Persian Charts: Ancient and Classical Civilization Analysis
Throughout this course you will be asked to break down cultures and civilizations to a basic level
that will allow you to recognize the most important characteristics and easily compare one
civilization with another. This method breaks down a civilization or culture into seven components.
For the first two chapters, go through the AP World History textbook, The Earth and Its People,
and analyze each of the five ancient civilizations. Use the provided questions as a guide. Not every
question will be answered for each civilization. Include specific and general information. Then
complete one each for the classical civilizations and Han China.
Please Note: I am not expecting you to rewrite the textbook, but make sure you cover all necessary
information. We will review the most important elements of each chapter as we go through the first
period or Unit. Later these charts may be used to write a comparison essay.
Topics and Chapters
Mesopotamia (Chapter 1 pages 14-23)
Egypt (Chapter 1 pages 23-30)
Indus Valley (Chapter 1 pages 30-33)
Shang and Zhou China (Chapter 2 pages 40-51)
Olmecs and Chavins in the Americas (Chapter 2 pages 54-57)
Use the chart provided as a template. There may not be enough room to write in your responses.
You may recreate the chart on your computer or write it on notebook paper.
AP World History
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