Civilization in a Bag

Civilization in a Bag

200 XP / 90 minutes


Your task: Find five items that represent the key aspects of a civilization and include them in a paper bag. Explain how they relate to the civilization.


1. On the front of a paper bag (large or small) write the name of the current civilization we are studying and your name (first and last.)

2. Think of 5 objects that represent people, events, places, inventions or ideas from the civilization and place them in your bag.

a. The items do not have to be actual things but just represent important concepts. For example, for Rome, you might put scissors in your bag to represent how Rome was cut into pieces to help govern it.

b. You may make the items by drawing them carefully and cutting them out.

3. On a separate paper write 1 paragraph for each object in the bag (that’s 5 paragraphs) explaining how it represents the civilization and providing information about what it represents. An example of what one paragraph might look like is provided below.

4. Staple your written paper to your bag when you are finished.


Rome in a Bag

5 items: Scissors, a picture of President Kennedy, a small water bottle, a toy from McDonald’s, and a Spanish-language Maná CD

A picture of President John F. Kennedy is included in the bag since he was a leader who was assassinated much like Julius Caesar. There are some major differences in what happened to the two men. Caesar was assassinated by well-known Roman senators who were afraid he was becoming too powerful. Kennedy was assassinated by a lone gunman for reasons that still aren’t completely known. Both men were greatly loved by their people and their assassinations led to great changes in society. Caesar’s assassination led to the end of the Republic period and the beginning of the Empire in Rome ruled by his nephew Octavius who became known as Augustus Caesar.