What is a Civilization?
Concept Map: Civilization The world's first cities began as farming villages. As early cities grew in size and power, some of them gave rise to civilizations. But what exactly is a civilization? Considering that we are studying 'Ancient Civilizations' this year, understanding the answer to that question is essential.
To help us make better sense of what a civilization is, we are going to make a 'Concept Map' today. You can find a document of the same name in your Social Studies folder, as well as a link to it here.
Using the Concept Map (and the textbook excerpts below), we will first examine the characteristics or features of a civilization. Next, we will come up with a list of non-examples: examples that do not fit the criteria for a civilization. Then, we will decide on examples that do seem to embody our understanding of what a civilization is. Finally, we will decide on a definition for the concept of civilization. Additionally, we will add images throughout our concept map to help us better understand the concept.
Now that we have a better sense of what a civilization is, let's review what makes a civilization a civilization by watching the short informative video below. How is your civilization concept map both similar and different to the information put forth in the video?
Homework Complete your Civilization 'Concept Map.' Due: Friday, September 19.