World History Project - Origins to the Present
Course: World History Project - Origins to the Present > Unit 4Lesson 1: Era 4 Overview: Collapse and Restructuring | 4.0
BEFORE YOU WATCH: Era 4 Overview
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:
- What does this video say happened to the Eurasian system early in this era?
- What kind of quantitative evidence does the video present that suggests decline in the Roman Empire during this era?
- What evidence from Tintagel points to a dark age in this community? What evidence suggests there was a recovery?
- What evidence does the video present that suggests there was not a dark age across Eurasia during this period?
- How does the video characterize the period after a large-scale collapse?
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:
- How can studying what happens after collapse in history help us today?
- What kinds of evidence would you need to investigate what happened after Han Dynasty China collapsed?
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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