Ch 21: WEST History: The Stone Age

About This Chapter

Let us help you review archaeological facts about the Stone Age. These video lessons and self-assessment quizzes can help you answer these types of questions on the Washington Educator Skills Test (WEST) History exam.

WEST History: The Stone Age - Chapter Summary

You can use the lessons in this chapter to develop a deeper understanding of the periods that make up the Stone Age. You'll study both theories and facts relating to these periods, covering the definitions of key terms and archaeological finds dating back to this era. Once you possess firm knowledge of this topic, you should feel confident in answering questions on the WEST History exam related to:

  • Defining the three periods of the Stone Age
  • Explaining why it is difficult to establish many facts about this era
  • Discussing what is known about the Paleolithic period of the Stone Age
  • Describing the various types of tools used by early man
  • Summarizing the archaeological theories of the Mesolithic period
  • Understanding aspects of the Neolithic period
  • Detailing the growth of agriculture during the Neolithic period

Video lessons provide brief and engaging overviews of the topics, with narrative text supported by illustrations. The quizzes found at the end of each lesson are presented in a multiple-choice format, just as you will find on the actual WEST History exam.

WEST History: The Stone Age - Chapter Objectives

The Stone Age chapter is designed to enhance your comprehension of periods relating to the existence of early man. You will be questioned about this topic in the world history portion of the WEST History exam, which also tests you on information about U.S. history and social studies concepts. These questions appear in the first portion of the exam's second domain, covering human origins and prehistory. The world history domain accounts for 36% of the test's total content.

Washington State administers WEST exams to new and current teachers seeking teaching certificates or endorsements to existing certificates. The exams measure a teacher's proficiency in basic and specific content areas, ranging from reading, writing and mathematics to biology, music, health, technology and theater arts. WEST exams are generally computer-based. The WEST History exam contains 110 multiple-choice questions. A passing score of 240 is required.

6 Lessons in Chapter 21: WEST History: The Stone Age
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The Stone Age: Period & Overview

1. The Stone Age: Period & Overview

Most of humanity's past is shrouded in mystery, but we've learned a great deal about prehistory. Learn about the Stone Age and how humans advanced from it.

What is Paleolithic Archaeology?

2. What is Paleolithic Archaeology?

Today's lesson will seek to explain Paleolithic archaeology and its theories. In doing so, it will highlight the use of pebble tools as well as the nomadic hunter-gathering lifestyle of the Paleolithic man.

Understanding the Evolution of Human Tools

3. Understanding the Evolution of Human Tools

This lesson will seek to explain the use of tools during the Stone Ages. In doing this, it will highlight flake tools, Clovis points, Folsom points and the archaeological theories surrounding all three.

An Overview of Mesolithic Archaeology

4. An Overview of Mesolithic Archaeology

This lesson will seek to explain archaeological theories concerning the Mesolithic Age. In doing so, it will highlight microliths, the nomadic lifestyle, the hunter-gatherer lifestyle, and the use of radioactive carbon dating.

Understanding Neolithic Archaeology

5. Understanding Neolithic Archaeology

This lesson will explain archaeology's understanding of the Neolithic Age. In doing so, it will highlight the use of polished stone, the onset of agriculture, the Neolithic Revolution, and social stratification.

Neolithic Agricultural Revolution: Causes and Implications

6. Neolithic Agricultural Revolution: Causes and Implications

A long, long time ago, human beings roamed the earth looking for food. Then the agricultural revolution struck! What are the benefits of an agrarian society, and how have they shaped the way we live today?

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