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Ch 3: OAE - Integrated Social Studies: Ancient Civilizations in the Near East

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Use these lessons and quizzes to refresh your understanding of topics including the ancient Mesopotamian world, Hammurabi's Code and the religion of the ancient Hebrews. Our videos can help you prepare for questions on ancient civilizations on the OAE Integrated Social Studies exam.

OAE - Integrated Social Studies: Ancient Civilizations in the Near East- Chapter Summary

Study these lessons to review facts about ancient civilizations of the Near East as you prepare to take the OAE Integrated Social Studies exam. These short videos can aid you in correctly answering exam questions on:

  • Mesopotamia and the world's first civilizations
  • History, politics and religion in Mesopotamia
  • How writing developed
  • The Fertile Crescent
  • The Babylonians, Hittites, Hurrians and Assyrians
  • Hammurabi's Code
  • Polytheistic and monotheistic religions
  • The Hebrews and their religion

These lessons are available anytime, on a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet. Video tags in the lessons allow you to quickly return to key points that require more study. If you still have questions, you can contact the instructor for extra guidance.

OAE - Integrated Social Studies: Ancient Civilizations in the Near East Chapter Objectives

Ohio requires passing the OAE Integrated Social Studies exam as a condition for certification to teach the subject in grades 7-12. The exam contains five subject areas, called domains. Questions on the material reviewed in this chapter are in the Historiography and World History domain, which accounts for 25% of the total score.

This computer-based exam consists entirely of multiple-choice questions. The quizzes that follow each lesson are in this same format. In addition to letting you familiarize yourself with taking a computer-based, multiple-choice test, the quizzes offer an opportunity to gauge your knowledge and see where you need further study.

9 Lessons in Chapter 3: OAE - Integrated Social Studies: Ancient Civilizations in the Near East
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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.

Mesopotamian Kings: History, Politics & Religion

2. Mesopotamian Kings: History, Politics & Religion

Ancient Mesopotamia was a land of chaotic weather and inner turmoil. Religion became a political weapon for fighting among the city-states. This lesson explores the link between religion and politics in the ancient land.

The Invention of Writing

3. The Invention of Writing

Writing, the original IT: This lecture covers the limitations and obstacles of aural transmission. It describes the invention of Cuneiform in the fertile crescent. Finally, it explains how writing enabled literate societies to dominate their pre-literate neighbors.

Old Sumerian Period: Wars & Expansion

4. 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

5. 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.

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

6. 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.

Hammurabi's Code: The Advent of Law, Prerequisites and Implications

7. Hammurabi's Code: The Advent of Law, Prerequisites and Implications

This lecture discusses the need for law and the benefits of a judicial system. Next, it reviews the history of early law codes, like those of Ur-Nammu and Hammurabi. Finally, we look at the implications of law for kings.

What's the Difference Between Polytheism and Monotheism?

8. What's the Difference Between Polytheism and Monotheism?

There have been many religions throughout human history, and each one has had a unique set of beliefs. In this lesson, we're going to look at the two main categories into which most of the world's religions fit and then compare them to each other.

The Hebrews and Their Beliefs

9. The Hebrews and Their Beliefs

This lesson covers the Hebrews and their beliefs. We look at the core tenets of Judaism and explore some of the stories from the Torah. Finally, we see how the Hebrews' history of oppression impacted their religion and the world today.

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