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Ch 11: NMTA Social Science: The Dark Ages

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Review the key figures and events that shaped the period in history known as the Dark Ages. If you need to take the NMTA Social Science test covering this topic, our video lessons and quizzes can help you get ready for exam day.

NMTA Social Science: The Dark Ages - Chapter Summary

This chapter's video lessons help you prepare for questions about major events of the Dark Ages that could appear on the NMTA Social Science test. Watch the engaging videos to refresh your knowledge about the decline of the Roman Empire, the loss of classical culture and the development of Islam. Use our lessons to strengthen your understanding of the following topics:

  • Causes of the loss of classical culture
  • Power of the church and the Byzantines after Rome's fall
  • Decline of Rome's economy in the Dark Ages
  • Mohammad and the creation of Islam
  • Five Pillars of the Islamic faith
  • Similarities in Christian, Jewish and Islamic doctrines

Our video lessons make reviewing the Dark Ages a convenient and fun process. The videos, which are developed by professional instructors, are usually just a few minutes long and are full of facts and graphics to help you retain key details about this time in world history.

NMTA Social Science: The Dark Ages - Chapter Objectives

The NMTA Social Science test is designed to assess your preparedness for licensure as a social science teacher in New Mexico's K-12 school system. The topics discussed in this Dark Ages chapter correspond to the questions found in the Historiography and World History portion of the test, which accounts for about 25% of your total score.

This section of the computer-based test has four objectives. You'll be asked about major political, economic, social and cultural world events and developments occurring from early human society to present day. The test also assesses your knowledge of historical perspectives, sources and research skills. Like our chapter's lesson quizzes, the NMTA Social Science test questions are in multiple-choice format.

6 Lessons in Chapter 11: NMTA Social Science: The Dark Ages
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The Dark Ages: Loss of Classical Culture

1. The Dark Ages: Loss of Classical Culture

This lesson explores the loss of classical culture during the Dark Ages. We compare the life of a medieval peasant to that of a Roman pleb. We then examine the causes of this decline, as well as its repercussions.

Heirs of Rome: The Church and the Byzantines

2. Heirs of Rome: The Church and the Byzantines

The Roman Empire covered a vast area, and when it fell, its people were in danger of losing their civilization. This lesson explores some of the things that remained as the Empire fell, as well as how they affected Roman citizens.

Roman Economy in the Dark Ages

3. Roman Economy in the Dark Ages

This lesson explores the Roman Empire's economy from its beginnings as a farming culture to its expansion into trade and finally its deterioration after invasion from surrounding tribes.

Mohammed and the Birth of Islam

4. Mohammed and the Birth of Islam

Out of the deserts of Arabia would come a man who would change the world. He was Mohammed, founder of the religion of Islam, and this lesson serves as a brief summary of his life and the founding of the religion of Islam.

Five Pillars of the Islamic Faith: Overview, the Quran & Sharia Law

5. Five Pillars of the Islamic Faith: Overview, the Quran & Sharia Law

The Five Pillars of Islam are the foundation of the world's second largest faith. They are characterized by a simplicity that encourages peaceful cooperation between people, which is one reason for the religion's widespread devotion. This lesson will detail each of the five and show how they relate to the daily lives of practicing Muslims.

People of the Book: Comparing Judaism, Christianity and Islam

6. People of the Book: Comparing Judaism, Christianity and Islam

The religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are often seen as competing doctrines and faiths by observers and adherents. Yet, a summary investigation of their doctrines illustrates they have much in common. This lesson will examine these similarities in greater detail.

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