and activity ideas. There is also a literature circle guide for the ancient civilization theme. Includes links to eThemes resources on the Ancient Civilizations of China, Maya, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome, Ancient Western Civilizations, Egypt, Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and book activities.


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Read two summaries of the epic, "short version" and "detailed version," both very readable.
This lesson plan provides a guide for classroom activities, discussion questions, and vocabulary.
These hands-on activities can be used to supplement almost any book. Includes class activities to increase reading comprehension and vocabulary. Includes a link to eThemes Resource on story elements.
Learn about the ancient civilization of the China. Read about their daily life, history, dynasties, and ancient celebrations. See the art and the Great Wall. Learn about Confucius and Chinese women as warriors.
These websites are about the Mayas and their culture. There are lesson plans, maps, timelines, quizzes, and cartoons. There is information about their culture, government, religion, and more. Includes a link to an eTheme on Ancient Civilizations.
Explore the ancient civilization of the Mesopotamia. Read about their writing system, counting, and math system. See the art, culture, and history of this ancient civilization as well as the Assyrians from Northen Mesopotamia. Included is an interactive website about the temples of Sumer, Babylon and Assyria. Read an overview about the gods and goddesses of ancient Sumer. See beautiful pictures of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. There is also a site that explains Hammurabi??s Code and gives students sample situations to solve using the code.
These sites have information about the people, architecture, government, and daily life in ancient Greece. View images of Greek ruins, learn the Greek alphabet, and read about the famous city of Athens. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on mythology.
Learn about daily life in ancient Rome. Topics include architecture, food, Roman baths, roads, clothing, and more. Includes photographs of ancient art and Roman ruins, including the Colosseum and Circus Maximus.
Explore the ancient civilizations of the Maya, Inca, Aztec, Cahokia, and Anasazi. Includes pictures, audio clips of music, and 360-degree virtual realities.
These sites have information about Ancient Egyptian culture, society, and geography. Topics include the people, art treasures, hieroglyphic messages, mummies, and more. Includes links to eThemes Resources on Egyptian Pyramids and Modern Culture.
Learn all about the seven wonders of the ancient world. See paintings and sketches that show what the six lost wonders may have looked like, plus view photos of the only remaining wonder, the Pyramid of Giza. Includes lots of information about the history of these structures.

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