World History Project - Origins to the Present
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:
- According to the video, what is the typical view of human history through the three frames?
- What changes happened after collapse, according to the video, through each of the three frames?
- What is significant about Ireland and the Islamic world? What are they examples of?
- What is the purpose of investigating both decline and recovery in the context of the three frames?
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 this question:
- This video mentions places where recovery happened quickly and others where recovery was slow. Using one of the three frames, what types of factors would make recovery faster or slower?
Now that you know what to look for, it’s time to watch! Remember to return to these questions once you’ve finished watching.