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Ch 9: OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: Age of Exploration

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Let us help you refresh your knowledge of European exploration in this chapter, so you can confidently study for the OAE Middle Grades Social Studies exam.

OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: Age of Exploration - Chapter Summary

To effectively teach students about American and European history, you'll need to have a keen understanding of European expansion around the world. By the end of this chapter, you will have examined:

  • Reasons for European exploration
  • Crossing the Atlantic Ocean
  • Claiming North America
  • Spain and Portugal's explorers
  • Dutch Republic
  • Effects on international trade
  • African slave trade
  • Christopher Columbus and Native Americans

The lessons in this chapter have been specially developed to review information regarding European exploration that you are likely to come across on the exam. Each lesson contains a short video to help visually exhibit the material. The video's transcript is also included for text-based learning. You can take a self-assessment quiz after each lesson to apply what you've learned and practice for the exam.

8 Lessons in Chapter 9: OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: Age of Exploration
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The Old World and New World: Why Europeans Sailed to the Americas

1. The Old World and New World: Why Europeans Sailed to the Americas

This lesson will focus on the Age of Exploration. It will explain the main reasons why Europeans explored the New World. It will highlight their spirit of adventure, the religious desire to see natives converted, and the chance to acquire wealth.

Colonialism Across Europe

2. Colonialism Across Europe

In the late 1400s, European explorers learned how to cross the Atlantic Ocean. This lesson explores the impact of the colonization of the Americas by Europeans and the reasons they emigrated.

Europe Battles to Claim North America

3. Europe Battles to Claim North America

From the Russians and Danes to the French and English, numerous European countries attempted to colonize North America. This lesson takes a look at many of them and explains why the English were ultimately so successful.

Great Explorers of Spain and Portugal: Aims & Discoveries

4. Great Explorers of Spain and Portugal: Aims & Discoveries

This lesson will focus on the New World explorations of Spain and Portugal. It will list explorers from both of these countries while also highlighting the motivations behind European exploration.

The Rise of the Dutch Republic & Their Golden Age: History & Timeline

5. The Rise of the Dutch Republic & Their Golden Age: History & Timeline

In this lesson, we explore the birth of the Dutch Republic and the Dutch Golden Age which followed. Through innovation and economic success, the Dutch became one of the most powerful nations in seventeenth-century Europe.

How International Trade Changed in the Age of Exploration

6. How International Trade Changed in the Age of Exploration

In this lesson, we will explore the role of international trade during the Age of Exploration. Specifically, we will learn how the discovery of the New World impacted international trade patterns.

The Slave Trade in Africa

7. The Slave Trade in Africa

The enslavement of Africans for work in American fields remains one of the darkest spots on the colonial period. This lesson explains how it evolved in the earliest days of the colonial period.

Effects of European Colonization: Christopher Columbus and Native Americans

8. Effects of European Colonization: Christopher Columbus and Native Americans

The earliest explorers in the Western Hemisphere left a legacy that would shape the development of the Americas permanently. No matter what they came looking for, Europeans left behind death, horses, and metal.

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