Ch 27: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Early African Civilizations

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Examine this chapter to refresh your knowledge of early African civilizations as part of your preparations for the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam.

Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Early African Civilizations - Chapter Summary

This chapter will help you study for the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam by allowing you to review major early African civilizations. These lessons will address the following:

  • Ghana, Mali, and Songhai, the three pre-colonial empires
  • Kush and Axum people, and Axum's rise and decline
  • West African states and cities from 1000-1300 CE
  • Trans-Saharan caravan trade
  • Hunter-gatherers and other non-empirical cultures of ancient Africa
  • Egypt and other early significant African civilizations
  • Trade cities on the east coast of Africa
  • Bantu migrations
  • Early African society and culture
  • History of southern Africa

These lessons can serve as a valuable resource in your studies. In the form of a brief video, each lesson is led by an expert instructor and is accompanied by a full transcript. After you finish reviewing the lessons, take their related self-assessment quizzes to gauge how well you comprehend what you've studied.

Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Early African Civilizations Chapter Objectives

Part of your certification process for teaching social studies courses to middle school students, the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam is meant to assess your knowledge of pertinent information. Fifteen percent of the exam focuses on world history, with one of the objectives being to demonstrate an understanding of the development and contributions of early African civilizations. Through a careful review of this chapter, you will gain familiarity with these civilizations and the knowledge necessary to answer any related questions on the exam. Additionally, using the lesson quizzes will enable you to practice answering history questions much as you will on this selected-response exam.

13 Lessons in Chapter 27: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Early African Civilizations
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African Cultures: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai

1. African Cultures: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai

In this lesson, we learn about the three premier empires of the pre-colonial period in West Africa: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai, who all profited tremendously from the trans-Saharan gold trade.

The Kush & Axum Civilizations on the Swahili Coast: Development & Interactions

2. The Kush & Axum Civilizations on the Swahili Coast: Development & Interactions

In this lesson, we explore the rise and fall of two African kingdoms in East Africa, Kush and Axum, which were both established by utilizing their unique positions to exploit regional trade.

The Ghana Empire in Africa (830-1235 CE)

3. The Ghana Empire in Africa (830-1235 CE)

This lesson explores the Ghana Empire of West Africa. In doing so, it highlights the gold and salt trade of the region, which made the empire wealthy. It also discusses the importance of iron smelting and taxation.

The Mali Empire in Africa (13th-16th Centuries)

4. The Mali Empire in Africa (13th-16th Centuries)

This lesson gives a brief overview of the Mali Empire. It focuses on the rule of Sundiata Keita and the salt and gold trade of the empire. It also highlights the wealth and pilgrimage of the famous Mansu Musa.

States & Cities in West Africa (1000-1300 CE)

5. States & Cities in West Africa (1000-1300 CE)

This lesson will focus on the kingdom states that ruled West Africa during 1000 to 1300 CE. It will focus on the trading empires of Ghana and Mali, as well as the city of Timbuktu.

The Trans-Saharan Caravan Trade, Religion & Culture

6. The Trans-Saharan Caravan Trade, Religion & Culture

This lesson explains the history of the trans-Saharan caravan trade. We highlight the Berbers, the role of the camel, and the introduction of Islam to West Africa.

Hunter-Gatherers & Stateless Societies in Africa

7. Hunter-Gatherers & Stateless Societies in Africa

In this lesson, you will explore other forms of culture in ancient Africa that were not kingdoms or empires. These societies rejected the idea of a central government. Then you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Africa's First Civilizations: Egypt, Kush & Axum

8. Africa's First Civilizations: Egypt, Kush & Axum

In this lesson, you will explore the history of three of the first great civilizations of Africa: Egypt, Kush, and Axum. Then, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Ancient Trade Cities on Africa's East Coast

9. Ancient Trade Cities on Africa's East Coast

In this lesson, you will explore the rich history of the trading cities that dominated the East Coast of Africa and controlled vast international markets. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Ancient West Africa: Bantu Migrations & the Stateless Society

10. Ancient West Africa: Bantu Migrations & the Stateless Society

In this lesson, we will discuss some of the characteristics of ancient West Africa. We will focus especially on the Bantu migrations, the stateless society, and the city of Jenne-jeno.

Society & Culture in Early Africa

11. Society & Culture in Early Africa

In this lesson, you will explore some of the many sort of societies and cultures that have existed in Africa across time. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Rise & Fall of the Axum Kingdom in Africa

12. The Rise & Fall of the Axum Kingdom in Africa

In this lesson, you will explore the history of the powerful African kingdom of Axum and discover how the international economy affected both its rise and decline. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Southern Africa, Great Zimbabwe & the Gold Trade

13. Southern Africa, Great Zimbabwe & the Gold Trade

In this lesson, you will explore the history of Southern Africa and the significance of major cities like Zimbabwe to ancient trade networks. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

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