Here are the last of the Americas graphics. Please follow the link below to submit your thesis statements for these two questions.
These are suggested graphic organizers for the European free response questions & you can submit your thesis statements after the following the link below the graphics
Finally here are some sample graphics from the free responses of Unit 3. You can submit thesis statements for each of these through this post (follow the link after the graphics) Here are the free response graphics for Asia 600-1450
Based off our workshop today in comparing our summer to one another - here are some of the slides (many with some revisions/additions) to help with your thesis writing. Please make sure you are submitting your thesis tomorrow at the beginning of class.
After about 4 or 5 attempts at putting this up on here - I am hoping that the graphic below helps you with your Middle East 1450-1750 Comparative Free Response question. We will be working on the CCOT in class today so hopefully that also will help in your writing of that free response question. Remember with this graphic & any of the sample graphics - that you can work in more specific details to help answer the question from either our class notes or from your chapter readings (details are a good thing!!)
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 :
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 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.
This week has been jam-packed with stuff & much to my chagrin it has been a little chaotic to try to meet the timeline that we have for the marking period. We have completed the first geographic section of Units 1 & 2. Please remember that when we do finish a section you will be responsible to complete a brief multiple choice question sheet and your free response outline(s). Our discussion of the first free response question:
Compare and contrast life in foraging societies with life in agricultural societies after the Agricultural Revolutions.
Possible thesis statements were discussed and a sample one would meet the expectations of an AP evaluation:
During the period of 8000BCE-600CE, both foraging and Agricultural societies existed, yet it is evident that the foraging lifestyle was largely abandoned in favor of the settled habitats that emerged after the Neolithic Revolution. Though both societies were able to provide their populations with sustenance, they both had significant risk associated with their lifestyle choice, such as the risk of disease found in Neolithic villages.
This is just one example and it could be improved upon in your own writing. It does however address both similarity and difference, makes a point and gives a specific detail.
If you are having trouble with your thesis, please feel free to post it for feedback.
On a final note - I did want to include a little bit of fun that could not make it into our very full lessons this week and thus here is a little song about Cleopatra (remember that there were many Cleopatras - not just one!). Hope you enjoy!
A little bit about mummification too (forgot about this one)
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.