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Ch 2: NY Regents - Prehistory: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Prehistory chapter of this NY Regents Global History and Geography Help and Review course is the simplest way to master the time before extensive recorded history for the NY Regents Exam. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of prehistory.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering prehistory material for the NY Regents Exam will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn about prehistory. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding early civilizations and prehistory
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning social science (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about prehistory for the NY Regents Exam
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra social science learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Prehistory chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Prehistory chapter exam to be prepared for the NY Regents Exam.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any prehistory question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a prehistory unit of a standard global history and geography course. Topics covered include:

  • The Last Ice Age
  • Neolithic agriculture
  • Early hierarchical structures
  • The establishment of cities
  • Empire creation
  • Nomadic pastoralism

15 Lessons in Chapter 2: NY Regents - Prehistory: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Last Ice Age: Thawing Ice and New Human Opportunities

1. The Last Ice Age: Thawing Ice and New Human Opportunities

What is an ice age? How did the latest period of glaciation form our species? How has the abundance of this latest period of interglaciation changed our behavior? Watch this lesson to find out.

Neolithic Agricultural Revolution: Causes and Implications

2. Neolithic Agricultural Revolution: Causes and Implications

A long, long time ago, human beings roamed the earth looking for food. Then the agricultural revolution struck! What are the benefits of an agrarian society, and how have they shaped the way we live today?

Development of Hierarchical Structures: Chiefs to Emperors in History

3. Development of Hierarchical Structures: Chiefs to Emperors in History

This lesson will explore society's need for hierarchies, as well as kinship as a basis of hierarchical structures. Various forms of hierarchy will be briefly explored and...spoiler alert...they all come back to kinship.

Mystery Cults and the Early Mother Goddess

4. Mystery Cults and the Early Mother Goddess

What kind of problems do we encounter when talking about ancient religions? What are the Mother Goddess figures, and where do they pop up throughout history? Watch this lesson to learn about one of the earliest forms of religious worship.

The Great Flood and Population Migrations

5. The Great Flood and Population Migrations

The Great Flood myth has been around for over eight millennia. Could it be more than a myth? What could have caused such a flood, and what effects has it had on humans?

Villages to Cities: How Cities Were Invented

6. 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.

Walls, Roads & Bronze: Tools of Empire Creation

7. Walls, Roads & Bronze: Tools of Empire Creation

Learn some of the tools of the empire creation trade. In this video lesson, we'll explore the wall as a tough nut to be cracked, the strategic importance of roads and the advances made possible by bronze.

The Horse and Chariot: Tools of Empire Creation

8. The Horse and Chariot: Tools of Empire Creation

Horses were first used in warfare to pull chariots. Though horses were eventually ridden by cavalry, it was the chariot that first moved soldiers faster than man. In this lesson, you'll learn about the creation of the chariot, and its benefits during wartime.

Horse People and Nomadic Pastoralism: What is Civilization?

9. Horse People and Nomadic Pastoralism: What is Civilization?

This lecture examines the downsides and limits of settled agriculture and civilization. It then explores how 'civilized' forces are able to displace other systems. Horse people are introduced as a counterpoint to civilization and nomadic pastoralism as a successful alternative method of living. Finally it follows the conflict between nomadic pastoralists and settled agriculturalists throughout history.

Hierarchies: Definition & Explanation

10. Hierarchies: Definition & Explanation

In this lesson we explore the term hierarchies. Hierarchies are present everywhere, in the societies of the past and present, and understanding what they are and how they work can help us gain a better understanding of history.

Hunter Gatherer: Definition, History & Facts

11. Hunter Gatherer: Definition, History & Facts

In this lesson, we explore hunter-gatherer societies of the past and present. This was humankind's way of life for millennia, but only a few hunter-gatherer societies still exist today.

Neolithic Period: Art, Timeline & Facts

12. Neolithic Period: Art, Timeline & Facts

Explore the definition and characteristics of the Neolithic Period, and test your understanding about the ancient world and the development of human civilization.

Prehistoric Art: History & Explanation

13. Prehistoric Art: History & Explanation

Prehistoric art is often depicted as crude, as are the artists. Modern day research is dispelling that fact. In this lesson, learn the facts about prehistoric art and the peoples who created it.

Proto-Indo-European Language: Roots & Explanation

14. Proto-Indo-European Language: Roots & Explanation

In this lesson, we will explore the Indo-European family of languages. Scholars have long wondered whether most languages in Europe, the Middle East and India actually descended from a common ancestral language, an Indo-European proto-language.

The Bronze Age Collapse: History & Concept

15. The Bronze Age Collapse: History & Concept

In this lesson we explore the Bronze Age Collapse, one of the most tumultuous time periods in ancient history. Characterized by a fast and marked decrease in urban life, the Collapse set many civilizations back several centuries.

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