Ch 46: History of Early Africa - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy

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Keep improving on your knowledge of the history of early Africa by getting help from us and going through the lessons in our chapter. It is designed to prepare you fully for the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam.

MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy: History of Early Africa - Chapter Summary

Reviewing the lessons in this chapter is a good idea will help get you ready for the history material that you will see on the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam. The following topics are addressed in this chapter:

  • Muslim states in Africa
  • The first civilizations in Africa
  • Hunter-gatherers in Africa
  • African cultures
  • Africa's ancient east coast trade cities
  • Culture and society in Early Africa

These lessons average between five and ten minutes in length and are available 24/7 on a computer or mobile device. You can watch them as many times as you need to, and a video timeline makes it simple to jump to specific points in the lesson that you need to review.

MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy: History of Early Africa Chapter Objectives

Passing the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam is one of Massachusetts' requirements for granting certification to teach this subject. The exam covers a lot of history and political-related concepts. In order to be prepared for this exam, you need to take advantage of all of the resources in this chapter.

The lessons in this chapter cover material that is part of the subarea 3 (History) portion of the exam, which makes up 20% of the entire test. All of the questions in this subarea are multiple-choice, and they require you to recall important facts and events that occurred early on in Africa. In order to review the right details for this exam, you need to utilize our self-assessment quizzes.

9 Lessons in Chapter 46: History of Early Africa - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy
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Hunter-Gatherers & Stateless Societies in Africa

1. Hunter-Gatherers & Stateless Societies in Africa

In this lesson, you will explore other forms of culture in ancient Africa that were not kingdoms or empires. These societies rejected the idea of a central government. Then you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Rise of Muslim States in Africa

2. The Rise of Muslim States in Africa

In this lesson, you will explore the rise of Islam in Africa and discover how Muslim states grew in size and power. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Africa's First Civilizations: Egypt, Kush & Axum

3. Africa's First Civilizations: Egypt, Kush & Axum

In this lesson, you will explore the history of three of the first great civilizations of Africa: Egypt, Kush, and Axum. Then, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

African Cultures: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai

4. African Cultures: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai

In this lesson, we learn about the three premier empires of the pre-colonial period in West Africa: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai, who all profited tremendously from the trans-Saharan gold trade.

Ancient West Africa: Bantu Migrations & the Stateless Society

5. Ancient West Africa: Bantu Migrations & the Stateless Society

In this lesson, we will discuss some of the characteristics of ancient West Africa. We will focus especially on the Bantu migrations, the stateless society, and the city of Jenne-jeno.

Society & Culture in Early Africa

6. Society & Culture in Early Africa

In this lesson, you will explore some of the many sort of societies and cultures that have existed in Africa across time. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Rise & Fall of the Axum Kingdom in Africa

7. The Rise & Fall of the Axum Kingdom in Africa

In this lesson, you will explore the history of the powerful African kingdom of Axum and discover how the international economy affected both its rise and decline. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Ancient Trade Cities on Africa's East Coast

8. Ancient Trade Cities on Africa's East Coast

In this lesson, you will explore the rich history of the trading cities that dominated the East Coast of Africa and controlled vast international markets. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Southern Africa, Great Zimbabwe & the Gold Trade

9. Southern Africa, Great Zimbabwe & the Gold Trade

In this lesson, you will explore the history of Southern Africa and the significance of major cities like Zimbabwe to ancient trade networks. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

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