Social 9: Documentary Viewing – How did people of the past survive?
You’ve learned a few things through your own research about the many past civilizations of our history. But have you questioned how you can know these things?
- How has this knowledge been gathered?
- Are there differing accounts or explanations for some beliefs of the past?
- Who benefits from these accounts of history?
- What voices are missing from our record of our human past?
This documentary is nearly 2 hours, so it will fill at least two class periods. Your During Viewing job is to take jot notes of ideas mentioned in the documentary. You’ll have a discussion about what your reaction and thoughts are after viewing, either in person or you’ll post reflections through your new Twitter #ksoc9 account.
Developing the Skill of Note-Taking: You have two options while viewing this film:
- Medium Challenge Level: take jot notes in just a chronological way like you’ve probably done many times before
- Higher Challenge Level: take jot notes and watch for transitions to new topics so that you may differentiate between categories of the documentary. It is a skill that’s important to develop to be able to organize the structure of a text in your summary. The image below shows how you can use indentations, topic headers, etc to try to develop categories of the information.This will not be marked – it is only a challenge to you to test your ability in practicing this skill or establish your note-taking methods early in the class to compare them to your methods later after some practice.
The Great Human Odyssey