Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Cradles of Civilization: how many can you name of mankind's earliest sites of law, lap dogs and levees?

World Geography, Baerwald, Fraser:

Group work . . .
Each student develops their own annotated map project in their notebook (10 pt activity).

Sketch the Cradles of Civilization map, p 434. Color & identify the areas marking man’s oldest civilizations.
Add these sketches:
Egypt - 3 pyramids.
Mesopotamia - a step-sided pyramid.
Indus River valley - a stick-figure dancing girl sculpture.
Yellow River valley - the Chinese jar on p 435.

Add notes from pp 434-5 that will briefly explain these terms (they may need help from a dictionary or you):
1. hunters & gatherers 2. domestication
3. artisans 4. alluvial soil
Can you think of basic sketches for each of these 4 terms?

To this map add the cities of Cairo, Baghdad, Karachi and Beijing.

Draw a new map of the Mississippi Valley. Use these 10 states: MN, WI, IO, IL, MO, KY, TN, AR, MS, LA. Add 6 cities: Minneapolis-St. Paul, St Louis, Memphis, Natchez, Baton Rouge, New Orleans. Tiny bit of color, por favor.

Group discussion, one paper per group (include group’s names):
* Describe 5 uses of the Red River developed by Shreveport-Bossier. Add a basic sketch map of Shreveport-Bossier.
* Name another city with a developed river. Describe the fun to be had there.
* Using your atlas, make a list of Great Cities of the world that do Not lie upon a river.

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