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Ch 25: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Indigenous American Peoples

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Get a broad refresher on the early American people and the effects of colonization after contact by Columbus and the European settlers. Ready yourself for the WEST Middle Level Humanities exam by completing the chapter test and lesson quizzes.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Indigenous American Peoples - Chapter Summary

This chapter helps you prepare for the Washington Educator Skills Test--Endorsements (WEST-E) Middle Level Humanities exam by discussing the social setting that greeted Columbus as he landed in the Americas and what happened as the Native American and European cultures met. The content is delivered in memorable videos containing expert instruction and interesting graphics. Here we review:

  • The origins and history of Native Americans
  • The impacts of European colonization on early Americans
  • Details of the Columbian Exchange

The video lessons are easily navigated using our video timeline with content tags and video dashboard, allowing you to get right to the material you need to review most. Be sure to check out the lesson transcripts to review key events and people during the time. Get your mind in testing mode by completing the chapter test, which contains several multiple-choice questions similar to those you will find on the real exam.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Indigenous American Peoples Chapter

The WEST-E Middle Level Humanities exam contains two subtests -- English Language Arts & Reading and Social Studies -- with the material in this chapter falling into the second one. Subtest 2 contains approximately 55 multiple-choice questions, about 33% of which fall into the U.S. and world history content domain. You will have an hour and 15 minutes to complete the test, after which you will have to go to the WEST website to receive your official score report, according to the schedule you will receive upon registration.

To pass the exam and receive your content knowledge endorsement for Middle Level Humanities you must pass both subtests with a score of 240 or higher on the 100-300 score scale. We'll help you get there in short order with these brief videos designed to be viewed both at home and on the go on your mobile device.

4 Lessons in Chapter 25: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Indigenous American Peoples
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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.

Pre-Columbian Civilization: North American Indians Before Europeans

2. 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

3. 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.

The Columbian Exchange

4. 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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