Discussion Essay and Response
Assignment: Due by midnight 10/6
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For this week read the chapters on Early Societies Africa, America and Oceania, and
Asia (Chapters 8, 9, 10). Then select Option A on the Maya, or Option B on Africa, or
Option C on Mongols, or D on China.
Option A: Maya Civilization. After reading the chapter on the Americas and the links I
have provided below,discuss the history of the Maya paying particular attention to their
calendar system, religion, and the Ball Game. Discuss the role human/blood sacrifice
had in their society. Why did they believe that human and blood sacrifice was so
necessary? Be sure to respond to one other student.
Option B: After reading the chapter on Africa,visit the following web site
Answer these questions: How does the picture on this site portray Mansa Musa?
What does the document that contains his portrait look like to you? For what
do you think it was used? Why did Mansa Musa go to Mecca? What impact
did his journey have on the outside world? What impact did it have on Mali?
Don't forget to respond to one of your peers.
This is a short, student produced, cc video you might enjoy
For this week, we get to explore China, Japan, and the Mongol Empire. Be sure to read
chapters eight, nine, ten.
Option C: Discuss the rise to power and expansion of the Mongol Empire. What was
the significance of the Mongol invasion and occupation for Asian History? The
following cc video will help and is very interesting:
Option D: Discuss Golden Age China during the Tang and Song periods. What major
developments and inventions made this such a great and vibrant
period in Chinese history?
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