Week 1: Aug. 28 and Aug. 30

Before class, come to the website and check what your assignment is for that class.

If readings are assigned: prepare them. There may be guiding questions and framing information, to help you find a focus point. If not, you can use these tips and questions to get started. If a writing exercise is assigned: check the deadline! Often a deadline is 5pm the night before class, so I have time to check your offerings and structure the class period to help you best.

The riseup.net collaborative text editor: each class, we will set up a type-pad for typing ideas, questions, remarks before and during class. You can add comments and questions anonymously. The pads will remain for 1 year.

Wednesday Aug. 28

Prepare before class:

  • brief survey (see Google Doc) (10-15mins) Take notes so you don’t forget the important points you want to make. Thinking at the spur of the moment does not produce the most refined or articulate thoughts.
  • syllabus annotation (30-40mins):
    • Set up an account (or revive an existing one) with hypothes.is, and join the group HST269. Hypothes.is works best with Chrome.
    • Install the chrome extension and surf to the syllabus webpageIf you don’t succeed at first: try and try again! Adopt the Growth Mindset from the cats in the sidebar. Check the Help section, experiment, explore.
    • If you can’t get it to work at all after 20 mins: don’t panic. We’ll solve it later. Continue with the rest of this assignment by printing out the syllabus and annotating manually.
  • If you are online, go to the syllabus webpage and select our group from the drop-down menu in the extension. You can highlight text and add a comment, or respond to others’ comments, using text, images, (gifs? Let’s try it!).
  • If you are working on a printout: bring your comments, questions and queries to class.

Pad for this class: check it out, type something to see how it works.

Friday Aug. 30

Prepare before class:

  • Please do the survey see Google Doc if you haven’t done it yet, and hand in/send to me. It will help me to pitch the course at the right level for you to get the most out of it. Anonymous is fine!
  • Syllabus annotation: let me know what questions you have about the syllabus by annotating it with hypothes.is (see Wednesday Aug. 28 section) or bring questions to class/to the pad
  • Readings:
    • 1: Yan, Wenming. “The Beginning of Farming.” In The Formation of Chinese Civilization: An Archaeological Perspective, edited by Sarah Allan, 26-41. New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 2005. (PDF)
    • 2: Li, Feng. Early China: A Social and Cultural History. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2013. [Section on Erlitou culture, marked in red brackets] (PDF)
    • Questions to consider: What did these early societies look like? How do archaeologists know what they know about early societies or polities? What can’t they know? Are there different ways to interpret the same material? Add questions, points of confusion and ideas and insights to the pad in advance of class, get the conversation started!
    • Tip: read Yan Wenming’s piece first.

Slides (Gdrive link)

We’re recycling the pad from Wednesday: Pad for this class Add comments and thoughts, questions, requests for clarification etc.