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Pre-History Assignment #1
1) Read pages 20-29 in the textbook.
2) Use Pages or a similar program to create an illustrated, annotated diagram that compares the following hominids:

  • australopithecus
  • homo habilis
  • homo erectus
  • the Neanderthals
  • homo sapiens sapiens


Be sure to include a picture and information about the time period, physical characteristics, and noteworthy skills or capabilities for each species.

YOU WILL HAVE A SHORT QUIZ NEXT CLASS OVER THIS INFORMATION.
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Pre-History Assignment #2
Go this [ http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/educators/teachstuds/svideos.html ]PBS site on evolution and watch two of the short videos, #4 (How Does Evolution Really Work?) and #5 (Did Humans Evolve?) You'll need to use headphones; if you don't have a pair with you there are some available in the library to sign out. Be sure to take notes on these themes as you watch:

Video 4 - The four processes of natural selection
Video 5 - The difference between "relatives" and "ancestors"
- The evidence provided by DNA

Pre-History Assignment #3
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/15/science/new-dating-puts-cave-art-in-the-age-of-neanderthals.html?_r=1&hp

It involves reading two chapters from a book called The Cave Painters. You can probably guess what it's about.


~ For the first part of the reading identify and think about the most interesting aspect of the adventure and discovery.
~For the second part of the reading, write 3 questions you have about the discovery in Lascaux. What are some of the mysteries of the world's first artists?

Cave of Forgotten Dreams
First Paint Makers NYTIMES (October 2011)

Pre-History Assignment #4
(STEP 1) Read the rest of the chapters on The Cave Painters. Take notes on the insights that we gather about the culture of these first humans. Why did they make this art? How does this art give us an insight into the lives of the early humans?
(STEP 2) Go to Lascoux Cave web-site and click on "Learn" and then click on some of the links to explore details about the cave. (STEP 3) Go to the Lascoux Cave web-site and click on "Discover". Take the "virtual visit." Explore the cave and try and identify aspects of the cave that you read about in The Cave Painters.
(STEP 4) Select one of the paintings in the cave and creat an Art Annotation. An Art Annotation is when you write an analysis of an artwork. Look here at an example of an Art Annotation. 3-5 Annotations are expected.
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Pre-History Assignment #5

Ancient Nomads
NYTIMES March 2012

Becoming Human
http://www.becominghuman.org/

Smithsonian- What does it mean to be human?
http://humanorigins.si.edu/

Noah's Flood
Noah's Flood
http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/GOe8Mt6vRdSNcg-yeivrEA
Deluge Theory
Ballard & The Black Sea NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Danube Valley Civilization
Early Civ in Europe
The Danube Valley

Lascoux Cave
Lascoux Cave
Cave Art

Stonehenge
http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/episode/stonehenge-decoded-3372
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/05/080529-stonehenge-cemetery.html
Stonehenge- National Geographic
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mystery-man-stonehenge.html
http://www.britannia.com/history/h7.html

Ice Man
http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/explorer/3108/Overview#tab-Overview
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2007/07/iceman/hall-text
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/icemummies/iceman.html

Genographic Project
National Geographic- Genographic Project


Venus of Willendorf
http://www.pbs.org/howartmadetheworld/episodes/human/venus/#
http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/prehistoric/venus-of-willendorf.htm
Venus of Willendorf

Ardi
NY Times- Oct 2009



History in the Remaking
http://www.newsweek.com/2010/02/18/history-in-the-remaking.html

Humans: Why They Triumphed
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703691804575254533386933138.html

Evolution
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/educators/teachstuds/svideos.html

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