Unit 1: Early Humans - Survival and Settlement

  • This is our first unit of the year! This unit will be discussing early humans. You will be able to see what we are covering in class below. You can also download useful resources and documents handed out in class. 

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    Unit 1: Early Humans - Survival and Settlement

    • Review Geography Skills
    • Topic 1: Influence on Civilization
    • Topic 2: Early Humans
    • Topic 3: Agricultural Revolution 

    Unit Claim: How do environmental changes impact human life and settlement?

    • Each unit has an overall unit claim. Students will be aiming to answer this question by the end of the unit using evidence from our readings to support their claim. 

    Unit Assessments: 

    • Formative Assessments
      • Any work completed in class can be graded. This includes bell ringers, quizzes, exit tickets, worksheets, discussions, etc. 
    • Summative Assessments (100 pts)
      1. Topic 1 and 2 Test (Document Based) 
      2. Unit Assessment - Powerpoint that answers the question “How do environmental changes impact human life and settlement?” Use evidence from various sources in the unit to support your answer.

    Words to Know: 

    • Geography terms to review: longitude, latitude, equator, prime meridian, compass rose
    • Civilization, Infrastructure, Trade, Surplus, Climate, Archaeologist, Artifact, Climatologist, Geologist, Hunter-Gatherer, Ice Age, Technology, Stone Age, B.C.E., C.E., Neolithic, Agriculture, Agricultural Revolution, Domesticate, Specialization

    Unit At A Glance: 

    Week of August 8: First Days of School

    • Procedures and expectations
    • See syllabus 

    Review Geography Skills 

    Week of August 12

    • Map skills 
    • Continents and Oceans 
    • Major lines of latitude and longitude 
    • Finding coordinates using longitude and latitude 
    • Quiz on Friday 

    Coordinates Practice and Games 

    Topic 1: Influences on Civilization

    Week of August 19

    • What factors make up a civilization?
    • Fishbowl Discussion - Characteristics of Civilizations 
    • How do geographical factors affect the development of civilizations?
    • Why do civilizations collapse? 
    • T-Chart - Factors of Civilization (contribute and decline) 
    • Quiz on Friday 

    Topic 2: Early Humans

    Week of August 26

    • How do we learn about the past? archaeologists, geologists, & climatologists 
    • What do stone age artifacts reveal about the activities of early humans?
    • What was life like for hunter-gatherers?
    • How did the first technologies help humans throughout the ice ages? 
    • Topic 2 Quiz

    Week of September 2 (Labor Day) 

    • CSI Mystery: Otzi the Iceman - What can we learn about early humans from the remains of Otzi? 
    • Graded writing using the LEAP Extended Response Rubric and CER format 
    • Field Trip - Arts Center

    Topic 3: Agricultural Revolution

    Week of September 9

    • BCE vs CE 
    • Create a timeline of the Stone Ages - Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic
    • LEAP Practice Item Set - Early Humans
    • Topics 1 -2 Test - Document Based Assessment
    • What are the pros and cons of agriculture? 
    • What are the pros and cons of hunting-gathering?

    Week of September 16

    • What are the pros and cons of hunting-gathering?
    • What are the pros and cons of agriculture? 
    • Debate: Is farming better than hunting? 

    Week of September 23

    • 100 pt Assessment: Powerpoint that answers the question “How do environmental changes impact human life and settlement?” Use evidence from various sources in the unit to support your answer.