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NES: Settlement Patterns - Chapter Summary
This chapter uses brief video lessons and practice quizzes to help you brush up on settlement patterns for the NES Middle Grades Social Science exam. You'll compare various types of human settlements and discuss challenges associated with urbanization. By the end of the chapter, you'll have covered the following topics related to human settlement patterns:
- Transformation from villages to cities
- Main functions of human settlements
- Land use problems associated with central business districts
- Issues related to inner cities and suburbs
- Economic, social and government factors in city land use
- Urbanization models, patterns and structures
- Rural population distributions
Each of these lessons can be viewed as many times as you'd like and worked through at your own pace. Test your knowledge with self-assessment quizzes, and contact our instructors if you need any help with lesson concepts.
NES: Settlement Patterns Objectives
The NES Middle Grades Social Science exam is part of the certification process for middle school social science teachers in certain states. You'll be asked to demonstrate your knowledge of key concepts and developments in government, history, geography, culture and economics. The exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions and lasts three hours.
This chapter corresponds to questions about historical and modern settlement patterns in the Geography and Culture portion of the exam. This exam section accounts for about 19% of the total score.
1. Villages to Cities: How Cities Were Invented
In this video lesson, you'll meet Uruk, a lone farmer living in ancient Mesopotamia. As Uruk tries to become a successful farmer, he realizes the difficulties in sustaining a fruitful farm without the help of a community. Watch to understand how these difficulties contributed to the creation of villages and cities throughout history.
2. Human Settlements: Definition & Functions
People don't live in a vacuum. We live with other people. Watch this lesson to find out about human settlements, including the two major types, and some of the functions and benefits of living with others, instead of on your own.
3. Types of Human Settlements: Definitions & Comparisons
Most people don't live completely alone. They live in cities, towns, and rural areas near others. In this lesson, we'll examine types of human settlements, including common settlement designations and some of the challenges in categorizing settlements.
4. Downtown, the Central Business District: Land Use Issues in the U.S. & Abroad
When people picture a city skyline, they are often picturing the downtown area. In this lesson, we'll explore downtown areas, including their relationship to the central business district of a city and characteristics of them.
5. U.S. Inner Cities: Characteristics & Challenges
When people use the phrase 'inner city,' what do they mean? What is the inner city? Watch this lesson to find out the formal and euphamistic definitions of inner city, including characteristics of and some issues facing inner city neighborhoods.
6. Suburbs in the U.S.: Characteristics & Common Issues
Many people want to live near a city but prefer the quiet and space offered outside the city. In this lesson, we'll explore suburbs in the United States, including the peripheral model, and trends, characteristics, and common issues of suburbs.
7. City Land Use: Economy, Social Factors & Government
Land is at a premium in urban areas, and choices have to be made about how to use different parcels of city land. In this lesson, we'll look at different factors that affect city land use, including government, physical, social, and economic factors.
8. The Rise of Urban Societies & Current Patterns of Urbanization
People live in many different places: cities, suburbs, and the country. In this lesson, we'll look at historical and modern trends having to do with cities, including how the Industrial Revolution and urban renewal programs impacted urban populations.
9. U.S. Urban Structures: Concentric Zone, Sector & Multiple Nuclei Models
How are cities organized? This is a central question that has been explored for almost a century. In this lesson, we'll look at three of the common models to explain urban structures in America: the Burgess model, the sector model, and the multiple nuclei model.
10. Urban Structure Models: United States vs. Abroad
Much of the world's population lives in cities. But are they the same all over the world? In this lesson, we'll take a look at urban areas, including how different countries define an urban area and demographic differences in cities around the world.
11. Distribution of People in Rural Settlements
People live in many different environments, from big cities to isolation in the country. Watch this lesson to find out more about rural settlements, including the difference in urban and rural settlements and the pros and cons of rural settlements.
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