Essays and Reflections III (Chapters 8-11)
For this exam you will write one essay on a broad question:
How do you see regional societies developing in Chapters 8-11? Consider how ideas and
cultural interactions from this era have contributed to our world.
To answer the question, please do one of these options:
Option I: Standard essay with about five pages of writing. Pictures are encouraged but not required in
this option. If you use pictures, what you write about the pictures will count toward the pages.
Option II: Illustrated essay with about eight paragraphs of writing and at least six pictures. In this
option, make sure the pictures and the writing work closely together and reinforce each other. (You
might want to start by finding pictures; then write your essay around what the pictures represent.)
Use information related to the reading handouts for Chapters 8-11. Chapter 10
and Chapter 9
. Chapter 8
, Chapter 11
Please aim for about three key items from each chapter. You may also use material from the Intro to
Part 2, where the authors make generalizations about regional societies.
When you use key terms from the reading handouts please put them in bold. To use a handout
question that doesn't have any bold, highlight or make bold a few words from the question.
In addition to our main textbook, please also use material from our supplemental book, Sources for
World in the Making. For this purpose you could also use material from special sections in the regular
textbook, such as Reading the Past, Seeing the Past, or Lives and Livelihoods. Please make sure you
mention at least one reading from our supplemental book (or one special section in the regular book)
for each chapter we are using. Please highlight the title of the special material, or a few descriptive
words, with the color of your choice.
Please write in short to medium-sized paragraphs. In your first paragraph, please provide an
introduction with a general statement about the broad changes you are discussing in your essay.
In your last paragraph, provide a conclusion to tie the essay together. Give the reader one or two
insights to walk away with. Tell how the material enriches our lives or helps us understand our world.
You want to share information from our reading (with page numbers or chapter numbers), but you do
not need to use direct quotes. An occaissional quote could be helpful, but please use quotes sparingly.
Discussion for Chapter 10 about a paragraph and respond thoroughly to the two students
In this forum we will discuss the societies and networks in Chapter 10 . The chapter covers
developments from about 300-1200 CE in four distinct regions: Mesoamerica (central and southern
Mexico, and most of today's countries in Central America), North America (north of central Mexico),
the Andean region in South America, and Pacific Islands. Notice each area has its own history, though
in some cases the regions are interconnected.
When you discuss the material, please make sure you are specific to the time period covered in Chapter
10. You could also relate your observations to earlier developments we learned about in Chapter
7. Please make sure other students know what material you are using from our reading.
Please do two things in this forum:
1) Please share a short paragraph about one of the key items you see in Chapter 10, emphasizing how
that person, event, trend, or concept is important to the era. Please use material on the reading handout
or special features you find in the chapters. You may also share material from our supplemental
book, Sources for World in the Making. Give your thread a short title, such as "Temples of
Teotihuacán" or "Tunic from Tiwanaku". Please make sure you discuss how the item relates to trends
or concepts in the chapter. You might also include a picture or a link. I encourage students to share
material from websites, if you see a strong connection to our reading.
2) Please respond to at least two other students. Add information to what the student shared or relate
their key item to something else you learned. For example, if they wrote about Maya cities, you could
write about cities in another region that might make a good comparison. The key thing is to build on
what the other person is saying.
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