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October 25

posted Oct 25, 2012, 6:15 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Oct 25, 2012, 9:40 AM ]
Today we continue our new assessment cycle focused on a HISTORY standard: 

HISTORY 4.2--Understand and analyzes causal factors that have shaped major events in history.

Vocabulary review: Chronology, Prehistory, Causal

Yesterday you used a timeline to complete a handout with 10 questions on it. If you didn't turn it in yesterday, hand it in now. 
Then, work on a quick research activity  to learn more about one of the events on the timeline from yesterday. Try to spend no more than 10 minutes on this activity, so you have time to work on the next assignment.

 If you completed the research activity yesterday, and/or when you're finished today, you'll be revisiting an historical event we've looked at a number of times before, but this time we'll be using a HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE to think about the events of the time in terms of time.

The Neolithic Revolution is often called a Turning Point in history, and for today's assignment you'll be thinking about the changes that the Neolithic Revolution brought to the way humans lived. 

On the handout you'll receive (shown at the right), you'll want to collect information that allows you to compare what life was like before, and what life was like after, the Neolithic Revolution. BEGIN with information from the textbook, pages 6-7. Since information in the textbook is limited, you'll need to use information from the following sites as well. USE AT LEAST 2 OF THE WEBSITES BELOW. And when you do, use the number of the website to cite your information, so if necessary you'll be able to go back to that information. 
REMEMBER: You're looking for evidence that allows you to compare life before and life after the turning point. Try to get an idea what a "typical" day or week would be like before and what a "typical" day or week would be like after the Neolithic Revolution.

When finished with collecting your information, don't forget to complete the box at the bottom, where you'll write an opinion of how important you think this event was in the course of history. Was it really a turning point? Did the direction of history change as a result of it? Explain your thoughts to complete the assignment. 

Complete this in class or, if you don't finish by the end of class, finish for homework. 
 

IF YOU FINISH with time left in the class, complete this task on the back of your handout. If you don't have time in class to do this, you can do it later.

Consider these definitions from website # 1 above, which you may have used in your assignment. 
Evolution: is the gradual change or development of something.  An example of historical evolution would be the development of democracy in Great Britain

Revolution: is a sudden or abrupt change in something, usually political in nature.  An example of historical revolution is the French Revolution.

On the back of your turning point assignment, think about other "turning points" in world history that you know about. Make a list of them, and try to categorize them as either evolutionary (gradual) changes, or revolutionary (sudden) changes. Label them, or make a T-Chart to show them in different categories. If you can't think of very many on your own or with a partner, feel free to use the list of Turning Points in the textbook on page xi (you may have to turn to some of those pages in the book to learn more about them). 


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