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- Find the lesson within this chapter that corresponds to what you're studying in the Toward Civilization chapter of your textbook.
- Watch fun videos that cover the anthropological and historical concepts you need to learn or review.
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You'll learn all of the world history topics covered in the textbook chapter, including:
- The definition of anthropology and associated terms
- The applications of archaeology and paleontology
- A review of archaeological anthropology
- Scientific characteristics of human evolution
- New opportunities for humans during and after the last Ice Age
- The agricultural revolution of the Neolithic era
- Neolithic technology
- Commonalities and defining factors of different civilizations
- Reasons that led to the invention of cities
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1. Understanding the Field of Anthropology
This lesson offers a brief overview of the field of anthropology and explains terms like 'Homo sapien' as well as the works of Charles Darwin and Franz Boas.
2. What Are Paleontology & Archaeology? - Definition, History & Facts
While they do have similarities, paleontology and archaeology are two fields with different goals. In this lesson, you'll learn about these unique sciences, as well as some of the sub-disciplines that fall under each.
3. Overview of Archaeological Anthropology
This lesson will give an overview of archaeological anthropology. In doing so, it will explain the concept of prehistory, the specialty of historical archaeology, and the terms 'artifact' and 'excavate.'
4. The Evolution of Humans: Characteristics & Evolutionary History
Just like other organisms, humans have changed over time. We will look at the evolution of humans as well as connections with our primate relatives, including Old World and New World primates.
5. The Last Ice Age: Thawing Ice and New Human Opportunities
What is an ice age? How did the latest period of glaciation form our species? How has the abundance of this latest period of interglaciation changed our behavior? Watch this lesson to find out.
6. Neolithic Agricultural Revolution: Causes and Implications
A long, long time ago, human beings roamed the earth looking for food. Then the agricultural revolution struck! What are the benefits of an agrarian society, and how have they shaped the way we live today?
7. Technologies of the Neolithic Era
In this lesson, we explore some of the technologies invented, innovated, and changed by Neolithic people as well as the way it improved their lives and lessened their workload.
8. What is a Civilization? - Definition & Common Elements
In this lesson, we will define the term civilization. We will identify the core characteristics of a civilization, and understand the function of civilizations in the context of historical development.
9. Villages to Cities: How Cities Were Invented
In this video lesson, you'll meet Uruk, a lone farmer living in ancient Mesopotamia. As Uruk tries to become a successful farmer, he realizes the difficulties in sustaining a fruitful farm without the help of a community. Watch to understand how these difficulties contributed to the creation of villages and cities throughout history.
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Other chapters within the Prentice Hall World History Connections to Today Volume 1: Online Textbook Help course
- Chapter 2: First Civilizations: Africa and Asia (3200 B.C.- 500 B.C.)
- Chapter 3: Early Civilizations in India and China (2500 B.C. - 256 B.C.)
- Chapter 4: Empires of India and China (600 B.C. - A.D. 550)
- Chapter 5: Ancient Greece (1750 B.C. - 133 B.C.)
- Chapter 6: Ancient Rome and the Rise of Christianity (509 B.C. - A.D. 476)
- Chapter 7: Civilizations of the Americas (1400 B.C. - A.D. 1570)
- Chapter 8: The Rise of Europe (500 - 1300)
- Chapter 9: The High Middle Ages (1050 - 1450)
- Chapter 10: The Byzantine Empire and Russia (330 - 1613)
- Chapter 11: The Muslim World (622 - 1629)
- Chapter 12: Kingdoms and Trading States of Africa (750 B.C. - A.D. 1586)
- Chapter 13: Spread of Civilizations in East Asia (500 - 1650)
- Chapter 14: The Renaissance and Reformation (1300 - 1650)
- Chapter 15: The First Global Age: Europe and Asia (1415 - 1796)
- Chapter 16: The First Global Age: Europe, the Americas, and Africa (1492 - 1750)
- Chapter 17: The Age of Absolutism (1550 - 1800)