modern humans chapter 12 human variation H u m a n i t i e s

modern humans chapter 12 human variation H u m a n i t i e s


Chapter 11 The Origins and Dispersal of Modern Humans

Chapter 12 Human Variation and Adaptation (pages 313-333)

POST (10 points). For your post you must find an online article or video (from a reputable source) that is relevant to the topics covered in the chapters above.  Don’t forget to include the name of the article/video and a link.  You are to provide a summary of the article/video along with how it is important and how it relates to the topics covered for that time period. Discuss what you found interesting.

Your posts must demonstrate knowledge of the week’s chapter/module concepts and any videos. They must illustrate your understanding of the weekly topics.  These posts give you a chance to “prove” that you have completed readings and comprehend the concepts presented.  They also give you a chance to help your classmates to learn through your observations, and interact in a more personal way with them.

You can provide prompts, so that your classmates will have something to respond to, and to help to further the discussion by replying back or making further comments. 

“REPLY” or “RESPONSE” Posts (10 points)You must post AT LEAST (minimum) one substantial comment (5-6 sentences minimum) to something posted (article/video) by another student. You must demonstrate your understanding of the material being discussed and add to the discussion. Your comments must pertain to the topic of physical anthropology.  You can add other information, opinions but you will be graded on your use and understanding of physical anthropology.

Please note that you CAN NOT copy and paste directly from the internet for discussion threads without using quotation marks and giving proper references.  You are more than welcome to cite articles/websites in addition to your own words and opinions, but you MUST give credit where credit is due.  Otherwise, you will earn a zero for plagiarism.  If you are taking ideas or words from a source, you must cite the source, even if you are paraphrasing.

  • Tips for Writing a Good Discussion Post

The University of Nevada, Reno’s “University Writing Center” states the ideal discussion board topic should always facilitate learning opportunities. It should ideally

1) address the course content

2) reveal your own understanding of that content

3) promote peer interaction.

  • A strong post can be written based on these three parts in addition to the article summary:

Part 1: State what your considered thought or recommendation might be. In other words, answer the question, “What do you think about this topic?”

Part 2: State why you think what you think. Examine your own experiences, beliefs, or knowledge. It is also a good place to provide references, textual quotations, and/or links to materials that reinforce your opinion. You can also discuss the films assigned in class

Part 3: State what you wish you knew or directly solicit the opinion of classmates (in other words, ask them some questions!)

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