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Chapter 5, Lesson 1: Learning to Farm (pp. 120-126)

I. Living in Settled Communities

II. Taming Animals and Sowing Seeds

    A. By carefully selecting and sowing seeds of productive plants, people influenced the plants in their environment.

    B. As people tamed animals, they were able to herd them and use them as a renewable resource.

III. Farming as a Way of Life

    A. By 7000 B.C., people had developed agriculture, growing plants and raising animals for food.

    B. Agriculture allowed farmers to grow surplus food for trading, and to support more people on small plots of land.

    C. Agriculture allowed people to specialize in different jobs, leading to the beginnings of village life.

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