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BEFORE YOU WATCH: Communities Frame Introduction

Use the “Three Close Reads” approach as you watch the video below.
Use the “Three Close Reads” approach as you watch the video below (next in the lineup!). If you want to learn more about this strategy, click here.

First read: preview and skimming for gist

Before you watch, you should skim the transcript first. The skim should be very quick and give you the gist (general idea) of what the video is about. You should be looking at the title, thumbnails, pictures, and first few seconds of the video for the gist.

Second read: key ideas and understanding content

Now that you’ve skimmed the video transcript and taken a quick peek at the video, you should preview the questions you will be answering. These questions will help you get a better understanding of the concepts and arguments that are presented in the video. Keep in mind that when you watch the video, it is a good idea to write down any vocab you read or hear that is unfamiliar to you.
By the end of the second close read, you should be able to answer the following questions:
  1. How does the quote from Helen Keller relate to the idea of “communities”?
  2. What were the first human communities like?
  3. What are some major changes and developments in the history of human communities, according to this video?
  4. According to this video, globalization has made us all members of a single community, but smaller communities are still relevant. Why?

Third read: evaluating and corroborating

Finally, here are some questions that will help you focus on why this video matters and how it connects to other content you’ve studied.
At the end of the third read, you should be able to respond to these questions:
  1. What communities are you a member of, and how long ago did these emerge?
  2. What kinds of evidence would allow you to evaluate the claims made in this video about the history of human communities?
Now that you know what to look for, it’s time to watch! Remember to return to these questions once you’ve finished watching.

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  • hopper cool style avatar for user zhiwenglim
    My answers:
    1. It relates to the idea of “communities” that with only one person his capabilities might be limited, so he needs to develop with full potential by interacting with other people, whose potentials are revealed in a group as well. In a group, all of them are able to learn from each other and develop communities that makes them prosper.

    2. They were bands of foragers, around 10-100 people, who lived & worked together

    3. Some major changes include:
    Learning to domesticate crops & animals
    Learning to protect themselves against invaders & trade with other villages
    Concept of state: Ruling over other people
    Develop universal philosophical systems and portable, congregational religions
    Political authority are technically vested in a nation
    Innovation of technologies like the Internet & air travel

    4. Because it provides a reprieve against the globalized world where a person still define himself as an individual with his own history
    (15 votes)
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  • blobby green style avatar for user 01rmoraes
    1. Communities emerge from the moment when humans understand that together with other humans, they would be able to defend themselves better, cultivate larger areas and that they would have the support of those who would also like to survive in that hostile primitive environment. Human beings realized that they alone do not have all the skills they need.

    2. The first human communities used to live mainly by hunting animals and collecting fruits and vegetables. With the end of these resources, these populations moved to another region in search of conditions for survival and did so for thousands of years.

    3. The main change of the human community is the moment of human understanding that the place he is in can offer him the resources to survive.

    4. Why small communities have greater intimacy than large global communities. These small communities come together because they have issues in common and defend it.
    (2 votes)
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