- How did animal and plant domestication lead to the unequal accumulation of possessions and the development of social classes?
- What were the significant legal and governmental contributions from ancient Greece to our world today?
- Describe the Roman Empire’s legal legacy? How has that impacted our world today?
- What is the different between a primary and secondary source? Which sources are more biased, and what must the skilled historian do to understand the truth?
- Dr. Diamond suggested that the natural resources of Papua New Guinea put its native people at a “chronic disadvantage.” What were those resources, and how were they a disadvantage to the native people of Papua New Guinea?
- Why are there so many theories regarding the fall of the Roman Empire? Name 3 factors that you consider to be the most significant and why?
- Identify 3 different themes from the World We Live In Project and explain how they relate to each other. Use historical evidence to prove your point.
- What is “geographic literacy”? Why is it so important to have geographic literacy in order to understand history and apply it to our world today?
- Select 2 of the following world religions and compare/contrast their basic beliefs: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism.
Here are the possible essay questions. 3 will show up on the test, you will pick 2 to answer. You should be able to answer all of these questions.
We will have our Unit 1 Test on Thursday October 21st. The test will cover all material from the beginning of the year. The material can be broken up into the following sub-categories:
1. Sources (primary & secondary – bias)
2. The World We Live In (know the definition of and relationship between all 10 themes)
3. Timelines and the 4 major eras of history (know the elements of a timeline, names and dates of all 4 major eras of history)
4. Geographic skills and concepts – (Geography Skills graphic organizer – latitude longitude, know all continents)
5. Guns Germs & Steel – (concepts: hunting gathering, domestication, food surplus, technology, civilization, “geographic luck”)
6. Major World Religions – (focus on quizzed areas, and essay question given on 10/19)
7. Gupta Empire – (major achievements, geography,
8. Greece & Rome (significant contributions to government and law, types of government to know: absolute rule, authoritarian, absolutism, totalitarian, tyranny, dictatorship, aristocracy, empire, monarchy, dynasty, democracy (direct/indirect), republic)
You have 5 different quizzes to study from. You should absolutely know the information on these quizzes, and include details from your notes and worksheets.
To support your efforts to study for the exam, all questions asked in the comments of this post will be promptly answered.
Greece & Rome to know:
Democracy – who votes? what do they vote for?
Direct & Indirect democracy
Absolute Rule – most common form of govt. throughout history
Tyranny – Tyrant
Solon, Cleisthenes, Pericles
Golden Age of Greece
Socrates, Plato (wrote “The Republic”), Aristotle
3 branches of government
Philip II of Macedonia
Alexander the Great
4 legacies of Roman Law
Justinian codified Roman Law
Here is the worksheet if you need to review:
Here is the textbook chapter you will need to complete the worksheet:
A quick post to help you all with your extra credit homework. The first paragraph you provide should summarize your article, your second article should explain how your article relates to the factor that led to the fall of Rome. For instance, if you provide an article about soaring U.S. unemployment, and how that relates to the unemployment that Rome
To help you prepare for our geography quiz on Thursday, visit these sites to quiz yourself on your knowledge. You should know all continents and major bodies of water 100%.
Tomorrow we will have a brief 20 question vocab quiz to review what we have learned thus far. The list below contains key terms that we have reviewed in class. You are responsible to know all of them.
Below is a list of the terms, and several resources you can use to review/research these terms:
timelines (scope, depth, topic, span)
periodization (think childhood)
4 major eras of world history (names and dates)
Ethnicity & Race
latitude & longitude
all 7 continents and where they are (know this by next week)
Download the Using Historical Sources to get to know primary and secondary sources.
See previous posts for all other handouts and presentation materials.
Feel free to contact me with questions.
We are examining Dr. Jared Diamond’s theory on why civilizations developed where and at the rate they did based on the plants and animals that were made available to them. Those geographic locations that had access to the best plants and animals were “geographically lucky”, thus they created ample food surplus, which gave them the time and resources to develop advanced civilizations.
You will be making a Children’s Book to retell the story of Episode 1 of the Guns Germs & Steel special.
If you need to re-watch Episode 1: Out of Eden – you can find the videos here:
You can find additional information, including a useful summary of Episode 1 here:
In class over the past several days we have been examining several of the main themes that describe the world we live in today. We have done this so that as we begin to study history, we can draw thematic relationships between what we see happened back then, and make connections between how historical events have shaped and influenced these same aspects as we see them in today’s world.
As we conclude, each student will have the opportunity to evaluate your group members, your group’s performance, and provide me with 3 essays that will serve as evidence that you can clearly and concisely summarize your topic, and accurately describe how your topic relates directly to 3 of the other topics that we studied.
This assignment is due at the beginning of class on Wednesday, Sept. 15th
Refer to the following worksheet if you did not get one.