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1 Sixth Grade Social Studies District Curriculum Map Early Humans and the Rise of Civilizations Chapters 1-6 People have evolved through the uses and discoveries of technologies Learnings Communities and civilizations also have evolved through the sharing and development of technology and physical features affect the development and success of a civilization Leaders can either advance or stall the development of a civilization Investigating the Past Early Hominids From Hunter/Gatherers to Farmers Sumerian City-States Ancient Sumer Mesopotamia Label and interpret maps of early hominids, Neolithic towns, Sumerian citystates, and early empires Locate items on maps Describe how social scientists investigate the past Observe the lives of early hominids and compare their ideas with those offered by social scientists Describe several important aspects of the lives of early hominids. Identify five important hominids, including Homo sapiens sapiens. Explain when and where each hominid group lived. Identify the key capabilities of each hominid group, such as their Development of tools and use of fire, and explain their importance. Explain the terms Stone Age, Paleolithic, and Neolithic. Identify important changes in the lives of people during the Neolithic Age as compared to the Paleolithic Age. Understand how the domestication of plants and animals created a stable food supply and led to important changes in shelter, communities, jobs, and trade. Identify how the physical setting contributed to the development of city-states in Mesopotamia. Describe the development of agricultural techniques such as irrigation systems and other factors that led to the emergence of city-states in Mesopotamia. List the key features of a Sumerian city-state. Identify characteristics of civilization. Identify the locations of the early empires of the Akkadians, Babylonians, Assyrians, and Neo-Babylonians. Describe the major achievements of the Akkadian, Babylonian, Assyrian, and Neo-Babylonian Empires. Identify the achievements of Sargon I, Hammurabi, the Sargonoid kings, and Nebuchadrezzar, including the significance of Hammurabi s code. Analyze artifacts from ancient Sumer and explain how they are examples of the various characteristics of civilization. Identify modern-day artifacts that are examples of characteristics of civilization. 1

2 Differentiated Alburnett Community School Group work Use of rubrics Multiply forms of assessment multiply choice, short answer, maps, charts, visual, creating cartoons, drawing a diagram Created comic book to demonstrate understanding of Neolithic times Problem/solution flow charts visual Act-it-outs Interpreting artifacts from Ancient Sumer discussion and debate Venn diagrams Group presentations of Four Mesopotamian Empires create a diorama Daily assignments Workbook Chap. Tests Rubrics for presentations Timeline Challenge ITBS Geography Challenge #1 MCGF, CE, TI, GE, LS, CS,HOTS 2

3 Ancient Egypt Chapter 7-10 Learnings Differentiated The physical features of Egypt affected the areas that were settled - most importantly the Nile River. Pharaoh s developments and buildings were different during the three different periods of time Your social class affected your daily life and privileges you are able to have Geography and the Early Settlement of Egypt, Kush, and Canaan The Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs Daily Life in Ancient Egypt The Kingdom of Kush map key physical features important to the study of ancient Egypt and the Near East. map the borders of ancient Egypt, Kush, and Israel. map important historical routes of the ancient Hebrews. identify the three major periods of ancient Egyptian history: Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom, and New Kingdom. explain the major accomplishments of four Egyptian pharaohs, including Hatshepsut and Ramses the Great. write a personal letter describing the accomplishments of these pharaohs and important information about the monuments they built. explain the social pyramid of ancient Egyptian society. bring to life a typical scene from the daily life of a social class in ancient Egypt. identify key aspects of daily life of various social classes in ancient Egyptian society. identify the location of the Kush civilization. analyze images that show the commercial, cultural, and political relationship between Kush and Egypt. analyze images that represent the development of independent Kush economy, government, and culture. take on the role of historical figures from Kush and explain key aspects of their history. Group work Use of rubrics Multiply forms of assessment multiply choice, short answer, maps, charts, visual, drawing a diagram Act-it-outs Kush and Egypt Venn diagrams Stops at different sites in Egypt with discussion/debate as to how things were built Group presentations of daily life in Ancient Egypt social classes Daily assignments Workbook Chap. Tests Letter rubric Rubrics for presentations Timeline Challenge ITBS Geography Challenge #4 MCGF, CE, TI, GE, LS, CS,HOTS 3

