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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 Jared Diamond define collapse?
  2. What evidence does Jared Diamond offer in making his argument that societies collapse together?
  3. According to Diamond, what countries did American officials think were the least important to American power during the twentieth century? Were they correct?
  4. What evidence does Diamond use when he asserts that the environment plays a role in collapse?
  5. What is Diamond’s point of view on whether or not we are headed for collapse, and what does he think will dictate this outcome?

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. Jared Diamond argues that societies collapse because of actions that people take and decisions we make. Do you remember any actions or policies made in the Roman or Han empires that led to their collapse?
  2. How does Jared Diamond argue that collapse in the twenty-first century would be different than any previous collapse? Do you agree or disagree with him and why?
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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