Grade 9 Internet Resources

 

 Unit One – Geography
 Unit Two – Prehistory

 Unit Three – Ancient River Valley Civilizations

 Unit Four – Early Asian Civilizations
 Unit Five – Ancient Greek Civilization
 Unit Six – Civilization of Rome

 Unit Seven –Byzantine Empire & Russia

 Unit EightIslam

 Unit Nine—Eastern Hemisphere Trade Patterns

 Unit Ten—Civilizations of the Western Hemisphere

 Unit Eleven—Middle Ages

Unit Twelve—Late Medieval Period

Unit Thirteen—Renaissance

 

 


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Unit One – Geography

 

Blank Outline Maps of Countries and Continents of the World (SOL WHI.Ib,c)

This site contains blank outline maps of the countries and continents of the world, indexed alphabetically.

1.      How did physical geography determine the lives of early humans?

2.      Identify major geographic features important to the study of world history.

 

 

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Unit Two – Prehistory

 

The Cave of Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc (SOL WHI.2a,b)

This interactive site allows students take a virtual tour of the cave.  Students can click on the Time & Space link to discover how scientists have “dated” the  cave drawings. 

1.      Use pictures to analyze the physical & cultural landscapes of the world and interpret the past.

2.      Discover how cave art was created.

 

The Cave of Lascaux (SOL WHI.2a,b)

This interactive site allows students take a virtual tour of the cave.  Students can click on the Time & Space link to discover how scientists have “dated” the  cave drawings.

1.      Use pictures to analyze the physical & cultural landscapes of the world and interpret the past.

2.      Discover how cave art was created.

 

Neolithic Britain (SOL WHI.2c,d)

This site includes a short article on Neolithic Britain and Stonehenge with links to the beginnings of civilization.

1.      How did the beginning of agriculture and the domestication of animals promote the rise of settled communities?

 

 The First Humans (SOL WHI.2)

By logging on this site, one can walk through a museum exhibition on human prehistory with information and pictures on evolution.

1.      How does archaeology provide knowledge of early human life and its changes?

 

 

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Unit Three – Ancient River Valley Civilizations

 

Ancient River Valley Civilizations  (SOL WHI.3)

This site focuses on the early Mesopotamian and Egyptian civilizations.  It is in outline form.

1.      Where were the earliest civilizations located?

2.      When did these civilizations exist?

 

Map of Mesopotamia to 2500 BCE (SOL WHI.3a)

1.      Where were the earliest civilizations located?

 

You be the Judge on Hammurabi’s Code!  (SOL WHI.3b)

This is such a great site for students and teachers to explore Hammurabi’s code.  For students, there is an interactive “You Decide” section where they solve problems faced by Hammurabi.  For teachers, there is a Lesson Plan section on how to implement the website.

1.      What were the political patterns of early civilizations?

 

Ancient Egypt Teacher Resource File (SOL WHI.3)

Teachers and students can view this complete site on Egypt.

 

The Ancient Indus Valley (SOL WHI.3)

This site is a guide to ancient Harrapa in South Asia.  There are lots of interactive sites and virtual tours.

1.      What were the social, political, and economic characteristics of early civilizations?

 

Do you know why the Yellow River basin is called the Cradle of Chinese Civilization? (SOL WHI.3)

This short reading by a Chinese man on the history of the Huang He valley. It has pictures and links to maps and regional information.

1.      Why did ancient civilizations develop in river valleys?

2.      Where were the earliest civilizations located?

 

Ancient Greek Civilizations (SOL WHI.3)

This site thoroughly explores the ancient Greek world and contains some great maps and timelines.

 

 

 

 

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Unit Four – Early Asian Civilizations

 

 

Hinduism:  The world’s third largest religion (SOL WHI.4c)

This site explores Hinduism with links to additional information on this religion.

1.      What are the characteristics of the Hindu religion?

2.      How did Hinduism influence Indian society and culture?

 

Confucianism (SOL WHI.4f)

This site explores the theory and beliefs of Confucianism.

1.      Why was Confucianism important in the formation of Chinese culture?

 

Taoism (SOL WHI.4f)

      This site explores the theory and beliefs of Taoism.

            1.    Why was Taoism important in the formation of Chinese culture?

 

 

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Unit Five – Ancient Greek Civilization

 

The Ancient Greeks (SOL WHI.5)

This site includes pictures and readings on all aspects of ancient Greek life in the Mediterranean.

 

Greek Mythology (SOL WHI.5b)

This site contains information on the Greek gods along with pictures and a Greek vs. Roman list of gods. The site also contains a Fun Fact Quiz that would make for a great introduction activity.

 

Alexander the Great (SOL WHI.5g)

This site is devoted to Alexander the Great, the era dominated by him, and links to all aspects of the Hellenistic period.

1.      How did the empire of Alexander the Great establish a basis for the spread of Hellenistic culture?

 

 

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Unit Six – Civilization of Rome

 

From a City-State Ruled by Petty Kings To a World Empire (SOL WHI.6)

This site provides a picture of ancient Rome and the links at the bottom of the page are particularly interesting.  Visitors to the site will find such things as Writers/Historians, Roman food, Social classes, the Roman Senate, Evolution of the Roman Government, and The Late Empire.

