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Ancient Civilizations for Middle School: A Journey Through the Ancient World

Jennifer E Sumis
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(249)
Journey through the Ancient World and build critical thinking and communication skills through primary and secondary sources such as important documents, videos and images.

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 8
Objective 1: Learn basic facts and a build a basic foundation of Ancient Civilizations and how they helped shape the world today
Objective 2: Practice critical-thinking skills through engaging activities
Objective 3: Build communication skills with class discussions
I have been teaching Middle School students for 13 years.  I've taught ELA, World History, Geography, and Civics.  I am currently teaching 7th and 8th grade American History and Civics in Chicago.  I hold a BA in Secondary Education.  I majored in History and minored in English.  I am certified for secondary teaching in the state of IL with endorsements in World History, American History, English, ELA and Geography.  I have had extensive training on sensitive topics, such as women's rights, slavery and racism.
Homework Offered
Homework is optional and links will be posted in the Outschool classroom. I don't require students to complete homework, but if a grade on a particular activity is requested, I will give that activity a grade for that student.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
As mentioned above, records of grades are not kept or shared unless requested prior to class starting. However, to check understanding, we do various online quiz games, such as Kahoot and Blooket. Each class will also have a virtual "exit ticket" students will complete before exiting the class.
Grades Offered
Colored Pencils/Markers
Access to online platforms
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Some of the topics covered in history deal with controversial and sensitive topics, such as slavery.  All class discussions and activities are prepared at age-appropriate levels.  No graphic content is shared in class.
World History Encyclopedia Website: https://www.worldhistory.org/
World History: Voices and Perspectives: McGraw-Hill
The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome: Susan Bauer
World History and Geography, Student Edition: McGraw-Hill
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(249)
Hello and happy exploring!  My name is Jennifer Sumis and I am a 7/8 grade Social Studies teacher in Chicago, Illinois.  I love teaching and have been happily teaching for 10 years.  I never thought I could love something as much as I love to be... 
Group Class


1x per week
55 min

Live video meetings
Ages: 11-14
3-10 learners per class

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