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Ch 55: MTTC History: Geography of Languages, Religions & Material Culture

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Explore the geography of language, religions and material culture through short and simple lessons that make it easy to prepare for related questions on the MTTC History exam.

MTTC History: Geography of Languages, Religions and Material Culture - Chapter Summary

Refresh your knowledge of language regions, religious geography and cultural types through these fun and flexible lessons to get ready for the MTTC History exam. After watching these videos, you'll be ready to answer questions on the exam about:

  • Language dialects and language regions
  • Development of the world's major languages
  • Letters and symbols of the world's written languages
  • Ideologies of shamanism and animism
  • Political and social impacts of religious geography
  • Monotheism and nontheism
  • Types of culture

These lessons present concepts you learned in your college classes through short videos, so you can quickly get up to speed on topics you need a refresher on for the MTTC History exam. Videos can be watched on your schedule, at any time and from any location using your mobile device.

Objectives of the MTTC History: Geography of Languages, Religions and Material Culture Chapter

In Michigan, aspiring teachers need to take the MTTC History exam as part of the teacher licensure process. This multiple-choice exam measures your comprehension of history, economics, geography and political science through questions spanning four subareas. The interdisciplinary perspectives subarea is where you'll find questions on geography of languages, material culture and religions. It makes up about 24% of the exam. You can prepare for the format of the questions you'll see on the exam before you take it by taking our self-assessment quizzes, which come with each lesson.

9 Lessons in Chapter 55: MTTC History: Geography of Languages, Religions & Material Culture
Language & Language Regions: Definitions & Dialects

1. Language & Language Regions: Definitions & Dialects

Do you know what lolly water is? How about gym boots? In this lesson, you'll consider how word choices, accent and pronunciation are all part of our use of language and how this varies by region.

The World's Major Languages: Development & Diffusion

2. The World's Major Languages: Development & Diffusion

Can you guess the most widely spoken languages in the world? This lesson will explore the evolution of languages and how linguists aim to understand them.

The World's Major Written Languages: Letters & Symbols

3. The World's Major Written Languages: Letters & Symbols

In this lesson, we explore how written language is expressed in different areas of the world. You'll see examples of other languages that operate with their own characteristics to document information important to that culture.

Animism & Shamanism: Definitions, Worldviews & Ideologies

4. Animism & Shamanism: Definitions, Worldviews & Ideologies

In this lesson, we look at the basics of animism and shamanism and why these categories can be controversial. You'll imagine the conversations among anthropologists as they aim to better understand these beliefs.

Geography of Religion: Political & Social Impacts

5. Geography of Religion: Political & Social Impacts

In this lesson, you'll consider why geographers take an interest in the religions of people around the world. We'll also discuss how conflicts arise between groups with different beliefs and experiences.

Religion: Key Concepts and Definitions

6. Religion: Key Concepts and Definitions

Sociologists strive to study every aspect of religion in an objective way. In this lesson, we define religion and identify key concepts that are found in religion. We also discuss the difference between churches, sects, and cults.

Monotheism: Islam, Judaism & Christianity

7. Monotheism: Islam, Judaism & Christianity

In this lesson, we define monotheism and identify three significant monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We also discuss the ideology of each of these three religions.

Nontheism: Hinduism, Buddhism & Confucianism

8. Nontheism: Hinduism, Buddhism & Confucianism

Not all religions focus on the belief (or disbelief) in a particular deity. In this lesson, we define nontheism and discuss the ideologies of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.

What Is Culture? - Material and Nonmaterial Culture

9. What Is Culture? - Material and Nonmaterial Culture

Culture is a huge topic of study for sociologists. In this lesson, we define culture and distinguish between material and nonmaterial culture. As culture, nation, and society are often used interchangeably, we also distinguish between these three concepts.

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