How to Help Your Students Identify Similarities & Differences in the Ancient World

Check out this great resource for teaching students how to identify similarities and differences in the ancient world!

Keep reading to find out how to help your students identify similarities and differences in the ancient world!

One of Marzano’s (CLICK HERE to learn more about Dr. Marzano) top teaching strategies is identifying similarities and differences. This is a very useful skill in all subject areas, and especially in World History – a course of study that is largely learning about ancient cultures and discovering what makes them similar to and different from each other. It can be a little difficult to explicitly teach this skill, so I created a resource to make it easier!

I very unoriginally call my resource “Similarities and Differences in the Ancient World (CLICK HERE for a traditional print version, or HERE for a digital version), and it can be used in several different ways:

1) As a printed out cooperative learning activity in which pairs (or larger groups) examine images of how two civilizations did something (EX: Mesopotamians built ziggurats and Egyptians built pyramids) and collaborate to answer provided prompts out loud.

2) As an individual activity with the same concept as number one, but with a space for students to individually answer questions in writing.

3) As a class-wide activity in which two images are projected on the whiteboard for a class-wide discussion. This version works especially well to model how to compare and contrast things.

These are the cultures I provided:

  • Paleolithic vs Neolithic
  • Neolithic vs Mesopotamia
  • Mesopotamia vs Egypt
  • Egypt vs China
  • Egypt vs. Greece
  • Greece vs Rome
  • Rome vs The Middle Ages
  • The Middle Ages vs The Renaissance
  • Or any combination of these with the included bonus activity!

SEE WHAT OTHER TEACHER’S HAVE SAID ABOUT THIS RESOURCE…

  • “Students loved it. Thanks.” Brian T. 5-stars
  • “Can’t wait to use this throughout the year!” Miranda in the Middle 5-stars
  • “Thanks for this time saver!” Barbara B. 5-stars
Check out this great resource for teaching students how to identify similarities and differences in the ancient world!