Chapter 1

Unit 1 World History
The Great Sphinx in front of Khafre’s Pyramid in Giza Plataeu. (Public Domain photo. Info can be found here)

The Rosetta Stone from the British Museum. (Personal files)

In the first chapter of this course we cover the vast majority of the history of humanity, starting from the earliest humans and moving (pretty quickly) on to the first civilizations of the world. A great deal of the time period of the stone age is trying to help students see how similar these people are to themselves in an attempt to let students see that humans have had quite similar issues over time despite the technological changes. After this initial conversation we move on to many of the early civilizations from around the world prior to 600 BCE. All attempts are made to cover different parts of the world during this era, but some civilizations are given slightly more time due to either historical significance or student interest. Students automatically find themselves interested in Ancient Egypt, but will often find civilizations that they are as interested in as the Egyptians as the chapter moves on. In the end the students learn a great deal about the Sumerians, Early Americans, Pre and Post Vedic India, the Early Chinese Dynasties and a handful of other groups.

Essential questions

The following questions are meant to be studied during the chapter as possible essay questions for your exam.
Please be ready for any of the following questions.

1) Explain how and why the rights of women changed from the Paleolithic Era through the era of Ancient Civilizations?

2) How was power acquired in early societies and in what way did they use social systems to keep this power in place?

3) Explain the rise and fall of dynasties in China and how leaders justified their rule using concepts associated with this?

4) How did geography limit people in the ancient world? And how did this limitation become a blessing in disguise?

Chapter Content

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Under Construction

This area is in the process of being created. In the meantime, please see the class notes for any information you may need for this chapter. An example of a completed page can be found in chapter 11. 


The following are a list of helpful resources that can be used in studying for this chapter.

Class Notes

These are the notes that I use for class. All information found in these notes lead directly to the test so they should be used in studying if you want the correct answers. This can only be accessed by students logged into their school account. 

Chapter Powerpoint

This link will lead you to the PowerPoint for this unit. Those who missed class can use this to catch up on what was taught in class and what specific concepts to focus on in your studying. 

Exam Review

This is the review that should be used to prepare for the exam. All exam questions will be connected directly to this document. Students are expected to answer all questions and are encouraged to know the rest also.