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September 18

posted Sep 18, 2012, 7:09 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Sep 18, 2012, 11:05 AM ]
Yesterday you had a chance to get going on a Chromebook, and to start your list of references. (Go back to yesterday's assignment page if you haven't completed any of that).

Today we start organizing and working toward the first assessment, which is due tomorrow. The question you are trying to answer:
How do geographic features play a role in how humans interact and build their communities?
Is one that you'll answer in a couple ways.
First, you'll need to answer it in a single sentence, which will be part of your opening paragraph. This single sentence will be your thesis statement, and it's one that helps your reader understand your basic argument, as well as where you're going with it.
Then, you'll need to expand your answer, point by point, using specific examples -- from what we've been discussing in class and what you've learned on your own -- to support your claims. Use multiple paragraphs to make your arguments.
There are two similar ways to approach this. 
NOTE: These example are just that: examples; don't think these are the ones you should talk about.
1) Organize your argument by geographic feature.
    a) Mountains -- where you talk about a couple of ways that mountains had an impact on different civilizations
    b) Rivers -- where you explain the impact that rivers had on how people lived and developed their communities
    c) Deserts -- where you discuss how different civilizations were affected by the deserts around them.
2) Organize your argument by culture or civilization.
    a) Greece -- where you talk about a number of geographic features that had an impact on how Greece developed its civilization
    b) Japan -- where you talk about how Japan was affected by its geographic features
    c) Fertile Crescent -- where you talk about a the geographic features that changed people's lives in Mesopotamia

Either direction you take, you'll need to use carefully chosen examples -- and citations to show where you got them -- to make sure your reader understands what you're talking about. Use the textbook and a few other sources to help you make your points clear.

To help you get organized, open a new Google Document from a template called Assessment 1 Organizing Plan

If you'd like to watch one of the classroom videos again, or to use information from them to support your assessment, here's information to help you. (To watch the videos, you'll need to sign in with the following information. Username: Columbia Student; Password: bruins.)
 Video   Link  Reference information     
Animal Domesticationhttp://www.learn360.com/ShowVideo.aspx?ID=478883Geographic Luck and Animal Domestication. National Geographic. 2005
  Learn360. 18 September 2012
Ancient Greece http://www.learn360.com/ShowVideo.aspx?ID=131833Exploring Ancient Greece: Land and People. Lucerne Media. 1998
  Learn360. 18 September 2012
Middle East / Islamhttp://www.learn360.com/ShowVideo.aspx?ID=317793Climate and Landscapes of the Middle East and Central Asia. Academic Media Network. 2009
  Learn360. 18 September 2012
 Aztecs     http://www.learn360.com/ShowVideo.aspx?ID=448414The Aztec Empire. A&E Television Networks. 1999
  Learn360. 18 September 2012
 Japan http://www.learn360.com/ShowVideo.aspx?ID=139636Japanese History from the Dawn of the Culture to Feudalism. Film Ideas. 2004
  Learn360. 18 September 2012