Ch 24: MTLE Elementary Education: Early Civilizations

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Getting ready for the MTLE Elementary Education exam, you can look through the materials we have created in this chapter. They will educate you on different early civilizations.

MTLE Elementary Education: Early Civilizations - Chapter Summary

The content in this chapter revolves around early civilizations that have impacted the world. Some topics you will have the chance to learn more about include:

  • Periods of world history
  • Ancient methods for telling time
  • Time and space in history
  • Different historical inventions
  • The Fertile Crescent
  • The Aztecs
  • The Inca civilization
  • Pre-Columbian civilization

In order to get prepared for any type of topic covered on this exam, you can review each lesson in this chapter. Then, go through our self-assessment quizzes to assess your knowledge of early civilizations.

MTLE Elementary Education: Early Civilizations Chapter Objectives

Getting your license to teach in Minnesota isn't possible unless you take and pass the MTLE Elementary Education exam. It was created to test your knowledge of different subjects, such as history, math and writing. Materials covered in this useful chapter are part of the social studies portion of subtest 3. This portion makes up 43% of subtest 3. The multiple-choice questions on this section will ask you different social studies questions, which you can prepare for when you utilize our engaging resources.

14 Lessons in Chapter 24: MTLE Elementary Education: Early Civilizations
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Periods of World History: Overviews of Eras from 8000 B.C.E to the Present

1. Periods of World History: Overviews of Eras from 8000 B.C.E to the Present

In this lesson, we will look at the six periods of world history. We will learn the defining characteristics of each and highlight the major themes associated with each period.

Telling Time in Ancient Times

2. Telling Time in Ancient Times

This lesson will explore the concepts of time and telling time in ancient history, including the lunar phase cycle, the calendar, the sundial, and how ancient people viewed time compared to us.

Time & Space in History: Cultural Differences & Beliefs

3. Time & Space in History: Cultural Differences & Beliefs

The concepts of time and space are not universal, but in fact vary widely by culture. In this lesson, we'll explore a few different ways to conceptualize these ideas and discuss how those related to the cultures that created them.

Overview of Historical Inventions: Impacts & Consequences

4. Overview of Historical Inventions: Impacts & Consequences

In this lesson, we will take a look at important inventions in ancient history. We will explore their impact and see what kind of consequences they have had on the people around them.

Hunter-Gatherer Societies: Making Tools & Using Fire

5. Hunter-Gatherer Societies: Making Tools & Using Fire

In this lesson, you will explore the role of fire and stone tools in early human society as both a means of survival and important aspects of culture. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Early Human Communities Around the World

6. Early Human Communities Around the World

In this lesson, you will explore the rise of the first early human communities and the changes that lead people to settle down and build cities. Then, you will be able to test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Rivers' Impact on Early Civilizations

7. Rivers' Impact on Early Civilizations

This lesson explains why ancient civilizations developed along rivers. In doing this, it highlights the importance of food supplies, flooding, and the process of irrigation.

The Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization

8. The Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization

Complex civilization wasn't always the norm. In this lesson, we are going to check out the origins of civilization as we know it, and see where, when, and how this new system of living first began.

Methods of Communication in Ancient Times

9. Methods of Communication in Ancient Times

In this digital age, we take communication for granted. In this lesson, we'll look at several methods of ancient communication, including written forms like engraved pictures and alphabets, and non-written forms like quipus and signaling.

Mayan Civilization: Economy, Politics, Culture & Religion

10. Mayan Civilization: Economy, Politics, Culture & Religion

In this lesson, we explore the Mayan civilization of Southern Mexico and Central America. A rich and culturally-vibrant civilization, its sudden disappearance from the annals of history have puzzled scholars for years.

The Aztecs: Civilization & Culture

11. 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!

The Inca Civilization and Pizarro: Pre-Columbian South America

12. 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

13. 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.

Dakota & Anishinaabe Peoples: History, Culture & Daily Life

14. Dakota & Anishinaabe Peoples: History, Culture & Daily Life

The state of Minnesota was once home to two Native American tribes that competed for control of the same territory. These two tribes were the Dakota, a Sioux tribe, and the Anishinaabe. This lesson looks at these two tribes and looks at the reasons for the war that reshaped Minnesota.

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