Ch 77: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Basic Concepts & Terms

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Use this chapter's resources to brush up on your knowledge of history terms, research methods and various historical frameworks. You'll find plenty of videos and multiple-choice quizzes to help you prepare for these types of questions on MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) exam.

MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Basic Concepts & Terms - Chapter Summary

Review history terms ranging from chronology and continuity to periodization and empire to get ready for your MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) exam. Our experienced instructors will also help you re-examine the following history concepts:

  • Methods for interpreting historical timelines
  • Causes and effects of historical change
  • History research methodology
  • Primary and secondary source materials
  • Interpretation and analysis of reference books
  • Methods for locating and evaluating research sources
  • Historical theories and interpretations
  • Diverse perspectives for evaluating historical issues

Whether you're just getting started with your test preparation or coming back to these topics for another look, our self-paced lessons allow you to focus on the test areas you want to review. You can also pinpoint key terms and concepts that could use some extra attention by taking the multiple-choice lesson quizzes and chapter test.

MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Basic Concepts & Terms - Chapter Objectives

Applicants for Michigan's social studies teaching certification will need to demonstrate their content area knowledge by passing the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) exam, a standardized test consisting of 100 multiple-choice questions covering seven content domains.

We've put together this chapter to help you get ready for the roughly 10% of test questions appearing in the historical perspectives content domain. These types of questions will gauge your familiarity with historical terms as well as your ability to interpret timelines, identify chronological relationships, and recognize the impacts of historical decisions. You'll also need an ability to conduct history research and evaluate historical interpretations of significant events to do well on this part of the test.

10 Lessons in Chapter 77: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Basic Concepts & Terms
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Basic Terms & Concepts in Social Studies

1. Basic Terms & Concepts in Social Studies

The social studies are a major academic discipline and a big area of research. In this lesson we'll look at several terms used in social studies to help organize human societies.

Historical Timelines: Strategies for Interpretation

2. Historical Timelines: Strategies for Interpretation

In this lesson we will learn about strategies for interpreting historical timelines. We will also learn how to find connections between world, American, and local historical events.

Historical Change: Causes and Effects

3. Historical Change: Causes and Effects

In this lesson, we will examine historical change. We will learn what factors contribute to historical change and see how historical change is perceived through different classifications.

Historical Research Design: Definition, Advantages & Limitations

4. Historical Research Design: Definition, Advantages & Limitations

Most research involves looking at what's happening right now. But what if a researcher wants to look at the past and what it can tell us about the future? In this lesson, we'll explore historical research design, its steps, and its pros and cons.

Historical Methodology: Evidence and Interpretation

5. Historical Methodology: Evidence and Interpretation

In this lesson. we will learn about historical methodology. We will learn how history is constructed based on evidence and how various interpretations are formulated.

Primary vs. Secondary Resources in Historical Research

6. Primary vs. Secondary Resources in Historical Research

Good history and good cooking can both be ruined by not using the proper ingredients. This lesson explains why that is true while describing the roles of primary and secondary sources.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Reference Book

7. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Reference Book

Before the Internet existed, people used reference books to find answers to many of their questions. Reference books are still widely used, especially when doing research. Learn how to analyze and interpret them in this lesson.

Finding & Evaluating Sources for Research

8. Finding & Evaluating Sources for Research

Not everything you read on the Internet is true. This video will help you navigate through different online sources and evaluate the validity of those sources to ensure that you can trust the information you use as part of your research.

How Historical Theories Affect Interpretations of the Past

9. How Historical Theories Affect Interpretations of the Past

Unlike scientists looking for a theory of everything, historians know that there are many different theories to explain the past. This lesson shows how different theories work together to help provide historians with the best view possible.

Evaluating Major Historical Issues & Events From Diverse Perspectives

10. Evaluating Major Historical Issues & Events From Diverse Perspectives

Ever watched a football game with someone who was cheering for the other team and disagreed on the validity of a call? Then you've encountered the same problem historians find with diverse perspectives.

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