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Back to the Future: A Tour of Ancient Civilizations

In this 8-week course, students will study various cultural, political, philosophical, and economic aspects of ancient Civilizations throughout the world.
Elan Divine
49 total reviews for this teacher
17 reviews for this class
Completed by 149 learners
year old learners
US Grade Level
learners per class


Charged upfront
$5 per class
Meets 2x per week
Over 8 weeks
60 minutes per class

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Class Experience

students will identify and describe ancient civilizations and their lasting contributions. 
I have taught fourth grade general studies for seven years, and Social Studies was my favorite topic. I was always excited to teach history lessons, and I spent a lot of time coming up with different methods of instruction to make the information more meaningful and relevant. 
I will assign experiences that would really work well with other family members. It could range from cooking assignments, family discussions, reading, or a short writing assignment.
Materials will involve some cooking utensils, art supplies, and use of a computer. I will send a materials list the week before as well as the homework assignment to complete.
Participation will make up 100% of the assessment. I will be looking for each student to participate to a degree with which he or she or they are comfortable. Whether it is through speech or art or writing, I want students to illustrate what they have learned confidently. It will be vitally important for each student to participate in some fashion as the quality of the class relies on what each student brings and how each student engages with the material. 
2 hours per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
There will be discussions of mummies as well as a slide show about Pompeii. 
1. Hammurabi's Code of Law
2. Yale University "Geotimes": Climate change in Ancient Mesopotamia
3. Stem projects and Ancient Civiliations
4. Moving and Lifting the Blocks of the Great Pyramid by Jason Balbridge UPENN
5. Theories of Robert Schock about the age of the pyramids and the Sphinx
6. Summary presentations of Contributions of Greece and Rome
7. Nearpod summary videos of Ancient Greece and Rome
8. Ancient Greek Philosophy and Socrates from "Little Big Minds" by, Marrietta McCarty
9. Facts about the Colosseum from www.thecolosseum.org
10. Ancient sites of Turkey: Smithsonian Magazine
11. Oxford Handbook of Ancient Anatolia
12. Summary of Gobleke Tepe
13. Ancient City of Timbuktu Northwestern University
14. YouTube: The artistry and cultural background of the Griot
15. Summary Nearpod video about Ancient China
16. National Geographic Society: Confucianism
17. PBS Learning: Ancient South America and Mesoamerica 


Elan Divine
Lives in the United States
Teacher of Life: Limitless Possibilities for Learning
49 total reviews
54 completed classes

About Me

My name is Elan Sebastian Divine, but you can call me Sebastian. I love learning from many different areas including science, history, social justice, and I love learning about how different machines or systems function.   I hold a master's... 
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