“The peasants of all lands recognize power and they salute it, whether it’s good or evil.”
Andrei Codrescu, The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara & Lenin Play Chess

Learning Path 1

Learning Path 2

Documentary Film

As the first agricultural revolution led to ancient, then medieval cities, urbanization led to a variety of consequences effecting health, the environment, and increased trade (one aspect of the unforced migration and movement of people)

Life In 1000 AD Britain (Medieval Documentary) | Timeline
Palenque and the Ancient Maya World | Nat Geo Live
BBC The Silk Road 2016 S01E01 (Dr Sam Willis) part 1/2
Podcast

Would rather learn about medieval history on the go? Some of my favourite forms of media are audiobooks and podcasts. Listen to one (optionally take notes) and be prepared to talk about it!

Plague in the Ancient and Medieval World

Plague in the Ancient and Medieval World written by Joshua J Mark and narrated by DW Draffin: www.ancient.eu/article/1528/plag…–medieval-world/

Listen to it here
AskHistorians Podcast 033 - Aztecs: Tenochtitlan & Tlatelolco

Usual host 400-Rabbits takes a turn as the interviewee, speaking on the relationship between the sister cities of Tenochtitlan and Tlatelolco. The early history of the Mexica, the founding of the cities, and their different trajectories in Mesoamerican history are covered, culminating in the 1473 CE war between the two polities. In the background of the episode is the problem of interpreting primary sources, their biases and inconsistencies.

Listen to it here
Gobekli Tepe And The People Who Built It: A Conversation With Archaeologist Jens Notroff

Jens Notroff, an archaeologist who has worked on Gobekli Tepe, joins me to discuss the ins and outs of a truly fascinating moment in human history!

Listen to it here
Poster / Illustration

Create a visual aid which will help you discuss one of the following topics:

  • forced and unforced migration and movement of people
  • diseases and health
  • urbanization and the effect of expanding communities
  • environmental impact (e.g., resource and land use)
Example of good central image

Idea: be able to describe the culture and why they were migrating.

(from: invasions of the Roman Empire)

Creative Writing

Write a historically-inspired short story from the perspective of a peasant or serf.

Sample Short Story
PowerPoint Presentation

Create a PowerPoint presentation that effectively addresses one aspect of the changes in population and living standards from the 7th century to the 1750’s

  • forced and unforced migration and movement of people
  • diseases and health
  • urbanization and the effect of expanding communities
  • environmental impact (e.g., resource and land use)
Sample Student PowerPoint on the Bubonic Plague
Describing a Civilization

One way to describe civilization is by a common set of features: arts and culture, organized commerce, organized religion, central government, knowledge transfer, public works, technological innovation (such as writing, weapons, sewer systems etc.), and social structure. Choose one ancient or medieval civilization and provide a paragraph describing each of these features as they pertain to your choice.

Social Structure of Ancient Egypt
Essay

Research and form a thesis on a chosen topic on the theme comparative religion. What are the main features of each of the major religions? What did the major religions have in common? What makes them different? (Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism, Hinduism, and optionally Taoism)

Thesis Statements: Four Steps to a Great Essay
Sample Rubric, ie. the kinds of things I'm looking for
Question: What advantages did agriculture have over the hunter-gather way of life?

Present a well-developed argument (visually, essay or paragraph form, PowerPoint) as to the advantages that agriculture had over the hunter-gather way of life?

Why shift to agriculture?
Notes and reflections: your choice of text

Take notes, or reflect upon an journal or magazine article or text chapter which deals with early human evolution up to and including the first agricultural revolution.

Reflection: Eurocentric History

Define and share your thoughts on the idea of eurocentrism. Consider these prompts:

  • What is bias? Is my learning biased?
  • Have I learned about history from a eurocentric perspective?
  • What different perspectives would I like to learn about?
  • What are oral histories?
  • Why are oral histories important?
  • Is the separation of prehistory and history ~4000 BCE with the arrival of fully-formed written scripts biased, eurocentric or neither?

Why learn about tenses anyway?