9th Grade 2nd Semester Activity by JMBWm22


									                 9th Grade 2nd Semester Activity
In the second semester, 9th grade students will take part in "Civilizations"
where teams of students will engage in a humanities based series of projects
in which there are citizens creating their own fictitious civilizations and learn
the elements of human society.

In order to foster a “humanities based” interdisciplinary learning activity for 9th
graders, classes will be divided into teams of 6-8 students that will act as “citizens”
of a nation of their creation. Students will embark on a variety of activities that will
create the fabric of their civilization involving all aspects of a civilization, from
designing the basic geography of the nation to cultural attributes, etc.

Students will take on individual roles to relegate responsibilities to their
civilizations similar the US model of government (Pres, Cabinet, Etc).

In order to encourage student participation, each lesson/activity will be rated on a
comparative points basis (ie 1st place = 5 pts, 2nd place=4pts, 3rd place=3 pts, etc) so
that earning points would be representative of the civilizations’ successes.

A point tracking form/matrix for each lesson and activity will be provided for the
teacher and groups.
Government Roles and Responsibilities

1.   President- Team leader
2.   Vice President- 2nd in command
3.   Secretary of State-
4.   Secretary of the Interior-
5.   Secretary of Defense-
6.   Attorney General-
7.   Secretary of Treasury-
8.   Secretary of Education-

Additional roles: Secretary of Commerce, EPA Head, Secretary of Transportation,
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Etc
Activity Specifics:
My Civilization (student worksheet)
The name of our civilization is _______________________. The people are known as


The capital city of our nation is ___________________.

Name                        Govt. Role            State               Capital








The other civilizations are


2. ________________________________________________________________________________

3. ________________________________________________________________________________

4. ________________________________________________________________________________
Civilization Challenge Score Sheet

Civilization Challenge               Team    Total Civ Points
1. Map of the Civilization
2. Flag of the Civilization
3. System of Government
4. Laws, Crime and
5. Alphabet/System of
Planning Calendar

Day 1-2 The Dawn of History

Day 2-3 Elements of a Civilization

Day 3-4 Tribes

Day 4-6 Mapping a Civilization

Day 7-8 Creating a Flag and Symbols

Day 7-9 Forming a Government

Day 10-11

Day 12-13
Day 1-2


“The Dawn of History”— soon, the history of our new civilizations will dawn.


Students will appreciate the evolution of civilization from man’s prehistoric
beginnings as “cavemen” to the modern era. “The Dawn of History” explains how
man and civilizations evolved.

Students will understand that they will put themselves into the role of citizens of a
burgeoning civilization.


Students will watch “The Dawn of History”
http://www.learner.org/resources/series58.htm .

Of particular interest is the 4 minute video by Saul Bass “The Edifice” from “Why
Man Creates”.

              “Why Man Creates” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Why_Man_Creates

              “The Edifice” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nHOWkfGFsk

Materials/Resources: Internet and Laptop for streaming video, speakers, projection

Student Requirements

Option 1: Students must list 5 great developments/inventions in the history of
mankind and described how they advanced civilization.

Option 2: Students must write the history of man in their own words in less than 2

Option 3: Students must list 10 NEW vocabulary words from the videio
Quiz Questions from “The Dawn of History”

1. Why did ancient civilizations have a fascination with death?

2. What role did the rise of religion play in early civilization?

3. What were the roles of men and women in early civilization?

4. Why was the development of agriculture so important for early civilizations?

5. Why did early civilizations have human sacrifices?

6. Why did early civilizations emphasize fertility?
Day 2-3

Lesson: Intro- What are the elements of a Civilization?

Objective: Teacher and students collaborate to answer the question: “What is a
civilization?” Listing the elements of a civilization

Activity Specifics: List the elements of civilizations, list civilizations throughout
history and discuss what they have in common and how they differ



       Ancient History http://www.historyguide.org/ancient/ancient.html#table
       What is Civilization? http://www.historyguide.org/ancient/lecture1b.html
       Mesopotamia: http://www.historyguide.org/ancient/lecture2b.html
       Egypt: http://www.historyguide.org/ancient/lecture3b.html


Students will participate in a popcorn (or other divided) reading of “What is

  ELEMENT           DEFINITION                           EXAMPLE
             The interaction of people      A. Arrangement of countries, cities,
             with their environment in          states, population centers etc.
             order to control it to their   B. Movement of population within
                    advantage.                  the region
 GEOGRAPHY     (geographic features,        C. Adaptations made in order to live
                climate and natural             in a particular environment
                    resources)                  and/or changes people have
                                                made to the environment for
                                                their own purpose
                                            D. Uses of natural resources to meet
                                                the needs of the community
                                            E. Effect of natural disasters on the
                                                environment and the people
                                            A. Needs of the people
                 Study of goods and         B. Exchange system (money, barter,
               services: how they are       trade)
                     produced,              C. Jobs and services provided by the
 ECONOMICS              used,               people
                  and distributed.          D. Natural resources used to
                                            produce goods and gain wealth
                                            E. Technology developed, borrowed
                                                 and changed, and used by the
                                            F. Manufactured products
                                            G. Trade and dependence on other
                                            A. Types of government
POLITICAL     Systems of government;        B. Laws
SYSTEMS         the organized, formal       C. Enforcement of laws and
             structures of a community           punishment
               that allow it to function    D. Judicial systems
                       smoothly.                 (judges/lawyers)
                                            E. Methods of selecting leaders
                                            F. Political parties
                                            G. Rights and responsibilities
                                            H. Relationships between “states”
                                                 or other political units
                                            A. Belief in God, gods, or spirits
                    Principles of right         (supreme being)
                   and good behavior;       B. Interaction of God, gods, or spirits
  ETHICS AND       and the way of life           in the life of the people as
BELIEF SYSTEMS      based on belief(s)           believed by the people
                       in some kind         C. Meaning of life and the purpose of
                     of divine power.       one's existence
                                            D. What is right and what is wrong
                                            and how it came about
                                            E. Ideas and beliefs that guide
                                                 behavior and decisions of
                                                 individuals and the government
                                            F. Dealing with right and wrong
                                            issues in the culture
                 New knowledge or           A. Common physical traits of the
  CULTURE        ideas; the arts, and all   people
                 things that add to the     B. Language and writing system
                 quality of life.           C. Groups of people that make up the
                                            D. Art people value and enjoy
                                            E. Architecture and design of

