Sitting in the Lucy Hammer Room at the James Blackstone Library in Branford, CELC students learn about how to write effective introductions and conclusions for their research papers. This is only one aspect of the larger world that is part of our year-long thematic study of Ancient to Modern Civilizations.

Ancient Civilizations StudyEach year at CELC we have a particular theme that weaves its way into areas of academic and experiential study. In addition to CELC’s 5th-8th grade curriculum, the thematic study is included through literature, math, science, etc.  Theme is also where students learn to write formal research papers.

During the past month, CELC students  have chosen a different civilization and time period to study, gathered resource materials, researched and read about their topics.  They were then taught to create a working outline and to take notes that correspond to the parts of the outline.  First drafts are now beginning to happen, and over the next few weeks, each will have completed a formal paper that achieves a grade level–appropriate word count, table of contents, bibliography, interesting visuals, and an attractive cover page.Ancient Civilizations Study

Simultaneous to the written portion of this learning, students are also involved in creating and constructing large “living museum” displays to share about what they’ve learned.  During this building time, our classrooms have been transformed into a working space containing a plethora of materials, including, but not limited to, cardboard refrigerator boxes, cans of paint, brushes, bamboo, clay, and even cement!  Incorporating as many aspects of their civilizations, students are building by hand a variety of visuals, objects, and other items that can be part of their “environments” to represent and simulate the ancient culture.

Ancient Civilizations Study

Each project will contain a variety of informational items, including a timeline specifying dates of the civilization; list of important events that occurred within the time period; hand-drawn maps of ancient compared to modern geographical locations and place names of the region studied; a research report; visuals; dioramas; models; and more.

The students, dressed in costume, will portray an invented persona representing the civilization studied, creating an authentic historical fiction account of their persona’s family, occupation, lifestyle, etc. and eloquently will  share this story as visitors enjoy each display.

Please visit CELC’s Theme Share Day!   On Friday, 31 May the auditorium at the Blackstone Memorial Library will become transformed into a “living museum” of ancient civilizations, representing the months of research and study by students of the Connecticut Experiential Learning Center (CELC).  Visitors are encouraged to ask questions to find out about aspects of each civilization that is represented.

Ancient Civilizations Study

From cuneiforms to Greek alphabet, from the story of Alexander the Great to the invention of the wheel, we invite you to join us as the civilizations of the Indus Valley, Persia, Incan Empire, Greece, the Celts, and the Maya all spring to life once again!

The public is invited to attend this interactive “living museum” event Friday, 31 May 2013 from 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For more information, contact [email protected] or call 203.433.4658.  www.CTExperiential.org.