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Student Work

Course Resources

Course Outline
Mr. Wilkinson’s e-mail address:
Course File Folder
Civilization Summary Sheet
FINAL EXAM: Thursday, 23 January 2014, 13:00-15:00 in the cafeteria


Your test on Unit 1 (Culture and Civilization) will be on Tuesday, 17 September. Study Guide.  How to write a great test answer.

Your test on Unit 2 (The World in the Year 500) will be on Monday, 30 September. Study Guide.

Your re-test opportunity for Unit 1 (Culture and Civilization) will be on Friday, 11 October.  Study Guide.

Your test on Chinese Civilization will be on Tuesday, 5 November.  Study Guide.

Your test on Islamic Civilization will be on Wednesday, 27 November. Study Guide.

Your optional re-tests on EVERYTHING will be on Friday, 29 November.  Check out the study guides from all the previous units.

Your test on Mesoamerican civilization will be on Thursday, 15 January. Study Guide

Assignments & Due Dates

Auto-Ethnography: Monday, 9 September

Artistic Representation of Our Civilization: Monday, 16 September.  (Grading Scheme).

The World in the Year 500: collaborative map with Google Earth: Wednesday, 25 September.  Instructional Screencasts.  Note-taking assignment.  Finished work.

Laozi goes to Challenge Day

Chinese Philosophy Essay: Due Date.  Grading Scheme.

Islamic Contributions Paragraph & Image: Wednesday, 20 November.

Islamic Art Project (Class Project)

Mabinogi Graphic Novel (Class Project)

Primary Source Analysis: Spanish Conquest of Tenochititlan: Monday, 20 January.  Documents: Diaz, Las Casas, Florentine Codex

Readings & Handouts

Unit 1. Culture and Civilization

What is a Civilization?: Lecture Slides, Guided Notes

Unit 2. The World in the Year 500

The World in the Year 500: Overview: Lecture Slides, Guided Notes

Unit 3. Chinese Civilization

Early China: Pathways 75-82

Chinese Philosophy: Pathways 82-85

Mandarin Numerals

Confucian Philosophy: Excerpts from the Analects

Legalist Philosophy: The Way of the Ruler

Qin and Han Dynasties: Pathways pages 86-91

Buddhism: Pathways pages 91-92

Tang Dynasty: Pathways pages 93-99

Song Dynasty: Pathways pages 405-413

Mongol Empire & Yuan Dynasty: Lecture Slides, Guided Notes, Crash Course

Unit 4. Islamic Civilization

West Asia Before Islam

Islamic Art

Spread of Islam: Pathways 119-121, Crash Course

Abbasid Empire: Pathways 122-128

Islamic Spain (al-Andalus): Pathways 312-322

Islam in West Africa: Pathways 380-391

Mansa Musa and Islam in Africa (Crash Course)

Unit 5. European Civilization

What is Europe? / Europe After the Fall of Rome: Slides

The Dark Ages: How Dark Were They, Really? (Crash Course)

The Franks and Celts: Pathways 21-30

Comic / Graphic Novel samples

The Four Branches of the Mabinogi (full text)

The Spread of Christianity: Slides, Guided Notes & Bible Excerpt, Crash Course

Crusades: The Crusades: Pilgrimage or Holy War? (Crash Course), Horrible Histories

Chivalry and Betrayal: The Hundred Years War: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3 (We will watch Episode 1 in class).

Medieval Architecture: Slides

The Renaissance: Was it a Thing? (Crash Course)

Renaissance Dance: Branle des Chevaux: Partner Version, Non-Partner Version

Renaissance Art (Meet the Ninja Turtles!): Slides (note: the story about Boticelli throwing his own artwork on Savonorola’s bonfire may be untrue), Guided Notes

Unit 6. Mesoamerican Civilization

***When you are researching Mesoamerican civilizations online, please be careful about which sources you use.  Some modern writers have strange and unsubstantiated beliefs, especially involving the Mayan calendar, the Toltec people, and/or aliens.  Please remember that indigenous American civilizations were/are societies of real (and diverse) people, not mystical fountains of wisdom and prophecy.

Mayan Civilization: Lecture Slides, Guided Notes

Film: Popol Vuh (optional)

Documentary: Cracking the Maya Code (optional)

The Mayan Numeral System

The Mayan Calendar: Harvard Site, Converter

Civilizations of the Mexican Basin: Slides, Guided Notes

The Spanish Conquest of Tenochtitlan: Slides, Primary Source Analysis