World History Lesson Plans




Daily opening questions or reflections posed to the class that students are expected to journalize.


(Chapter 1)
Intro to History

Beginnings of Civilizations


(Chapter 2)
Early Civilizations

Early River Valley Civilizations of City-States of Mesopotamia (Ur Case Study), Egypt, Indus Valley and China.



(Chapter 3)
People & Ideas on the Move

Intro to Indus Valley geography, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism & caste system.

Chapter 3 Quizlet

Chapter 3 three page summary

  • (Chapter 4)
    Age of Empires

    Comparing and Contrasting of Ancient Civilizations & Empires; Intro to China, belief systems, Chinese Dynasties and the Silk Road.

Unit on China

Ancient China Grad. Project

China Resources Site


(Chapter 5)
Ancient Greece

Rise of Western Civilzations.

Greece Overview Lesson Plans


Greek City-States ANSWERS

Forms of Govt. ANSWERS

Peloponnesian War -PPT ANSWERS

US-Athens Venn Diagram-ANSWERS


(Chapter 6)
Roman Empire & Early Christianity

Roman Empire

F block Rome link

Study Guide Rome



Western Civilizations

Rise of Western Civilizations

  • PPT Review of Greece & Rome



(Chapter 7)
China & Indian Empires (Eastern Civilizations)

Intro to Classical Eastern Civilzations, Chinese Dynasties, Indian Empires (Mauryan & Gupta)

Maurya & Gupta Empires PPT


(Chapter 10)

Islam & Muslim World

Islam as a Religion


East & West. Civ.

Similarities and Differences between Eastern Civ & Western Civ.



World Religions

Christianity - Judaism - Islam

  • Comparative Religions Study Guide
  • Venn Diagram - three religions
  • Monotheistic Religions Chart




Document Based Question Writing Assignments

MLA example

MLA with Works Cite example

  • Early River Valley Civ. DBQ (Term 1)
  • Greece v. Rome DBQ (Term 2)


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Chapter 17 - The Renaissance & Reformation

List of learning materials for Renaissance & Reformation Activities

School of Athens Video 18min

Leonardo da Vinci Video

Contents:Notebook of Leonardo da Vinci ('The Codex Arundel'). A collection of papers written in Italian by Leonardo da Vinci (b. 1452, d. 1519), in his characteristic left-handed mirror-writing (reading from right to left), including diagrams, drawings and brief texts, covering a broad range of topics in science and art, as well as personal notes. The core of the notebook is a collection of materials that Leonardo describes as 'a collection without order, drawn from many papers, which I have copied here, hoping to arrange them later each in its place according to the subjects of which they treat' (f. 1r), a collection he began in the house of Piero di Braccio Martelli in Florence, in 1508. To this notebook has subsequently been added a number of other loose papers containing writing and diagrams produced by Leonardo throughout his career. Decoration: Numerous diagrams.

da Vinci Notebook

Reformation & Martin Luther Vid 55min

Martin Luther video

Gutenberg Press 9-min video

Renaissance Art LMC links


Revolutions & Questioning Continues (Chapter 19, 20, 22, 23)

List of learning materials for Age of Exploration, Scientific Revolution, Enlightenment, American & French Revolutions.

Nostradamus 45-min. video

Galileo 2-hr video