Ch 8: NES: Aztec & Inca Civilizations

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This is the place to brush up on key developments in the Aztec and Incan empires. View related tutorial videos and complete short quizzes before you take the NES Middle Grades Social Science examination for teacher certification.

NES: Aztec and Inca Civilizations - Chapter Summary

Throughout this chapter, seasoned instructors will help you review information about the Aztec and Incan empires. As you work through each of the chapter's online video lessons, you can envision what life would have been like in ancient Mexican cities. In later lessons, you'll refresh your understanding more about how the Aztecs were defeated and conquered by the Spanish. Continue on for further information about the geography of the Incan, Mayan and Aztec civilizations. Upon completion of this chapter, you might be ready to:

  • Teach students about the rise and defeat of the Aztecs
  • Describe life in the Aztec and Incan empires
  • Discuss the rise and fall of the Incan empire
  • Understand the history and political systems of the Aztecs
  • Explain the cultures and geographical influences of the Mayans, Incas and Aztecs

Utilize these self-paced tutorial videos before you sit for the NES Middle Grades Social Science examination. Learn from instructors who have years of experience as well as experts who address your questions. Located under the compelling videos, the timeline link will take you directly to the lessons' highlighted subjects. Move between these points with ease by using the video tags. You can also conveniently pause, rewind or stop the videos.

NES: Aztec and Inca Civilizations - Chapter Objectives

Outline your knowledge of the specifics of the Aztec and Incan civilizations during the beginning stages of the computer-delivered NES Middle Grades Social Science examination. The first content domain is titled History, and its completion will earn you 50% of the assessment score. Successfully finishing your review of this chapter could have provided you with the knowledge necessary to ace some of this section's questions. You must take no longer than three hours to finish all four content domains of the entire examination, which together include 150 questions in a multiple-choice format.

7 Lessons in Chapter 8: NES: Aztec & Inca Civilizations
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Rise of the Aztecs

1. The Rise of the Aztecs

In this lesson, you will explore the rise of the great Mesoamerican civilization, the Aztec Empire. Then, you will be able to test your understanding about Aztec history with a brief quiz.

Life in the Aztec Empire

2. Life in the Aztec Empire

Experience a day in Aztec Empire and explore the capital city Tenochtitlán in the Valley of Mexico. Then, test your understanding about this powerful military state with a short quiz.

The Aztecs: Civilization & Culture

3. 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 Defeat of the Aztecs

4. The Defeat of the Aztecs

In this lesson, you will explore the defeat of the powerful Aztec Empire, and then test your understanding about the Aztecs, the Spanish conquest of Mexico, and empires in Central America.

Life in the Incan Empire

5. Life in the Incan Empire

In this lesson, you will be able to experience a day in the life of a subject of the Incan Empire, an advanced civilization of South America. Then, you will test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Defeat of the Inca

6. The Defeat of the Inca

In this lesson, you'll explore the history of the great Inca Empire and the conquest of Peru by the Spanish. You'll also learn how the great Inca Empire met its end.

Effect of Geography on the Maya, Aztec & Inca Civilizations

7. Effect of Geography on the Maya, Aztec & Inca Civilizations

In this lesson, you will explore the jungles of the Yucatan, the high valleys of Mexico, and the peaks of Peru as we examine how geography shaped the civilizations of the Maya, Aztecs, and Inca. Then, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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