Ch 1: Chapter 1: People & Geography - Harcourt Social Studies US Civil War - Present

About This Chapter

The People & Geography chapter of this Harcourt Social Studies US Civil War - Present Companion Course aligns with the same chapter in the Harcourt Social Studies US Civil War - Present textbook. These simple and fun video lessons are about five minutes long and help you learn the essential lessons about North American populations and geographic features.

How It Works:

  • Find the lesson within this chapter that corresponds to what you're studying in the People & Geography chapter of your textbook.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the social studies concepts you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quiz after watching each video lesson to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material, or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Chapter Topics

You'll learn all of the social studies topics covered in the textbook chapter, including:

  • Landforms, lakes and river systems in the U.S.
  • Earth's salt water bodies, tides and explanation of ocean upwelling
  • Difference between private and federal land use
  • Urban and rural population distribution
  • Impact of environmental conditions on human activities
  • Differences between non-renewable and renewable resources
  • Hazardous weather and natural catastrophes in the U.S.
  • Definition and explanation of region and regions of the U.S.

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12 Lessons in Chapter 1: Chapter 1: People & Geography - Harcourt Social Studies US Civil War - Present
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Major Landforms in the United States

1. Major Landforms in the United States

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what a landform is and describe some of the most important landforms in the United States. A short quiz will follow.

The Earth's Oceans, Seas & Gulfs

2. The Earth's Oceans, Seas & Gulfs

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what oceans, seas and gulfs are and point out some of the most well-known ones on a world map. A short quiz will follow.

Ocean Upwelling: Definition & Types

3. Ocean Upwelling: Definition & Types

Ocean currents play a critical role in climate and marine ecology. Upwelling areas are particularly important in both processes. Here we will examine what ocean upwelling is, how it works, some examples, and will finish with a brief quiz.

What Are Tides? - Causes & Effects

4. What Are Tides? - Causes & Effects

Tides rise and fall under the influence of the gravitational pull of the moon and sun. Learn about different tides, why they are predictable and their effects on coastal regions of the world.

Major Lakes & River Systems in the United States

5. Major Lakes & River Systems in the United States

More than seven percent of the United States is covered in water. In this lesson, we'll identify the major lakes and rivers in the United States and explain where they fit in the United States' geography.

Land Ownership & Use in the US: Private vs. Federal

6. Land Ownership & Use in the US: Private vs. Federal

Land in the United States can be owned by the federal government or by private citizens. Learn more about federally-owned land and privately-owned land and how each type of land is used.

Population Distribution: Rural vs. Urban Areas

7. Population Distribution: Rural vs. Urban Areas

The distribution of people varies depending in the type of location. In this lesson, we will explore how people are distributed between rural and urban areas and how these populations have changed over time.

The Environment's Effect on Human Activities in North America

8. The Environment's Effect on Human Activities in North America

This lesson discusses the role the environment plays on the people of North America and their activities. It specifically highlights tourism, housing, farming, and natural resources.

Renewable & Non-Renewable Resources: Definition & Differences

9. Renewable & Non-Renewable Resources: Definition & Differences

We use a variety of Earth's resources, but not all of them will be around forever. This lesson explains the difference between resources that can be regenerated for our use and those that are gone after they are used once.

Natural Disasters & Extreme Weather in the U.S. Through History

10. Natural Disasters & Extreme Weather in the U.S. Through History

Natural disasters have had a major impact on American history. In this lesson, we'll look at four specific disasters and see how they affected people throughout history.

Region: Definition & Types

11. Region: Definition & Types

What exactly is a region? In this lesson, we're going to talk about the concept of regions and examine several different types that we can find here in the USA.

What are the Regions of the United States?

12. What are the Regions of the United States?

What are the regions of the United States? This lesson discusses the different regional areas and their significance to American culture. A short quiz will follow to test your knowledge.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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