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Ch 49: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Humans & the Environment

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Review information about the relationship between humans and the physical environment as you prepare for the WEST Middle Level Humanities exam. Get test ready by completing the assessments throughout the chapter.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Humans & the Environment - Chapter Summary

Preparing for the Social Studies subtest of the Washington Educator Skills Test - Endorsements (WEST-E) Humanities exam is made easy with this chapter on how human growth and industry affects the environment. Our expert instructors guide you through the impacts of various industries and activities and provide you with a review of basic terms related to the subject. While completing these fun video lessons you will gain greater awareness of:

  • How human behaviors impact and/or threaten sustainability
  • Renewable/non-renewable resources and sustainable consumption
  • Eutrophication as a result of human activities
  • Desertification, deforestation, pollution, and decreased bio-diversity
  • The agricultural and industrial revolutions
  • Future environmental concerns
  • Varying levels of energy consumption across the world

Each video presents a narrow topic to help you focus in on the specific areas where you need the most practice. Videos include entertaining graphics as well as real-world examples to help you remember the content. Check out the lesson transcript to see key terms and definitions in print to set them in your mind as you'll see them on the test. The chapter test is a great tool for practicing answering multiple-choice questions similar to those you'll see while taking the WEST-E exam.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Humans & the Environment Chapter

The WEST-E Middle Level Humanities exam comes in two parts: Subtest 1 (English Language Arts and Reading) and Subtest 2 (Social Studies). The content of this chapter falls within Subtest 2, which contains about 55 multiple-choice questions you must complete within 75 minutes. This material is part of the Geography and Social Studies Concepts content domain, which comprises 33% of the overall content, particularly the objective that asks you to look at human, cultural and environmental interactions. You must achieve a score of 240 in the scaled score system from 100-300 to pass and receive the content knowledge endorsement. The material here can help get you there with highly relevant content and test practice.

To register for the WEST-E exam you must go to the WEST webpage and select an available testing date. There you will also find your detailed score report after it is posted according to the score reporting schedule on the website. Be sure to come back here regularly to keep your memory fresh as your test day approaches.

11 Lessons in Chapter 49: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Humans & the Environment
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Human Impacts on the Environment

1. Human Impacts on the Environment

The human population continues to grow, but the size of Earth and the resources available for our use are limited. Humans greatly impact the world around them, and our actions can and often do have dramatic and long-lasting consequences.

Human Behaviors that Threaten Environmental Sustainability

2. Human Behaviors that Threaten Environmental Sustainability

The environment has a remarkable ability to sustain itself. However, human behaviors disrupt the natural environment and threaten environmental sustainability. Learn how population growth, depletion of resources, and pollution threaten nature.

Renewable & Non-Renewable Resources: Definition & Differences

3. Renewable & Non-Renewable Resources: Definition & Differences

We use a variety of Earth's resources, but not all of them will be around forever. This lesson explains the difference between resources that can be regenerated for our use and those that are gone after they are used once.

Human Causes of Eutrophication

4. Human Causes of Eutrophication

Eutrophication occurs when a body of water becomes overly enriched with nutrients. While this can happen naturally, accelerated eutrophication is typically the result of human activities. Learn about the human causes of eutrophication.

Deforestation, Desertification & Declining Biological Diversity

5. Deforestation, Desertification & Declining Biological Diversity

When trees are lost due to deforestation, the result can be a drier climate and desertification or the transformation of the once fertile land to desert. Learn how deforestation and desertification can lead to a decline in biological diversity.

The Agricultural Revolution: Impacts on the Environment

6. The Agricultural Revolution: Impacts on the Environment

The Agricultural Revolution was a time of agricultural development that saw many inventions and advancements in farming techniques. Learn about the Agricultural Revolution and how this period impacted society and the environment.

The Industrial Revolution: Impacts on the Environment

7. The Industrial Revolution: Impacts on the Environment

The Industrial Revolution was marked by the introduction of power-driven machinery and ushered in a time of strong economic development. Learn how advancements made during the Industrial Revolution impacted the environment.

Pollution: Physical, Chemical & Biological

8. Pollution: Physical, Chemical & Biological

Pollution is the presence of unwanted substances in an environment. It is often the result of human interference. Learn about physical, chemical and biological pollutants and see examples of each.

Sustainable Consumption: Definition and Complexities

9. Sustainable Consumption: Definition and Complexities

Sustainable consumption is the use of products and services that have a minimal impact on the environment so future generations can meet their needs. Learn about the benefits and the complexities that are associated with sustainable consumption.

Energy Consumption of The World: The Differences in Consumption Between Developing and Developed Nations

10. Energy Consumption of The World: The Differences in Consumption Between Developing and Developed Nations

Energy consumption is greater in developed nations than in developing nations. However, as the economy of a developing nation improves, the global energy consumption increases. Learn more about the differences in energy consumption around the world.

Future Environmental Concerns: Population, Food Supply, Energy & Pollution

11. Future Environmental Concerns: Population, Food Supply, Energy & Pollution

There are many issues that raise future environmental concerns. Learn how the environment may be impacted by the growing population and food and energy needs of the world, as well as growing pollution concerns as we move through the 21st century.

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