Era I: Human Origins and Early Civilizations, Prehistory to 1000 bc


Pre-AP World History Agenda

October 17 (Friday)

Era I: Human Origins and Early Civilizations, Prehistory to 1000












By the end of this unit, students will demonstrate knowledge of ancient river valley civilizations including those of

Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus River Valley, and China and the civilizations of the Hebrews, Phoenicians, and

Nubians by:






Being able to locate these civilizations and place them in the correct time periods.

Describing the development of social, political, and economic patterns – including slavery.

Explaining the development of religious traditions in these societies.

Describing the origins, beliefs, traditions, customs, and spread of Judaism.

Explaining the development of language and writing.

Unit Overview:

Sept. 24 – Civilization / Mesopotamia

Sept. 26 – Mesopotamia

Sept. 30 – Egypt

Oct. 02 – Egypt

Oct. 06 – Egypt and Mesopotamia Comparison / Comparative Essay Writing Workshop

Oct. 08 – Comparative Essay Writing Workshop

Oct. 10 – Egypt and Mesopotamia Quiz / Indus Valley Civilization

Oct. 15 – PSAT Day / Indus Valley Civilization

Oct. 17 – China

Oct. 21 – China / River Valley Civilization Review

Oct. 23 – River Valley Civilizations Unit Exam


We will be able to explain the key features of the Ancient Chinese Civilization and compare it with those of the other three River Valley Civilizations.

Closing Task:

I will write one direct comparison statement between Ancient Chinese Civilization and any of the other three River

Valley Civilizations using ONE of the SPICE Themes.

Part I – Indus Map Quiz and Chapter 2, Section 3 Quiz (10 minutes) Individual

Using the outline and map you created for your homework, complete this quick quiz to test your understanding.

Part II – China Lecture (60 minutes) Whole Class

Follow along and fill out the note page that goes along with the China Lecture. NOTE: this lecture will follow the format that was established with the Ancient Egypt lecture where not everything is written on the Powerpoint, meaning you

MUST pay attention to the lecture to obtain the necessary information.


The following assignment is due NEXT CLASS (October 21):




Read and outline Chapter 2, Sections 4. You will have a quiz when you come to class on this material, but you can use your outline!

Complete the Ancient China Map – you will be graded on ACCURACY AND NEATNESS!!!!!

Begin studying for you Era I: River Valley Civilizations Exam that will be on NEXT Thursday, Oct. 23 rd