Summer Camp: Ancient Civilizations

These are my initial brainstorming notes; once the lesson plans and booklist are complete they will be available for download.



Main Text: The Past Lives Again by Edna McGuire
supplement with A Child's History of the World?

maps, maps, maps - Ancient History - wealth of links

papyrus, hieroglyphs - senet game (Passing through the Netherworld)

clay tablets, cunieform for sure

how much time to spend on each? Mesopotamia -- Phoenecians gave us our alphabet, invention of currency (Croesus) - weigh lumps of not gold surely but something?, practice barter system - swap some fish for some wool
Babylonians plus Egypt in the first week
Greece and Rome in one week

ten total days

check with Karen to see what she is covering in this block in the school year, check library for resources

romertopf - clay pot cooking - pottery project? - When Clay Sings - other ancient artwork?

photos from Rome

MAP - Map of the Roman Empire

Buy?
A Taste of Ancient Rome $15.30

Running Forms
Beginning with Form Drawing - Live Education!
main lesson books for these blocks? Fables/Ancient Civilizations

Lydia - Croesus

construct a gigantic timeline

Life in Ancient Egypt coloring book???

If I use A Child's History of the World as the main text it will skip all over and all the stories are interrelated. If I use Edna's book it is more cut and dried and easier to teach but not so cause-and-effecty

Ancient Mythologies India, Persia, Babylon, and Egypt
AWSNA Bookstore - $22.95

Budget - spent $28.95 on Ancient Mythologies book

Donna Simmons' Roman History block? no

DK Eyewitness Book Mesopotamia?


Ancient Egypt - This is what it looks like if I use Edna's book

WEEK ONE - 3 days, Monday through Wednesday


Ancient Mesopotamia

Thursday
AM - The Land of Bricks (Babylon)
PM - The Land of Hunters and Fighters (Assyria)

Friday
AM - The Land of Shepherds and Farmers (Palestine)
PM - The Palm Land (Phoenicia)


Never Mind. I have looked at them both and think I will plan the sessions around A Child's History of the World - Edna's book is too segrated and Hillyer's blends the stories of the different cultures together, which is more how I want to present them. So here goes - tentative pacing

    Day 1
    AM - chap 5, 6
    PM - chap 7

    Day 2
    AM - a day in Ancient Egypt
    PM - chap 8, 9

    Day 3
    AM - chap 10
    PM - chap 11, 12

    Day 4
    AM - chap 13
    PM - chap 14, 15

    Day 5
    AM - chap 16, 17, 18
    PM - chap 19

    Day 6
    AM - chap 21, 22
    PM - chap 23, 24, 25

    Day 7
    AM - chap 26
    AM - chap 27, 28

    Day 8
    AM - chap 29
    PM - chap 30, 31, 32

    Day 9
    AM - a day in Ancient Rome
    PM - chap 33, 34

    Day 10
    AM - chap 36, 37, 38
    PM - chap 39, 40

Picturing the Past series is also a fantastic resource; Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome. I actually really like them for S.C. for independent research and presentations by students. Still torn between Edna's book and Hillyer's. If teaching a whole block would probably use Edna's. However, I do like the book by Kovacs and it presents material in a more Waldorf-y style. Edna's is traditional. Hillyer's doesn't work for Waldorf since it brings in Greece and Rome early and mixes them with the material from a supposedly different MLB.

Great for summer camps: Hillyer, Picturing the Past series

Great for traditional learning: Edna's book

Best for Waldorf grade 5 Ancient History (India, Persia, Babylon, and Egypt): Kovacs book. It isn't really myths so much as oral storytelling and teaching about their cultures. He brings in Atlantis, Buddha, the Gilgamesh epic and more. Ends with Egypt as you can see from the title so I can't use it for this camp, which begins with Egypt, but maybe in future teaching.


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