Unit 6

Early Humans

Early Humans

(This is part of the Big History Project Program)

Teachers

Allison Bruning

Prerequisite

Unit 5: Life

Subjects

History, Science, Reading and Writing

Ages

10 - 17 years old

   

Sessions

 

Session 1: Humans and Collective Learning 

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will define archaeologist, attract, collective learning, culture, environment, evidence, evolution, evolve, foraging, fossils, genealogy, genetics, homicides, Homo ergaster or Homo erectus,  Homo habilis, Homo sapiens, institute, marsupials, migration, Neanderthals, nomadic, preserve, relationship. researcher, society, technology, and territory.

Students will examine the Driving Question Notebook and Discussion Guide.

Students will review the vocabulary for this unit.

Students will complete and discuss their answers on the Vocabulary: Part 1 worksheet.

Students will watch and discuss "Threshold 6: Humans and Collective Learning"

HOMEWORK:

No Homework.

Session 2: Human Evolution

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will watch and discuss "Crash Course: Human Evolution"

Students will create a comic strip detailing the evolution of life.

HOMEWORK:

Finish your comic strip. 

 

Session 3: Lucy

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will present their comic strips. 

Students will watch and discuss "Lucy: 3.2 Million Year Old Mother of Man" and  "3.1 million-year-old Lucy's bones tell story of how she died." 

Students will read, analyze and discuss "Lucy and the Leakeys" using the Three Close Reads method. 

Students will review Threshold 6. 

HOMEWORK:

Read and analyze "Jane Goodall" using the Three Close Reads method. 

Session 4: Anthropology and Archaeology 

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will discuss their findings on their Jane Goodall homework.

Students will examine the Driving Question Notebook and Discussion Guide.

Students will watch and discuss "Introduction to Anthropology" and  "Introduction to Archaeology." 

HOMEWORK:

No Homework

Session 5: What Do You Know? What Do You Ask?

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will decide what kinds of questions scholars from different disciplines might ask about an object or a significant event. 

Students will analyze a fictional archaeological site and describe how humans would have lived. 

Students will choose a topic for their Little Big History projects. 

HOMEWORK:

No Homework

Session 6: Collective Learning

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will use their knowledge of collective learning to decide whether a statement is true or false

Students will analyze collective learning claim statements to determine if they are fact, fiction or unknown. 

Students will read, analyze and discuss "Collective Learning" using the Three Close Reads method. 

HOMEWORK:

Finish "Collective Learning" Three Close Reads

Session 7: Why Human Evolution Matters

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will watch and discuss "Crash Course: Why Human Evolution Matters" and "Common Man - H2" 

Students will examine the Driving Question Notebook and Discussion Guide.

Students will review the vocabulary for this unit.

Students will complete and discuss their answers on the Vocabulary: Part 2 worksheet. 

HOMEWORK:

No Homework.

Session 8: Early Collective Learning

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will watch and discuss "Early Collective Learning"

Students will read, analyze and discuss "Culture and Collective Learning Debate" using the Three Close Reads method. 

Students will analyze a popular American expression to find short and long term causes of an event from different perspectives. 

HOMEWORK:

Finish Alphonse the Camel assignment. 

Session 9: How Did the First Humans Live?

Students will cite specific passages and evidence from the content in this unit that provide insights into answering the driving question.

Students will watch and discuss "How Did the First Human Live?"

Students will read, analyze and discuss "Foraging" using the Three Close Reads method. 

HOMEWORK:

Finish "Foraging" Three Close Read. 

Session 10: Dinner Time! 

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will watch and discuss "From Foraging to Food Shopping."

Students will create a menu and restaurant for primitive humans. 

HOMEWORK:

Choose a video from "Roots School" that interest you. Take notes on a KWL chart as you watching. Be prepared to present to the class your KWL chart and what you still want to know. 

Session 11: Why Human Ancestry Matters

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will present their homework. 

Students will watch and discuss "Crash Course: Why Human Ancestry Matters."

Students will use a variety of skills, including close reading and comprehension abilities, researching, and mapping, to evaluate  human migration patterns. 

HOMEWORK:

Finish your human migration patterns evaluation. 

Session 12: Planning and Revision

LESSON OBJECTIVES: 

Students will make a final decision about the LBH object they’ll study and research for their culminating project of the year. 

Students will analyze and revise a student's paper to make sure that the writer is applying BHP concepts in the best ways possible.

HOMEWORK: 

No Homework

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