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History Help

Middle School Ancient History Cooking and Project Based FLEX Class (Part 1 Of 3)

Jennifer Hughes, B.A., J.D., LL.M, LC
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(617)
In this eight-week (Part 1 of 3 sessions) course students will learn about Ancient Civilizations through stories, class discussion, interactive notebooks, cooking and projects. This class has multiple sections.

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 8
●     Identify geographic and agricultural factors that shaped the development of early civilizations

●     Distinguish, compare, and contrast key cultural and political characteristics of advanced ancient societies.

●     Identify the unique accomplishments and limitations of early civilizations.

●     Ask and respond to historical questions, evaluate data, compare and contrast multiple perspectives.

●     Develop increased mastery in map reading, evaluative research, and critical thinking.

●     Use a variety of traditional and alternative modalities and self-assessments to demonstrate understanding.


Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) Learners will study major events in ancient life that shaped modern the social, economic, and political history of the Western World. Understanding of geographical and economic relationships, power, technology, and cultural identity will be gained through study of multiple sources.


Overall Course Learning Topics

A.	Prehistory
1	The Neolithic Period

B.	Ancient Mesopotamia
1	Early Mesopotamia
2	Mesopotamian empires

C.	Ancient Egypt and Kush
1	Ancient Egypt: the Old Kingdom
2	Ancient Egyptian religion
3	The kingdoms of Kush

D.	Early China
1	Ancient China
2	Early Chinese thought
3	The Qin Empire
4	The Han Dynasty
5	Science and technology in early China
6	The teachings of Confucius

E.	Ancient South Asia
1	The Indus Civilization
2	The Mauryan Empire
3	The Gupta Empire

F.	Comparing ancient river civilizations
1	Compare ancient river civilizations: geography and society
2	Compare ancient river civilizations: achievements and legacy

G.	The Silk Road
1	The ancient Silk Road: geography and transportation
2	The ancient Silk Road: goods and ideas
3	The medieval Silk Road
H.	World religions
1	Origins of Judaism
2	Origins of Christianity
3	Origins of Islam
4	Origins of Hinduism
5	Origins of Buddhism

I.	Greece
1	Classical Athens: geography and society
2	Classical Athens: government and culture
3	Comparing Athens and Sparta: part I
4	Comparing Athens and Sparta: part II
5	Alexander the Great

J.	Rome and the Byzantine Empire
1	The beginnings of Rome
2	Early Roman society and politics
3	Roman government: monarchy to republic
4	The Roman Republic: part I
5	The Roman Republic: part II
6	Caesar and the end of the Roman Republic
7	Pax Romana
8	The fall of the Western Roman Empire
9	The Byzantine Empire
It is my pleasure to have the opportunity to work with you and your favorite student(s).  I have over 20 years of teaching experience, from Pre-K through Graduate School.  I am a former Professor and was the History Department Chair /History teacher at the High School Level for 10 years.  My certification was in Middle and High School History.  I currently practice Criminal and Family Law Part-time and work Part-time as an "Academic Floater".  In other words, wherever the District needs me I teach, sometimes long term  in the classroom.  I have learned so much spending many years in multiple educational settings.  I also take students and parents overseas on Educational Tours and have been blessed to travel to such places as China, Japan, Mexico, Paris, Rome, and Greece.

My teaching style is varied.  I try to use as many techniques and learning styles in each of my classes as possible.  My two youngest children are Neurodiverse.  Working with my own children has taught me that education must be personalized to each learner for maximum impact.  I encourage all students and their parents to contact me so that we can tailor each of my classes to your strengths and those skills you hope to work on the most. Please note that I will allow higher level students who are underage in my classes, or older students who have difficulties in class that are more suited to their level.  Please contact me to discuss.  I look forward to meeting you all.
Homework Offered
There is homework in this class. It is up to the parent if they would like the student to do in-class work only or to do the supplemental readings, handouts and assignments. My goal is to make this fun for your learner.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Assessment is based on parent request. This can be in traditional letter grade form, or the class can be audited. Please contact your local school district to see how this class will fit into your curriculum. If documentation is needed, please let me know before class starts so I can make sure I can accommodate.
Grades Offered
Recommended Text:  Mark Twain World Civilizations and Cultures Workbook.  (Digital) Around $10 https://www.amazon.com/Mark-Twain-Civilizations-Cultures-Grades-dp-B0842XJXZD/dp/B0842XJXZD/ref=mt_other?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=1651927848
Supplies for cooking and projects.  A list will be given out a week before class begins.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Students in this class will participate in discussions that may pertain to the topics like war and religion.  In our Gilgamesh unit, week three, we watch a video on the story.  In the beginning they use the trigger words rape and rapist to describe one of the Evil Gods. They don't explain what that means but they do use the words. Parents can choose to skip the beginning, watch the video as is, or not watch it at all.  I leave that to your discretion.

The after life and death of historical leaders and people are discussed.  We will also discuss caste systems such as the untouchables.   Ancient religions go hand and hand with this course and of course may not be aligned with a student's personal beliefs.  This is for educational purposes only.  

Internet:  Students will only use teacher's accounts for Canva (presentations), Kahoot and Blooket.  Teacher will on occasion have the students watch a relevant video but will play it in full on video so that students do not have to go to any sites. 
Supply Lists and Project Directions will be in Word Format.

Recommended Accompaniment Text:  Mark Twain World Civilizations and Cultures Workbook.  (Digital) Around $10 https://www.amazon.com/Mark-Twain-Civilizations-Cultures-Grades-dp-B0842XJXZD/dp/B0842XJXZD/ref=mt_other?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=1651927848

Each major section comes with an interactive notebook that we will do together.

Recipes are from:  Ancient History Cookbook by Meredith Curtis
I use the Ancient Civilization Curriculum Interactive Notebooks for each unit from StudentSavy in TPT for my class discussions, lectures and the student's notes.  I have used these for an online school I teach for and find that they are easy for students to work with. It gives the student a great overview of each civilization and a way to review class discussions.  I will purchase the license for the class, it is already reflected in the price. 
I also will refer to articles from history.com 
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(617)
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It is my pleasure to have the opportunity to work... 
Flex Class


weekly or $68 for 8 weeks
8 weeks

Completed by 4 learners
No live video meetings
Ages: 10-14

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