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.
GG&S Childrens Book Outline
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 today we discussed why it is so important for each of us to have a well-defined “mental map” of the earth. As we do so, we will become “geographically literate” and we will be able to understand and explain the world we live in.
To begin this process, you will create a mental map of the world, without the help of any maps. Draw the world as you see it. This should take you at least 10-15 minutes. You will be graded on level of completion, not accuracy. We will keep these maps to track our progress throughout the year.
Here is a jpeg of the mental map form:
.. or you can direct download it by clicking here.
In class today, we are working in groups to complete our research on our topics and prepare a brief powerpoint presentation for the class. Your powerpoint will introduce your topic, and answer the 3 questions given to each group. Each question will get one slide – therefore each powerpoint should be no more than 4 slides.
The purpose of your powerpoint is to summarize your main points, so keep your answers short and simple; do not write out an essay answer for each question. See the below presentation for an example.