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Ch 2: McDougal Littell World History Chapter 2: Early River Valley Civilizations, 3500 B.C.-450 B.C.

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The Early River Valley Civilizations, 3500 B.C.-450 B.C. chapter of this McDougal Littell World History Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with the history of early river valley civilizations. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Early River Valley Civilizations, 3500 B.C.-450 B.C. textbook chapter.

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Students Will Learn:

  • Why the Fertile Crescent is called the cradle of civilization
  • How geography and climate influence civilization
  • Religions of Sumer and Akkad
  • Kingdoms that followed the Sumerians
  • Hammurabi's Code
  • Achievements of the ancient Egyptians
  • The role of women in ancient Egypt
  • Social structure of ancient Egypt
  • Civilizations of the Indus Valley
  • Ancient Chinese dynasties

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10 Lessons in Chapter 2: McDougal Littell World History Chapter 2: Early River Valley Civilizations, 3500 B.C.-450 B.C.
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The Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization

1. The Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization

Complex civilization wasn't always the norm. In this lesson, we are going to check out the origins of civilization as we know it, and see where, when, and how this new system of living first began.

Geography and Climate: Effects on Civilizations

2. 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.

Religions of Sumer and Akkad: Definition & History

3. Religions of Sumer and Akkad: Definition & History

This lesson will explore the religion of ancient Sumer and its Akkadian empire. In doing this, it will highlight the Sumerian pantheon, their ziggurats, and their belief in the afterlife.

Heirs of the Sumerians: Babylonians, Hittites, Hurrians and Assyrians

4. Heirs of the Sumerians: Babylonians, Hittites, Hurrians and Assyrians

This lecture covers the history of Mesopotamia from the disintegration of the Sumerian Empire to the great Bronze Age collapse. We'll explore the destructive force of the Elamites and the Hittites as well as the imperial ambitions of the Babylonians, the Mittani and the Assyrians.

Hammurabi's Code: The Advent of Law, Prerequisites and Implications

5. Hammurabi's Code: The Advent of Law, Prerequisites and Implications

This lecture discusses the need for law and the benefits of a judicial system. Next, it reviews the history of early law codes, like those of Ur-Nammu and Hammurabi. Finally, we look at the implications of law for kings.

Egyptian Achievements: Unification, Pyramids, Hieroglyphics & Calendar

6. Egyptian Achievements: Unification, Pyramids, Hieroglyphics & Calendar

In this lesson, we will discuss some of the major achievements of ancient Egypt, including its unification by King Menes, the pyramids, hieroglyphics, and the Egyptian calendar.

Egyptian Women: Royalty, Privileges & Tradition

7. Egyptian Women: Royalty, Privileges & Tradition

In this lesson, we will study ancient Egyptian women. We will focus especially on the rights and privileges they enjoyed in the legal, economic, and social realms, and we will meet Egypt's most famous female ruler.

Egyptian Social Structure: From Slaves to Pharaoh

8. Egyptian Social Structure: From Slaves to Pharaoh

In this lesson, we will explore ancient Egypt's social structure. We'll start at the top of this great pyramid with the Pharaoh and work our way to the bottom, where we'll find peasants and slaves.

Indus Valley Civilization: Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro

9. 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.

Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties

10. Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties

In this lesson, we will study the Shang and Zhou Dynasties. We will pay close attention to the founding, major accomplishments and characteristics, and decline of these dynasties.

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