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Ch 1: MTEL History: Pre-Columbian North America

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Let us show you what you need to know about pre-Columbian North America for the MTEL History Exam. Our video lessons and self-assessment quizzes provide several approaches that can help you correctly answer these types of questions on the test.

MTEL History: Pre-Columbian North America - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter to review and refresh your memory about early North American civilizations and history for the MTEL History Exam. The videos go over all the topics you need to know, including:

  • Native-American history
  • Mesoamerican civilizations
  • The Inca civilization and Pizarro
  • Pre-Columbian civilization
  • Effects of European colonization
  • Spanish explorers and Spanish colonies
  • The Columbian exchange

Our informative instructors guide you through each topic, helping you to recall what you learned in college, and possibly learn a few additional facts. Videos are followed by transcripts that highlight key vocabulary in bold and quizzes that help you quickly gauge your understanding of the material.

Objectives of the MTEL History: Pre-Columbian North America Chapter

The MTEL History Exam evaluates your knowledge and understanding of all aspects of US and world history from ancient times to the present day as well as geography, economics and government concepts. You need a passing grade to become licensed as a teacher in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The topics in this Pre-Columbian North America chapter come under the US History Objective of the test, which accounts for 30% of the test. The self-assessment quizzes available with each lesson allow you to test your comprehension and gain experience with the types of questions you'll find on the exam.

The questions on the exam are both multiple-choice and open-response. The 100 multiple-choice questions ask you to read a passage and then choose the correct answer from several proposed. The 2 open-response questions look at how well you can integrate different kinds of historical information into a clear and logical narrative.

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: MTEL History: Pre-Columbian North America
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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.

Mesoamerican Civilizations: The Olmecs to Cortes

2. Mesoamerican Civilizations: The Olmecs to Cortes

This lesson focuses on the early cultures of Mesoamerica. The Olmec, Maya, and Aztecs developed great civilizations in Mesoamerica over millennia. Then, after all of this development and the building of a great empire, the Aztec were quickly defeated by Hernando Cortes.

The Inca Civilization and Pizarro: Pre-Columbian South America

3. The Inca Civilization and Pizarro: Pre-Columbian South America

The Incan Empire was an amazing empire of the early Americas. Their accomplishments rival those of many other great empires, but they were defeated by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in only a few years.

Pre-Columbian Civilization: North American Indians Before Europeans

4. Pre-Columbian Civilization: North American Indians Before Europeans

Watch this video for an overview of the cultural groups of Native Americans as they lived at the time of first contact with Europeans. Some of these groupings, like the tribes of the plains, changed so much due to the addition of European influences, such as horses, that there is only conjecture as to how exactly they lived before European contact.

Effects of European Colonization: Christopher Columbus and Native Americans

5. Effects of European Colonization: Christopher Columbus and Native Americans

The earliest explorers in the Western Hemisphere left a legacy that would shape the development of the Americas permanently. No matter what they came looking for, Europeans left behind death, horses, and metal.

New Spain: Spanish Explorers and Spanish Colonies

6. New Spain: Spanish Explorers and Spanish Colonies

Who are the most well-known explorers and conquistadors of the New World? In this lesson, we'll look at some of the most infamous explorers. We'll discover the difference between explorers and conquistadors, and then learn about the encomienda system.

The Columbian Exchange

7. The Columbian Exchange

The Columbian Exchange is a term used to denote the world-changing exchange of agricultural goods, slave labor, diseases, and ideas between the Eastern and Western Hemispheres that occurred after the year 1492 CE.

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