Ch 4: History of Our World Chapter 4: Ancient India

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The Ancient India chapter of this Prentice Hall History of Our World Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with India's early civilizations. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Ancient India textbook chapter.

How It Works:

  • Identify the lessons in the Prentice Hall Ancient India chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons with this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the ancient India 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:

  • Features of the cities of Harappa and Mohenjo-daro
  • The origins of Hinduism
  • The Hindu concepts of dharma, karma and moksha
  • The four stages of life in Hinduism
  • Hindu rituals, festivals and ceremonies
  • The origins of Buddhism
  • Buddhist beliefs
  • The jewels of the Triple Gem
  • Rulers and edicts of India's Mauryan Empire

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11 Lessons in Chapter 4: History of Our World Chapter 4: Ancient India
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Geography of Early Indian Civilization

1. Geography of Early Indian Civilization

India stretches from alpine glaciers to the hottest rainforests on Earth. Such a diverse group of landforms heavily impacted early civilization, starting with the very first settlements on the Indus and Ganges Rivers.

Indus Valley Civilization: Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro

2. Indus Valley Civilization: Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro

In this lesson, we will explore the mysterious Indus Valley civilization, which was located in modern Pakistan and reached its high point between about 2500 BCE and 1900 BCE.

The Origins of Hinduism: the Indus River Valley & the Harappa Culture

3. The Origins of Hinduism: the Indus River Valley & the Harappa Culture

This lesson will seek to explain the origins of Hinduism. Highlighting the Harappa culture and the Vedic period, it will also explore the Hindu beliefs in Moksha and Brahman.

The Hindu Belief System: Dharma, Karma, and Moksha

4. The Hindu Belief System: Dharma, Karma, and Moksha

This lesson will explore the Hindu belief system by explaining the concepts of karma, dharma and moksha. It will also highlight the importance of atman within the Hindu faith.

Hinduism: The Four Stages of Life

5. Hinduism: The Four Stages of Life

This lesson will define and explore the four stages of Hindu life. In doing so, it will highlight the stages of the Student, the Householder, the Hermit, and the Sannyasin.

The Four Goals of Hindu Life: Kama, Artha, Dharma & Moksha

6. The Four Goals of Hindu Life: Kama, Artha, Dharma & Moksha

This lesson will seek to explain the four permissible goals of Hindu life. In doing so, it will define the ancient concepts of kama, artha, dharma and moksha.

Hindu Rituals, Ceremonies, and Festivals

7. Hindu Rituals, Ceremonies, and Festivals

This lesson will explore the rituals and ceremonies of Hinduism. It will explain the concept of puja, while also highlighting upanayana, antyeshti, Holi, Diwali, and cow veneration.

Gautama Buddha: The Founding of Buddhism

8. Gautama Buddha: The Founding of Buddhism

This lesson will explore the founding of Buddhism and the life of Siddhartha Gautama. It will also highlight nirvana, asceticism, the concept of a bodhisattva, and the Bodhi tree.

Non-violence and the Buddhist Belief System

9. Non-violence and the Buddhist Belief System

This lesson will explain the Buddhist beliefs of human existence. In doing so, it will highlight the Buddhist terms dukkha, anicca and anatta. It will also explore Buddhism's Five Precepts.

The Triple Gem of Buddhism: The Buddha, The Dharma & The Sangha

10. The Triple Gem of Buddhism: The Buddha, The Dharma & The Sangha

This lesson will seek to explain the Buddhist belief in the Triple Gem. Explaining the concepts of the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha, it will also highlight the Four Noble Truths.

The Mauryan Empire in India: Rulers & Edicts

11. The Mauryan Empire in India: Rulers & Edicts

In this lesson, we will study India's Mauryan Empire. We will learn about its rulers, explore its government and economy, delve into its religious life, and examine its decline and disappearance.

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