Human Origins: Human Evolution from Prehistory to the Agricultural Revolution

Human Origins: Human Evolution from Prehistory to the Agricultural Revolution

Many history books leave out prehistory (the time before written records), but the study of human evolution is essential to understanding how we became capable of everything that followed.

In this class, students will explore how our prehistory sets the stage for how humans adapted to their environments and formed communities before the Agricultural Revolution, when humans began building villages and farming their food source.

This class is multidisciplinary, weaving history, art, science, and more through discussion, research and writing assignments, and hands-on projects.

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Class Duration: October 12-November 30

Class Size: 5-12 learners

Age Range: 12-16

Total Price: $240

With optional feedback add-on: $300

The story of how modern humans evolved is interesting and complex, pieced together by paleontologists and archaeologists based on scientific method and the collection of evidence. It is a story that continues to develop, as we use increasingly more advanced technologies and discover new evidence that deepens our understanding of our human history.

Many history books leave out prehistory (the time before written records), but the study of human evolution is essential to understanding how we became capable of everything that followed. In this class, students will explore how our prehistory sets the stage for how humans adapted to their environments and formed communities before the Agricultural Revolution, when humans began building villages and farming their food source. This class is multidisciplinary, weaving history, art, science, and more through discussion, research and writing assignments, and hands-on projects.

Each week will have a live lesson and discussion, with assigned research, writing and project assignments between meetings. This class also has an optional add-on for feedback on writing assignments.

Mondays at 10am (Mountain)

Computer with camera and microphone, Internet Access, materials for projects (details will be given in first class)

3-5 hours, including the live meeting, depending on skill level.

Reading, some proficiency with research and essay writing will be helpful, the maturity and desire to participate in an online class.

Historical and scientific analysis, examining evidence, research, connecting history with current events.

Handouts and resources will be provided to reinforce the information taught in the live classes. Students will be able to access the instructor outside of class hours for questions and help with writing assignments and projects. Rubrics and feedback will be personal, and based on each learner’s goals. Learners will have some choice on research, short essay and project focus.

There may be some discussion about possible inter-breeding amongst early hominin species. The current climate crisis will be discussed during our lesson on the Ice Age.

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