HIS 101 and 111 Pre-History Paragraph Assignment


Estimated to be 16,000 years old, this is an image from the Lascaux Cave in Southwestern France near the village of Montignac.  Four teenage boys discovered the cave in September 1940, and for about a decade the site was a major tourist attraction, but the cave was closed to visitors in 1963 in an effort to preserve the fragile ecology of the cave.  It has been a real struggle for the French to preserve the cave and its images intact.  See The Cave of Lascaux.  There is now an exact duplicate available for visitors.  Most of the drawings in the cave are of large animals, and most of the drawings are arranged in comic-strip fashion, from left to right, to tell the story of successful hunts.  Photo Credit.

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After reading the textbook assignment for this unit, write a paragraph that answers the following question:

According to the textbook, what were some of the characteristic phases of development of pre-"historical" humanity? (Please make sure that you read the short notes on "pre-history" first.)
Your paragraph should be about one-half page in length, double-spaced with one-inch margins, font size 10 or 12; it should contain a concise topic sentence that directly responds to the assigned question.  Since you are using your own words to summarize the information in the textbook in this assignment, you do not have to use quotes or page citations.  You may consider submitting a draft of your assignment to your instructor for feedback before submitting the assignment for a grade. Please send some specific questions that you would like answered about your draft. The questions can be general (Is my thesis/first sentence clear?) or specific (Is the phrase, "Chardin was jeweller," written correctly?).
Your assignment should be sent to your course instructor following the directions for submitting assignments.
Please take a moment to review all of my support materials in Charlie's History Writing Center for additional information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the course.
The Required Pre-History Paragraph is worth a maximum of 50 points.

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I selected your textbook (and I have been known to switch every few years) after careful consideration of the book's content and organization and the authors' goals and objectives; those areas closely match my objectives in teaching this course.  I want you to pay close attention to your reading in the textbook, because that reading is a crucial part of your learning in the course.  Look for the unit key terms and reflect on the questions to consider as you read your textbook.  In addition:
  • Write down questions that come to mind
  • Make marginal notes in your textbook when something strikes you
  • Underline or highlight important concepts or definitions/events



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