The Agricultural Revolution Webquest and Video Analysis with Key- this is a 14 page document that contains a webquest and a completed teachers key for easy marking. It contains 33 questions based on a Crash Course World History video, a History.com video, and an online reading.
Students will begin this assignment by watching the Crash Course video:The Agricultural Revolution. The video, along with the History.com documentary clip and the online reading, will all present the main facts behind humanities transition from a hunter-gatherer society to the more familiar farming/urban society. Human history before the advent of agriculture is covered, how we lived before settling down permanently is actually analyzed as fairly healthy, it just didn't allow for any specialization of labor. The first crops and animals to be domesticated and their impact on human history is then analyzed. For the first time we began to have the concept of property, and our need to defend it. Walled settlements (which would grow into cities), weapons, slavery, class distinctions, trade, division of labor, irrigation, altering our environment (canals, dams, cutting down forests), and selective breeding are all a result of the agricultural revolution. This assignment will also cover how the advent of agriculture allowed humanities population to skyrocket and technological achievements to grow by leaps and bounds.
This webquest can be easily used as an introduction to the topic, a study guide, or a quick and easy sub plan.