The Middle East from 8000BCE to 600CE was dominated by a patriarchal leadership which came from a select group of upper-class men who ruled with a codified law system, yet the political system became more complex as small city-states became parts of larger empires such as the Assyrian and Persian . The changes came with challenges that some societies were unable to overcome such as the Assyrians, while later groups were more successful such as the use of satraps to control the growing empires
As we discussed Friday, the CCOT for Mesopotamia should included the changes for the leadership/government over time. The time periods can be broken down into the emergence of small agricultural settlements which formed the first city-states, then the rise of empires such as the Assyrians and the Persians. See the chart below:
Based on this we discussed some possible thesis statements & this was one that emerged from our workshop :
As you can see this is a bit longer and broken into two sentences but as long as they are together they do make a thesis. We also talked about the Comparative Free Response for Mesopotamia and it was clear that there were some questions about the faith systems. As this should have been review from last year the notes for this were only skimmed over but extended notes are now on the Middle East page for the section. You can follow the link below to learn more about each - Judaism , Zoroastrianism, and Christianity.
So there has been a bit of delay in my updating this blog, my apologies. As we were discussing document analysis today it was obvious that we ran a bit long in our discussion and several of you asked about whether the overview was on the website. It is and you can follow the links below to the two document analysis methods:
After we finish our discussion of OPTIC tomorrow, we will turn to the section on the Middle East 8000BCE-600CE. Please remember to complete your outline for the Africa Free Response prompt (the comparison of foragers and agriculturalists) and the multiple-choice for the Africa section.
Dr. S. Hinzman
I am a Reading School District teacher at the Reading Muhlenberg Career Technology Center. My educational background includes a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University in History with a minor in Religious studies. After PSU, I earned my Masters in Urban Education and Secondary Teaching Certification from Alvernia University. Also from Alvernia, I have earned my Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. I have certification through the College Board for the teaching of Advanced Placement World History and have been teaching world history for 10 years. I have also taught: Citizenship, Sociology, and American History.