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Ch 2: Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 2: Early People

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The Early People chapter of this Harcourt Social Studies - World History Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with early people. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Early People textbook chapter.

How It Works:

  • Identify the lessons in the Harcourt Early People chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons with this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the early people topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes 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.

Students will learn:

  • Hunter-gatherers
  • Prehistoric migration
  • Early cultures and societies
  • Pastoral and agrarian societies
  • Agricultural development and its change of early societies
  • Jericho and Catal Huyuk
  • Transition from villages to cities
  • Elements of a civilization

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10 Lessons in Chapter 2: Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 2: Early People
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Hunter-Gatherers & the Development of Agrarian Societies

1. Hunter-Gatherers & the Development of Agrarian Societies

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what a hunter-gatherer was and how and why humans might have given up that lifestyle in favor of an agrarian one.

Prehistoric Human Migrations: History & Movements

2. 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 Development of Early Cultures & Society

3. The Development of Early Cultures & Society

Today, the world is full of many different societies. However, there was a time when human societies were brand new. In this lesson, we'll talk about the development of society, and explore how early people learned to define themselves.

Understanding Pastoral Societies

4. Understanding Pastoral Societies

This lesson will seek to explain the cultural traits of pastoral societies. In doing so, it will also explain the difference between an intensive and an extensive pastoral system.

Agricultural Societies: Definition, History & Distinguishing Features

5. Agricultural Societies: Definition, History & Distinguishing Features

This lesson will seek to define intensive agriculture. In doing so, it will highlight the concepts of subsistence versus commercialization. It will also define cash crops and agribusinesses.

How Agriculture Changed Early Societies

6. How Agriculture Changed Early Societies

The development of agriculture fundamentally changed human societies. In this lesson, we'll examine a few of the major changes, including some challenges created by the rise of farming.

Jericho: History, Location & People

7. Jericho: History, Location & People

The biblical story of Jericho is familiar to many people, but not everyone realizes the importance of this city to ancient history. In this lesson, we'll talk about the historic city of Jericho and see just why they needed those walls.

Catal Huyuk: Definition, Facts & History

8. Catal Huyuk: Definition, Facts & History

Catal Huyuk is one of the oldest towns ever found by archaeologists, dating back more than 9,000 years. While only having been excavated sporadically over the past 100 years, the site has given historians and archaeologists great insights into how humanity first decided to settle into towns.

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.

What is a Civilization? - Definition & Common Elements

10. 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.

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