Ancient River Valley Civilizations Play
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    • 45-minute play (NON-musical) for grades 5-9+
    • Includes the script and teacher's guide
    • Simple to do - no drama experience needed!

    The similarities and differences between the four great ancient river valley civilizations: Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, and China.

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    Synopsis

    Who knew that an "all-inclusive" river cruise might include time travel? These lucky tourists will learn all about river valley civilizations from the peoples of those ancient cultures...and some helpful (and hungry) tour guides!

    Key Concepts

    • Commonalities between the ancient river valley civilizations, how they formed, and why they thrived
    • Details about each civilization, including geography, writing systems, religious beliefs, agriculture, technological developments, governance, social structure, and material remains

    Specific content/characters emphasized in the play:

    Egypt

    • Pyramids at Giza
    • Pharoahs (Khufu, Tutankhamun, Hatshepsut)

    Indus Valley (Harappa)

    • Advanced sanitation system

    Mesopotamia

    • Fertile Crescent
    • Sumerian, Akkadian, Assyrian, and Babylonian civilizations
    • Hammurabi and his Code
    • Mythology and epic (Gilgamesh)

    China

    • Taoism (Lao Tzu)
    • Dynasties (Wu of Zhou)
    • Mandate of Heaven

    Ancient River Valley Civilizations is a great complement to your curriculum resources in world history and social studies. And, like all of our plays, this show can be used to improve reading, vocabulary, reading comprehension, performance skills, class camaraderie and teamwork, and numerous social skills (read about it!) -- all while enabling students to be part of a truly fun and creative experience they will never forget!


    Publication Information

    Written by John Heath and Lisa Adams
    ISBN: 978-1-886588-71-4
    © 2018 Bad Wolf Press, LLC

    Common Core and Other National Standards

    History/Social Studies

    Language Arts

    Fine Arts

    • National Music Standards 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th, Standard 1 for 5th-8th
    • National Theater Standards 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th, Standards 2 and 6 for 5th-8th
    • National Dance Standards 1 and 2 for K-4th
    Number of questions: 0

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