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BEFORE YOU WATCH: Era 7 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. If you were looking back on the Long Nineteenth Century from the viewpoint of someone living in 1914, what would be the positive story of this era?
  2. What are the are problems with this view, according to the video?
  3. What are some positive aspects of history since the First World War?
  4. What is one big problem with this positive view of the twentieth century?
  5. What data supports the idea that things are getting better?
  6. What are criticisms of this data?
  7. How did the mid-twentieth-century success of Detroit turn into economic problems in the late twentieth century?

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. This video argues that global inequality may be rising. At this point in the era, you may not have all the information to fully evaluate if this claim is true. But the question to challenge this claim would be: Why is global inequality a problem?
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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