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Ch 1: The American Journey Chapter 1: The First Americans

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The First Americans chapter of this Glencoe The American Journey Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with the first Americans. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the First Americans textbook chapter.

How It Works:

  • 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.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

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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11 Lessons in Chapter 1: The American Journey Chapter 1: The First Americans
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The Great Flood and Population Migrations

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?

Native American History: Origins of Early People in the Americas

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.

The Rise of the Aztecs

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.

Life in the Aztec Empire

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.

The Defeat of the Aztecs

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.

Mayan Civilization: Economy, Politics, Culture & Religion

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.

Life in the Maya Civilization

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.

The Inca Civilization and Pizarro: Pre-Columbian South America

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.

Incan Army: History & Practices

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.

Effect of Geography on the Maya, Aztec & Inca Civilizations

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.

Early Native American Cultures in North America

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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