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Parrish-Major, Joan

Works: 4 works in 8 publications in 1 language and 68 library holdings
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Most widely held works by Joan Parrish-Major
The beginning of civilization in Sumer : the advent of written communication : a unit of study for grades 5-8 by Joan Parrish-Major( Book )

3 editions published between 1991 and 1998 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This document is a unit for introducing students to the achievements and historical significance of the Sumerian civilization, located in Mesopotamia, "the land between the rivers," in present day Iraq, and reaching back in time to approximately 3500 bc. Divided into 5 sections, the unit's first three sections concentrate on historical readiness activities and concepts, geographical historical awareness, and an overview of recognized "firsts" in Sumerian civilizations. The last 2 sections focus on the most significant achievement of the Sumerians, the development and use of a written language, and provide an in-depth exploration of this ancient writing system and the life of an average scribe. The unit aims to help students develop an awareness of and an appreciation for the uniquely human achievement of written communication, and provides students with a concept of historical firsts, guiding the students to understand the interrelationship between geography, human adaptation, human lifestyles, and historical change. In the first lesson, students create and discuss personal and familial time lines, exploring the concepts of continuity, change, and historical firsts. In the second lesson students examine maps of the present day Middle East and then identify the general area of the ancient Fertile Crescent and the specific area known as ancient Sumer. Activities in the third lesson generate discussion of the importance and unique nature of written communication. In the fourth lesson, students examine a moment in time as they read primary source documents on the life of a scribe and then role play. In the fifth and last section, students examine the evolution of the ancient writing system of cuneiform. (Author/DK)
Ancient Ghana, pre-colonial trading empire : a unit of study for grades 5-8 by Joan Parrish-Major( Book )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This unit is one of a series that presents specific moments in history from which students focus on the meanings of landmark events. To explore the African past it is necessary to examine African civilization before colonization and to expose students to the richness that this past reflects. This unit provides students with a taste of the African past, as it explores the ancient kingdom of Ghana, a thriving center of trade in the Western Sudan, boasting advanced technology and a sophisticated social and political organization. The unit covers the first millennium A.D. and could follow the study of ancient civilizations or be integrated with a study on the early Middle Ages and/or the rise of Islam. It forms the foundation for the study of European imperialism in Africa by providing students with an understanding of the internal dynamics within an African kingdom before the intrusion of European imperialism and colonialism. It also informs students about the regional trade that later became a major European attraction. Consequently, there was a prolonged competition between traders of the various European nations to control the African trade leading to the colonization of Africa. The unit gives students an opportunity to appreciate the vast and diverse geographic conditions of Africa, to understand the dynamics of trade within Africa during the first millennium, and to appreciate the technological, organizational, and material advances of the ancient kingdom of Ghana. The unit can be used for exploring the lingering debate whether Sub-Saharan Africa experienced feudalism and monarchical rule as did Europe. Contains five references. (Author/DK)
Ghana, medieval trading empire of West Africa : a unit of study for grades 5-8 by Joan Parrish-Major( Book )

2 editions published between 1992 and 2001 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Medieval Ghana : trading empire of West Africa : a unit of study for grades 5-8 by Joan Parrish-Major( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.37 (from 0.20 for Medieval G ... to 0.39 for Ghana, med ...)

Alternative Names
Major, Joan Parrish-

Parrish, Joan