What if Washington, D.C. fell and our federal government no longer existed? Immigrants from other countries moved in to what was the United States, but no one power was strong enough to take over. What would life be like? What American traditions would remain? How would people's beliefs be affected? How would the practices of the immigrants change the culture? Who would be in power? Please write a one page creative writing piece in response to the above prompt.
For those of you who went to the play today, please finish watching the above video and complete your list of 10 important facts. FYI - I will be looking for evidence of you watching the second half of the video.
HAPPY SNOW DAY WH9! For your blizzard bag you have two assignments. 1.The first is to watch the Crash Course video on the Neolithic Revolution (above) and answer the questions that are linked in the Blizzard Bag page on your right. 2. The second, is to read the article by Jared Diamond "The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race." This article is linked on the Blizzard Bag page. If the name Jared Diamond sounds familiar, he is the same scientist who narrated Guns, Germs and Steel, the video you watched on Friday. I would like you to write a one-page, reflective essay that summarizes Diamond's argument and expresses your opinion on his ideas. The exact prompt is on the Blizzard Bag page to your right.
As you notice, both the video and the article deal with the Neolithic Revolution. This is a major turning point in our first chapter, and more importantly, in the history of human beings on earth. The food surplus produced by the domestication of plants and animals radically changed the material basis for human life. From this surplus populations increased, cities were born, entire civilizations and empires emerged. We will transition into studying agricultural villages when we return on Tuesday. Stay warm. Craft high quality responses to the questions....and think of the Iceman!
This is the video we watched in class on Friday. The focus questions that you need to complete along with this video are in a separate page on the right. Also, if you have been absent, check out the Homework page to see what we did in class and what homework assignments you should do.
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History scientist, Dr. Rick Potts, discusses human evolution. Take note of the distinctions he draws between genetic and cultural development. Identifying and analyzing change over time is a key historical thinking skill.