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Pre-History: How the World Was Before “Civilization” (World History)

In this course, we will look at the material evidence that shows us what like was life before civilization and how our ancestors went from nomads to settling in one place.
Angela Kennedy, B.A., M.A.
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Students will understand how civilizations came to be, as well as what components goes into creating a civilization. 
I have taught this class many times. I am a trained historian with two bachelors and a masters degree. I am very sensitive to the fact that not all students' families agree with the evolutionary process and can ascertain if I need to move on from the topic - regardless, I present it as scientific and unbiased. 
No homework is assigned.
I will upload the powerpoint as a PDF after the class has completed.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Informal assessment
1 hour per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
The YouTube and UNESCO World Heritage video clips show archaeological sites in an academic manner and thus are not rated. The students do not need an account, as the clips are shown via slideshow. There are 3 separate clips: one for the cave paintings in France and Spain; the prehistoric site for Catal Huyuk in modern-day Turkey; and Choirokoitia in Cyprus (Greece). There are artifacts (in pictures) shown on the slide shows (representations of fertility goddesses) as well as stone tools. There is a discussion of the evolution of early hominids (ardipithicus ramidus) to homo sapiens. Of course, I present this in an unbiased manner, as we are able to see the fossils, artifacts, and archaeological sites. Any religion from that time period is discussed through a historical lens. 
I will refer to my teacher's edition World History text book [World History 5th ed, 2012; Upshur, Terry, Hokola, Cassar, Goff]. I have copious notes from my work with esteemed professor/archaeologist/historian, Dr. Davide Tanasi (2016-2017). I use references from archaeological data using photogrammetry and LiDar to rebuild digital sites based on excavations from my own work on the Temple of Ascelpius in Sicily, Italy. I am not, however, teaching this process so it is ONLY a reference and explanation of how these neolithic sites were found and digitally archived.

For Catal Huyuk, I reference Ian Hodder, who - for two decades - was over the excavation in modern-day Turkey. (Hodder, Ian. “Çatalhöyük: The Leopard Changes Its Spots. A Summary of Recent Work.” Anatolian Studies 64 (2014): 1–22. I also use images from the UNESCO World Heritage page for this site. 

For Choirokoitia, I reference: to use pictures from this site. 

For the cave paintings, I reference the article by: Leroi-Gourhan, Arlette. “The Archaeology of Lascaux Cave.” Scientific American 246, no. 6 (1982): 104–13.

I briefly reference Carbon-14 dating from the anthropology text: Danesi, Marcel. A basic course in anthropological linguistics. Vol. 2. Canadian Scholars Press, 2004.

I do not show students how to use photogrammetry or LiDar, but I do reference it, explaining how archaeologists maintain cultural and historical ethics to preserve sites. 


Angela Kennedy, B.A., M.A.
Lives in the United States
Historian, ESL, Grammar Nerd, History writer, Rock collector, Lover of all things Marvel, Star Wars, and Big Bang Theory!
17 total reviews
34 completed classes

About Me

I teach world history/cultures and the languages associated with them. My teaching experience (2005 - present) is varied, as are the ages I have taught.  I've taught pre-school children phonics and grammar. I've taught middle-schoolers history,... 
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