Posted: February 25th, 2023

General Instructions : Essays must be 4-5 pages in length (at least four full pages ), typed

Essays must be 4-5 pages in length (at least four full pages), typed, double-spaced, and in 12-point font in Times New Roman or Arial. Except for online and printed sources assigned by the instructor, no other web or printed sources should be used (e.g., Wikipedia). Please type your name at the top of the first page. Essays must be submitted electronically through Canvas no later than the due date indicated on the syllabus. Any assignment submitted after the due date will have two points deducted for each day it is late.

Citation Guidelines:

Since you are using only in-class source materials for essay assignments, you do not have to include a bibliography or works cited page. Use parenthetical citations to reference your sources. Parenthetical citations should be placed at the end of the sentence or passage in which the source material is cited. After the first full citation of a source, you may shorten the title of the document and use the author’s last name in subsequent citations, as indicated below. Lecture material must be cited, too.

Printed textbook: (William J. Duiker and Jackson J. Spielvogel, World History,vol. 1, page number)

(Duiker, World History, page number)

OER textbook: (Eugene Berger et al., World History: Cultures, States, and Societies to 1500, page number)

(Berger, World History, page number)

Lecture material: (Lauren Madak, “Ancient Mesopotamia,” PowerPoint Presentation)

(Madak, “Ancient Mesopotamia”)

(Lauren Madak, “Ancient Egypt,” PowerPoint Presentation)

(Madak, “Ancient Egypt”)

Primary Sources: (“The Code of Hammurabi,” Internet History Sourcebook)

(“Code of Hammurabi”)

(“Hymn to the Nile,” Internet History Sourcebook)


Assignment Question:

Using lecture material, the printed textbook (Chapter 1), and the OER textbook (Chapter 2), answer the following question: How are the chief characteristics of civilization evident in either ancient Mesopotamia or ancient Egypt?

Note: You do not need to discuss all of the characteristics of civilization in your discussion on Mesopotamia or Egypt. You may focus on only 3-4 characteristics. You may also use the assigned passages from “The Code of Hammurabi” or “Hymn to the Nile” in your essay, but they are not required.

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