Spanning the time period from 15,000 BCE to 1500 CE, Inquiry-Based Lessons in World History (Vol. 1) focuses on creating global connections between people and places using primary sources in standards-based lessons. With sections on early humans, the ancient world, classical antiquity, and the world in transition, this book provides teachers with inquiry-based, ready-to-use lessons that can be adapted to any classroom and that encourage students to take part in the learning process by reading and thinking like historians. Each section contains chapters that correspond to the scope and sequence of most world history textbooks. Each inquiry lesson begins with an essential question and connections to content and literacy standards, followed by primary source excerpts or links to those sources. Lessons include step-by-step directions, incorporate a variety of literacy strategies, and require students to make a hypothesis using evidence from the texts they have read.

Grades 7-10

chapter |14 pages


part I|38 pages

15,000-1045 Bce Early Humans

chapter Chapter 1|12 pages

The Neolithic Era and Early Settlements

chapter Chapter 2|14 pages

Rise of Civilizations in The Mediterranean

(Egypt and Mesopotamia)

chapter Chapter 3|10 pages

Rise of Civilizations in Asia

(China and India)

part II|67 pages

2500 Bce-O the Ancient World

chapter Chapter 4|22 pages

Rise of Religions

chapter Chapter 6|18 pages

Governments in the Ancient World

chapter Chapter 7|15 pages

Everyday Life in the Ancient World

part III|57 pages

0-750 Classical Antiquity

chapter Chapter 8|11 pages

Rise and Fall of Empires

chapter Chapter 9|14 pages


chapter Chapter 10|13 pages


chapter Chapter 11|15 pages

Economy and Trade

part IV|67 pages

750–1500 The World in Transition

chapter Chapter 12|15 pages

Kingdoms of Asia and Africa

chapter Chapter 13|18 pages

Kingdoms of Europe

chapter Chapter 14|14 pages

Civilizations in the Americas

chapter Chapter 15|17 pages

Global Exploration and Expansion