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Ch 15: MTLE Social Studies: Early Civilizations in World History

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This chapter will help you better understand some of the early civilizations in world history. All of the lessons in this chapter specifically go over points you'll find in the MTLE Social Studies Exam.

MTLE Social Studies: Early Civilizations in World History - Chapter Summary

When taking the MTLE Social Studies exam, one area you'll need to have a firm grasp on will be early civilizations in world history. The lessons in this chapter will help you prepare for the information and types of questions you'll encounter when taking the exam. Among the chapter's lessons, you'll find overviews of:

  • Paleolithic and Neolithic cultures
  • Characteristics of hunter-gatherer societies
  • The domestication of animals
  • The impact of rivers on early civilizations
  • Mesopotamian civilizations
  • The Bronze Age in Egypt
  • The Persian Empire

In the chapter you'll find numerous video lessons that will help you learn about these and several other points. Additionally, the lessons will contain practice quizzes that will help you prepare for the kinds of questions you'll have to answer on the MTLE Social Studies Exam.

12 Lessons in Chapter 15: MTLE Social Studies: Early Civilizations in World History
Preliterate Cultures: Paleolithic vs Neolithic

1. Preliterate Cultures: Paleolithic vs Neolithic

In this lesson we briefly explore the origins of Homo sapiens before discovering the differences between the Paleolithic and Neolithic eras of human civilization.

Hunter-Gatherer Societies: Making Tools & Using Fire

2. Hunter-Gatherer Societies: Making Tools & Using Fire

In this lesson, you will explore the role of fire and stone tools in early human society as both a means of survival and important aspects of culture. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Domestication Across Regions: History, Paths & Patterns

3. Domestication Across Regions: History, Paths & Patterns

In this lesson, we look at patterns of how communities have domesticated plants and animals. We'll also consider why some communities stayed nomadic or returned to being nomadic.

Neolithic Agricultural Revolution: Causes and Implications

4. Neolithic Agricultural Revolution: Causes and Implications

A long, long time ago, human beings roamed the earth looking for food. Then the agricultural revolution struck! What are the benefits of an agrarian society, and how have they shaped the way we live today?

Early Human Communities Around the World

5. Early Human Communities Around the World

In this lesson, you will explore the rise of the first early human communities and the changes that lead people to settle down and build cities. Then, you will be able to test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Great Flood and Population Migrations

6. The Great Flood and Population Migrations

The Great Flood myth has been around for over eight millennia. Could it be more than a myth? What could have caused such a flood, and what effects has it had on humans?

Rivers' Impact on Early Civilizations

7. Rivers' Impact on Early Civilizations

This lesson explains why ancient civilizations developed along rivers. In doing this, it highlights the importance of food supplies, flooding, and the process of irrigation.

Mesopotamia: The First Civilization

8. Mesopotamia: The First Civilization

In this lesson, we explore the beginning of one of the oldest civilizations in the world, Mesopotamia. We specifically discuss the factors that encouraged settlement in the region.

The Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization

9. The Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization

Complex civilization wasn't always the norm. In this lesson, we are going to check out the origins of civilization as we know it, and see where, when, and how this new system of living first began.

The Four Empires of Mesopotamia

10. The Four Empires of Mesopotamia

Whereas a number of dynasties ruled Egypt, it was often completely different cultures to rule Mesopotamia. This lesson looks at four of those cultures that were able to build empires.

Ancient Egypt in the Bronze Age

11. Ancient Egypt in the Bronze Age

This lecture first compares the natural features of the Nile valley to those of Mesopotamia, enumerating the advantages that geography offered the Egyptians. This is followed by a brief discussion of why Egyptian material culture survives while so much of Mesopotamian culture has been lost. The lecture ends with a a whirlwind tour through 3,000 years of Egyptian history broken up into traditional historical periods.

History of the Persian Empire

12. History of the Persian Empire

The Persian Empire has all the great aspects of an amazing story - an unlikely rise to power against an evil king, a ruler who is beloved by his people, and a military that was centuries ahead of its time.

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