The Ancient Middle East
The Face of Britain: YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLV63ip7pdI&t – Show one episode exploring the genetic history of Great Britain at the start of the year. The teacher can tie this series into how the scientific method can be applied to a history classroom. I would explain that just because you are in a history classroom, does not mean that you cannot apply the scientific method.
The Sumerians – Fall of the First Cities: YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2lJUOv0hLA – This is a podcast that explores the Sumerians and why their civilization fell. A teacher does not have to show the full episode of the podcast. I would recommend that the teacher finds a place to start at and allow the students to listen. This podcast is well put together.
Immortal Egypt: YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wo6OO992ywI – Any episode of Immortal Egypt with Joanne Fletcher will be good to show to a class studying Ancient Egypt. The Egyptian Kingdom is punctuated by periods of the grand building and then decline. All four episodes are fantastic. Fletcher's style will draw the students into the story of Egypt.
Egypt’s Lost Queens: YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3aNbNxKS6s – Joanne Fletcher explores the history of Egypt through its lost queens. You may exercise the option to just show a part of this documentary. This documentary allows the viewer to do that. Again, Fletcher's style will draw the students into the story of Egypt.
The Lost Army of King Cambyses – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP5ovMPXvl0 – Archaeologists are trying to solve the mystery of where 50,000 soldiers vanished. This is an interesting documentary about archeology and when it fails. This one would be a good filler documentary for when there is a substitute teacher in the room.
Ancient Greece and Rome
The Minotaur Myth – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VMhR6fpC-E – Bettany Hughes narrates a tale of the archeologists who discovered the site to the discoveries that are being made. Each discovery tells us a bit more about the story of the Minoans. She discusses the Minoan kings. It is a fascinating look on a precursor to the Greeks. Students will learn about a Pre-Greek civilization
Athens The Truth About Democracy – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPnUK176AR0 – Bettany Hughes narrates the story of democracy and Athens. The archeology demonstrates that the people took some thoughtful and complex steps to protect their democracy. Hughes presents Athens warts and all. Bettany Hughes explains the story of democracy very well.
Lost World of Pompeii – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOEBVWc8crI&t= - Scientists, archeologists, and other experts are scanning Pompeii to help unlock its secrets and to help preserve it for the future. This documentary explains how Vesuvius erupted the way it did. This episode would be a good filler documentary for when there is a substitute teacher in the room.
Vesuvius - YouTube
The day Vesuvius erupted was an ordinary day for the citizens of Herculaneum and Pompeii. This documentary focuses on Herculaneum, the other city that was buried when Vesuvius erupted. For decades archeologists and scientists thought the people escaped.
Time Team – Back to Turkdean – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mInuesqb6e4 – Time Team investigate the remains of a Roman Villa in Britain. They originally discovered in 1998, however, upon further investigation, the Villa was larger than first discovered! They come back to the site and discover more about the site. This episode would be a good filler documentary for when there is a substitute teacher in the room.
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