Essays and Reflections I is focused on the material in Chapters 10-12. You will find it below:
Please do Part I, Part II and Part III.When you do the essays and reflections,
please pay attention to the following “keys to success” that will help you do a
1.Explain your main points like you would to another
2.Write in simple sentences and short paragraphs.
3.Use specific information from the reading or from
our class discussions.
4.Relate your answers to major trends and concepts
we see in the time period.
Part I. Two Short Essays. Write short essays of at least half a page
each (double spaced) on two of the following key terms. Tell why the person, place, or concept is
important to the era of 1000-1600 CE. Please make sure each of your short essays reflects how you understand
the key term in relation to what we are learning about the era. Include at least one picture for each essay,
and tell how the picture helps us understand the points you are making in the
Part II.Longer Essay.Write an
essay of about five solid paragraphs (double spaced) on one of the
following questions.Include at least
two pictures and note how the pictures help us understand the topic.Please make sure the information you share is
different from what you wrote about in Part I.
World.Explain how Islam was a cultural
and political phenomenon in the era leading up to 1600.Describe developments in at least two Islamic
societies in this era.
Societies.How do you see African
societies developing in the era of 1000-1600?Give specific examples of changes in at least two kingdoms or regions.How were these societies influenced by
increasing contact with the Islamic World, India, and Europe?
Europe.Explain how Christianity was a
cultural and political phenomenon in the era leading up to 1600.Describe three key events or movements that
shaped European society in this era.
1500. What do you find most remarkable
about the societies of the Americas before the era of European contact?Discuss at least two of the societies
depicted in our reading.Do you see
these societies following a path very similar to the societies of Eurasia in
the same era, or do you see them on a very different kind of path?
China.What do you find remarkable about China in
the Song and Ming eras?In what ways did
China influence other parts of the world in this era?How do you see other parts of the world
India.In what ways was India a “cultural
mosaic”?Describe three social,
economic, or political trends in India and the societies touching the Indian
Ocean in the era leading up to 1600.
Trade.Explain the importance of trade
in the Atlantic in the 1400s and 1500s.In what ways did trade bind together societies of Europe, Africa, and
the Americas.Use specific examples from
your reading to show positive as well as negative impacts related to
Part III.Reflections.In this part you
share some of your own insights on the reading, emphasizing what we can learn
from writings from people in the time periods we are studying.For this part, please plan to write at
least a page (or about three solid paragraphs, double spaced).
At the end of
each chapter you will notice a feature called “Global Themes and Sources”.Please use at least two of the primary source
documents in the “Competing Perspectives” section when you write your
reflections.They can be from any of the
chapters covered in this assignment.Put
the title of each document in bold so I will know which documents you
read.For example, you might have read “Aztec
Views of the Spaniards” or “Approaching Tenochtitlan” on page 448.
reflections, please be sure to address these questions:
How do you see
the world changing in Chapters 10-12?How do the specific documents you read reflect broad trends or concepts
we have been reading about?What do the
writings tell us about the perspectives of the people who lived in the era?
specifics from the readings to develop your answers.You may also use maps or pictures you found
in the reading, if you find these helpful.