A Journey Through History: Let's Travel to the Ancient World!

Josee Dimson
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(28)
In this ongoing class, learners will discover a new civilization each week through its art, architecture, archaeology and fun discussions about life as an archaeologist!

Class experience

US Grade 3 - 6
Students will learn about an ancient civilization each week, its geographic location, time period, important architecture and monuments, literature, innovations and art, while  developing their fine motor skills (coloring/drawing).  Learners will investigate concepts in archaeological theory and develop positive discussion skills with their peers. Each class is a standalone lessons.
I am a trained archaeologist, and I excavated at sites such as Mytilene and Kommos in Greece for many field seasons. I have travelled extensively through Europe, and I have taught Greek and Roman art, archaeology and mythology at Concordia University, Montréal.  I held a position at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada, where I created and led tours for children on the topics of Greek, Roman and Egyptian archaeology, the Medieval period, dinosaurs and natural history. More recently, I have taught labs on water science and solar energy to Kindergarten and Grade 1 students through Scientists in School. Since July 2021, I have had the pleasure of teaching many archaeology and ancient civilizations classes on Outschool. 
Paper, pencils and a comfortable place to draw are recommended. 
For some civilizations or topics, we may touch upon certain subjects such as death (mummies, catacombs, etc.) in an age-appropriate and respectful way.  I always contact the parents ahead of time, but please message me if you have any questions or concerns.   As mentioned above in the Class Description, the Wednesday 6pm ET will beging with week 27 in September 2022, whereas any other sections will begin with Week 1. If you have questions about the schedule, do not hesitate to contact me.
I will present the class material through the use of slides, both from my own private collection and from archaeological excavations and museum collections.  The students will look at the archaeological material and learn how to interpret it, and discover that evidence can lead to different opinions.  I strongly believe that all evidence must be investigated and viewed equally, and I do reinforce this important concept every week.
As an archaeologist, I base my classes on scholarly texts, scientific secondary sources such as textbooks, scholarly journals (Archaeology Magazine, National Geographic, Penn University publications, etc.), and archaeological reports, while keeping it age appropriate.  I also use primary sources, for example Homer, English translations of Egyptian hieroglyphs, Latin texts, etc.  Other visuals than my own are drawn from sites such as Open Licensed Images, Ancient World Image Bank, World History Encyclopedia, the New York Public Library Digital Collection, and Public Domain Pictures. All sites allow for free use of images, with credits.
Learners do not need to access any sites during class.

Meet the teacher

Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(28)
Hi! My name is Josée and I am originally from Montréal, Québec, Canada. I have always wanted to study archaeology, travel and go on excavations, and I have been very lucky to be able to fulfill my dreams!  

I have earned a double major in... 
Group Class


1x per week
55 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(14)
Completed by 23 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 8-13
3-9 learners per class

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