Document based question: the first americans



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US HISTORY 7 TEACHER: ________________________

NAME: _______________________________ PERIOD: ________
DOCUMENT BASED QUESTION: THE FIRST AMERICANS
This activity is based on the accompanying documents. The activity is designed to test your ability to work with historical documents. As you analyze the documents, take into account both the context of the documents and any point of view that the documents may present.
DIRECTIONS: This Document Based Question consists of two parts.
Historical Context: Between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago, early humans began migrating from Asia into North America. Over time, the Americas would be populated by people now known as the First Americans.
Task: Using information from the documents and your knowledge of social studies, answer the questions that follow the documents in Part A. Your answers to the questions will help you write an essay in Part B, in which you will need to do the following:

  1. Discuss why early humans left their homeland in Asia and migrated into North America.


Part A:

Short Answer

Directions: Answer the questions that follow each document in the space provided. Your answers to these questions will help you write the essay.
Document 1: This excerpt is from a story that deals with the life of early humans as they made their way into North America.





In the Beginning:








“Easily, quickly, the hunter makes a kill. Growling in a low hum, he eats the meat raw to stay his hunger. Then, bagging the meat for his family, he starts back. He probably smiled as he returned to tell his people about the sweet land he had found.

Not 25 years ago. Not 250 years ago. Not 2,500 years ago. But over 25,000 years ago this hunter from Asia set foot on North America. He and his tribe were the first humans to do so.

Their homeland back in Asia had begun to dry up. They could not find food. Other tribes, also hungry, had become enemies. And so the hunter’s people had left the land we now call the Gobi Desert, in present-day China. And they had set off to look for a better life.”




1. How long ago did this hunter live?


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2. Where was the hunter’s original home?
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3. Why did the hunter and his tribe leave their homeland?

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1. Discuss two ways in which early humans got the food that they needed to survive.


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2. During the Ice Age, what happened to the supply of food available to humans in Asia?
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Part B:

Essay

Directions:

  1. Write a well-organized essay that includes an introduction, several paragraphs, and a conclusion.

  2. Use evidence from the documents to support your response.

  3. Include specific related outside information.

  4. Use blue or black ink only to write your essay.


Historical Context: Between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago, early humans began migrating from Asia into North America. Over time, the Americas would be populated by people now known as the First Americans.
Task: Using information from the documents and your knowledge of social studies, answer the questions that follow the documents in Part A. Your answers to the questions will help you write an essay in Part B, in which you will need to do the following:

  1. Discuss why early humans left their homeland in Asia and migrated into North America.


Be sure to include specific historical details. You must also include additional information from your knowledge of social studies.

INTRODUCTION PARAGRAPH:

ESSAY TOPIC SENTENCE:

TASK TOPIC SENTENCE(S):


CONCEPT:






TASKS:

Provide a topic sentence for each paragraph in the body.

INSIDE INFORMATION:

Make sure to give credit to the document when you use information from it.



OUTSIDE INFORMATION:

1. Discuss why early humans left their homeland in Asia and migrated into North America.
TOPIC SENTENCE:


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TASKS:

Provide a topic sentence for each paragraph in the body.

INSIDE INFORMATION:

Make sure to give credit to the document when you use information from it.

OUTSIDE INFORMATION:


Concept: Change
TOPIC SENTENCE:

Definition of Concept:


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Change has also affected other events in American history. One other event in American history that was affected by change was the American Revolution. This event shows change because the English Colonies declared their independence, fought a war against England, and became a free nation.


CONCLUSION PARAGRAPH: Rewrite the introduction.










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