Skip Navigation

Characteristics of a Civilization

A Group Project Abroad (GPA) by Jenny Chung

Topic: Characteristics of a Civilization

Subject: Social Studies

Duration of Lesson: 80-90 minutes

Grade Level: 7 (introductory) and 8 (review)


  • 7th grade—This is an introductory lesson for a unit on geography of the Arabian Peninsula and Islam. This will connect with previous study of classical civilizations (Greece and Rome).
  • 8th grade—Transitioning from Medieval Europe to the Renaissance, this lesson will be a review of Islam for 8th grade students

Lesson Objective(s):
• Students will be able to define a civilization.
• Students will review key terms pertaining to the characteristics of a civilization.
• Students will understand the difference between a primary and secondary source.

African Studies Center