Ancient Civilizations Unit Study


This unit is ©Copyright 2004 by Cindy Downes. All rights reserved. Permission is given to homeschooling parents to use these units free of charge in their own homeschool only. These units may not be reprinted in any other form, for any other purpose (commercial or otherwise) without permission from Cindy Downes. Contact her at

The following topics make up an Ancient Civilizations course. Each of the topics below have been created as individual units designed to be completed in 4 to 36 weeks each. Therefore, to complete the entire Ancient Civilizations course in one year, you will have to use the suggested timetable below instead. You can customize this study to any length you desire by choosing how much material you cover and how long you take to cover it.

For a simple Ancient Civilizations Unit (Grades 1-3+) that can be done in a short time, use Ancient Civilizations, History Pockets. ISBN 1557999007. For each lesson, simply read from an appropriate read-aloud and then complete an activity from the History Pocket. This can be used with younger children along with using the units below for grades 3-8. Also recommended is Ancient History Portfolio Junior.

Read over General Directions for Cindy's Unit Studies for more information on teaching unit studies.

Suggested Timetable for Completion in One Year:

Note: These units are in the process of being created and follow the history timeline sequence found in The Checklist. They are created as stand-alone, six to eighteen week units so you will have to pick and choose from each unit to follow the time schedule below. As these units are completed or nearing completion, I will add links to them.

A history based unit should include a timeline study of the major historical events, a biographical examination of the major people living in these civilizations, an investigation into the major discoveries or accomplishments of each civilization, an understanding of specific terminology, and map and culture studies of the various civilizations and their modern counterparts. Follow up with a review lesson and quizzes, if desired.

Suggested Review Game: Professor Noggin’s Ancient Civilizations™ Professor Noggin steps back in time to explore lost but not forgotten civilizations. Discover facts about ancient places, philosophers, buildings, clothing, arts, and empires on a trivia-filled journey of discovery. Covers Ancient China, Egypt, Greece, Japan, Aztecs, Incas, Mayans, Mesopotamia, Roman Empire, Vikings and more.

Recommended Resource: Ancient History Portfolio & Timeline by Barbara Shukin. See my review at:


Back to Top




Copyright © 2004 - Oklahoma Homeschool