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Unit 1: Early Civilizations

Student Assignment Checklist

Focus Questions

  1. Explain how the Neolithic Revolution dramatically changed the way people lived.
  2. Identify the basic features that define a civilization.
  3. Identify the shift in power in the Greek region over time.
  4. Define the different types of governments that developed in the Greek city-states.
  5. Describe how the Roman Republic was structured and the reason for this.
  6. Identify the various types of problems that led to the fall of Rome.

Unit Vocabulary

Topics & Textbook Alignment

Neolithic Revolution: 1.2

River Civilizations: 1.3

Greece: 4.2, 4.3, 4.5

Rome: 5.1, 5.2, 5.5

Video Lectures

Lecture PowerPoints


F2: Systems of Human Organizations
Use the examples listed below to explain the basic features and differences between hunter-gatherer societies, pastoral nomads, civilizations, and empires, focusing upon the differences in their political, economic and social systems, and their changing interactions with the environment.

  • Changes brought on by the Agricultural Revolution, including the environmental impact of settlements
  • TWO ancient river civilizations, such as those that formed around the Nile, Indus, Tigris-Euphrates or Yangtze
  • Classical China or India (Han China or Gupta empires)
  • Classical Mediterranean (Greece and Rome)

F4: Regional Interactions
Identify the location and causes of frontier interactions and conflicts, and internal disputes between cultural, social and/or religious groups in classical China, the Mediterranean world, and south Asia (India) prior to 300 C.E.

4.1.1  Crisis in the Classical WorldExplain the responses to common forces of change that led to the ultimate collapse of classical empires and discuss the consequences of their collapse. (See 4.3.3; 4.3.4; 4.3.5)


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