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.
Each part (A, B, C,…) should be completed as a single/ separate assignment.
Write complete sentences as you describe the historical significance of the term, name, or phrase. Your description must relate specifically to this chapter’s historical content & context (Time, Place, Circumstance). Mr.V will be happy to offer an example to all who ask.
When submitting this assignment as a digital file, be sure to follow these steps:
-If you hand-wrote the assignment, scan the paper and convert to a digital file (PDF).
-If you are typing, convert the file into a PDF file using the same program you typed with.
-Please label the file in the following format: 2-digit Pd#_LastNameFirstName-Assignment 01b Part1 (Example: 09_SmithJohn-A01bPart1). Remember, the period #’s must have two digits (therefore, Period 1 => 01). Never confuse the letter ‘O’ for the number Zero ‘0’. There should be no spaces in the file label.
Follow the suggested completion date for each part, listed in the course calendar.
Be sure to write complete sentences when sentences are called for.
A01b Part 1: City-States in Mesopotamia Read pages 29 – 34. On page 34…
– Fertile Crescent
A01b Part 2. Pyramids on the Nile Read pages 35 – 41. On page 41…
A01b Part 3. Planned Cities on the Indus Read pages 44 – 49. On page 49…
– Harappan civilization
A01b Part 4. River Dynasties in China Read pages 50 – 55. On page 55…
– Oracle bone
– Mandate of Heaven
– Dynastic cycle