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
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
A Taste of Ancient Rome $15.30
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
AM - The Land of Bricks (Babylon)
PM - The Land of Hunters and Fighters (Assyria)
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
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.
AM - chap 5, 6
PM - chap 7
AM - a day in Ancient Egypt
PM - chap 8, 9
AM - chap 10
PM - chap 11, 12
AM - chap 13
PM - chap 14, 15
AM - chap 16, 17, 18
PM - chap 19
AM - chap 21, 22
PM - chap 23, 24, 25
AM - chap 26
AM - chap 27, 28
AM - chap 29
PM - chap 30, 31, 32
AM - a day in Ancient Rome
PM - chap 33, 34
AM - chap 36, 37, 38
PM - chap 39, 40
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.