The Agricultural Revolution

Rather than simply define the agricultural revolution, invite your learners to consider the advantages and disadvantages that agriculture has brought to humanity as a whole. John Green begins this first episode of this series by illustrating early humans as foragers and hunters, and progresses to a discussion of why the agricultural revolution occurred and what implications this has had on civilization and the environment.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • Connects history to modern considerations, and emphasizes reasons why to study history as a whole
  • Extensive evidence provided to support speaker's main messages
  • Engaging and descriptive animations
Cons

  • Speaker moves quickly through material, and as such, video should be used to review concepts or prompt discussion rather than as a stand-alone lesson