History Question

History Question

Type a 1-2 page essay, single-spaced (800-1200 words):

Follow this format:

(A) Tell us in the first paragraph that you are going to discuss this article:  

  • What is the title of the article? 
  • Who wrote it? 
  • When was it published?
  • Where was it published, or what journal published it?  

      **Then tell us that you are going to give an outline of the article and then give the historical background for the article, referring to what you learned in class.



(B) Starting with the second paragraph, explain the main points of the article:

     This section should be at least 2 paragraphs.



(C) Then discuss what you learned in class about the importance of water in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, and how this relates to the article:

     This should be at least half of your paper. For example:

  • Discuss the use of the Nile River in ancient Egyptian times and compare this to the rivers in ancient Mesopotamia. 
  • Discuss things like the role of the gods in agriculture, the dependability of the rivers, or how Neolithic people became farmers
  • What was the “Fertile Crescent” and why is it called that?
  • Why did Egyptians not need irrigation systems in ancient times? Why did Mesopotamians need irrigation? How did this make their cultures different?
  • How do rivers define “Mesopotamia” and Egypt on the map?



(D) Summarize with a final paragraph giving your opinion or conclusion.

 For example,

  • Do you think the new app (in the article) can help? 
  • Do you see any similarity between using new technology today and the first Agricultural Revolution? Is this a new ‘agricultural revolution’? (Explain)

This paragraph should be at least three substantial sentences. 



  • Make sure it is clear you have read the article.
  • Demonstrate that you have thought about the article and what we studied earlier in the semester, analyzed and compared them.  However, DO NOT just copy a discussion post.
  • If you quote anything in the article, or use specific information from Blackboard material, you must cite it.  For this short paper, you can insert the author’s name at the end of the passage or paragraph.

              For example:  Studies show that agriculture uses 85% of Egypt’s share of the Nile. (Farouk)      


  • You do not need a “Sources Cited” page or a bibliography. 
  • Conclude with a thoughtful opinion. You should give specific examples or reasons to back up your opinion.
  • In other words, you will present a lot of information but it will be well organized, concise, and to the point.  .




Reem Hawa

Professor Hook

History 125-DL5

15 September 2021


Response Paper 1


The Article,’ Egypt’s farmers tap new tech to save water and boost crops’ was written by Menna Farouk and was published in Thomson Reuters Foundation News on February 10, 2021. In this essay, I am going to talk about


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