Rethinking Civilization - Crash Course World History 201

Does a civilization need a state to be considered a civilization? High schoolers learn about the nomads, barbarians, and hill people of ancient history and the qualities of their existence that may have been considered a civilization unto itself.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the video to open a discussion about the necessary qualities of a civilization, or when learning about specific ancient civilizations
  • Have class members write a journal entry about modern people who would qualify as those who live outside of the state, much like ancient nomads or barbarians
  • Include with a unit on Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild
Classroom Considerations

  • Comment section is open to the public
  • Makes a brief reference to Colorado's legal marijuana law, which may distract from your lesson
Pros

  • John Green is an engaging and informative host
  • Encourages learners to consider deeper questions regarding what they assume about historical civilizations
Cons

  • None