HIS 101 and 111 Pre-History Paragraph Assignment


Estimated to be 16,000 years old, this is an image from the Lascaux Cave in Southwestern France near the village of Montignac.  Four teenage boys discovered the cave in September 1940, and for about a decade the site was a major tourist attraction, but the cave was closed to visitors in 1963 in an effort to preserve the fragile ecology of the cave.  It has been a real struggle for the French to preserve the cave and its images intact.  See The Cave of Lascaux.  There is now an exact duplicate available for visitors.  Most of the drawings in the cave are of large animals, and most of the drawings are arranged in comic-strip fashion, from left to right, to tell the story of successful hunts.  Photo Credit.

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After reading the textbook assignment for this unit, write a paragraph that answers the following question:

According to the textbook, what were some of the characteristic phases of development of pre-historical humanity? (Please make sure that you read the short notes on pre-history first.) 

Your paragraph must follow this format:

  • begin with a concise topic sentence (sentence 1) that directly responds to the assigned question (no need to define terms or cite a dictionary) and that identifies your analysis/thesis points.
  • font size 10 or 12 only
  • one-inch margins
  • double-spaced
  • since you are summarizing in your own words, you do not need quoted or cited material
  • name, and only your name, at the top left of the paper
  • about one-half page in length (not to exceed 3/4 page)
  • You may consider submitting a draft of your assignment to your instructor for feedback before submitting the assignment for the grade. At times, you may be asked to rewrite your work.  This is done for your own benefit and will result in an improved grade.

Please take a moment to review Charlie's History Writing Center for specific information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the course. Please check this short explanation of what it means to cite historical evidence.

Watch the short video on this textbook-based paragraph assignment.

Your assignment should be submitted on Canvas.



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