Unit 2 Reflection

Over the last 2 weeks we’ve explored how cartographers make maps, how map projections and presenting geospatial data in maps can push forward certain interpretations about past cultures and places, analyzed primary sources in depth, and learned how 5 early civilizations developed in parallel. 

Now it’s time to pause and reflect on how all of this fits together. 

For this reflection, do the following:

  1. Create a detailed visual map or model of the development of a civilization and its geography. Be sure to include information from the readings (both Unit 1 and Unit 2), and things you’ve learned from the Module 3 Lab and Module 4 Source Annotation. 
    1. There is no one correct answer. You can use physical materials to draw it out or digital tools. I am looking for the ideas and connections you make, not artistic quality! 
    2. If you draw it out, please take a clear photo of the map/model to upload to the submission.  
  2. Write a short (no more  than 50 words!) description of the map/model and the key takeaway for your map/model. 
  3. Answer the following Synthesis Questions. You can answer in a write-up, an audio recording, or a video recording. 
    1. What are 1-2 key things you learned during Unit 2? 
    2. What skills of analysis and evaluation were you able to use from Unit 1 and what was unique to Unit 2? 
    3. What was your greatest challenge this Unit (understanding the history, certain skills, etc.)?

Turn In:

  • 1 map/model. Acceptable formats: .png, .jpg, PDF, PowerPoint, or Google Slides only. 
  • Short description of map/model. Can be included with the map/model or can be uploaded as a separate file.
  • Synthesis questions: 
    • Write-up acceptable file formats: .docx, .odt, PDF, Google Doc.
    • Audio recording acceptable file formats: .mp3, .wav, or link to file in Google Drive or OneDrive
    • Video recording acceptable file formats: .mp4, .mov, .wmv, or link to file in Google Drive or OneDrive