Ch 1: McDougal Littell World History Chapter 1: The Peopling of the World, Prehistory-2500 B.C.

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The Peopling of the World, Prehistory-2500 B.C. chapter of this McDougal Littell World History Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with the early history of civilization. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Peopling of the World, Prehistory-2500 B.C. textbook chapter.

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  • Major periods of history
  • How hominids evolved
  • Characteristics of early nomadic societies
  • Causes of the shift to agriculture in the Neolithic era
  • Common Neolithic technologies
  • How cities were developed

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5 Lessons in Chapter 1: McDougal Littell World History Chapter 1: The Peopling of the World, Prehistory-2500 B.C.
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Periods of World History: Overviews of Eras from 8000 B.C.E to the Present

1. Periods of World History: Overviews of Eras from 8000 B.C.E to the Present

Many world historians divide the thousands of years of civilized history into six eras. In this lesson, the reader will explore overviews of those six eras, moving from 8000 BCE to the present.

Foraging & Pastoral Nomadic Societies: Definition & Characteristics

2. Foraging & Pastoral Nomadic Societies: Definition & Characteristics

There are distinct characteristics that define foraging and pastoral nomadic societies. Learn about the process of acquiring food, identify the role of foragers, and explore pastoralism and its reliance on domesticated animals.

Neolithic Agricultural Revolution: Causes and Implications

3. Neolithic Agricultural Revolution: Causes and Implications

About 10,000 years ago, humans adopted an agrarian lifestyle in what is known as the Neolithic Agricultural Revolution. Discover early humans' nomadic lifestyles, the causes and implications of an agricultural society, and a comparison of diets between the Gauls and the Romans.

Technologies of the Neolithic Era

4. Technologies of the Neolithic Era

Technological innovation occurred as far back as the Neolithic era. Learn about Neolithic technology, including agriculture, pottery, and tools, and explore the manufacture and use of weapons and wool.

Villages to Cities: How Cities Were Invented

5. Villages to Cities: How Cities Were Invented

Cities have not always existed throughout history, and in fact, are a relatively new phenomenon. Learn about how cities were invented, by first reading about the first farmers and problems with being a lone farmer. Then, read about how this led to the first villages, and then cities, such as the example of the city of Uruk and larger populations. Finally, learn about how some cities worked on becoming an empire.

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