Ancient Civilizations "Smackdown"



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Ancient Civilizations “Smackdown”

Your group will be assigned ONE of the following civilizations (or pairs of civilizations) to research and present to the class:



  • Ch. 2: Mesopotamia (incl. Sumer, Akkad, Babylon & Assyria)

  • Ch. 3: Egypt & Nubia

  • Ch. 4: Ancient India (including Harappan and Aryan)

  • Ch. 5: Ancient China (Xia, Shang, & Zhou)

  • Ch. 6: Olmec & early Maya

  • Ch. 6: Austronesian

Part 1: Research & Presentation
Your task is to research your assigned civilization(s) and present the following information to the class. You will have roughly 7 minutes to present:

-Dates of civilization’s “rise” & “fall”, + any other major dates (of invasion or change)


-Location & geographic characteristics of civilization (see map provided)
-“PIRATES” characteristics of your civilization (see chart provided)
-One primary source excerpt, analyzed (using SOAPSTone)
-One image of an artifact (or ruins) that illustrates an important characteristic or contribution of your civilization
-A map and other visuals as appropriate, to support your presentation


Part 2
: Map & Chart—to be completed during group research and presentations
Part 3: Comparisons/Venn Diagram
After each group has presented, you must choose 3 of the civilizations from the chart you have completed to compare side-by-side in a Venn Diagram. Your Venn Diagram must include at least 20 significant facts and a combination of both similarities and differences.
Part 4: The “Smackdown”!
After presenting the basic information of your civilization to the class, you will engage in an in-class debate, in which your task is to prove that your assigned civilization was the most significant in the development of world history. Below are some questions you might consider when preparing for this debate:

    • How did the people of your civilization adapt to their environment?

    • How long did your civilization survive? How did they achieve longevity?

    • What challenges and/or adversaries did your civilization overcome in its efforts to preserve itself?

    • What specific contributions to history were made by your civilization? Are any of these contributions significant still today? How so?

    • How do the strengths and contributions of your civilization “stack up” to the others (your competition)?

Name: ________________________________

Ancient Civilizations (PIRATES Chart)

*You need 2-3 facts per box!




Mesopotamia
(Sumer, Akkad, Babylon, & Assyria)

Egypt & Nubia

Ancient India
(Harappan & Aryan)

DATES:












LOCATION:












POLITICAL
Government
Laws & Justice
Diplomacy
War











INTELLECTUAL
Ideas
Philosophies
Education
Language & Writing











RELIGIOUS
Beliefs
Rituals
Deities
Afterlife?











ARTISTIC
Art
Architecture
Literature
Music











TECHNOLOGY
Inventions
Tools
Transportation
Mechanization











ECONOMIC
Resources
Land/Labor
Trade
Currency











SOCIAL
Class Structure
Gender roles
Family Structure
Slavery/Servitude











Reasons for Decline?











Ancient Civilizations (PIRATES Chart)-Cont’d

*You need 2-3 facts per box!




Ancient China
(Xia, Shang, & Zhou)

Olmec &
Early Maya

Austronesian



DATES:












LOCATION:












POLITICAL
Government
Laws & Justice
Diplomacy
War











INTELLECTUAL
Ideas
Philosophies
Education
Language & Writing











RELIGIOUS
Beliefs
Rituals
Deities
Afterlife?











ARTISTIC
Art
Architecture
Literature
Music











TECHNOLOGY
Inventions
Tools
Transportation
Mechanization











ECONOMIC
Resources
Land/Labor
Trade
Currency











SOCIAL
Class Structure
Gender roles
Family Structure
Slavery/Servitude











Reasons for Decline?











Ancient Civilizations MAP Name: _________________________
1. On the map below, color & label each of the following civilizations (some will be on the BACK): Mesopotamia (Sumer, Akkad, Babylon, Assyria), Egypt, Nubia, Harappan India, Aryan India, Ancient China (Xia, Shang, & Zhou), Olmec, Maya, Austronesian peoples.
2. Draw in/label
25 major physical features (rivers, mountains, plateaus, seas, etc.)

3. Label at least 10 major cities (political or ceremonial centers)
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Map Questions: (answer after completing map)



  1. What differences do you see in the development of Eurasia versus that in the
    Americas before 600 CE?

  2. What do you think might be the reasons for these differences?


  3. What impact will geographic differences and isolation have on the development
    of the Americas through history? When will this change?

Name: ________________________________


Civilization #1:_______________________

Civilization #2:_______________________
Ancient Civilizations Venn Diagram
After each group has presented, you must choose 3 of the civilizations from the chart you have completed to compare side-by-side in a Venn Diagram. Your Venn Diagram must include at least 20 significant facts and a combination of both similarities and differences.


Civilization #3:_______________________


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