Ch 3: NMTA Social Science: Mesopotamia

About This Chapter

View these videos to learn more about Mesopotamia. Study the ancient civilizations of the Tigris and Euphrates river valleys, part of the so-called Fertile Crescent. Prepare for the NMTA Social Science test by taking the quizzes and test in this chapter.

NMTA Social Science: Mesopotamia - Chapter Summary

Iraq may not look like much after decades of violence and war, but it is the source of much of civilization as we know it. In this chapter, you will brush up on your knowledge of Mesopotamia, the Sumerian wars and the Hurrians. Prepare for the New Mexico Teacher Assessments (NMTA) Social Science test by learning more about:

  • The origins of Mesopotamian civilization and the Fertile Crescent
  • The beginnings of writing
  • The Sumerians, in two different periods
  • The Akkadian civilization and culture
  • The Neo-Sumerian period and the Fertile Crescent
  • Babylonians, Hurrians, Hittites, and Assyrians: the cultures which followed the Sumerians

The videos here are brief and informative, with engaging and memorable graphics to help you retain key concepts as you study for the big test. Take a minute to complete the quizzes that follow each lesson as well as the exam at the end of the chapter to measure how much of the information you have remembered. You can also start with the assessments if you please. They'll help you focus your studies on just those areas where you need the most refreshing.

NMTA Social Science: Mesopotamia Chapter Objectives

The NMTA Social Science test is used to assess a teacher's knowledge of secondary-school-level social science before they are granted a content-knowledge endorsement or educator certification. The test contains approximately 150 multiple-choice questions, which you will have three hours to complete. The information covered in this chapter is included in Part I. The Historiography and World History section accounts for 25% of the overall exam and tests in competencies 0001-0004. You will not be able to take any notes or devices into the testing area with you.

To register for the NMTA tests, visit the NMTA website and select the appropriate test. Scoring is done in a scaled score format, and you will need to achieve a 220 to pass. You will receive your score report within two weeks of testing, and results will automatically be sent to the organization you selected during the registration process. Taking the time to review these lessons will help you get ready to take the real test and boost your confidence and competence when you sit down on test day.

7 Lessons in Chapter 3: NMTA Social Science: Mesopotamia
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Mesopotamia: The First Civilization

1. Mesopotamia: The First Civilization

In this lesson, we explore the beginning of one of the oldest civilizations in the world, Mesopotamia. We specifically discuss the factors that encouraged settlement in the region.

Sumer's Protoliterate Period & the Origin of Writing

2. Sumer's Protoliterate Period & the Origin of Writing

In this lesson, we explore the Sumerian development of writing and the important cultural factors that led to its usage, as well as some of the practices in which it was quickly utilized. After, feel free to test yourself on the brief quiz.

Old Sumerian Period: Wars & Expansion

3. Old Sumerian Period: Wars & Expansion

In this lesson, we explore the Old Sumerian Period, a period of Mesopotamian history where the growth of prosperous city-states led to intermittent periods of warfare.

The Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization

4. 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.

Akkadian Civilization: Culture, Art & Religion

5. Akkadian Civilization: Culture, Art & Religion

In this lesson, we explore the Akkadian empire of ancient Sumer. Possibly the first 'empire' to ever exist in the ancient world, Akkadian kings dominated Sumer for over a century.

Neo-Sumerian Period: Lifestyle, Peace & Prosperity

6. Neo-Sumerian Period: Lifestyle, Peace & Prosperity

In this lesson, we explore the Neo-Sumerian Period, a relatively short period in Sumerian history but one of immense economic and cultural growth and prosperity.

Heirs of the Sumerians: Babylonians, Hittites, Hurrians and Assyrians

7. Heirs of the Sumerians: Babylonians, Hittites, Hurrians and Assyrians

This lecture covers the history of Mesopotamia from the disintegration of the Sumerian Empire to the great Bronze Age collapse. We'll explore the destructive force of the Elamites and the Hittites as well as the imperial ambitions of the Babylonians, the Mittani and the Assyrians.

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