discussions

first part

This week you will be posting about one thing you learned about in Chapter 8. You just need to write a couple of sentences on it and describe what it is and why it is interesting. Here is the catch…you have to write about something that no one else has posted about yet! So the sooner you post, the easier it will be. Make sure you only talk about one topic (person, event, place, etc) so that there will be enough topics for the whole class! If you complete the assignment earlier, you will have more topics to choose from, and those will be easier to explain!

second part-

This assignment we are going to work on our Student Learning Outcomes. These are the things you are supposed to be able do when you finish this class. We have 3 of them!

1) Analyze primary and secondary sources and explain how they support a thesis statement

2) Explain relationships between the causes of historical events and their effects.

3) Describe a relevant individual involved in an historical event and explain his/her significance in this event.

1) Analyze primary and secondary sources (Links to an external site.) and explain how they support a thesis statement

This means a few things. First you have to understand what a primary and/or a secondary source is. And then understand what a thesis statement (Links to an external site.) is. Lastly, you should be able to see how a source supports (or does not support) a thesis statement. Here is a very basic example of a thesis statement: “The quality of life for many Americans during the Great Depression was very bad when compared to other generations.” A primary source that would support that statement would be a letter written by someone living in the 1930s that says “My life is terrible! It was sooooo much better in the 1920s, OMG! I have no job, my kids can’t eat and I am sick. I wish I could LOL but it is too hard!” Reading that, you would think they didn’t have a good life, and would say that letter supports you thesis statement.

2) Explain relationships between the causes of historical events and their effects.

This one perhaps is a little easier. For example, take Buddhism. Siddhartha Gautama sat beneath the famous tree and meditated and then he had an awakening. This was one of the causes of the creation of the religion known as Buddhism. One of the effects of it was that Buddhism became a very popular religion that is still practiced widely around the globe.

3) Describe a relevant individual involved in an historical event and explain his/her significance in this event.

Perhaps the easiest, and most of you have already done this in the short answers on our test. You just need to talk about a person and a historical event, and why that person was important to it. For example, “In 2021 the Padres won the World Series. Alan Renga played a significant role in this, because he struck out 89 batters and hit 8 home runs for the Padres.”

So for this assignment, I want you to pick one of the SLOs, describe it in your own words, and give an example from chapter 9 that shows you understand it! It is worth 10 points and is due Monday September 20th at 11:59

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Discussions

Descartes believes that there exists both ‘mind’ and ‘matter’ (or ‘body’ – same thing. Smart believes that there is only ‘matter’, or the material/physical world, and everything else, including thoughts, sensations and other apparently ‘mental’ processes are really just physical processes at bottom. Which view do you find more plausible? Explain why.

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