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Ch 1: GACE History: Early Civilizations

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Use the lessons in this chapter to help you review what you need to know about early civilizations in preparation for the GACE History Exam. These video lessons and self-assessment quizzes give you two different ways of studying the material so you can correctly answer related questions on the test.

GACE History: Early Civilizations - Chapter Summary

The lessons contained in this chapter can help you as you revisit what you learned in college about early civilizations, as part of your preparation for the GACE History Exam. The videos go over all the important points, including:

  • Prehistoric human migrations
  • The last Ice Age
  • Neolithic agricultural revolution
  • Neolithic era technologies
  • The domestication of plants and animals
  • Hierarchical structures
  • The birth of cities
  • The creation of early tools
  • Civilization, geography and climate

Our expert instructors break down all the important points you need to know into bite-sized chunks, helping you easily prepare for the test. By using different strategies to review the material, such as taking quizzes and re-watching key parts of the videos, your studying becomes more efficient and your retention of the material is improved.

Objectives of the GACE History: Early Civilizations Chapter

The GACE History Exam consists of two separate tests with 65 selected response items on each, for a total of 130 questions. A passing grade is necessary to obtain a teacher's license in the state of Georgia. The topics within the Early Civilizations chapter fall within the World History to 1450 CE subarea, which makes up 40% of Test 1. Use the self-assessment quizzes to check on your mastery of the material and get practice with the types of questions you'll see on the test.

On the GACE History exam, you will read a passage or question followed by several possible answer alternatives. Your task will be to select the single correct answer from the ones presented.

13 Lessons in Chapter 1: GACE History: Early Civilizations
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Prehistoric Human Migrations: History & Movements

1. Prehistoric Human Migrations: History & Movements

This lesson will seek to explain the theories concerning prehistoric human migration. In doing so, it will highlight the effects of the Ice Age on modern Homo sapiens and their migration into Eurasia and the rest of the globe.

The Last Ice Age: Thawing Ice and New Human Opportunities

2. 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.

Neolithic Agricultural Revolution: Causes and Implications

3. 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?

Technologies of the Neolithic Era

4. 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.

Plant & Animal Domestication: Definition & Examples

5. Plant & Animal Domestication: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn about the process of domestication of plants and animals, including why certain animals have never been domesticated. You'll also understand the difference between taming and domesticating.

Plant & Animal Domestication in Geography

6. Plant & Animal Domestication in Geography

This lesson discusses why plant and animal domestication holds such significance to human geographers. You'll also gain perspective on the length of time this practice has been a part of our history.

Development of Hierarchical Structures: Chiefs to Emperors in History

7. Development of Hierarchical Structures: Chiefs to Emperors in History

This lesson will explore society's need for hierarchies, as well as kinship as a basis of hierarchical structures. Various forms of hierarchy will be briefly explored and...spoiler alert...they all come back to kinship.

The Great Flood and Population Migrations

8. The Great Flood and Population Migrations

The Great Flood myth has been around for over eight millennia. Could it be more than a myth? What could have caused such a flood, and what effects has it had on humans?

Villages to Cities: How Cities Were Invented

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.

Walls, Roads & Bronze: Tools of Empire Creation

10. Walls, Roads & Bronze: Tools of Empire Creation

Learn some of the tools of the empire creation trade. In this video lesson, we'll explore the wall as a tough nut to be cracked, the strategic importance of roads and the advances made possible by bronze.

The Horse and Chariot: Tools of Empire Creation

11. The Horse and Chariot: Tools of Empire Creation

Horses were first used in warfare to pull chariots. Though horses were eventually ridden by cavalry, it was the chariot that first moved soldiers faster than man. In this lesson, you'll learn about the creation of the chariot, and its benefits during wartime.

Horse People and Nomadic Pastoralism: What is Civilization?

12. Horse People and Nomadic Pastoralism: What is Civilization?

This lecture examines the downsides and limits of settled agriculture and civilization. It then explores how 'civilized' forces are able to displace other systems. Horse people are introduced as a counterpoint to civilization and nomadic pastoralism as a successful alternative method of living. Finally it follows the conflict between nomadic pastoralists and settled agriculturalists throughout history.

Geography and Climate: Effects on Civilizations

13. Geography and Climate: Effects on Civilizations

In this lesson, we will look at the relationship between geography, climate, and civilization. We will learn why civilizations develop in particular regions and how this leads to lifestyle and cultural differences.

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