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The goal is to write an essay focusing on a theme, the advantages and disadvantages of forming civilizations in ancient river valleys. The essay consists of 4 paragraphs: introductory, advantages, disadvantages, and conclusion.  At least 3 of the ancient civilizations (China, Egypt, Mesopotamia, or India) must be used in the discussion.  Resources include the social studies text book, class movies about ancient civilizations, library resources, and internet resources.  A double-graded is earned on this assignment, which means that there is a grade in Social Studies and English.  Follow the rubric to succeed. 

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Ancient China

(Huang-He and Yellow River Valleys)







Ancient Egypt

(Nile River Valley)


Ancient India

(Indus River and Ganges River Valleys)




Ancient Mesopotamia

(Tigris and Euphrates River Valleys--Fertile Crescent)





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