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MERLOT II


    

Learning Exercise


Material: Around the Indus Valley in 90 Slides
Submitted by: William Paquette on Jan 11, 2004
Date Last Modified: Jan 11, 2004
Title: Around the Indus Valley in 90 Slides
Description: An engrossing web site that allows students to study artifacts found at Harappa in the Indus Valley in India. The site includes a walk through of Harappa.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental activity, Unsupervised
Time Required 2-3 hours.
Topics: World Civilization
India
Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, High School
Categories:
Prerequisites Skills: Basic Computer Skills.
Some knowlegde of India's early history.
Learning Objectives: To teach students what an artifact is.
To inform students about the oldest civilization of India.
To teach students the relationship between history and archaeology.
Technical Notes: Real Audio player.
Text of Learning Exercise: Click "read an essay linked to the slides (Part I). Answer questions 1-3.

1. Where is the Indus River civilization? When did it exist?
2. Describe the geographic area where this urban civilization thrived.
3. Identify the large urban centers of the Indus River Civilization.

Click the II icon at the bottom of the screen. Answer questions 4-5.

4. View the slides under seals and writing. What do these artifacts tell us about expression and social organization?

5. View the slides under terra cotta figurines. What do these artifacts tell us about the Indus River civilization?

Click on III at the bottom of the screen. Answer question 6.

6. What are the major misconceptions about the Indus River Civilization?

Click on IV at the bottom of the screen. Answer questions 7-9.

7. How did the IndusCivilization begin?

8. What trade links kept the Indus communities together?

9. What is the Neolithic Mehrgarh? Explain its significance.

Click V at the bottom of the screen. View all slides indicated for this section. Answer questions 10-12.

10. How did the people of the Indus Valley live? How do we know this?

11. How was the Indus Valley civilization organized?

12. What do we know about Indus River cit ies?

Click VI at the bottom of the screen. View all slides indicated for this section. Answer questions 13-15.

13. How large an area did this civilization encompass?

14. How did this region get its water supply?

15. How were the Indus River cities organized?

Click VII at the bottom of the screen. View all slides indicated for this section. Answer questions 16-19.

16. List Indus River utilitarian and decorative objects.

17. What was the purpose of seals and writing? What were the symbols and inscriptions for?

18. Describe the religious beliefs of the Indus River valley people.

19. How did they bury their dead?

Click VIII at the bottom of the screen. View all the slides indicated for this section. Answer questions 20-21.

20. What goods were traded?

21. What is the legacy of the Indus River cities to modern India and Pakistan?


Now write a 3-5 page paper describing in detail what is known about the people and the civilization of the Indus River Valley.
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