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BEFORE YOU WATCH: Era 5 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:
  1. What was the condition of the trading system in Afro-Eurasia in the thirteenth century, according to this video?
  2. What happened to that trading center in 1347?
  3. How was the Eurasian trading system different when it recovered from the Black Death, and how did that difference lead to the Columbian Exchange?
  4. What were some global changes that came with the Columbian Exchange?
  5. What was Manila’s role in this global trading system?
  6. According to the video, what were some major demographic events in this era?

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. In this course, Era 4 ends in 1500 CE and Era 5 begins in 1200 CE. Era 4 focuses on collapse and restructuring. Era 5 focuses on the creation of large, even global, networks and connections. Why do you think the creators of this course might have decided that there should be a large overlap between the two eras?
  2. What does the demographic data presented in this video tell us about the different experiences of different regions in this era? What can it not tell us?
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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  • blobby green style avatar for user ealmaguer
    What does the demographic data presented in this video tell us about the different experiences of different regions in this era? What can it not tell us?
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