Ch 42: Ancient Civilizations of the Near East - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy

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Use our Ancient Civilizations of the Near East chapter to get ready for the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam. These engaging video lessons come with quizzes and a practice exam so you can ensure retention of information for test day.

Ancient Civilizations of the Near East: MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy - Chapter Summary

Learn about societies and religions that flourished for hundreds of years before the Common Era in the area now referred to as the Middle East. In order to help you prepare for the MTEL Political Science / Political Philosophy examination, our expert instructors take you on a tour of the Kingdom of Kush and discuss the Indus Valley civilization. They're available to answer your questions through the system interface. Other topics covered in this chapter include:

  • Aryans and the Hebrews
  • Development of Israel
  • The Assyrian Empire
  • Zoroastrianism

The comprehensive video lessons are available for as much review as you need. They come with written transcripts that enhance comprehension and can be searched topic-by-topic with the interactive video-timeline feature. The quizzes and practice exam can help you gauge the kinds of questions you may see on test day.

Ancient Civilizations of the Near East: MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy - Chapter Objectives

The state of Massachusetts uses the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam as a teacher-licensing tool. This chapter relates to SubArea IV - History which makes up approximately 20% of the test. The MTEL, a computer-based test, consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and 2 open-response questions and is timed at four hours.

7 Lessons in Chapter 42: Ancient Civilizations of the Near East - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy
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The Kingdom of Kush: Location, Events & Leaders

1. The Kingdom of Kush: Location, Events & Leaders

Often relegated to second-class status after their powerful neighbors to the north, Kush was able to survive as a culture that dated back more than 10,000 years and existed until the fall of the Roman Empire.

Indus Valley Civilization: Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro

2. Indus Valley Civilization: Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro

In this lesson, we will explore the mysterious Indus Valley civilization, which was located in modern Pakistan and reached its high point between about 2500 BCE and 1900 BCE.

The Aryans in the Indus Valley: Texts, Castes & Beliefs

3. The Aryans in the Indus Valley: Texts, Castes & Beliefs

In this lesson, we will explore the Aryans of the Indus Valley. We will learn about their arrival in the valley, their social customs, their major texts, and their religious beliefs.

The Hebrews and Their Beliefs

4. The Hebrews and Their Beliefs

This lesson covers the Hebrews and their beliefs. We look at the core tenets of Judaism and explore some of the stories from the Torah. Finally, we see how the Hebrews' history of oppression impacted their religion and the world today.

Israel: From Tribes to Kingdom

5. Israel: From Tribes to Kingdom

Within generations, the Israelites went from being sons of the same person, Jacob, to a kingdom with some of the greatest rulers in history. This lesson details how that transformation happened.

Assyrian Empire: Military Strength, Feats & Decline

6. Assyrian Empire: Military Strength, Feats & Decline

The Assyrians rightfully earned their reputation as ferocious in battle, but their success was possible only because of their developments in warfare. Also, the Assyrians helped to create cultural change in Mesopotamia that is still felt today.

Zoroastrianism: Definition, Beliefs & History

7. Zoroastrianism: Definition, Beliefs & History

Major religions, like Christianity and Islam, have been popular since ancient times, but what religion was popular before these belief systems developed? This lesson explores the beliefs of Zoroastrians, one of the earliest forms of organized religion.

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