World Historyby Matthew Caggia

Unit 1A: River Valley Civilizations

Chapters 2 & 3

In this unit we will be focusing on the four River Valley Civilizations: Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, and China. Each made important contributions to human civilization. We will focus on their location in the world, the importance of human-environment interaction, the contributions to civilization in the areas of Law and Government, Science and Technology, Art and Architecture, and Religion, as well some important people responsible for these contributions.

Study Tools

Online Textbook Resources

These pages contain links to online content for studenty practice. It includes worksheets, section summaries, note taking guides, self-tests and self-quizzes.

Chapter Resources
Geography Interactive
History Interactive


Link to Quizlet! Vocabulary is the key to understanding any subject. Once you can break down the barrier of language the ideas and concepts are wide open. Here you can find the vocabulary for the unit to practice by using online flash cards and by practicing online generated vocabulary quizzes.

Features of Civilization

This slideshow summarizes the eight features of civilizations described in section 1.3 of the textbook. These key ingredients are thought to be necessary for a society to be considered a "civilization."

Contributions of Mesopotamia

From the Sumerians through the Phoenicians and Persians, these are some of the innovations developed by the peoples and empire of this river valley region.

Egyptian Culture

This slideshow is a summary of how, in Egypt, religion had an important impact on many other aspects of their culture.


Overview of Confucianism and its role in Chinese society and the Era of Warring States.

Indus Valley Conclusions

After discussing as a class what the artifacts of the regions may demonstrate of the people in the area, this PowerPoint is the culmination of two different classes conclusions.

Geography of India Map Game

Below is an interactive map game. See if you can locate all of the places. You will earn a score based on accuracy and speed. A leaderboard is kept as well. See how well you are doing compared to others. I recommend you play in the full screen, you will be more accurate and can see the entire map at once. The map may not be centered on your screen. Drag the map to the center to expose it in its entirety.

Indus Valley Archaeology Interactive Tour

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