Ch 29: MTEL Middle School Humanities: History of Africa

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Examine this chapter to refresh your knowledge of Africa's history. Through studying the content of these lessons carefully, you will equip yourself with information that will benefit you on the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: History of Africa - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will learn about the history of Africa in preparation for taking the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam. These lessons will develop stories from Africa's ancient beginnings through European colonization. Topics addressed in detail throughout this chapter include:

  • Political, religious, and familial systems
  • Differences between pastoralism and agriculture
  • Ancient West Africa
  • Solomonic Dynasty and European churches
  • Trans-Saharan trade
  • Pre-colonial empires of West Africa
  • City-states of coastal Africa

These brief video lessons are led by our expert instructors and feature full transcripts. Each video and transcript highlights key terminology that will help you in your study of this topic. After each lesson, be sure to take the corresponding quiz, which will assess how well you remember and comprehend the information you've just reviewed.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: History of Africa - Chapter Objectives

The MTEL Middle School Humanities exam assesses your understanding of humanities subject matter as it may be taught to middle school classes. This test, made up of 100 multiple-choice and 2 open-response questions, has content divided between six subareas, including a focus of 25% on history-based topics. Within this subarea is an objective to understand major social, cultural, and political developments in world history from 500-1500.

The lessons in this chapter focus on the history of Africa throughout this time period, with emphases on international relations, agricultural developments, and political and governmental structures. Through reviewing these videos and taking their accompanying quizzes, you will strengthen your understanding of this information, which falls directly within the objectives of this exam.

8 Lessons in Chapter 29: MTEL Middle School Humanities: History of Africa
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Kinship Relations & Political Systems in Africa

1. Kinship Relations & Political Systems in Africa

In this lesson, we will explore kinship groups, specifically their role in communities in Africa, in addition to their role in Africa's pre-colonial political systems.

Religious Systems of Africa: Similarities & Differences

2. Religious Systems of Africa: Similarities & Differences

In this lesson, we explore the multifaceted religious systems present in Africa, from the indigenous religions, which still influence many on the continent, to Islam and Christianity, which many adhere to today.

The Spread of Pastoralism and Agriculture in Africa

3. The Spread of Pastoralism and Agriculture in Africa

In this lesson we discover the key differences between pastoralism and agriculture and explore the diffusion of these two practices in the history of Africa.

Ancient West Africa: Bantu Migrations & the Stateless Society

4. Ancient West Africa: Bantu Migrations & the Stateless Society

In this lesson, we will discuss some of the characteristics of ancient West Africa. We will focus especially on the Bantu migrations, the stateless society, and the city of Jenne-jeno.

Ethiopia's Solomonic Dynasty & Church Support

5. Ethiopia's Solomonic Dynasty & Church Support

In this lesson we explore the beginning of the Solomonic Dynasty in Ethiopia and some of the key characteristics which led it its friendly relations with Christian European nations.

Trans-Saharan Trade & West African Sudanic States

6. Trans-Saharan Trade & West African Sudanic States

In this lesson we explore the beginning, height, and decline of the trans-Saharan trade and the various states in West Africa which thrived off the trade.

African Cultures: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai

7. African Cultures: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai

In this lesson, we learn about the three premier empires of the pre-colonial period in West Africa: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai, who all profited tremendously from the trans-Saharan gold trade.

Establishment of Small City-States on Africa's East Coast

8. Establishment of Small City-States on Africa's East Coast

In this lesson, we explore the development of small city-states along Africa's East coast, the trade that sustained them, and their eventual downfall at the hands of European colonizers.

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