These are the notes that I use to introduce students to early civilizations.They include basic information on both the Paleolithic Age and Neolithic age including the evolution from hunting and gathering to agriculture, advancements and innovations, and a very brief introduction to the four river valley civilizations.
This file includes an editable Word file with student and teacher copies of the notes, and the PowerPoint presentation that I use with these notes. Student notes include blanks that students fill in as you go through the presentation.
These notes can be done all in one class period, or broken into sections. I usually break these notes up and use a small section as an intro to a lesson for the day, and then supplement with individual or group activities to provide more detail about the different topics addressed.