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Early Civilizations- Nature and Technology: Home

Unit Overview

Technology doesn’t just apply to today’s computers and machines.  Technology is as old as the earliest human civilizations.  Michael and Mary Woods, authors of the Ancient Technology series, define technology as “the use of knowledge, inventions, and discoveries to make life better” (6).  Some of the first technologies may have been primitive, but not all.  For example, the ancient Egyptians built one of the first canals over three thousand years ago and the world’s first daily newspaper began publication in Rome in 59 BC. Ancient people used all types of technology- from machines and medicine to tools and transportation to make life easier and safer.

In this unit we will focus on the compelling question: 
How was the development of ancient civilization impacted by technology and nature?




Source:  Woods, Michael and Mary B. Woods.  Ancient Machines. Twenty-First Century Books, 2000.

Ancient Civilizations

Compelling Question:
How was the development of ancient civilization impacted by nature and technology?


Directions:  You will be responsible for doing each of the six tasks outline under each of the tabs. Each task involves developing a claim that answers a supporting question(s).  Answers must be completed in a well-developed paragraph, which includes textual evidence to support this claim. Use the check list and grading rubric below to ensure that you have met all the requirements of the assignment.