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Ch 8: Aztec & Inca Civilizations - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science

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Review this chapter to learn the histories of the Aztec and Inca civilizations. A thorough knowledge of this topic will help prepare you for the history of the Americas questions on the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science test.

Aztec & Inca Civilizations - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science - Chapter Summary

This chapter of this comprehensive study guide will detail important aspects of the Aztec and Inca civilizations in an attempt to broaden your knowledge basis for the history questions of the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science test. The video lessons of this chapter will address the following topics:

  • Growth of the Aztec Empire
  • The society of the Aztecs
  • Downfall of the Aztec Empire
  • The culture of the Incan Empire
  • The demise of the Incans
  • Geography and the Maya, Aztec, and Incas

Along with the video lessons, read the corresponding transcripts and take note of the highlighted vocabulary words that may prove beneficial to know for the exam. Take the interactive quizzes at the end of each lesson to determine how well you grasp the information so you can be fully prepared on test day.

Aztec & Inca Civilizations - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science Chapter Objectives

The ORELA Middle Grades Social Science test seeks to determine the knowledge basis for those interested in attaining licensure for teaching social sciences. Of the approximately 150 multiple-choice questions on the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science test, half are related to history-based objectives. One of these objectives is to convey an understanding of social, political, and economic developments in the civilizations of the Americas between 4000 B.C.E. and 1350 C.E. This chapter aims to strengthen your knowledge of this objective in order for you to confidently choose the correct answers to pertinent questions on the test.

7 Lessons in Chapter 8: Aztec & Inca Civilizations - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Rise of the Aztecs

1. The Rise of the Aztecs

In this lesson, you will explore the rise of the great Mesoamerican civilization, the Aztec Empire. Then, you will be able to test your understanding about Aztec history with a brief quiz.

Life in the Aztec Empire

2. Life in the Aztec Empire

Experience a day in Aztec Empire and explore the capital city Tenochtitlán in the Valley of Mexico. Then, test your understanding about this powerful military state with a short quiz.

The Aztecs: Civilization & Culture

3. The Aztecs: Civilization & Culture

A mythical origin, an intricate political and social system, impressive accomplishments, bloodthirsty gods, and a violent clash of two cultures - watch this video to learn more about the interesting history of the Aztecs!

The Defeat of the Aztecs

4. The Defeat of the Aztecs

In this lesson, you will explore the defeat of the powerful Aztec Empire, and then test your understanding about the Aztecs, the Spanish conquest of Mexico, and empires in Central America.

Life in the Incan Empire

5. Life in the Incan Empire

In this lesson, you will be able to experience a day in the life of a subject of the Incan Empire, an advanced civilization of South America. Then, you will test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Defeat of the Inca

6. The Defeat of the Inca

In this lesson, you'll explore the history of the great Inca Empire and the conquest of Peru by the Spanish. You'll also learn how the great Inca Empire met its end.

Effect of Geography on the Maya, Aztec & Inca Civilizations

7. Effect of Geography on the Maya, Aztec & Inca Civilizations

In this lesson, you will explore the jungles of the Yucatan, the high valleys of Mexico, and the peaks of Peru as we examine how geography shaped the civilizations of the Maya, Aztecs and Inca. Then, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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