Whirlwind World History Week 1

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Ancient Civilizations and the Rise of Empires (Prehistory to 500 CE)
ResourcesDay 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5
Guest Hollow’s Whirlwind World History Textbook
Chapter Name:
Agriculture Brings About CivilizationsThe Fertile Crescent: MesopotamiaAncient Egypt
Note: Every time a new chapter is started, it will be listed in this row. Look in the row below to see the sections of that chapter you should read. Always make sure to read the intro of a chapter when you start a new chapter. 😊
Section(s) in chapter to read:AllAncient Mesopotamia
Sumer (c. 4500- 1750 BCE)
Sumerian Achievements
Sargon and the Akkadian Empire (c. 2334 – 2100 BCE)
Hammurabi and the Babylonian Empire (c. 1792-1595 BCE)
Life in ancient Mesopotamia
The Old Kingdom (2686-2181 BCE)
Non-Fiction Books
Milk!: A 10,000-Year Food Fracas
Milk!: A 10,000-Year Food Fracas
Chapter 1Chapter 2
The Elements of a Home: Curious Histories behind Everyday Household Objects, from Pillows to Forks The Elements of a Home
p. 6-9 Welcome Homep. 10-12 Bathtub
Fiction/Literature/Graphic Novels
Gilgamesh: A Verse NarrativeGilgamesh: A Verse NarrativeSection ISection IISection IIISection IV (End of book)
Gilgamesh infographic
Nefertiti: A Novel Nefertiti: A NovelChapters 1-2Chapters 3-4Chapters 5-6Chapters 7-8Chapters 9-10
Click here for a free reading group guide for Nefertiti: A Novel.
Whirlwind World History Workbook mapsMesopotamia
Timeline EntriesDay 1:
Jericho built defensive walls 9000 BCE
Çatal Höyük 7000 BCE
Th metal plow was invented 5000 BCE
Day 2:
Sumer c. 4500-1750 BCE
Day 3:
Sumerian achievements: 360°, 60 second minute, cuneiform invented 3000 BCE
Enheduanna, a Sumerian priestess: the 1st known author 2300 BCE
Akkadian Empire: 2340 BCE Sargon the Great
Day 4:
Hammurabi 1780 BCE
Day 5:
Narmer 3100 BCE
Great Pyramid of Khufu (Giza) 2600 BCE

