Ch 4: Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 4: The Nile Valley

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

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  • Identify the lessons in the Harcourt Nile Valley chapter with which you need help.
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Students will learn:

  • Civilizations of the ancient Nile Valley
  • Ancient Egyptian temples and funerary beliefs
  • Theories on the unification of Lower and Upper Egypt
  • The kingdoms of Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient Egyptian buildings
  • Ancient Nubian cultures
  • The Kushite conquest

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9 Lessons in Chapter 4: Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 4: The Nile Valley
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The Ancient Nile Valley: Civilizations, Region & Facts

1. The Ancient Nile Valley: Civilizations, Region & Facts

In this lesson, we explore the ancient Nile Valley and the Nile River, which is its lifeline. Arguably the longest river in the world, the Nile supported some of humankind's first complex civilizations.

Funerary Beliefs, Practices & Temples in Ancient Egypt

2. Funerary Beliefs, Practices & Temples in Ancient Egypt

In this lesson, you will explore the religious and funerary practices of the ancient Egyptians and discover how their architecture was influenced by these beliefs. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Unification of Upper & Lower Egypt

3. The Unification of Upper & Lower Egypt

Before there was a single Egypt, there were Upper and Lower kingdoms. The unification of these kingdoms started the true era of ancient Egyptian history, and in this lesson we'll talk about what we know about this, as well as what we don't.

Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt: Timeline & Facts

4. Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt: Timeline & Facts

The Old Kingdom, from ca. 2649-2150 BCE, saw Ancient Egypt ruled by a strong, centralized government. The pyramids at Giza, built during the Old Kingdom, are a visible indicator of the strength of the pharaoh. This lesson offers a timeline and major cultural developments of Old Kingdom history.

Middle Kingdom of Ancient Egypt: Definition & Timeline

5. Middle Kingdom of Ancient Egypt: Definition & Timeline

In this lesson we explore the Middle Kingdom period of ancient Egypt. Covering approximately 400 years from 2040 B.C. to about 1640 B.C., the Middle Kingdom period was Egypt reunited for the first time since the Old Kingdom period.

The New Kingdom of Egypt: Pharaohs, Temples & Timeline

6. The New Kingdom of Egypt: Pharaohs, Temples & Timeline

The New Kingdom was Ancient Egypt's age of empire; Egyptian pharaohs expanded their control into Syro-Palestine, and the Valley of the Kings was initiated. This lesson offers a timeline and discusses major developments in New Kingdom history.

Ancient Egyptian Buildings: Old, Middle & New Kingdoms

7. Ancient Egyptian Buildings: Old, Middle & New Kingdoms

In this lesson, you will explore the architectural styles of the three most powerful periods of Ancient Egypt. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Cultures of Ancient Nubia

8. Cultures of Ancient Nubia

In this lesson, you will explore the history of several ancient Nubian cultures and discover their impact on African development. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Kushite Conquest of Egypt

9. The Kushite Conquest of Egypt

The Kush were able to not only maintain their independence from Egypt, but also conquer their northern neighbor for a period of several decades. However, the Egyptians seem to have barely noticed.

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