7th Grade World History Sites


Ancient Civilizations through the Renaissance

Introduction to History
A great explanation of what archaeology is and why it is important. You can follow the steps an archaeologist may go through when working at a site.

This interactive game gives students a chance to see what kind of tools archaeologists use. The game looks at the excavation of a Spanish Mission on St. Catherines Island, Georgia.

Young archaeologists will enjoy this site full of information and examples of historical pieces that were discovered on excavations. You'll also find descriptions of various jobs in the archeological field.

River Valley Civilizations: Mesopotamia and Egypt

This site from Civilization.ca provides great pictures of the Nile River and surrounding desert with some description of this unique geography. Very interesting and informative.

A general introduction to the history and religion of the Mesopotamian valley, including Babylonia

River Valley Civilizations: India and China

Ethnographic site explores famous Mohenjo Daro through 103 indexed slides, some never published before, and an illustrated essay.

A photographic tour of the ruins of Mohenjo-Daro.

Information on the Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa Civilizations, the Aryans and the Origins of the Hinduism. Hyperlinks provide locations on a map.

A website that introduces different aspects of Chinese civilization with pictures, including geography, buddhism, calligraphy, military technology, paintings as well as Chinese homes, gardens etc.

This site contains pictures and information to the people of the ancient Indus Valley.

This site details the history of the silk road. It discusses its origins in ancient China, how it linked Europe and Asia by trade, and the reasons for its decline.

This site provides information on the history of spices and on the history of the spice trade. It also displays useful links to find out more information on discoverers and exploration including timelines.

Ancient Greece

A comprehensive site that includes two timelines, a glossary, interactive learning games, cartoons and lesson plans. The site covers such topics as Athens, Olympia and Corinth as well as Greek theater, and sports.

This EyeWitness to History site, which illuminates the past through personal narratives and other first-hand sources, provides a glimpse into the everyday life of the ancient Greeks.

Very broad site offers tons of information about the world of the ancient Greeks. Includes sections on mythology, daily life, death & burial, writing, and people. This site shows the connections between our modern world and the ancient Greek world. Contains many pictures of artifacts found in museums. Also has a teacher resource site as well.

Read a brief overview of the history of the Persian Empire. Learn facts from where it was located to what it's economy was like to its rise and fall.

Massive site for information on the ancient Greek world. Follow the navigation at the top of the page for detailed sections on time periods, daily life, religion and death, economy, and more. Each section includes pictures of artifacts from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Worth a look!

Ancient Rome and the Byzantine Empire

A day in the life of an acient Roman

Ancient Rome and Religion

The Romans

Ancient Rome

Timeline of Ancient Rome

Pictorial tour of Ancient Rome

A good outline for the Byzantine Empire giving the main points and personalities.

Read a detailed, three part history of the Byzantine Empire. Includes sections on the beginnings of Russia, the rise and expansion of the Islamic faith, and Muhammed and Muslim expansion.

African Empires

Helps to explain why two African civilizations, Mali and Songhai, fell apart. Covers conquests and how modern scholars know what happened to these empires.

This site describes how Saharan trade routes provided a link between Europe and Africa. It provides information on the gold and salt trade in the history of the two continents and how the trade route was established.

Middle Ages

Learn what it was really like to live in the Middle Ages. Read about feudal life, religion, clothing, entertainment, and more during the middle ages.

Travel on a Virtual Field Trip to discover information on The Dark Ages of Medieval Europe. Through this unique WebQuest, the tour focuses on medieval times, medieval battles, castles, tournaments, medieval life, medieval architecture, and the Middle Ages in general.

Information about life in the Middle Ages and important people of the middle ages.

Provides a brief description of trade in the Middle Ages. Its primary focus is on the medieval merchant: what they dealt in, how they collected debt, and the system they used.

Mayans, Incas, and Aztecs

A museum-mounted exhibition that (1) examines the culture and cultural artifacts of pre-Columbian America and (2) opens eyes to the role archaeology plays in constructing pictures of the past. Covers a range of ancient civilizations--principally the Incan and earlier cultures of Peru and the Mayan. With in-depth looks at ancient versus modern-day techniques of making ceramics and textiles and an especially rich discussion of Mayan hieroglyphs.

A great interactive game in which students can look at a map plan of an Ancient Incan city of Huanuco Pampa. On this plan they can click on spots to see what was on that spot and what artifacts were found there. Students then guess as to what that building may have been, once all six places are discovered, a book can be printed with pictures and descriptions. A great resource!!

Gives a thorough account of the Aztecs from their origins to their encounter with Cortes. In addition, it also examines their culture, their religion, their legends, calendar, etc. Also provides lesson plans.


Detailed introduction on exploration and trade during the Renaissance. Provides an overview of the tools created during the Middle Ages that made such travels by sea possible as well as insight into the types of goods traders sought in other countries.

An engaging multidisciplinary site that allows students to make connections across centuries to understand the origin of many ideas we use today. I like this!

An excellent resource to begin a study of the Renaissance, the rebirth of Europe and the beginning of modern history. Focuses on humanism, Gutenberg, city-states in Italy, the Medicis, social levels, art, Machiavelli, exploration, and Magellan.

This site from ibiblio.com explains the Renaissance, not only as a time period, but as how it changed thought, writing, and art throughout Europe. See links to Renaissance in Italy, Germany and Netherlands.

Very cool ThinkQuest site that traces the Renaissance from the fall of Constantinople to defeat of the Spanish Armada. Includes information on all of Europe during the Renaissance. Uses Flash animations and lots of pictures to give a great chronology of this time period. Teachers should check out the "Marketplace" section for resources and extra information.

General Websites

From the historychannel…countries, timelines, etc.

Documents, timelines, research, multimedia and so much more…Great site.

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