Book covers:
Epic of Gilgamesh book cover – 2100 BCE
Nefertiti: A Novel – Nefertiti ruled 1353–1336 BCE
Extra Resources and Activities
Note to parent/teacher: Remember, activities are a buffet to choose from. You don’t have to do them all (or any – especially on a busy week when other subjects take precedence)! You can mark the ones you want your student to do (or cross out the ones you want to skip) if you are using the printable version of this schedule. You can choose activities based on your student’s needs and interests. Example: A student who likes to cook may want to try the recipes. A student who needs to work on writing may do a writing assignment. Etc. The activities are not meant to overwhelm. They are to give you options.
Activities Recipe: Ancient Egyptian Ta’amia
Recipe: Babylonian-style beef stew
Optional Minecraft assignment: Using the Egyptian Mythology Mash-up add-on (or just the base game), research and recreate a scene from ancient Egypt. See this link for details and a grading rubric. Take 1-3 weeks to work on your Minecraft project.
Build a ziggurat (paper model)
Adult coloring page: Life in Ancient Egypt Coloring Book pages
The Royal Game of Ur and historical info – Printable game board and rules
Mesopotamia Birth of Civilisation – You can print out this board game for free!
Print out the Key Civilizations of Mesopotamia PDF. Create a booklet or an interactive page using the info boxes and maps. Make sure to feature the civilizations in order timewise. Idea: You could fold each of the info boxes into a book (mountain fold), paste the map on the top as a cover, and then paste onto a colored piece of construction paper.
Code of Hammurabi – Primary Source and Activity PDF
Read the article The Cuisine of Ancient Mesopotamia and use it to create a Mesopotamian restaurant menu or a fragment of an “ancient recipe book.” If you like to write stories, write about a Mesopotamian family or person eating or preparing food (use the details in the article to flesh things out). You could also write a non-fiction article of your own based on the info. Design it for a younger audience and try to make it engaging for someone in grades 2-5.
Ancient Egypt research project
If you don’t have access to PowerPoint, you can use Google Slides (which is free) or something similar. Take 2 weeks to work on this project.
1st: Read this article: What is a DBQ? The Document-Based Question Explained
2nd: Read the primary sources in the link below and do the tasks in the document:
Life in Ancient Egypt
MusicFor your optional listening enjoyment:
The Lyre of Mesopotamia
MOHENJO DARO: A Song of Mystery? | Shail Vyas
VideosTED-Ed The epic of Gilgamesh, the king who tried to conquer death
TED-Ed The history of the world according to corn
Note: The following video mentions evolution:
Got Lactase?
SciShow: Extreme Animal Milks You Probably Don’t Want To Drink
TED-Ed Who was the world’s first author?
TED-Ed: The science of milk – Jonathan J. O’Sullivan
TED-Ed A brief history of alcohol
Mesopotamia: Crash Course World History #3
TED-Ed A brief history of toilets
The Code of Hammurabi & the Rule of Law: Why Written Law Matters [No. 86]
Hammurabis Codes of Law Song – Poker Face Parody
Hammurabi’s Code Explained: World History Review
Teaching Hammurabi’s Code with examples included
TED-Ed A day in the life of an ancient Egyptian doctor
The Epic of Gilgamesh: Crash Course World Mythology #26
TED-Ed: The Egyptian myth of the death of Osiris – Alex Gendler
Full-Length VideosSohla Makes the Oldest Recipe in the World (…maybe?) | Ancient Recipes With Sohla
(21 min.)
Discover the Secrets of Ancient Egypt | Engineering an Empire | Full Episode | History
WebsitesWriting in Cuneiform (interactive) – You can use this interactive site to write anything in cuneiform without having to break out a clay tablet, lol. 😉
An article to read that is interesting: The Cuisine of Ancient Mesopotamia
Optional article (PDF): Flood Stories Around the World
PDF: Major Events in World History – You can print this reference out for your history notebook.
Your Book ChoiceTitle:
Circle the days read: M  T  W  TH  F  WK        Starting page:                    Ending page:
Reference Books
The History Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained The History Bookp. 30-31 The Settlement at Çatalhöyükp. 34-36 Ancient Civilizations Timelinep. 36-37 The Law Code of Hammurabip. 38-39 The Temples of Abu Simbel
History of the World Map by MapHistory of the World Map by Mapp. 22-23 The First Farmersp. 24-25 Origins of Agriculturep. 26-27 Villages to Townsp. 30-31 The First Civilizationsp. 32-33 The First Cities
History of the World in 1000 Objects History of the World in 1000 Objectsp. 12-15 Early Humans Shaping the Worldp. 18-21 The Cradle of Civilizationp. 22-23 Ram Caught in a Thicketp. 24-25
Home Life
Clothing and Adornment
p. 26-30 Egyptian Life and Afterlife
Note: You don’t have to read all of the text in this book. It’s scheduled so that you can browse the pictures and associate the various objects with the different cultures. Enjoy this visual treat!
The Mode in Costume: A Historical Survey with 202 Plates (Dover Fashion and Costumes)The Mode in Costume
Art That Changed the World: Transformative Art Movements and the Paintings That Inspired ThemArt That Changed the Worldp. 12-21 Prehistoric Art
Note: You don’t need to read every word in this book. Browse the pictures and read the captions that interest you. 😊

2 thoughts on “Whirlwind World History Week 1

  1. Ancient Egypt Project links are not opening- I was able to right-click, copy the link, and then pasted the link in another window to see the requirements.

    1. Thank you so much for letting us know! I just tried all the links and they worked for me. You may want to try a different browser. I’m using Microsoft Edge and not having any issues. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if anything else is wonky or doesn’t seem to work right! 🙂

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