Ch 41: Human Origins - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science

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In this chapter are lessons designed to strengthen your preparations for the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science assessment. Get reacquainted with human origins by exploring prehistoric human migrations, emigration, cultural evolution and more.

Human Origins: ORELA Middle Grades Social Science - Chapter Summary

This comprehensive overview can prepare you to answer questions related to human origins on the ORELA assessment. Watch short and engaging videos that can ensure you have the knowledge to:

  • Discuss prehistoric human migrations and the last Ice Age
  • Share details about the Great Flood and population migrations
  • Describe the migrations of humans since 1500 and contemporary migration
  • Define emigration and examine the regional continuity model of human origin
  • Explain the replacement models and partial replacement models of human origin
  • Detail how geography and climate impact people
  • List theories of cultural evolution, and explain identity and human grouping

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Human Origins: ORELA Middle Grades Social Science Objectives

A primary objective of this chapter is to ensure you're prepared to tackle human origins topics found in the geography and culture content domain of the ORELA assessment. This domain constitutes about 19% of the total test. Make studying for the section easier by brushing up on your knowledge with the video lessons or transcripts in this chapter. You can test that knowledge by taking lesson quizzes and a chapter exam.

Earning a passing score of 227 or higher on the assessment helps you secure or enhance the Oregon educator licensure needed to teach social science to students in middle grades. The test consists of 150 multiple-choice questions, is taken on a computer and lasts three hours.

12 Lessons in Chapter 41: Human Origins - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science
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Prehistoric Human Migrations: History & Movements

1. Prehistoric Human Migrations: History & Movements

This lesson will seek to explain the theories concerning prehistoric human migration. In doing so, it will highlight the effects of the Ice Age on modern Homo sapiens and their migration into Eurasia and the rest of the globe.

The Last Ice Age: Thawing Ice and New Human Opportunities

2. The Last Ice Age: Thawing Ice and New Human Opportunities

What is an ice age? How did the latest period of glaciation form our species? How has the abundance of this latest period of interglaciation changed our behavior? Watch this lesson to find out.

The Great Flood and Population Migrations

3. 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?

The Migrations of Humans Since 1500

4. The Migrations of Humans Since 1500

This lesson will explain human migration patterns since the 1500s. In doing so, it will highlight the forced migration, as well as the eras of colonization and persecution, industrialization, and 20th century migration.

Contemporary Migration: Forced Migration, Patterns & Impacts

5. Contemporary Migration: Forced Migration, Patterns & Impacts

This lesson will seek to explain modern migration. In doing so, it will highlight labor migration, urbanization, and forced migration. It will also highlight the term diaspora.

Emigration: Definition, Characteristics & Effects

6. Emigration: Definition, Characteristics & Effects

This lesson will explain the difference between immigration and emigration. In doing so, it will focus mainly on emigration. It will discuss push and pull factors that contribute to emigration, as well as the concept of remittances.

The Regional Continuity Model of Human Origin: Characteristics, Assertions & Critiques

7. The Regional Continuity Model of Human Origin: Characteristics, Assertions & Critiques

This lesson will seek to explain the Regional Continuity model of human origin. In doing so, it will highlight the theories of Darwin as well as the assertions of the Out of Africa model of origin.

Replacement Model of Human Origin: Attributes, Claims & Arguments

8. Replacement Model of Human Origin: Attributes, Claims & Arguments

This lesson will seek to explain the Replacement model of human origin. In doing so, it will highlight the concept of a theory, the assertions of the Out of Africa model and the theories of Charles Darwin.

Partial Replacement Model of Human Origin: Aspects, Theories & Critiques

9. Partial Replacement Model of Human Origin: Aspects, Theories & Critiques

This lesson will seek to explain the partial replacement model of human origin. In doing so, it will also explain the replacement model, the work of Charles Darwin, and the concept of theory.

Geography and Climate: Effects on Civilizations

10. Geography and Climate: Effects on Civilizations

In this lesson, we will look at the relationship between geography, climate, and civilization. We will learn why civilizations develop in particular regions and how this leads to lifestyle and cultural differences.

Theories of Cultural Evolution: Human Stages, Historical Materialism & Neo-Malthusian

11. Theories of Cultural Evolution: Human Stages, Historical Materialism & Neo-Malthusian

This lesson will seek to explain the theories of cultural evolution. In doing so, it will highlight the works of Edward Tylor, Karl Marx, and the Malthusian catastrophe of Thomas Robert Malthus.

Identity and Human Grouping: Cultural, Ethnic, Racial & Gender

12. Identity and Human Grouping: Cultural, Ethnic, Racial & Gender

This lesson will seek to explain the different human groupings of culture, race, ethnicity, and gender. In doing so, it will discuss how these terms are and are not tied to biological and physical traits.

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