The discovery of agriculture was arguably one of the two most revolutionary developments in our history, the other being the industrial revolution. The first part of this lesson draws upon Jared Diamond's book, "Guns Germs, and Steel", to explain why the Middle East was the birthplace of agriculture. It then looks at the process of its discovery and how our ancestors gradually got trapped into abandoning the more leisurely lifestyle of hunting and gathering to become full-time farmers. It ends with a look at the far-reaching changes that agriculture brought our ancestors.
This is a self-contained PowerPoint that develops slide by slide while other notes for the students scroll down the side. It can be run as a timed presentation on its own, presented slide by slide for discussion, or integrated into your other lectures. There are also extensive pictures with captions mixed in to illustrate the lesson and capture students’ interest. This packet also contains a student reading, flowchart, and the author’s own research notes which contain lots of details and interesting trivia to spice up your class.
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