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- Identify the lessons in the Glencoe First Americans chapter with which you need help.
- Find the corresponding video lessons with this companion course chapter.
- Watch fun videos that cover the first Americans topics you need to learn or review.
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Students will learn:
- The migration and origins of Native Americans
- The growth of the Aztec Empire
- How daily life was for the Aztecs
- How the Aztecs were defeated
- Details on daily life in Mayan society
- Pizarro's victory over the Incan Empire
- History of the Incan Army
- Geography's importance for the Maya, Aztec and Inca civilizations
- Early Native American civilizations of North America
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1. 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?
2. 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.
3. The Rise of the Aztecs
In this lesson, you will explore the rise of the great Mesoamerican civilization, the Aztec Empire. Then, you will be able to test your understanding about Aztec history with a brief quiz.
4. Life in the Aztec Empire
Experience a day in Aztec Empire and explore the capital city Tenochtitlán in the Valley of Mexico. Then, test your understanding about this powerful military state with a short quiz.
5. The Defeat of the Aztecs
In this lesson, you will explore the defeat of the powerful Aztec Empire, and then test your understanding about the Aztecs, the Spanish conquest of Mexico, and empires in Central America.
6. 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.
7. Life in the Maya Civilization
In this lesson, you will experience a day in the life of a person in the Maya civilization of Central America, and then test your understanding about this complex culture.
8. 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.
9. Incan Army: History & Practices
In this lesson, you will learn about the Inca Army through the eyes of a soldier, one of the 200,000 well-trained warriors tasked with defending and expanding South America's mighty Inca Empire.
10. Effect of Geography on the Maya, Aztec & Inca Civilizations
In this lesson, you will explore the jungles of the Yucatan, the high valleys of Mexico, and the peaks of Peru as we examine how geography shaped the civilizations of the Maya, Aztecs, and Inca. Then, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.
11. Early Native American Cultures in North America
The North American continent was home to millions of people before the arrival of Europeans, leading to the development of many unique cultures and lifestyles. In this lesson we'll explore a few prominent nations across the continent.
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Other chapters within the Glencoe The American Journey: Online Textbook Help course
- The American Journey Chapter 2: Exploring the Americas
- The American Journey Chapter 3: Colonial America
- The American Journey Chapter 4: Growth of the 13 Colonies
- The American Journey Chapter 5: The Spirit of Independence
- The American Journey Chapter 6: The American Revolution
- The American Journey Chapter 7: A More Perfect Union
- The American Journey Chapter 8: The Federalist Era
- The American Journey Chapter 9: The Jefferson Era
- The American Journey Chapter 10: Growth & Expansion
- The American Journey Chapter 11: The Jackson Era
- The American Journey Chapter 12: Manifest Destiny
- The American Journey Chapter 13: North & South
- The American Journey Chapter 14: The Age of Reform
- The American Journey Chapter 15: Toward Civil War
- The American Journey Chapter 16: The Civil War
- The American Journey Chapter 17: Reconstruction & the New South
- The American Journey Chapter 18: Opening the West
- The American Journey Chapter 19: The Industrial Age
- The American Journey Chapter 20: An Urban Society
- The American Journey Chapter 21: The Progressive Era
- The American Journey Chapter 22: Rise to World Power
- The American Journey Chapter 23: World War I
- The American Journey Chapter 24: The Jazz Age
- The American Journey Chapter 25: The Depression & the New Deal
- The American Journey Chapter 26: America & World War II
- The American Journey Chapter 27: The Cold War Era
- The American Journey Chapter 28: The Civil Rights Era
- The American Journey Chapter 29: The Vietnam Era
- The American Journey Chapter 30: America in the 1970s
- The American Journey Chapter 31: New Challenges