Ch 36: MTEL Biology: History of Life

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We can show you what you need to know about the history of life, to assist you in preparing for the MTEL Biology exam. Our video lessons and self-assessment quizzes give you multiple approaches that can help you answer questions on these topics correctly.

MTEL Biology: History of Life - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter as a basis for reviewing the history of life, in preparation for the MTEL Biology exam. The videos cover all the topics you will need to know, including:

  • Theories of how life on earth originated
  • History of life on earth
  • The endosymbiosis theory
  • Evolutionary change
  • Extinction
  • Cladograms and phylogenetic trees

We use experienced instructors to guide you through the topics, clearly showing you the most important points you need to know for the exam. If you have any questions as you progress through the chapter, feel free to submit them to our biology experts. By using different approaches, learning the material is interesting and fun.

Objective of the MTEL Biology: History of Life Chapter

The MTEL Biology exam is an assessment instrument that looks at your comprehension of all aspects of biology. A passing grade is necessary to become licensed as a biology teacher in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The topics of this History of Life chapter are part of the Chemistry of Life and Cell Biology Objective. There will be 16-18 multiple choice items covering this objective on the exam. The self-assessment quizzes that accompany each video lesson allow you to check on your mastery of the material and give you practice with the kinds of questions you'll see on the exam.

The questions on the exam are a combination of multiple-choice (80%) and open-response (20%). The multiple-choice items will give you a passage or question followed by several response alternatives. You will need to select the single correct response. The open-response items evaluate your ability to integrate multiple aspects of biology into a cohesive, well-organized and logical argument.

6 Lessons in Chapter 36: MTEL Biology: History of Life
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The Origin of Life on Earth: Theories and Explanations

1. The Origin of Life on Earth: Theories and Explanations

Ever wonder how living things came from non-living things? We will explore what conditions on early Earth may have created life from non-living items.

The History of Life on Earth: Timeline and Characteristics of Major Eras

2. The History of Life on Earth: Timeline and Characteristics of Major Eras

The Earth is over 4 billion years old. Ever wonder what happened during certain time periods in that large amount of time? We will look at the major eons and eras of Earth's history along with important characteristics of each.

The Endosymbiosis Theory: Evolution of Cells

3. The Endosymbiosis Theory: Evolution of Cells

Ever wonder why some cells are very simple and others are complex with countless organelles to remember? We will look at how simple cells evolved to become more complex cells - as well as evidence to support this.

Evolutionary Change: Definition and Forms

4. Evolutionary Change: Definition and Forms

You've probably heard of Charles Darwin and evolution. We know that evolution is change over time, but here we will look at how these changes may have occurred during Earth's history.

What Is Extinction? - Defining Background and Mass Extinction

5. What Is Extinction? - Defining Background and Mass Extinction

In this lesson you'll discover what the term 'extinction' means as well as learn the two different types of extinction: mass extinction and background extinction. You will also discover how humans contribute to extinction events.

Cladograms and Phylogenetic Trees: Evolution Classifications

6. Cladograms and Phylogenetic Trees: Evolution Classifications

Family trees help show how people are related to each other. Similarly, scientists use cladograms and phylogenetic trees to study the relationships between organisms.

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