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Early Hominin Evolution - Chapter Summary
Our professional instructors outline the evolution of early Hominins in this series of video lessons. To help you create engaging lessons, incorporate these videos on cave painting, the last Ice Age and the Neolithic Agricultural Revolution. These video lessons are easy to navigate and accessible to you 24 hours a day to make your lesson planning flexible and at your leisure. Use the lesson transcripts as class handouts and the quizzes as quick assessments to check how well your students understand the Hominin Evolution. Expert instructors wrote these materials, giving you confidence as you teach that you're conveying the most accurate information.
How It Helps
- Provides background: With information about cultural anthropology, sociology and archaeology presented, you'll have more information to present to your students about the greater studies related to Hominin evolution.
- Creates engagement: Using our videos in class will help bring topics like cave painting and tool-making come alive while allowing you to implement technology in your classroom.
- Simplifies planning: Many subjects are covered in this chapter, allowing you to prep lessons for your students on subjects like archaeology and the Last Ice Age from one concise resource.
After using this chapter, your students should be able to:
- Describe the study of cultural anthropology
- Provide a history of archaeology
- Detail the evolutionary history of humans
- Outline potential careers in sociology
- Identify the use of fire and tools in hunter-gatherer societies
- Discuss new human opportunities as the ice from the Last Ice Age thawed
- Explore the causes of the Neolithic Agricultural Revolution
- Explain how physical settings supported early civilizations
1. What is Cultural Anthropology?
This lesson will be a brief overview of cultural anthropology. It will highlight the concept of culture while also defining the main branches of archaeology, anthropological linguistics, and ethnology.
2. What Is Archaeology? - Definition, History & Topics
This lesson will describe the science of archaeology. Topics will include the definition and history of archaeology, as well as a brief description of its sub-disciplines.
3. 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.
4. What Is Sociology? - Definition, Themes & Careers in Sociology
What is sociology? This lesson covers a basic definition of the field, identifies major themes or questions studied by sociologists, and identifies possible careers in sociology. Learn about the main ideas within this popular and fascinating field!
5. Hunter-Gatherer Societies: Making Tools & Using Fire
In this lesson, you will explore the role of fire and stone tools in early human society as both a means of survival and important aspects of culture. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
6. Cave Painting: History & Pictures
The earliest known paintings are located in caves across Europe, dating from the Stone Age. Explore the cave paintings and the mystery surrounding why they were painted in this lesson.
7. 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.
8. 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?
9. How Physical Settings Supported Early Civilizations
When determining where to build their first villages, people had to consider many factors. This lesson explores how physical environments affected where the first villages and cities were built.
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