Ch 48: NMTA: Settlement Patterns

About This Chapter

Before you take the The NMTA Middle Grades Social Science certification exam, be sure to use this chapter to review the factors that influence settlement patterns, types of settlements, urban patterns of settlement and rural patterns of settlement.

NMTA: Settlement Patterns - Chapter Summary

Review what you need to know for the NMTA Middle Grades Social Science exam about the factors that influence where people settle and how these factors can be seen in patterns of urban and rural settlement. Start by watching this series of engaging lesson videos, taught by our expert instructors, to review:

  • Environmental factors that influence settlement patterns
  • Types of settlements
  • Formations of urban central business districts
  • Characteristics of inner cities and suburbs
  • Economic, social and governmental factors that affect settlement
  • World urbanization and difference between U.S. and non-U.S. urban structures
  • Populations distributions in rural settlements

These lesson videos are mobile device friendly so that you can watch them when you are not at your desk. If you feel you would benefit from an alternative review of the material, you can read over our lesson transcripts, which present the same material but in a written overview. Take advantage of the short assessment quizzes that accompany the lessons to test your knowledge and identify areas of weakness.

NMTA: Settlement Patterns Objectives

The 150 multiple-choice questions of the NMTA Middle Grades Social Science exam test prospective social studies teachers' knowledge of the social sciences. Test takers must complete these computer-administered questions in a three hour testing session. Nineteen percent of these questions fall under the content domain of Geography and Culture. Use this chapter to prepare for questions about patterns of human settlements as you study for the exam.

12 Lessons in Chapter 48: NMTA: Settlement Patterns
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Environmental Influences on Human Settlements & Activities

1. Environmental Influences on Human Settlements & Activities

After watching this video, you will be able to explain the environmental reasons why humans settled where they did, both historically and more recently. A short quiz will follow.

Villages to Cities: How Cities Were Invented

2. 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.

Human Settlements: Definition & Functions

3. 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.

Types of Human Settlements: Definitions & Comparisons

4. 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.

Downtown, the Central Business District: Land Use Issues in the U.S. & Abroad

5. 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.

U.S. Inner Cities: Characteristics & Challenges

6. 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.

Suburbs in the U.S.: Characteristics & Common Issues

7. 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.

City Land Use: Economy, Social Factors & Government

8. 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.

The Rise of Urban Societies & Current Patterns of Urbanization

9. 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.

U.S. Urban Structures: Concentric Zone, Sector & Multiple Nuclei Models

10. 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.

Urban Structure Models: United States vs. Abroad

11. 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.

Distribution of People in Rural Settlements

12. 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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