Ch 13: MTEL Adult Basic Education: Early World History Overview

About This Chapter

Review the history of early world civilizations by studying this chapter. As you refresh your knowledge of this subject matter, you will be better prepared to take the MTEL Adult Basic Education test.

MTEL Adult Basic Education: Early World History Overview - Chapter Summary

The content of this chapter will focus on the history of human civilizations and developments from the Iron Age through the Agricultural Revolution and supply you with information about topics you may be required to know for the MTEL Adult Basic Education test. These video lessons will detail the following topics:

  • Humans throughout early civilizations
  • Empires in the Iron Age
  • City-states, government, and the Athenian Golden Age in Greece
  • The Roman Republic and fall of Rome
  • Major events of the Renaissance
  • The Reformation and the Catholic Church
  • Europeans and American exploration
  • The Scientific Revolution
  • Accomplishments of Galileo
  • Explanation of the English Enlightenment
  • The Agricultural Revolution

These video lessons will enable you to learn the information in a more interactive manner, especially if you utilize the self-assessment quizzes at the end of each lesson. Should you have any questions, you may contact the expert instructors for assistance.

MTEL Adult Basic Education: Early World History Overview Objectives

The MTEL Adult Basic Education test is meant to gauge how well educators understand the subject matter they will teach. Approximately 9 -11 of the 100 multiple-choice questions on the MTEL Adult Basic Education test relate to history topics. One of the main objectives of these history questions is to demonstrate an understanding of the chronology and characteristics of major world events and developments throughout history, including the Scientific Revolution, the Reformation, and European exploration. These topics and more will be detailed in the informative lessons of this chapter in a way that should help you feel more ready to take the test. The interactive quizzes at the end of each lesson are in the same multiple-choice format as the test itself, which enables you to practice actually answering history questions as you will on the exam.

14 Lessons in Chapter 13: MTEL Adult Basic Education: Early World History Overview
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Early Human Communities Around the World

1. Early Human Communities Around the World

In this lesson, you will explore the rise of the first early human communities and the changes that lead people to settle down and build cities. Then, you will be able to test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Iron Age Empires: Neo-Babylonian, Neo-Assyrian and Persian Empires

2. Iron Age Empires: Neo-Babylonian, Neo-Assyrian and Persian Empires

This lesson is a survey of the three empires that emerged after the Bronze Age collapse. Parts of the survey are viewed from the perspective of the Israelites, who found themselves the playthings of powerful empires. The lecture focuses on a few specific rulers and their impact on their empires. It also traces patterns of imperial tactics throughout this period and region.

Greek City-States and Governments

3. Greek City-States and Governments

This is a lecture about Greek city states. It begins with an examination of the influence geography had on Greek politics, by comparing Greece to Egypt and Mesopotamia. This is followed by a loose characterization of Greek poleis in general, with specific attention paid to constitutions, colonialism and competition.

Pericles, the Delian League, and the Athenian Golden Age

4. Pericles, the Delian League, and the Athenian Golden Age

This lecture covers the formation of the Delian League, its development into the Athenian Empire and the peculiar place of Pericles in the midst of it all, turning the city of Athens into the seat of an empire.

Rise of the Roman Republic: Summary of Events

5. Rise of the Roman Republic: Summary of Events

This lesson explains the rise of the Roman Republic after the expulsion of the Etruscan kings. It cites location, military strategy, and a well-formed political structure as reasons for the Republic's rise.

The Fall of Rome

6. The Fall of Rome

This lesson explains the gradual fall of Rome. In doing so, it highlights corruption, division, and outside invasion as the main reasons for the fall of the Eternal City.

The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview

7. The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview

In this lesson, we will build an outline of the historical events which flow together to form the time periods of the Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Discovery, and the Elizabethan era.

Who Was Galileo? - Contributions, History & Accomplishments

8. Who Was Galileo? - Contributions, History & Accomplishments

Learn what makes Galileo's life and work such an important part of the development of the modern scientific approach. Find out what concepts he developed regarding the motion of objects, and read about what he observed with a telescope.

The Reformers & the Catholic Church: How Religious Beliefs Transformed During the Reformation

9. The Reformers & the Catholic Church: How Religious Beliefs Transformed During the Reformation

The Protestant Reformation and Counter-Reformation challenged the beliefs of the Catholic Church. This lesson explores some of the differing beliefs among Protestant and Catholic reformers.

The Old World and New World: Why Europeans Sailed to the Americas

10. The Old World and New World: Why Europeans Sailed to the Americas

This lesson will focus on the Age of Exploration. It will explain the main reasons why Europeans explored the New World. It will highlight their spirit of adventure, the religious desire to see natives converted, and the chance to acquire wealth.

The Scientific Revolution: Definition, History, Causes & Leaders

11. The Scientific Revolution: Definition, History, Causes & Leaders

In this lesson we explore the Scientific Revolution and the controversy which surrounds the very term. Additionally, we learn about just a few of the most important thinkers of the period who laid the foundation for our modern understanding of the world.

The Scientific Revolution: Timeline, Breakthroughs & Effects

12. The Scientific Revolution: Timeline, Breakthroughs & Effects

In this lesson, you will explore the period when Western society first turned to science as the new way of thinking, called the Scientific Revolution. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

What is the English Enlightenment? - Definition, Ideals & Thinkers

13. What is the English Enlightenment? - Definition, Ideals & Thinkers

In this lesson, we'll be looking at the English Enlightenment which was central to the formation of our modern society. Check out the main thinkers, their ideas and test your knowledge with a quiz.

The Agricultural Revolution: Timeline, Causes, Inventions & Effects

14. The Agricultural Revolution: Timeline, Causes, Inventions & Effects

The Agricultural Revolution was a period of technological improvement and increased crop productivity that occurred during the 18th and early 19th centuries in Europe. In this lesson, learn the timeline, causes, effects and major inventions that spurred this shift in production.

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