IS1806 Bottomdwellers in an Ocean of Air

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Date

Topic

Homework due?

8-29

Syllabus

Getting to know the atmosphere

Drivers of weather and climate, Structure of the atmosphere, Climate Zones

How Climate Shaped Humanity (teaser)

 

9-5

Focal Point 1: The Current Status of Climate and Civilization

Please bring the notes you took reading the two articles.

Board Notes:

MESOPOTAMIA, Mississippi River, Tiwanaku, Maya, controversy

Assignment

      article a

     article b

Vote for next week's topic

9-12

Focal Point 2: Cro Magnons and Neanderthals

 

Hunt or be Hunted - documentary watched in class

Group worksheet: Fact Collection

Read the following four articles. Take notes about times, places, climate or print the articles and make annotations. A more detailed picture will be put together in the class room, based on your notes and annotations. (all by Brian Fagan, from books “The Long Summer” and “Cro Magnons”)

The Late Ice Age Orchestra

Momentous Encounters

How do we study ice age climate?

The Challenge of Warming

9-19

Focal Point 2: Cro Magnons and Neanderthals

-          Editing the draft of the essay

-          Ice Age climate, causes, and retreat of the last glaciation

 

Homework: Essay - first draft

 

Vote for next week's topic

9-26

Focal Point 3: Mesopotamia

Uruk

Akkadian Empire

Global Wind System

 timeline produced in class

slides

Cro-Magnon Essay is due

 

and this assignment (with readings)

 

10-3

Focal Point 4: The Saharan Desert

Kiffians and Tenerians

Egyptian empire

Link to "Skeletons of the Sahara"

homework assignment

Holmes Article

 

vote for next week

10-10

No class was held

 

10-17

Focal Point 5: Medieval Warm Period and Vikings

class work

     O'Hare

     Linden

    McGovern

 

Homework related to Holocene in the Sahara desert:

Kuper article

Assignment

10-24

Focal Point 5: Medieval Warm Period and Vikings

Compilation of class answers to the three questions

Link to notes for documentary

"The Lost Vikings" PBS documentary (youtube)

Homework:

Assignment

Class work and questions

 

10-31

Focal Point 6: Little Ice Age

in-class work

    Linden Chapter

   O'Hare chapter

 

 

Homework: Assignment

 

vote for the next focal point

11-7

Focal Point 6: Little Ice Age in North-Americ

Homework Assignment

Case of Missing Farmers

 

 

11-14

Focal Point 7: Maya Civilization

“Land of the Maya”

Group detective work

Turner/Sabloff article

homework assignment

  Diamond article

  Pringle article

  Petersen/Haug article

 

11-21

Focal Point 7: Maya Civilization

Presentation of group work, summary

Documentary

class notes 11-21-2013

Complete the group detective work and be ready to present to class.

Include notes on this article.

12-5

Focal Point 8: Minnesota, 1888

The Children’s Blizzard, David Laskin

Readings

slides

essay

12-12

Focal Point 9: Events in History

This was a wonderful class period, completely directed and guided by you, dear students. You covered these interesting topics:

Mongol Invasion of Japan, 13th century

Old Man of the Mountina, NJ

Haiti Earthquake 2010

Tristate Tornado 1925

Dust Bowl 1931-39

Idaho Forest Fire 1910

G. Washington crossing the Delaware River 1776

1816 or “18-and-froze-to-death”

Plague 1340-50

Great Famine in Europe 1315-17

Great Lakes storm of 1913

Galveston Hurricane 1900

Operation Barbarossa 1941

 

Thanks to all of you! Great finale!

Presentation homework

 

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