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Ch 30: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Early Indian Civilizations

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Get reacquainted with early Indian civilizations as you prepare for the Praxis Middle School Social Studies assessment. Watch entertaining video lessons, then test your knowledge by taking short, self-assessment quizzes.

Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Early Indian Civilizations - Chapter Summary

This chapter is a comprehensive overview of early Indian civilizations, which you can use to prepare for questions on the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam about the history of the Indian subcontinent and its social and religious systems. In these lessons, you can review the indigenous culture and outside influences of ancient India, early dynasties and empires, beliefs, religions, and more.

After reviewing the lessons, you should be ready to:

  • Chronicle what archaeologists have learned about the Indus Valley civilization from studying the ancient cities of Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa
  • Describe the four castes of the Aryans in the Indus Valley
  • Share details about the three pillars of Indian society
  • Provide details about the emperors, trade, and religion of the Mauryan Empire
  • Describe the Golden Age of the Gupta Empire in India
  • Detail the Hindu polytheistic worship of Vishnu, Shiva, and Devi

The resources in this chapter offer the opportunity to make your studying process extremely flexible. You can review lessons on early Indian civilizations any time, day or night, and in any sequence you choose. Before, during, or after accessing each video, feel free to take a short quiz to gauge your comprehension of lesson concepts. You can also take a chapter exam to assess your readiness to take the exam.

7 Lessons in Chapter 30: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Early Indian Civilizations
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Ancient India: Indigenous Culture & Outside Influences

1. Ancient India: Indigenous Culture & Outside Influences

This lesson will explore the history of ancient India. It will focus on the Harappan culture, their mixing with the Aryans, and the beginnings of the Hindu faith.

Three Pillars of Indian Society: Village, Caste & Family

2. Three Pillars of Indian Society: Village, Caste & Family

This lesson will explain the three pillars of Indian society. They are the village, the caste system, and the family. In doing so, it will explore the different individual castes as well as describing joint families.

Indus Valley Civilization: Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro

3. 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 Aryans in the Indus Valley: Texts, Castes & Beliefs

4. The Aryans in the Indus Valley: Texts, Castes & Beliefs

In this lesson, we will explore the Aryans of the Indus Valley. We will learn about their arrival in the valley, their social customs, their major texts, and their religious beliefs.

The Mauryan Empire in India: Rulers & Edicts

5. 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.

Indian Worship Traditions: Vishnu, Shiva & Devi

6. Indian Worship Traditions: Vishnu, Shiva & Devi

This lesson will explain Hinduism's polytheistic worship of Vishnu, Shiva, and Devi. In doing so, it will explore their roles as preserver, destroyer, and protective mother of the universe.

The Gupta Dynasty in India: Leaders & Arabic Numerals

7. The Gupta Dynasty in India: Leaders & Arabic Numerals

In this lesson, we will explore India's Gupta dynasty. We will learn about its founding and expansion, discover the achievements of its people, and examine its decline and disappearance.

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