Module 4 Source Annotation

Learning Objectives

  • Students will develop historical thinking skills to systematically analyze primary sources (artifacts from early civilizations). 
  • Students will make connections between assigned readings and artifacts as evidence for historical scholarship.
  • Students will consider the role of geography in shaping the cultures and creation of the artifacts. 

Prepare for the assignment:



  • Check your email: groups were confirmed by Dr. Sharpe on Friday, 9/11. Be in contact with your group!
  • Check the Course D2L page (Content > Module 4) for your assigned artifact.
  • With your group members, download your own copy of the Source Analysis Worksheet. Working together, answer all questions in the worksheet for the artifact/source assigned to your group. 

Turn In by Friday, 11pm:

  • Post 1 completed worksheet to the Module 4 Annotation discussion board in D2L for the entire group. Please make sure all group members’ names are included with the post.  

Engage by Monday, 11pm:

  • Each student will read and engage with at least 1 other group’s source and post by following the “I notice, I wonder” format. 
    1. For example, “I noticed that the jade cong was valued for burials and rituals. Last week’s reading about rice cultivation described how populations settled around the Yangtze River. I wonder how far people had to go to find and mine jade, or if it was close by and part of the geology and environment that helped develop rice cultivation.” 
  • Use information from the assigned readings and videos to support your response. Take at least 15-30 minutes to carefully read the post, examine the source itself, and compose a thoughtful response that furthers our understanding. Quality comments build on the ideas and work of the original post. Avoid repeating or rephrasing what has already been said. 
  • You may reply to more than 1 post — your 1 best response will be what I grade for this assignment. 
  • Spread out responses among groups — don’t rush to post on the earliest posts you see. 

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