 

Digging Around in Ancient Rome (SOL WHI.6j)

This site contains links to art/architecture, The Twelve Tables, and mythology.

1.      How did Roman achievements influence Western civilization?

 

Augustus Caesar and the Pax Romana (SOL WHI.6h)

This rather lengthy site focuses on the Pax Romana and Augustus Caesar.  This is probably better for background reading for instructors.

1.      What was the Pax Romana?

2.      What was the impact of the Pax Romana on the Roman Empire?

 

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Unit Seven—Byzantine Empire & Russia

 

The Glory of Byzantium (SOL WHI.7)

This site on the study of the Byzantine Empire has pictures and links to additional resource material.  An excellent site for background information.

 

The Face of Russia (SOL WHI.7c,e)

This site contains a multimedia program produced by PBS and outlined by subject that includes the complete history of Russia with pictures and explanations.

1. Why did the Byzantine Empire have so much influence on religion, culture, and trade in Russia      and Eastern Europe?

 

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Unit Eight—Islam

 

Discover Islam (SOL WHI.8)

This site answers key questions students may have about Islam through an exhibit that contains art posters.  It is a bit detailed, so it may be better suited for a honors level class or background information for the instructor.

 

 

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Unit Nine—Eastern Hemisphere Trade Patterns

 

Japan Geography (SOL WHI.10c)

This site, with maps and pictures of Japan, links to the history, culture and traditions of this chain of islands.

1.      How has Japan’s geography influenced its development?

 

Ghana (SOL WHI.10d)

Students will gain an understanding of Ghana’s importance in this short reading.

  1. What were the characteristics of civilizations in sub-Saharan Africa during the medieval period?

 

 

 

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Unit Ten—Civilizations of the Western Hemisphere

 

Meso and Latin America (SOL WHI.11)

This site contains multimedia slide/pictures of major locations in Meso and Latin America and in depth information to explore the culture and civilization of Ancient Meso and Latin America.  The maps are also great on this site.

 

The Ancient Aztecs (SOL WHI.11)

This site includes pictures, diagrams, and terms about the Aztecs with links to activities like crossword puzzles and resource references.

 

The Mayas (SOL WHI.11)

This site gives an overview on the Mayan Indians in Latin America.  At the bottom of the page are links to other resource material on early cultures in the Americas.

 

 

 

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Unit Eleven—Middle Ages

 

Life in the Middle Ages (SOL WHI.9)

Students will be able to explore all aspects of the Middle Ages.  It is a fun activity as well as an informative research tool of the period.

 

Feudal Life (SOL WHI.9b)

This site reviews the origin of Feudalism in England under William the Conqueror.

 

Feudalism (SOL WHI.9b)

Feudal society is clearly and concisely explained on this website.  It also contains links to information about other aspects of life in the Middle Ages.

1.      How did feudal society develop in Europe during the Middle Ages?

 

The Vikings (SOL WHI.9d)

This site is a more in depth look at the Vikings.  This may be appropriate for a honors class or background reading for instructors.

 

 

 

 

 

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Unit Twelve—Late Medieval Period

 

William the Conqueror (SOL WHI.12a)

This site gives a general overview of William the Conqueror.  This reading would be appropriate for all levels and great background reading for instructors.

 

The Magna Carta of 1215 (SOL WHI.12a)

Students should visit this site to gain an understanding of the impact of the Magna Carta.  This is a great site for everyone to visit!  There is a link near the end of the document that takes interested visitors to a site that contains all the clauses of the Magna Carta.

 

Hundred Years War (SOL WHI.12a)

This is an excellent site for a brief but comprehensive look at the causes & effects of the Hundred Years War.

 

Who’s Who in Medieval HistorySt. Joan of Arc (SOL WHI.12a)

Students will gain an understanding of the impact of Joan’s participation in the Hundred Years War and for those who are interested in learning more, there are more links to delve deeper into Joan of Arc’s life.

 

Ivan the Great (SOL WHI.12a)

This site features a brief reading on how Ivan freed Russia from the rule of the Mongols.

 

Dark Legacy—The Origins of the Crusades (SOL WHI.12b)

This website discusses the role of Pope Urban II’s speech in beginning the Crusades.

 

The Black Death of 1348-1350 (SOL WHI.12c)

Students and teachers alike will learn quite a bit about the Students and teachers alike will learn quite a bit about the Black Death in this short reading.  Black Death in this short reading.  There are links at the bottom of the page which discuss “cures” for the plague and health and medicine in the middle ages.  Definitely a must see site!!

 

Literacy—The Church (SOL WHI.12d)

This page may be better suited for instructors or an upper level class.  However, it does contain information about translating works into Latin and how this laid the foundation for the rise of universities.

 

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Unit Thirteen—Renaissance

 

Virtual Renaissance (SOL WHI.13b,c,d)

This site provides a comprehensive “tour” through the Renaissance period.

 

Medieval Sourcebook:  Renaissance (SOL WHI.13b,c,d)

This site contains a comprehensive guide on all facets of the Renaissance and even includes links to Machiavelli’s Prince.

 

Exploring Leonardo (SOL WHI.13c)

This site is devoted to the artist, Leonardo Da Vinci, his work, and his life.  This is a must visit site.