August Syllabus – World History
Vocabulary: Mediterranean, Mesopotamia, Hammurabi, code, culture, government, economics, politics, religion, civilization, society, polytheism, monotheism Hebrews, Zoroastrianism, Phoenician, cuneiform, hieroglyphics, Phoenician alphabet, Mauryan Empire, Gupta, Ashoka, Bantu, Olmec, Maya, Aztec, Inca
SSWH1 The student will analyze the origins, structures, and interactions of complex societies in the ancient Eastern Mediterranean from 3500 BCE to 500 BCE.
a. Describe the development of Mesopotamian societies; include the religious, cultural, economic, and political facets of society, with attention to Hammurabi’s law code.
b. Describe the relationship of religion and political authority in Ancient Egypt.
c. Explain the development of monotheism; include the concepts developed by the ancient Hebrews, and Zoroastrianism.
d. Identify early trading networks and writing systems existent in the Eastern Mediterranean, including those of the Phoenicians.
e. Explain the development and importance of writing; include cuneiform, hieroglyphics, and the Phoenician alphabet.
SSWH2 The student will identify the major achievements of Chinese and Indian societies from 1100 BCE to 500 CE.
a. Describe the development of Indian civilization; include the rise and fall of the Mauryan Empire, the “Golden Age” under Gupta, and the emperor Ashoka.
SSWH6 The student will describe the diverse characteristics of early African societies before 1800.
a. Identify the Bantu migration patterns and contribution to settled agriculture.
SSWH8 The student will demonstrate an understanding of the development of societies in Central and South America.
a. Explain the rise and fall of the Olmec, Mayan, Aztec, and Inca empires.
b. Compare the culture of the Americas; include government, economy, religion, and the arts of the Mayans, Aztecs, and Incas.
1. Define all Vocabulary
2. Complete each element of the standard.
3. Compare and contrast Hebrew and Zoroastrian monotheism with Egyptian and Mesopotamian polytheism. Create a chart showing the categories: type of gods, role of gods in society and government, and connections with the development of writing.
4. Create a chart on the government, economy, religion and arts of one of the ancient societies of the listed standards.
5. On a map of Africa create a pattern of Bantu migration. Indicate on the map the impact of Bantu influence.
6. Use a graphic organizer to compare Hammurabi’s code to our legal system.
7. Complete all other in-class assignments as indicated.