Wonders of the World Series: Seven Ancient Wonders

Wonders of the World Series: Seven Ancient Wonders


About this course

This is the first installment in the Wonders of the World Series. Other classes in this series include:

Seven New Wonders

Seven Natural Wonders

Recommended Ages: 10-17.

Start Date: Enrollments received on or before Monday will be given class access the following Tuesday. Course consists of 4 lesson plans. No live classes- view lessons on YOUR schedule. SUMMER SCHEDULE IN EFFECT!! You have until August 23 to complete the course. Upon enrollment, you will receive class access information on Tuesday. Final reports will be issued on August 24. This gives you complete freedom during the summer to do the work! Instructors will still be grading and giving feedback for students weekly, but there will be no weekly deadlines- only the final course deadline of August 23.

Price: $60

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Since their creation, the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World have inspired the imaginations of those who are lucky enough to witness them. When the Greek writer Philo of Byzantium first catalogued these ancient marvels in his 225 BCE book, On the Seven Wonders, he laid the foundations of fascination that caused generations of scholars, world travellers, and the common man to become enraptured with the ancient world. In this four week class, we will be following Philo’s lead to learn more about these man-made wonders and their place in the ancient world. During the course, we will tour the ancient Mediterranean and learn more about these mystical, and sometimes legendary, features from another time.

LESSON PLANS: This is a 4 week class. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete all work. Weekly lesson plans are posted on Tuesdays by 5pm Pacific Time. There is no “live” component to this class, which allows students to work at their own pace. This is a great option for busy students who need to work on their own schedule, and students who live all over the world and can’t easily coordinate time zones.

Lesson plans are a combination of power point, graphics, video, and audio. Each slide is fully narrated for students who prefer to hear material read to them. There is no textbook for this course.

DISCUSSION: There are weekly discussions about the lesson plan with the instructor. We also offer an “open talk” forum where students can have fun getting to know their classmates!

ASSIGNMENTS: Material is the same for both levels, it’s the depth of the assignments that is the main difference. Most weeks, students get to choose from a list of exciting and fun hands on projects to let them really dig deep into topics in the lesson plan that interest them the most! The goal is to allow students to explore the topic while allowing their creativity to flow. We encourage out of the box thinking! Generally projects can be submitted in any format of the student’s choosing…written, presentation, poster, stop motion animation, Minecraft, song, skit…we’ve seen it all!! Check out our Facebook page for examples of student projects. All students receive instructor feedback on submitted work.

QUIZZES: Online quizzes are available each week as a tool for students to see how well they understand the material. Format is generally multiple choice, matching, true/false, and fill in the blank.

GRADES: All students will have access to our online learning system where they can view their lesson plan and assignments, take optional quizzes, access our discussion boards, submit assignments, and view instructor feedback on those assignments. You have the option of having your student’s assignments graded or not. In a given semester, you choose whether you want all or none of that student’s classes to receive grades (for example, if they are taking 3 classes, all 3 classes must be either graded or not graded). You can change the option the following semester. Graded students will be required to take the weekly quiz and will receive a number grade for their assignments in addition to feedback. They will also receive a final report card that you can print and keep for your records. Please note: All quizzes and some homework assignments that require an online “quiz” like entry will receive a grade.

TIME: In general, expect 1-1.5 hours to work through the lesson plan each week, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time).

Week 1: An Introduction to the Wonders

The first week of the course introduces Philo’s book and the concept of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. After learning the context behind these man-made marvels, we will begin our tour. And the first stop on that tour is Babylon! The Hanging Gardens of Babylon are the most legendary of the seven wonders, with some historians calling their existence into question. The second half of this lesson focuses on separating fact from myth and answering the question, “Did the Hanging Gardens of Babylon exist, and if so, what did they look like?”


Week 2: Temples and Mausoleums

The second week of the course continues on our tour of the Seven Wonders. This week is focused on the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. These three wonders are all different, but they also carry the major ancient themes regarding gods and the afterlife. Much like every week of this course, we will explore who made them, how they were made, and why they were considered so important.


Week 3: Coastal Wonders 

In week 3, we focus on two of the wonders sailors would likely be quite familiar with: the Colossus of Rhodes and the Lighthouse of Alexandria. While other wonders could be seen from the sea, these two acted as important identifying features for sailors arriving in the Harbors of Rhodes and Alexandria. 


Week 4: The Great Pyramid at Giza and Honorable Mentions

The final week of the class focuses on the only wonder that still stands to this day: the Great Pyramid at Giza. As the oldest and longest lasting of the Seven Wonders, the Great Pyramid stands as a monument to the magnificence and the persistence of the ancient world. The first half of this week is dedicated to learning about the Great Pyramid and other Egyptian pyramids that inspired its design. We will wrap up the course with a quick look at a few other pieces of ancient Mediterranean architecture that deserve an honorable mention as man-made wonders of the world.


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