Aug 17 2012

Period 1: Technological and Environmental Transformations, to 600 BCE

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 You should familiarize yourself with the standards by going to AP Central or by looking at the overview. This contains the standards as well as some illustrations and annotations. Unit 1 Overview. You should look at the standards closely for each unit including the vocabulary that they use.

Day 1 [August 13-14]–Introduction to course–

  • Organize your binder
  • Read the Neolithic Revolution from the textbook and complete the cornell notes–DUE next class

Day 2 [August 15-16]

  • DUE: Cornell Notes from Neolithic Revolution reading from textbook.
  • You should read the PowerPoint information prior to coming to class.
  • Early Man Early Man–From Prehistory to Farming PowerPoint [You should save this and view it with the notes page for more information]

Day 3 [August 17-20]

  • Quiz over Chapter 1–you have five days to retake the quiz
  • We read the article from the Bil of Right Foundation–Environmental Disasters in the Cradle of Civilization–you can download a copy by going to their website [the link can be found on the right hand column of the blog]
  • We discussed the term “civilization” and read differing views from college professors
  • We began a PowerPoint on What Makes us Civlized What Makes Us Civilized [River Valleys]
  • Bring your River Valley notes from pre-AP if you have them

Day 4 [August 21-22]

  • We completed the PowerPoint from the previous class “What Makes Us Civlized”
  • Students then used the chart to research their civilization Directions for Comparison of River Valley Civilizations–you should print a copy of the chart to use in class
  • They need to complete the information by the next class so that they can teach their civilization to another student
  • If you were absent then choose one of the four river valley civlizations to complete on column of the chart

Day 5 [August 23-24]

  • We went over the comparison essay rubric emphasizing certain requirements
  • We grouped students with 2-3 from one civilization and 2-3 from another to share and complete charts
  • Once the charts were completed, students worked on the reverse side of the page completing the Venn diagram and writing their thesis
  • After checking everyone’s thesis statements students then read excerpts from Hammurabi’s Code and from the Book of the Dead discussing what each document said about the values of their societies
  • Students then looked at our new atlases
  • Today is the last day to retake the BLQ

Day 6 [August 27-28]

  • Unit Test–scantron and comparison essay–students will compare two of the four river valley civilizations–this will be a timed essay
  • BLQ 2 will be distributed

Go to Period 2