While this lesson plan on class hierarchies and their origins isn’t exactly the most distinguished work I have ever posted here, it may be of some use in you classroom. In any case, as always, the documents here are in Microsoft Word, so you can modify them to suit your and your students’ needs and circumstances. I open this lesson with this context clues worksheet on the noun civilization; if the lesson goes into a second day (and if the questioning and discussion of this material in your classroom expand to the extent they generally did in mine, you will be on this material for two days) , here is another on the noun civilian. If nothing else, by the end of this lesson students will have a fair grasp of the Latin word root civilis and its conceptual significance. Finally, here is the reading and comprehension worksheet that is the work of this lesson.
Parenthetically, as I review the social studies material I prepared over the years, I find it is at best a mishmosh. Less charitably, it is a mess. The social studies units I wrote over the years reflect more than anything my attempts to teach global studies in a way that would give the struggling students I served their best chance at passing the high-stakes New York State Global History and Geography Regents Examination. To put it a succinctly as possible, I was always, in my curriculum design in social studies, racing to keep up with that infernal test.
Rather than try to sort through this material, which has delayed my publishing this material, I have decided to post it as is. It won’t always be the best and the brightest, but it will be manipulable so that you, dear reader, can make it better. If you ever consider leaving comments on this site, I would greatly appreciate your thoughts on these global history lessons.
If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.