This online lesson explains the polytheistic religion of ancient Egypt with respect to beliefs about death, the afterlife, mummification, and the role of different deities. How each level of society had beliefs of what would be waiting for them after death is also discussed.
In this lesson, students will be introduced to some of the ways in which advertisers used World War I to sell their products. Students will examine how these materials present a positive picture of the war. The class will also look at some of the materials produced for or by the troops themselves as amusements and propaganda.
Students will explore the Age of Enlightenment through a Power Point presentation and class discussion. Students will then further explore this period of history and its prominent figures by designing a dinner party for 12 Enlightenment thinkers. This project will encourage students to learn more about the period and the philosophers associated with it, as well as synthesize what they have learned while utilizing higher order thinking, group work skills, and creativity.
In this learning activity, students will compare two texts that relate a flood story. In the culminating activity, students will create their own religious text or ancient myth that has historical feasibility relative to a civilization that the students studied in this lesson (e.g. Canaanite, Sumerian, Israelite, etc).
This article reviews and discusses the film "Water" by director Deepa Mehta. The film depicts India in the 1930s and focuses on the roles and treatment of widows. The film was protested by Hindu fundamentalists and ultimately production was shut down in India.
This article examines how different cultures conceptualize death and what happens when a person dies, and how these different conceptions have a noticeable influence on their lifestyles and their psychological reactions to death and grief.
The Art of Illumination project is a great way for students in grades 5-12 to experience the medieval process of illumination as authentically as possible. After researching the history, people, and art of the Medieval Ages, students will have the opportunity to create an illuminated text of their own.
Students are introduced to the Bhagavad Gita, the most famous section of the great Indian epic, the Mahabharata. Materials include a video introduction, excerpted reading, and a timeline. Life and death, duty and desire are all explained by Krishna, the creator god.
In this lesson, students compare and contrast the world, people and technologies of “1984” with those of today and create a treatment for a modern film, print or stage adaptation that revolves around current technologies.
This lesson uses the book, One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree, by Daniel Bernstrom and Brendon Wenzel, to incorporate music, reading/writing/language arts, visual art, social studies, and physical education into a lesson or unit of lessons. The resource lists 5 different ways the book can be used, from a 15 minute reading with instrumental accompaniment, to a weeks-long project of writing and illustrating a sequel to the book.
Students will learn about stereotypes associated with Muslims and then stereotypes associated with groups in their own school. Students will learn about Muslims - through an article and video clips - look for stereotypes/monoliths in their own schools and create a school campaign that attempts to fight these stereotypes using announcements and psoters.
This web site allows students to view parts of the Bayeux Tapestry which tells the story of early Enligh History through a series of pictures. The activities attached to it allow students to create their own tapestry story along with the creation of objects from the time period. There are also suggestions for ways to tie the tapestry in with other subject areas.
Students will engage in a virtual tour of the Cave of Chauvet to see the remains and the cave paintings which were discovered in the 1990's. This site also has detailed explainations of the archeological work being done at the site and the observations of the people who have been inside the cave.
On behalf of Marcus Caelius in the spring of 56 B.C.E. Roman oratory was a living art. Orators knew that the persuasive power of a speech did not come from the force and clarity of its argument alone. A speaker needed not simply to be heard distinctly, but to project the kind of confident, engaging personality that could win an audience's good will and command its belief.
In this lesson, students are introduced to the concept of the African creation myths which have much in common with other creation myths from around the world, including themes found in creation accounts from Western/European areas. The lesson will help the student to understand the vast diversity of traditional African religions, and at the same time learn that despite the differences, humans share common ideas about their origins. This lesson begins on page 10 of the pdf.
- World Humanities
- Material Type:
- The Center for African Studies University of Florida
- Andrew Wasserman
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Students will use primary text and visual sources to recognize gender as a social construction and understand that those social constructions change over time. Students will write an essay summarizing the lesson.
Students work in small groups to examine various aspects of eighteenth-century courtship and marriage, and then compare courting practices, parental influence, the wedding ceremony, and wedding celebrations with similar present-day customs.