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Expansion of Civilization
High School
500 B.C. – A.D. 1500

Explore the beginnings of Western civilization

Study the civilizations of the Maya, Ch’in and Han of China, Persians, Athenians and Spartans, Early Roman Christians, Roman Republic, Mauryans of India, Macedonians, Byzantine, Islamic peoples, and many more…

Experience each civilization through their—

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  • Art

Terra cotta figures  in China, sculptured reliefs of Persepolis, Ikebana of Japan, pottery and sculpture….and more

  • Music and instruments
  • Architecture

Study the great churches and cathedrals of the world, the Parthenon, Catacombs, and more

  • Drama & Sports
  • Literature (all excerpts included)

Research, Analyze, and Read (all excerpts included).
Sun Wu and Sun Pin, Lessons for Women, The Canterbury Tales, The Frogs, Alexander the Great’s biography by Plutarch, Socrates, The Koran, Jakatas, City of God by Augustine, Beowulf, Song of Roland, Everyman, Sir Gwain, and more.

  • Essays, Short Stories, Poetry, Critique, Research Papers, and More!old writing 2
  • Compositions including all nine units of IEW TWSS 2-D available through TRISMS
  • Science: archaeology, silk making, printing, paper making, petroleum, cotton, irrigation, embalming, surveying, hydraulics
  • Religion: the beliefs and practices of the Ancient people
  • Economics of trade and taxes
  • Eastern and Western civilizations are studied chronologically and geographically in context. 
  • Study the Seven Mysteries and the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • Rhetoric
  • Introduce your scholar to philosophy and early philosophers
  • Accomplishments in Science

Navigation, infectious diseases, crop rotation, seismology, atoms, scientific thought, deductive reasoning

  • Map the civilizations’ expansion, geography and exploration.


In this sample lesson you will find an example of how to plan your week from the unit grid. Click the image to download Expansion of Civilization The Enchanting East sample lesson to gain insight into the TRISMS curriculum.