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Ch 33: MTEL Middle School Humanities: World Exploration & Colonization

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This chapter on World Exploration and Colonization is an effective and efficient way to get ready for the related portion of the MTEL Middle School Humanities test. With lessons tailored to assist in your preparation for the exam, you'll exit this chapter with improved test-taking confidence.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: World Exploration and Colonization - Chapter Summary

This chapter covers the discoveries and history associated with global exploration and the trials and advances that resulted from it. The video lessons included in this chapter will bolster your knowledge base of:

  • Why Europeans sailed to America
  • Great explorers of Spain and Portugal
  • Mapping advances, seaborne commerce and piracy
  • Conquistadors and Encomienda system
  • North American exploration
  • Failed colonies of France and England
  • New France, New Netherlands and New Sweden

Within each lesson you'll find the option of viewing a video or reading a transcript of the material. The dashboard feature gives you a convenient way to oversee your recent activity and progress through the chapter, with an option to ask questions of our subject experts if you get stuck on a topic. Back in the chapter, you'll be able to verify your understanding of each lesson's content with a quiz that will also serve as a helpful way to familiarize yourself with the kind of questions you'll be seeing on the exam.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: World Exploration and Colonization Chapter Objectives

The MTEL middle school humanities test is designed to appraise your knowledge of the subject using 100 multiple-choice questions and 2 written-response questions split up into six distinct subtests. You'll be given up to 4 hours to complete the test, which is administered on a computer. A passing score on the exam is 240. This chapter will be a big help in your preparation for portions of the history subtest, which will comprise 25% of your total score. You can use this chapter as a thorough and time-efficient tool to make sure you're ready for this part of the exam.

6 Lessons in Chapter 33: MTEL Middle School Humanities: World Exploration & Colonization
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The Old World and New World: Why Europeans Sailed to the Americas

1. The Old World and New World: Why Europeans Sailed to the Americas

This lesson will focus on the Age of Exploration. It will explain the main reasons why Europeans explored the New World. It will highlight their spirit of adventure, the religious desire to see natives converted, and the chance to acquire wealth.

Great Explorers of Spain and Portugal: Aims & Discoveries

2. Great Explorers of Spain and Portugal: Aims & Discoveries

This lesson will focus on the New World explorations of Spain and Portugal. It will list explorers from both of these countries while also highlighting the motivations behind European exploration.

Mapping the World, Seaborne Commerce & Piracy

3. Mapping the World, Seaborne Commerce & Piracy

This lesson will focus on the improvement of maps, the growth of seaborne commerce, and the piracy that occurred during the Age of Exploration. It will also highlight the famous Sea Dogs of England.

Conquistadors and Encomienda System: Definition & Savaging of the New World

4. Conquistadors and Encomienda System: Definition & Savaging of the New World

This lesson will discuss the conquistadors of the New World. It will highlight Hernan Cortes and Francisco Pizarro. It will also explain the encomienda system and its impact on the native populations.

North American Exploration & Failed Colonies of France & England

5. North American Exploration & Failed Colonies of France & England

Between 1497 and 1607, the rulers and leading citizens of European nations fought to establish their own empires in North America, as Spain had been doing for 100 years in South America. Learn about influential explorers and their failed attempts to establish their own New World colonies.

New France, New Netherlands & New Sweden: North American Settlements

6. New France, New Netherlands & New Sweden: North American Settlements

Spain and England weren't the only European nations trying to establish colonies in the New World. The French had a foothold for more than a century, and the Dutch and Swedish fought for their own places in America.

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