Name one way past civilisations have shaped present day societies?
Ancient cultures developed essential skills & knowledge that we use today, like writing, agriculture, and mathematics. The legacies of past civilisations live on through their art, architecture, and literature. Studying the past helps us to understand our present and plan for our future.
How Past Civilisations Shaped Our Modern World
Culture: The beliefs, customs, and way of life of a particular group of people Civilization: An advanced form of human society with complex social structures, often associated with cities and writing Legacy: Something that is passed down from a previous generation to the present
Ancient Egyptian mummification techniques are still used today in medical sciences. Ancient Greeks were among the first to develop a complex system of mathematics. The ancient Roman calendar had 10 months originally and the 2 months of January and February were added later.
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What important contributions to society did past civilisations make?
What can we learn from the successes and failures of past civilisations?
How have past civilisations shaped our world today?
How does our understanding of past civilisations help us to understand our own society?
Brain break: Draw a fish wearing a tutu and a crown, dancing at the bottom of the sea.
Question: How have past civilisations shaped present day societies? Clues: • Think of ways past civilisations have influenced the world today. • Look at how past civilisations adapted to their environment. • Explore how past civilisations have impacted modern technology. In pairs: Select and solve one of the tasks: A. Create a poster showing the connection between past and present. B. Write and present a speech about the influence of past civilisations.
What is the name of the ancient Greek city-state that is credited with laying the foundation of Western democracy?
Which ancient civilization built Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Peru?
- Aztec Empire
- Inca Empire
- Maya Civilization
- Egyptian Civilization
Which civilization developed a system of writing called hieroglyphics?
- Indus Valley Civilians
- Ancient Egyptians
Which civilization invented paper and printing technology?
- Indus Valley Civilians
- Ancient Chinese
Who were known for their engineering marvels such as aqueducts and roads throughout their vast empire?
Work together in pairs: What are some ways that past civilisations have shaped our society today?