This time period covers Periods one and two, but will be taught and assessed as a single unit. It is very important for later units that you learn the material in this first time period we
ll. You will learn about the discovery of agriculture, the development of metal technology, and the rise of civilizations. After learning about the first major civilizations that emerged in river valleys, you will study the classical civilizations of India, China, and the Mediterranean region (Greece and Rome). You will learn many major belief systems and religions in this unit, and understand how they support and influence political, social and gender structures. After comparing the ways in which these classical civilizations fell, you will see that at the end of this time period civilization is defined more by religious zones (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, etc) than by political empires. 


As you read the Key Concepts, don't just memorize individual facts (although you do need to know them.) It is important that you know how facts serve as examples of the larger concepts under which they are indexed. 


Period 1 Key Concepts
Key Concept Mashup (Order in which they will be taught in class-Great study guide!)
Key Concept 1.1 Big Geography and the Peopling of the Earth  
Key Concept 1.2 The Neolithic Revolution and Early Agricultural Societies 
Key Concept 1.3 The Development and Interaction of Early Agricultural, Pastoral and Urban


Period 2 Key Concepts
Key Concept Mashup (Order in which they will be taught in class-- Great study guide!)
Key Concept 2.1 The Development and Codification of Religious and Cultural Traditions  
Key Concept 2.2 The Development of States and Empires 
Key Concept 2.3 Emergence of Transregional Networks of Communication and Exchange 


Class Handouts/Resources Class Notes/Links
 Items to Study for Geography Test  Pre History to River Valleys
 Paleolithic/Neolithic AP Historical Themes  Essay on the Epic of Gilgamesh
 The Worst Mistake in History?  Classical India
 Debate: Was the Neolithic Revolution good?  The Caste System in India
 Analyzing Evidence: Harappan Civilization  Classical China
 Worksheet: 5 APWH themes South Asia  Fall of Classical Civilizations PPT
 Worksheet: 5 APWH themes East Asia  Key Concept 2 Review Questions (B Strickland)
 Reading: Greece and Persia  The impact of Chinese Belief Systems on Urban design
 Two Views of Medicine: Greece and China  Timeline Review for Periods 1 and 2
 Silk Roads Review: Themes and Skills  Timeline Key      Timeline Key (part 2) 
 Video: The Peopling of the Earth  Summary website of River Valley Civilizations 
 The Journey of Mankind: Interactive Map  South Asian Imperial Expansion


Class Podcasts
Classical China's Political Consolidation

 Learning Objectives for this Podcast:
1) Know the Qin and Han contributions to Chinese imperial consolidation
2) Compare the functions of belief systems in South Asian and East Asian Civilizations
3) Know the ways Classical Civilizations expandad into new territories.
4) Explain the various techniques of imperial administration in the Classical age.

 Roman Civilization

Learning Objectives for this Podcast:

1) What were Rome's methods of expansion and imperial administration?
2) What were the basic phases of Roman political consolidation and development?
3) How did Rome's management of empire compare with that of Asian empires?
4) What were the functions of informal agents and law in Roman civilization? 

Podcast 3

Learning Objectives for this Podcast:

The Fall of Classical Empires


 Learning Objectives for this Podcast:

1) What were the social, economic, and political reasons for the fall of classical empires?
2) What were the similarities and differences between the fall of Rome and the fall of the Han?
3) What was the relationship between settled empires and pastoral people?