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Ch 56: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Studying Geography

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Examine this chapter to learn what the process of studying geography entails, ranging from the use of maps to almanacs. As you study for the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam, a careful review of these lessons will help familiarize you with this potential test subject.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Studying Geography - Chapter Summary

This chapter seeks to develop your understanding of what it takes to study geography to help you prepare for any related questions on the geography portion of the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam. Topics that will be addressed in these lessons include:

  • Overview of geography and its five main themes
  • Ways to analyze and approach geography
  • Maps, GPS, and other geography tools
  • Types of maps, including the world map and thematic maps
  • Strengths and weaknesses of map projections
  • Scale, orientation, and location as found on maps
  • Uses of atlases and almanacs

These lessons are presented in the form of brief videos that provide a creative way to learn pertinent information. You may make use of the Timeline feature located below each video to skip to any point in the lesson you choose, and if you have a question about what you've learned, you may reach out to our experts for assistance. You can keep track of your progress throughout the chapter using the Dashboard, which will denote how much you have left to study.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Studying Geography- Chapter Objectives

If you wish to attain your license to teach middle school humanities courses in Massachusetts, you must take the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam. This test is meant to assess your understanding of basic humanities information to determine your qualifications to teach this subject. Fifteen percent of the exam's questions, all multiple-choice, focus on your knowledge of geography, economics, and government. Some of the geography topics that may be on the exam include basic geographic terms and the use of maps, both of which will be detailed in this chapter. These lessons seek to strengthen your understanding of the study of geography, knowledge that will prove beneficial on the exam.

11 Lessons in Chapter 56: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Studying Geography
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What is Geography? - Definition, Facts & Types

1. What is Geography? - Definition, Facts & Types

This lesson will define and explore the study of geography. In doing this, it will also explain the two main branches of geography, which are physical and cultural geography.

Contemporary Approaches in Geography: Area, Spatial, Locational & Geographic Systems Analysis

2. Contemporary Approaches in Geography: Area, Spatial, Locational & Geographic Systems Analysis

If geographers study people and places, exactly how do they look at the information they find? In this lesson, we'll examine contemporary approaches to studying geography, including spatial, area, locational, and systems analysis.

What Are The Five Themes of Geography?

3. What Are The Five Themes of Geography?

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what geography is and describe the five key themes that make up geography. A short quiz will follow.

Geography Tools: Maps, GPS & GIS

4. Geography Tools: Maps, GPS & GIS

How can we study the earth and the features in it? Watch this lesson to find out more about common tools used in geography, including maps, global positioning systems, and geographic information systems, and their differences.

Types of Maps: Population, Topographic, Weather, Political & World Maps

5. Types of Maps: Population, Topographic, Weather, Political & World Maps

This lesson will explain the different types of maps used to interpret and study our world. In doing this, it will focus on maps that deal in elevation, population, weather patterns and more.

The World Map: Overview & Major Geographical Regions

6. The World Map: Overview & Major Geographical Regions

The world is a big place, but how well do you know it? In this lesson, we're going to look at a basic overview of major world regions and see how they collectively create the world map.

Thematic Maps: Definition & Types

7. Thematic Maps: Definition & Types

Maps come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. In this lesson, we will review several examples of thematic maps and see how each can be used to analyze or disseminate data.

Map Projections: Mercator, Gnomonic & Conic

8. Map Projections: Mercator, Gnomonic & Conic

This lesson will explain and illustrate the Mercator, gnomonic, and conic map projections. In doing this, it will highlight the strengths and flaws of each while also defining the term 'cartographer'.

Maps: Location, Scale & Orientation

9. Maps: Location, Scale & Orientation

Maps are something we assume will look a certain way, but that's not always true. In this lesson we will explore the real definition of maps and see how various people have used them.

What is an Almanac? - Definition & History

10. What is an Almanac? - Definition & History

Did you know that an almanac can predict the weather as well as fashion trends for the upcoming year? This lesson will cover the definition of an almanac as well as the etymology, history, and uses of this information-filled resource.

Atlases & Almanacs as Sources of Geographic Information

11. Atlases & Almanacs as Sources of Geographic Information

Just like any other profession, geographers have specialized tools to help them. While they also rely on technologies like satellite imagery and advanced surveying tools, many geographers also use almanacs and atlases in their daily work.

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