Ch 2: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: The Early Americas

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Brush up on your knowledge of the early Americas by reviewing lessons that explore Native American history, the Columbian Exchange and more. You can be more than prepared for questions on the Praxis Middle School Social Studies assessment.

Praxis Middle School Social Studies: The Early Americas - Chapter Summary

Simplify the process of studying for the Praxis Middle School Social Studies assessment by reviewing the fun lessons in this chapter. Watch videos that provide an in-depth look at the early Americas. In no time, you will be able to:

  • Detail Native American history and the origins of early people in the Americas
  • Discuss Mesoamerican civilizations and facts about Francisco Pizarro
  • Share details about the Incan Empire and the conflicts between the Incas and Pizarro
  • Describe North American Indians before their interactions with Europeans
  • Provide information about the effects of European colonization
  • Examine the Spanish explorers and colonies of New Spain
  • Analyze the occurrences and impact of the Columbian Exchange

Studying for your certification test does not have to be a chore. We have done the hard work of compiling your study materials, and have even packaged them into entertaining video presentations you can enjoy. Sit back, relax, and get reacquainted with the early Americas at your own pace. In addition to watching the video lessons, you can test your knowledge by taking self-assessment quizzes and a chapter exam. Any questions you have about lesson concepts can be submitted to our experts.

7 Lessons in Chapter 2: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: The Early Americas
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Native American History: Origins of Early People in the Americas

1. Native American History: Origins of Early People in the Americas

Because the first humans and civilizations got their start in Africa and the Middle East, historians and anthropologists have had to figure out how Native Americans got to the Americas. In this lesson we look at the three prevailing theories of the earliest migration to the New World.

Mesoamerican Civilizations: The Olmecs to Cortes

2. Mesoamerican Civilizations: The Olmecs to Cortes

This lesson focuses on the early cultures of Mesoamerica. The Olmec, Maya, and Aztecs developed great civilizations in Mesoamerica over millennia. Then, after all of this development and the building of a great empire, the Aztec were quickly defeated by Hernando Cortes.

The Inca Civilization and Pizarro: Pre-Columbian South America

3. The Inca Civilization and Pizarro: Pre-Columbian South America

The Incan Empire was an amazing empire of the early Americas. Their accomplishments rival those of many other great empires, but they were defeated by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in only a few years.

Pre-Columbian Civilization: North American Indians Before Europeans

4. Pre-Columbian Civilization: North American Indians Before Europeans

Watch this video for an overview of the cultural groups of Native Americans as they lived at the time of first contact with Europeans. Some of these groupings, like the tribes of the plains, changed so much due to the addition of European influences, such as horses, that there is only conjecture as to how exactly they lived before European contact.

Effects of European Colonization: Christopher Columbus and Native Americans

5. 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.

New Spain: Spanish Explorers and Spanish Colonies

6. New Spain: Spanish Explorers and Spanish Colonies

Who are the most well-known explorers and conquistadors of the New World? In this lesson, we'll look at some of the most infamous explorers. We'll discover the difference between explorers and conquistadors, and then learn about the encomienda system.

The Columbian Exchange

7. The Columbian Exchange

The Columbian Exchange is a term used to denote the world-changing exchange of agricultural goods, slave labor, diseases, and ideas between the Eastern and Western Hemispheres that occurred after the year 1492 CE.

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