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Ch 4: M-STEP Social Studies: The Americas to 1500

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Let the lessons in the Americas to 1500 chapter of this study guide help you get ready to take the M-STEP Social Studies exam. These short lessons, quizzes and the chapter test can become a powerful tool in your overall study program.

M-STEP Social Studies Grade 11: The Americas to 1500 - Chapter Summary

It's easy to think that when the early European explorers arrived in the New World, they found two huge, empty land masses, almost as though they knocked on the door and no one was home. That wasn't the case at all, of course. There were thriving societies, great cities, and several major empires in the Americas all before the arrival of Europeans in the sixteenth century. This chapter, while helping you prepare for the M-STEP Social Studies exam, takes a close look at these earliest Americans. As you work through the lessons, you will learn about the following:

  • Migration theories surrounding the arrival of ancient Americans
  • Early Native American culture prior to Columbus
  • Pre-Incan civilizations in the Andes
  • Origin and growth of the Maya and Inca civilizations
  • Achievements of the Maya, Aztec and Inca societies
  • History and culture of the Anasazi people

This study guide is designed to make learning fun and easy. Each of these short, well-written and cleverly illustrated lessons is accompanied by a brief quiz, so that you can check to see how well you have understood and retained the information in the lesson. A test at the end of the chapter helps you measure your overall mastery of the material, and you can stay organized and on track by recording your progress in the dashboard.

7 Lessons in Chapter 4: M-STEP Social Studies: The Americas to 1500
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Native American History: Origins of Early People in the Americas

1. Native American History: Origins of Early People in the Americas

Because the first humans and civilizations got their start in Africa and the Middle East, historians and anthropologists have had to figure out how Native Americans got to the Americas. In this lesson we look at the three prevailing theories of the earliest migration to the New World.

Pre-Columbian Culture & Development

2. Pre-Columbian Culture & Development

Pre-Columbian civilization in the Americas was much more than tipis and friendly natives. Native Americans built empires connected by roads, performed massive controlled burns, and changed the course of the Mississippi River.

Early Civilizations of the Andes

3. Early Civilizations of the Andes

The Inca were far from the first society to thrive in the Andes Mountains. This lesson introduces the Andes as a region, as well as the cultures of the Chavin, Moche, and Nazca peoples.

The Rise of the Maya Civilization

4. The Rise of the Maya Civilization

In this lesson, you will explore the origins of the great Maya civilization that developed in Central America. Then, you will be able to test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Rise of the Incan Empire

5. The Rise of the Incan Empire

In this lesson, you will explore the rise of one of the greatest civilizations of the Americas: the Inca. Then, you will be able to test your understanding about Incan history with a brief quiz.

Mesoamerican Achievements in Astronomy & Architecture

6. Mesoamerican Achievements in Astronomy & Architecture

In this lesson, you will explore the math and science of the Aztecs, Maya, and Inca: three of the greatest civilizations of the ancient Americas. Then, you will be able to test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Anasazi Tribe: Culture, History, Religion, Food & Art

7. The Anasazi Tribe: Culture, History, Religion, Food & Art

This lesson examines the culture, history, religion, food and art of the Anasazi tribe. The Anasazi were prehistoric Native American people who resided in Southwestern regions of the country. Their unique civilization originated over 2,000 years ago.

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