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Ch 30: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Ancient Egypt

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Examine this chapter to review the history of ancient Egypt to prepare for the Praxis Middle School Social Studies test. These lessons aim to further your knowledge of cultural, political and agricultural developments in ancient Egypt.

Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Ancient Egypt - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will learn about the history of ancient Egypt to help you study for the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam. These lessons will detail the following topics:

  • Ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian agriculture
  • Development of language in ancient civilizations
  • Trade throughout the Nile Valley
  • Significant rulers including Queen Hatshepsut and Ramses the Great
  • Bronze Age in Ancient Egypt
  • Kush civilization
  • Persian empire

These lessons are led by an expert instructor whose aim is to explain the history of Egypt carefully and clearly through the use of brief videos. Every lesson features a Timeline feature which will enable you to skip to any specific topic throughout the video. After you finish studying the entire chapter, you may take the cumulative exam to gauge how well you understand the content and how much more you need to study.

Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Ancient Egypt Chapter Objectives

The purpose of the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam is to determine your knowledge of pertinent topics as part of your candidacy for certification to teach middle school social studies courses. This exam will test your knowledge of several categories, with 15% focused on subjects in world history. There are 90 multiple-choice questions on the exam, along with three short essay assignments. A basic understanding of ancient Egypt, an integral civilization in the history of the world, will aid you in your ability to answer related questions on the exam.

8 Lessons in Chapter 30: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Ancient Egypt
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Agriculture in Ancient Egypt & Mesopotamia

1. Agriculture in Ancient Egypt & Mesopotamia

Both the Egyptians and the Mesopotamians used rivers to develop impressive agricultural systems. However, each culture used rivers differently and, as a result, often had a very different relationship with the waters that nourished their fields.

The Evolution of Language in Ancient Civilizations

2. The Evolution of Language in Ancient Civilizations

The changes that languages undergo over the course of a period of time give historians incredible hints as to what actually happened. Watch this lesson to learn how a hated empire was loved for the language it introduced, and another empire decided to adopt the language of the people it had just conquered.

Egyptian Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean & Nile Valley

3. Egyptian Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean & Nile Valley

Learn how Egypt used its many ports to grow its economy and how it traded for the goods that the Ancient World couldn't get enough of in this lesson. Then, test your knowledge with a short quiz.

Queen Hatshepsut & Ramses the Great of Egypt

4. Queen Hatshepsut & Ramses the Great of Egypt

While the pharaohs of Egypt may have ruled the land along the Nile for thousands of years throughout many dynasties, two names deserve special recognition as perhaps the greatest rulers. Learn more about Ramses the Great and Hatshepsut.

Ancient Egypt in the Bronze Age

5. Ancient Egypt in the Bronze Age

This lecture first compares the natural features of the Nile valley to those of Mesopotamia, enumerating the advantages that geography offered the Egyptians. This is followed by a brief discussion of why Egyptian material culture survives while so much of Mesopotamian culture has been lost. The lecture ends with a a whirlwind tour through 3,000 years of Egyptian history broken up into traditional historical periods.

What Is the Kush Civilization?

6. What Is the Kush Civilization?

While they may not get all the attention of other Egyptian neighbors, such as the Persians or Hittites, the Kush were a major factor in many of Egypt's decisions, both regarding trade and warfare. Learn about the Kush in this lesson.

The Kush Civilization & Ancient Egypt

7. The Kush Civilization & Ancient Egypt

While Egypt interacted with many different cultures, its relationship with the Kush was one of the most unique in history. Learn how this civilization not only conquered Egypt for a period of time, but even built their own pyramids.

History of the Persian Empire

8. History of the Persian Empire

The Persian Empire has all the great aspects of an amazing story - an unlikely rise to power against an evil king, a ruler who is beloved by his people, and a military that was centuries ahead of its time.

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