Subject: History, Social Studies

Lesson Length: 35 - 40 min

Topic: Transition to Agriculture

Grade Level: 6

Objective: Critical thinking, Informing

Standards:

Prehistory to the Neolithic Revolution

Brief Description: Students will recognize and understand the impact agriculture had on culture and daily life of peoples living during the Neolithic Era.

Know Before You Start: Students should have a good understanding of daily life of peoples living during the Paleolithic Era.

Neolithic Revolution - Exemplar comic, panel 1 Neolithic Revolution - Exemplar comic, panel 2

Hook: Look at the meaning of the “root” words “Paleo” from the Paleolithic Age and “Neo” from the Neolithic Age. Make predictions about why there was the distinction of “old” and “new” between the two eras. 

Activity: Have students research the reasons for the change from the Paleolithic Age to the Neolithic Era (Agricultural Revolution). Students should depict life during the Paleolithic Era and life during the Neolithic Era using only two panels. 

  • Panel 1: Students will illustrate a scene that depicts the life of someone living during the Paleolithic Era.
  • Panel 2: Students will illustrate a scene that depicts the life of someone living during the Neolithic Era.
  • Students will be sure to include details that are specific to each time period (Ex: stone tools, fire, hunting, farming, wild animals, domesticated animals, etc.).

Closure: Students will display their comics (whether digitally or printed) in gallery fashion. Teachers will conduct a gallery walk where students leave feedback on their classmates’ works pointing out the details that make the depictions true or false.

Differentiation:

  • Provide definition of paleo and neo

  • Allow students to work with a peer model

  • Provide sentence starters

  • Pre-teach vocabulary

  • Provide visuals for details specific to time period (stone tools, fire, hunting, farming, wild animals, domesticated animals)

  • Utilize graphic organizers while researching

Resources:

  • Students can work in groups, pairs, or by themselves.

  • For student planning and pre-writing, students may want to complete a graphic organizer to organize their thoughts

  • Example comic to print or display: Comic