About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our High School World History Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about early North American civilizations. There is no faster or easier way to learn about pre-European civilizations in North America. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the Aztecs, Incas, Mayans and Native Americans.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need a history curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and a Pre-European Civilizations in North America unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Pre-European Civilizations in North America Unit Objectives:
- Understand how early humans migrated into the Americas.
- Examine how climate and geography contributed to Mesoamerican civilizations.
- Discuss the rise and fall of Mayan civilization.
- Describe Aztec and Incan culture during the Middle Ages.
- Summarize the cultural contributions of the Apache, Navajo and Mandan peoples.
- Study the cultural contributions of the Aleut and Inuit in far North America.
1. Native American History: Origins of Early People in the Americas
Because the first humans and civilizations got their start in Africa and the Middle East, historians and anthropologists have had to figure out how Native Americans got to the Americas. In this lesson we look at the three prevailing theories of the earliest migration to the New World.
2. Mesoamerican Civilizations: The Olmecs to Cortes
This lesson focuses on the early cultures of Mesoamerica. The Olmec, Maya, and Aztecs developed great civilizations in Mesoamerica over millennia. Then, after all of this development and the building of a great empire, the Aztec were quickly defeated by Hernando Cortes.
3. Mayan Civilization: Economy, Politics, Culture & Religion
In this lesson, we explore the Mayan civilization of Southern Mexico and Central America. A rich and culturally-vibrant civilization, its sudden disappearance from the annals of history have puzzled scholars for years.
4. Mayan Disappearance: Theories & Concept
For many years, archaeologists have studied the collapse of the Maya civilization. Learn the different theories archaeologists believe were responsible for the downfall of the Maya.
5. The Aztecs: Civilization & Culture
A mythical origin, an intricate political and social system, impressive accomplishments, bloodthirsty gods, and a violent clash of two cultures - watch this video to learn more about the interesting history of the Aztecs!
6. The Inca Civilization and Pizarro: Pre-Columbian South America
The Incan Empire was an amazing empire of the early Americas. Their accomplishments rival those of many other great empires, but they were defeated by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in only a few years.
7. Pre-Columbian Civilization: North American Indians Before Europeans
Watch this video for an overview of the cultural groups of Native Americans as they lived at the time of first contact with Europeans. Some of these groupings, like the tribes of the plains, changed so much due to the addition of European influences, such as horses, that there is only conjecture as to how exactly they lived before European contact.
8. The Apache, Navajo & Mandan Civilizations
In this lesson, we explore three Native American tribes in, what is today, the America's Southwest and Midwest. Though all three were different cultures, they were all ultimately decimated by the same thing: contact with European settlers.
9. The Inuit & Aleut Civilizations of the Far North
In this lesson, we explore the northern North American civilization of the Inuit and the Aleut, who eked out livings in the roughest of North American climates.
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Other chapters within the High School World History: Homeschool Curriculum course
- Foundational Concepts of World History: Homeschool Curriculum
- Geography - Topography: Homeschool Curriculum
- World Religions & Belief Systems: Homeschool Curriculum
- World History - Early Civilizations: Homeschool Curriculum
- Ancient Civilizations - Near East: Homeschool Curriculum
- Ancient Civilizations - China: Homeschool Curriculum
- Ancient Civilizations - India: Homeschool Curriculum
- History of Ancient Greece: Homeschool Curriculum
- Hellenism and Athenian Achievement: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Rise of the Roman Republic: Homeschool Curriculum
- History of the Fall of Rome: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Founding of Christianity: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Eastern Mediterranean: Homeschool Curriculum
- Introduction to the Dark Ages: Homeschool Curriculum
- African History: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Early Middle Ages: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Medieval Warm Period: Homeschool Curriculum
- The High Middle Ages: Homeschool Curriculum
- Asian History (1000-1300 CE): Homeschool Curriculum
- Dynastic Empires of Eurasia: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Late Middle Ages: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Renaissance Era: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Age of Exploration: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Reformation Across Europe: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Elizabethan Era: Homeschool Curriculum
- Colonialism: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Enlightenment & World Revolutions: Homeschool Curriculum
- World War I: Homeschool Curriculum
- Between the World Wars: Homeschool Curriculum
- World War II: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Cold War: Homeschool Curriculum
- Post War Europe, Asia, Middle East & Africa: Homeschool Curriculum
- Latin America Since 1900: Homeschool Curriculum
- The 21st Century: Homeschool Curriculum