4 Ancient Greece The geography of Greece caused villages to settle in particular places and also affected the food, trade, and development of technology, government and societies Learnings or Understandings Democracy rose out of the dissatisfaction with monarchies, oligarchies, and tyrannies. The geography cause Athens and Sparta to be drastically different and value different things (Athens trade, Sparta military training) Athens and Sparta joined forces to defeat the Persians, preserving Greek culture and independence Athens thrived in the years following the Persian wars, developing artistic, religious, architectural, dramatic, philosophical, and athletic gains Geography and settlement of Greece The Rise of Democracy Life in Two City-States: Athens and Sparta Fighting the Persian Wars The Golden Age of Athens Alexander the Great and His Empire didn t get to The Legacy of Ancient Greece didn t get to label and identify the most important Greek city-states, the Persian Empire, and Macedonia. identify the modern countries that comprise the Persian Empire and Macedonia. make historical hypotheses based upon interpretations of a map. trace the transition from tyranny and oligarchy to early democratic forms of government and back to dictatorship in ancient Greece. explain the reasons for the failure of monarchy, oligarchy, and tyranny in ancient Greece. state the key differences between Athenian, or direct, democracy and representative democracy. describe Athenian and Spartan government, economy, education, and treatment of women and slaves. compare and contrast life in Athens and Sparta. work collaboratively to create a metope. outline the founding, expansion, and political organization of the Persian Empire. explain the causes of the Persian wars. understand the roles of Athens and Sparta in the Persian wars. describe the results of the Persian wars. summarize key battles of the wars in a dramatic presentation. recognize how Greek literature permeates our language today. describe the artistic achievements of Athens in architecture, sculpture, and drama. interpret philosophical statements of Socrates. understand the importance of sports to the Athenians. explain the roles of Athens and Sparta in the Peloponnesian War. speculate about the chances for success of Philip s and Alexander s war plans as they trace the development of each. 4

5 Differentiated Alburnett Community School describe and speculate about the chances for success of Alexander s plan to unite his empire, including his plans to spread Greek culture eastward. recognize Greek contributions to modern language and literature. describe the contributions of important Greek figures in medicine, mathematics, and the sciences. identify political practices of our democracy that came from the Greeks. describe architectural features of modern buildings that can be traced to the Greeks. recognize Greek contributions to modern entertainment and sports. Materials Group work Use of rubrics Multiply forms of assessment multiply choice, short answer, maps, charts, visual, drawing a diagram Act-it-outs Venn diagrams Group presentations of the four types of government and finally the daily life in Athens and Sparta Daily assignments Workbook Chap. Tests Rubrics for presentations Timeline Challenge ITBS Geography Challenge #5 MCGF, CE, TI, GE, LS, CS,HOTS 5

6 Ancient Rome The physical features of Rome determined the areas of settlement Learnings or Understandings Romans were greatly influenced by Greeks, Etruscans, and other surrounding cultures The struggle between the patricians and plebeians shaped the government of Rome As Rome expanded, the power changed from the hands of many into the hands of an emperor The expansion of Rome had positive and negative effects Geography and the Early Development of Rome The Rise of the Roman Republic From Republic to Empire Daily Life in the Roman Empire The Origins and Spread of Christianity didn t get to The Legacy of Rome in the Modern World didn t get to locate the city of Rome and the boundaries of the Roman Empire. identify key geographic features of the Roman Empire. explain why the city of Rome was ideally located to control a large empire. describe the rise of the Roman Republic. describe the differences between patricians and plebeians in the Roman Republic. list the political rights earned by plebeians in their struggles with patricians. explain how the government of the Roman Republic was reorganized to become more democratic. describe the major events in Roman expansion between 509 B.C.E. and 14 C.E. and the political and geographic reasons for the expansion of the empire. state the positive and negative effects of military expansion on Roman society. discuss the influence of Cincinnatus, Julius Caesar, and Augustus on Rome s transition from republic to empire. identify the geographic boundaries of the empire at its height. describe eight aspects of daily life in the Roman Empire, including the growth of the economy through trade and the use of Roman currency. explain how a teenager might have experienced each aspect of daily life. identify key differences between life in ancient Rome and modern times. analyze passages from the Bible and match them with artwork. describe key events in the development of Christianity and its spread throughout the Roman Empire, including its origins in Jewish Messianic prophecies, the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as described in the New Testament, and the role of St. Paul the Apostle in spreading Christian beliefs. explain why Roman authorities thought Christianity posed a threat to 6

7 Differentiated Alburnett Community School the empire. identify the role of Rome in preserving and transmitting Christianity. describe the internal weaknesses of the Roman Empire and identify reasons for the fall of the empire in the West. describe the rise of the Byzantine Empire, including the establishment of a new capital in the East by Constantine. describe common Roman art forms and identify items from modern life that utilize similar designs and techniques. explain how Roman engineering achievements in science, technology, architecture, and engineering have been incorporated into modern life. describe the influence of Latin on modern languages and identify examples of English words derived from Latin terms. identify the relationship between Roman law and philosophy and modern thought. Group work Use of rubrics Multiply forms of assessment multiply choice, short answer, maps, charts, visual, drawing a diagram Act-it-outs Venn diagrams Group presentations of Daily assignments Workbook Chap. Tests Rubrics for presentations Timeline Challenge ITBS Geography Challenge #6 MCGF, CE, TI, GE, LS, CS,HOT 7

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