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Ch 23: MTEL History: Ancient Civilizations

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Strengthen your understanding of ancient civilizations by observing a series of brief video lessons. Our quizzes that follow allow you to see how well-prepared you are for the MTEL History exam.

MTEL History: Ancient Civilizations - Chapter Summary

Let us walk you through the key concepts surrounding ancient civilizations in preparation for the MTEL History exam. Each video lesson covers an important topic that may appear on the exam, such as:

  • The origins of civilization within the Indus Valley
  • Culture and religion in the Akkadian civilization
  • Noteworthy Iron Age empires
  • Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean and Nile Valley
  • Political and religious impacts of Mesopotamian kings
  • The importance of the religions of Sumer and Akkad
  • Political significance of Queen Hatshepsut and Ramses the Great
  • Ancient agriculture and the Fertile Crescent

By giving you a complete understanding of each key concept, our instructors prepare you for the MTEL History exam using an effective and simple approach. Each video lesson is accompanied by a full transcript and self-assessment quiz. The transcripts set apart key terms in bold font to emphasize vocabulary that will prove important to remember. You can use the quizzes to gauge how well you grasp the concepts you've reviewed. Establishing a solid comprehension of ancient civilization will enhance your readiness before your test day comes.

Objectives of the MTEL History: Ancient Civilizations Chapter

The state of Massachusetts requires individuals who are seeking teacher certification in the subject of history to demonstrate their understanding of historical concepts by passing the MTEL History exam. Use the knowledge you gain in this ancient civilizations chapter to prepare yourself for the questions that will appear in the world history portion of the test, which will account for about 25% of your total score. To see how well-prepared you are, take the quizzes that accompany the video lessons, which will also familiarize you with the types of questions you can expect to see on the actual exam.

The MTEL History exam consists of multiple-choice and open-response questions. Questions may ask you to use reasoning skills, read a passage, or study a map or other image to select the best answer. Open-response questions will require you to provide your own answer.

9 Lessons in Chapter 23: MTEL History: Ancient Civilizations
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization

1. The Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization

Complex civilization wasn't always the norm. In this lesson, we are going to check out the origins of civilization as we know it, and see where, when, and how this new system of living first began.

Agriculture in Ancient Egypt & Mesopotamia

2. Agriculture in Ancient Egypt & Mesopotamia

Both the Egyptians and the Mesopotamians used rivers to develop impressive agricultural systems. However, each culture used rivers differently and, as a result, often had a very different relationship with the waters that nourished their fields.

Mesopotamian Kings: History, Politics & Religion

3. Mesopotamian Kings: History, Politics & Religion

Ancient Mesopotamia was a land of chaotic weather and inner turmoil. Religion became a political weapon for fighting among the city-states. This lesson explores the link between religion and politics in the ancient land.

Egyptian Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean & Nile Valley

4. Egyptian Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean & Nile Valley

Learn how Egypt used its many ports to grow its economy and how it traded for the goods that the Ancient World couldn't get enough of in this lesson. Then, test your knowledge with a short quiz.

Queen Hatshepsut & Ramses the Great of Egypt

5. Queen Hatshepsut & Ramses the Great of Egypt

While the pharaohs of Egypt may have ruled the land along the Nile for thousands of years throughout many dynasties, two names deserve special recognition as perhaps the greatest rulers. Learn more about Ramses the Great and Hatshepsut.

Religions of Sumer and Akkad: Definition & History

6. Religions of Sumer and Akkad: Definition & History

This lesson will explore the religion of ancient Sumer and its Akkadian empire. In doing this, it will highlight the Sumerian pantheon, their ziggurats, and their belief in the afterlife.

Akkadian Civilization: Culture, Art & Religion

7. Akkadian Civilization: Culture, Art & Religion

In this lesson, we explore the Akkadian empire of ancient Sumer. Possibly the first 'empire' to ever exist in the ancient world, Akkadian kings dominated Sumer for over a century.

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

8. 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.

Indus Valley Civilization: Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro

9. Indus Valley Civilization: Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro

In this lesson, we will explore the mysterious Indus Valley civilization, which was located in modern Pakistan and reached its high point between about 2500 BCE and 1900 BCE.

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