                                            F. Literature people read and write

                                            G. Music people play and listen to

                                            H. Dances people do and enjoy
                                            I. Celebrations, holidays and
                                            J. Foods prepared and eaten
                                            K. Shelters and homes
                                            L. Clothing people wear
                                            M. Recreation
                                            N. Education of the people
                                            A. Family structures (nuclear and
                  The systems set up by         extended)
SOCIAL SYSTEMS    groups of people that     B. Class systems/ social levels
                 enable them to live and    C. Communities
                     work together.         D. Neighborhoods
                                            E. Clubs/organizations
Analyse the flow of history Flowchart:
Day 4

Lesson: Tribes

Objective: Before there were civilizations, there were tribes

Activity Specifics:

Before there were civilizations, there were nomadic tribes. Families or clans of people
traveled together foraging and hunting to survive. With the rise of agriculture, people
were able to have a surplus and store food. Cities and civilizations began to arise.

Today, you are each a nomadic tribe, but today you will come together to form five
different civilizations.

Five tribal leaders will be chosen by the teacher and given the “My Civilization”
worksheet. They will report to the board and we will have a draft of fellow citizens from
the remaining students so that there will end up being 5 civilizations of 6-7 citizens.

Each citizen will then have a turn to read to their group from the 6 Elements of a
Civilization handout and be in charge of that element when jobs are assigned.

   1.   Geography
   2.   Economics
   3.   Political Systems
   4.   Ethics and Belief Systems
   5.   Culure
   6.   Social Systems

The teams can then brainstorm and discuss how each of the elements will look in their
society, starting with the geography.


Elements of a Civilization Worksheet (5 Copies), My Civilization (5 Copies) ones for
each team), Whiteboard for Showing the Drafting of the Tribes,
Day 5

Lesson: Create the Map of the Civilization

Objective: Students learn geographic features that lend to a civilization’s
development and their vocabulary regarding cartography and geography

Activity Specifics: Student nations create a map of their own civilization, with
separate states for each student and a capital city for each state as well as a national

Present the concept of Maps

What kinds of maps are there?

Answer: Physical, political, climate…..other



Present Maps of

   1. Ancient Egypt:
   2. Ancient Mesopotamia:
   3. And other Ancient Civilizations

   Indus River, Greece, China, Mayan, Incan, Aztec


What features aid in the ability of a people to form a city and a civilization and why?

“Whay makes cities thrive?”
Answers: Fertile river valley, access to water, the seas (fish), protection from

Assignment: See Civilizations Challenge 1


Poster paper, rulers, colored pencils, markers, crayons
                Civilizations Challenge 1
                   Map of the Civilization

Today, you are cartographers.

Your challenge is to create a combined physical/political map for your fictional

The best map meeting the criteria will win the most points in the Civilization


____ Name of Civilization

____ Name of States/Regions

____ Capital Cities for each state and the nation

____ At least one peninsula

___ At least one isthmus

___ At least one river

____ At least one bay for a harbor

___ A mountainous region

__ An agricultural region

__ A desert region

__ Major roads/railroads for transportation

__ A Compass Rose
February—Social Studies
1. Creation of a Map- Geography 2-3 days (MAP)
2. Creation of a Flag- Symbolism 1-2 days (FLAG- 1 paragraph explain)
3. Write Up of System of Government (Constitution)
   Laws (2-3 paragraphs)
   Election (2-3 paragraphs)

March- English
1. Alphabet/System of Writing (2-3 Days) Original Writing System/Summary
2. Mythology- Create Their Own Myth (ie Greek/Paul Bunyan) (2 Stories)
3. Music/Lyrics—Create a National Anthem (Song)
4 . Poet Laureate- Read Odes/Anthems Individual Poem Competition (Patriotism)

April – Math and Science Lessons
1. Architecture – Capital Building and Capital City Plan
2. Currency System—Currency Design + Values + Conversions

May -- Manual Arts
1. Foods – Potluck Contributions
2. Sports – Olympics of Invented Sports
3. Costume- Drawings (Sketches and descriptions) or Actual Costumes

June – Culminating Activities

   1. Map of the Civilization
      Students will create a map of their nation

   2. Alphabet/System of Writing

   3. Designing the Capital/Capital City
   4. Creating a Flag

   5. Clothes/Clothing

   6. National Motto

   7. System of Government

   8. Food

   9. Music

   10. Sports/Pastimes

   11. Currency

   12. Mythology

   13. Architecture

   14. Poet Laureate

   15. National ____


Additional Resources:

World Civilizations Textbook: Has Quizzes and Online Explorations
Civilization Lesson Plans

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