Indus Valley Civilization VBQ
Watch the video below, listen actively, and answer the questions that follow. Probably the best way to do this is to read first question, start watching, pause once you encounter the information you need to respond to the question, then read next question before pressing play again.
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Crash Course: Indus Valley Civilization
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[1:00-1:30] Although today the word means someone uncivilized, the original meaning of "Barbarian" was
"one who does not speak Greek"
"a very muscular person"
"collector of plastic fashion dolls"
"an uncivilized person"
[1:45-2:30] According to John Green, what are the major "symptoms" of a civilization?
[2:30-3:00] The major early civilizations developed in river valleys because they
flood and deposit nutrient-rich silt
all of the above
[3:00-4:00] The Indus Valley Civilization was the largest of the ancient river valley civilizations. How do we know?
[3:30-4:00] Why is our knowledge of the Indus Valley Civilization limited to what we can learn from archaeology? Didn’t the people write anything down?
No, they never learned how to write.
Yes, but reading is boring so we don't feel like reading their writing.
Yes, but we don't know how to read the Indus Script.
Yes, but there isn't enough to learn much.
[4:00-5:00] Give three examples of how the Indus Civilization showed advancement in the development of their cities.
[4:30-5:00] The largest and most important building in Mohenjo Daro was a
[5:00-5:30] How do the Indus seals prove that the Indus Civilization traded with Mesopotamia?
They have "Mesopotamia" written on them in Indus Script.
They were found in Mesopotamia.
Mesopotamia wasn't that far so they probably traded.
The animals on them only lived in Mesopotamia.
[5:30-6:00] What does John think is the most amazing thing about the Indus Valley people
They had a standardized system of weights and measures.
They had advanced plumbing systems unlike anything that would be seen for another 200 years.
They traded cotton cloth with Mesopotamia.
They were peaceful as shown by little evidence of warfare or weapons.
[6:00-7:00] Which of John's alternative names for the "Great Bath" do you think is the best?
The Moist Mystery of Mohenjo Daro
The Pool that Ruled
The Bath to End All Baths
The Wet Wonder
[6:30-8:00] John gives several theories as to the collapse of the Harappan civilization. Why do you think the Indus Valley Civilization declined?
Just wanted to point out another error by John. He described the current residents of Western South Asia as "Hindu Indians and Muslim Pakistanis", which is really an over generalization, as there are also Muslim Indians and Hindu Pakistanis. But we'll learn about those religions later this year, and those countries by the end of next year, so you'll see.
Mystery Solved? The Saraswati River!
So, in the beginning of the first video, John very quickly mentioned that the Harappan Civilization, also known as the Indus Valley Civilization, existed along the Indus AND the Saraswati Rivers. You may have missed that because (A) he said it very quickly and (B) he mispronounced Saraswati (I think he said Sawarti???). Anyway, there is a pretty cool theory about the collapse of the Harappan civilization that he only partially mentioned when he talked about the Earthquake, but he left out the coolest part! So I want you to just watch a short clip from this documentary so you can discover it for yourselves! Just watch from 20:00 to 25:00! We can talk more about it in class.
The Ghaggar Hakra AKA Saraswati River! (You only need to watch 20:00-25:00!)
Though many of the cities are along the Indus River, many of the cities from the civilization are found in what is today
along the Ganges river to the East
high in the Himalayan mountains
over a mile under the ocean
The theory mentioned in the video suggests that, during height of the Indus Civilization, there actually existed a second...
hominid species living alongside humans
This time, I included the specific times in the video where the answer can be found. I hope that helped. How did this homework compare to the last online one?
The first one was much better
This one was much better
How long did it take you all together?
Less than 10 min
More than 40 min
JUST FOR FUN: If you want to check it out, this is a trailer for a movie that takes place in the Indus Valley Civilization. Pretty cool. It's on Netflix actually. Definitely a lot of stuff was made up, but the recreated city is pretty cool.
Did you watch the trailer (totally optional just curious)
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