A01b_Ch.02: Beginnings of Civilization- Early River Valley Civilizations 3500 – 450 BCE
Along with class lessons and activities, this assignment will help us address this essential question: How did early peoples organize their societies and build advanced civilizations?
The topics discussed in this unit will wind and weave through the following historical themes:
INTERACTION WITH ENVIRONMENT
The earliest civilizations formed on fertile river plains. These lands faced challenges, such as seasonal flooding and a limited growing area.
POWER AND AUTHORITY
Early civilizations developed bronze tools, the wheel, the sail, the plow, writing, and mathematics. These innovations spread through trade, wars, and the movement of peoples.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Projects such as irrigation systems required leadership and laws—the beginnings of organized government. In some societies, priests controlled the first governments. In others, military leaders and kings ruled.
Use the World History: Patterns of Interaction (POI) textbook to complete the assignment below.
Refer to the course calendar for due dates.
Refer to the instructions for A01, they apply here as well.
A01b Section 01: City-States in Mesopotamia Read pages 29 – 34. On page 34…
– Fertile Crescent
A01b Section 02. Pyramids on the Nile Read pages 35 – 41. On page 41…
A01b Section 03. Planned Cities on the Indus Read pages 44 – 49. On page 49…
– Harappan civilization
A01b Section 04. River Dynasties in China Read pages 50 – 55. On page 55…
– Oracle bone
– Mandate of Heaven
– Dynastic cycle