essays and reflections 2

Essays and Reflections I (Chapters 1-3)

Please do Parts I and II. At the bottom you will notice “keys to success” for how to do great essays.

Part I. Two Short Essays. Write essays of about four paragraphs each on two topics below. Include a picture with each essay, and explain how the pictures add to our understanding. You will probably need about one page, double-spaced, for each essay (not counting the picture). It is OK to write more.

1.Prehistory. Describe some of the key developments in the Paleolithic and Neolithic eras. How does an understanding of prehistory help us understand the history that follows? (Chapter 1)

2.Culture. Give examples of how you see culture developing in Chapters 1-3. You may want to give attention to several factors, such as migration, religion, trade, and written language.

3.Cities. Explain the key factors in the early growth of cities. Compare a few cities we have studied in Chapters 2-3. How do you see cities forming lasting connections?

4.River Valleys. Compare a few of the river valley societies discussed in Chapters 2-3. What factors explain their remarkable development? How do these agricultural societies compare to the migratory societies we studied, such as the Indo-Europeans?

Part II. Reflections. Write about four paragraphs on how you see societies changing in Chapters 2-3. Please mention at least two documents or artifacts in the “Reading the Past” or “Seeing the Past” special sections. You could also use material in Sources for World in the Making. Put the titles of the documents or artifacs you use in bold. You might also discuss maps and pictures.

Address these questions in your reflective essay:

What broad changes do you see as most significant or interesting?

What do we learn from specific documents or artifacts from the societies?

How do you think think these people saw their own lives?

How can ancient societies encrich our undertanding of the world or our shared humanity?

Keys for Success:

  1. Explain your points simply, like you would to another student.
  2. Write in short, well-focused paragraphs.
  3. Use specific examples from our reading handouts and discussion forums.
  4. Relate your answers to major concepts and trends you see covered in the chapters.
  5. When you use pictures, tell how each picture helps us understand the topic.
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