Ch 37: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Pre-revolutionary War America

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Review this chapter to refresh your knowledge of America in the years immediately leading up to the Revolutionary War. Studying these lessons will help to prepare you for the history content area of the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Pre-revolutionary War - Chapter Summary

These lessons provide detailed studies of various significant happenings in pre-Revolutionary War America. In anticipation of the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam, use this chapter to review this stage in American history. Content covered in these lessons includes:

  • Summary of the French and Indian War
  • Organization and actions of the Sons of Liberty
  • Reasons for and results of the Boston Massacre
  • Taxation without representation and the Boston Tea Party

Expert instructors will lead you through each video lesson of this chapter. The videos are brief, and you have the option of jumping to specific portions of the lesson by utilizing the timeline feature. In addition to viewing the lessons, you may also read the full transcripts and take the interactive self-assessment quizzes that correspond with each.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Pre-revolutionary War - Chapter Objectives

Meant to assess your knowledge of middle school level humanities to determine your candidacy for a teaching license in this field, the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam consists of 100 multiple-choice and two open-response questions. Roughly 25% of these questions pertain to history topics, with one of the objectives being the ability to demonstrate an understanding of the development of the society of colonial settlements. This chapter's lessons focus on the social and political developments of colonial America leading up to the American Revolution, topics that fall within the objectives of the exam. By studying the video lessons and taking the practice quizzes, you may use this chapter to develop your confidence and knowledge in preparation for the exam.

4 Lessons in Chapter 37: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Pre-revolutionary War America
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The French and Indian War: Causes, Effects & Summary

1. The French and Indian War: Causes, Effects & Summary

In the mid-1700s, the Seven Years' War involved all of the world's major colonial powers on five continents. The biggest fight was between France and Great Britain, and the victor would come away with control of North America.

Sons of Liberty: Resistance to the Stamp Act and British Rule

2. Sons of Liberty: Resistance to the Stamp Act and British Rule

In 1763, British Prime Minister George Grenville passed new legislation aimed at solving some of the empire's problems stemming from the French and Indian War. The colonists cried, 'Taxation without representation is tyranny!' They organized boycotts, the Sons of Liberty and the Stamp Act Congress until some of the new taxes were lifted.

Boston Massacre: Colonists and the Declaratory and Townshend Acts

3. Boston Massacre: Colonists and the Declaratory and Townshend Acts

After overturning the hated Stamp Act, Parliament asserted its right to tax the colonists without representation by passing the Declaratory Act. When the Townshend Acts imposed import duties, the colonists went into action again. An escalating cycle of violence ended with the Boston Massacre, resulting in the cancellation of all duties except the one on tea.

The Boston Tea Party, Intolerable Acts & First Continental Congress

4. The Boston Tea Party, Intolerable Acts & First Continental Congress

Three years of calm followed the Boston Massacre and the repeal of most Townshend duties. But no sooner had Parliament passed a new tax on tea than the colonies were in an uproar again about taxation without representation. What followed were the Boston Tea Party and the fateful last steps leading to war.

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