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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 did migration and population density contribute to the historical rise and fall of disease rates?
  2. Why might hunters and gatherers have had fewer diseases than farmers or pastoralists?
  3. What made ancient Greece more susceptible to disease?
  4. What are some world historical effects of plague?
  5. Did the Black Death or the Great Dying have more fatalities? Why did one have much higher mortality rates?
  6. How did population density and disease contribute to European colonization in the Americas?
  7. Why do we have relatively lower disease rates now? Why are disease rates in danger of rising again?

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:
  1. According to the author of the video, humans are not the only agents of history, meaning they’re not the only species to cause change. What other sources or facts that you have studied support, extend, or challenge the author’s argument?
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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