Ch 30: MTEL Middle School Humanities: History of the Americas

About This Chapter

Study these lessons to review significant information about the history of the Americas. This chapter will serve as a beneficial tool in your studies for the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: History of the Americas - Chapter Summary

This chapter provides a detailed overview of the history of the Americas that will help you study for the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam. The lessons in this chapter will review the following topics:

  • Early Mesoamerican cultures
  • The Incan Empire
  • North and South America before the arrival of Europeans
  • Impact of colonization on Native Americans
  • History of the Aztec civilization

You will be guided through these brief video lessons by our expert instructors who will present the information clearly. In addition to viewing the lessons, you may also read the full transcripts that accompany each and highlight important terminology that will prove beneficial in your studies. After each lesson, take the related self-assessment quiz to determine how well you understand the information you've reviewed.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: History of the Americas - Chapter Objectives

The MTEL Middle School Humanities exam assesses your knowledge of the humanities to determine your candidacy for a teaching license in this field. There are 100 multiple-choice and two open-response questions on this test that are focused on six subareas, including 25% on history topics. One of the objectives of this exam is to demonstrate an understanding of major developments in world history from 500 to 1500. This chapter focuses on the history of the Americas, including the Incan and Aztec empires, topics that fall directly within this objective of the exam. Through carefully reviewing these lessons and taking the practice quizzes, you will be better prepared for the content of the test.

5 Lessons in Chapter 30: MTEL Middle School Humanities: History of the Americas
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Mesoamerican Civilizations: The Olmecs to Cortes

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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.

The Aztecs: Civilization & Culture

5. The Aztecs: Civilization & Culture

A mythical origin, an intricate political and social system, impressive accomplishments, bloodthirsty gods, and a violent clash of two cultures - watch this video to learn more about the interesting history of the Aztecs!

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