SSEF01: Soc St 6 (2013-2014)
CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Social Studies
COURSE TITLE: Social Studies 6 World History Ancient Civilization
CALENDAR YEAR: 2013-2014
GRADE LEVEL: 6
COURSE LENGTH: 36 weeks
Major Concepts/Content: Students expand their understanding of history by studying the people and events that ushered in the dawn of major Western and non-Western ancient civilizations. Geography is of special significance in the development of the human story. Emphasis is placed on the everyday lives, structures, as well as establishing and spreading ideas that helped transform the world forever. Students develop higher levels of critical thinking by considering why civilization developed where and when they did, why they became dominant, and why they declined. Students analyze the interactions among the various cultures, emphasizing their enduring contribution and the links between the contemporary and ancient world.
Major Instructional Activities: Instructional activities include the use of primary and secondary sources. Posing relevant questions about events they encounter in historical documents, eyewitness accounts, oral histories, letter, diaries, artifacts, photographs, maps, artwork, and architecture. Students distinguish fact from opinion in historical narratives/stories and explain the central issues and problems from the past, placing people and events in a matrix of time and place. Instruction focuses on a variety of maps and documents to identify physical and cultural features of cities, states, and countries and to explain the historical migration of people, expansion and disintegration of empires, and the growth of economic systems.
Major Evaluative Techniques: Evaluation will be comprised of assessments for/of learning in content standards source documents and readings, interpreting various texts, charts and graphs, maps, simulations and project based learning analyzing student learning of major concepts and growth in reading, writing, map and critical thinking skills
Essential Expectations: Upon successful completion of Social Studies 6 World History Ancient Civilization course, the student should be able to:
• Evaluate the hunter-gatherer societies, including the development of tools and use of fire. • Compare and contrast the locations of human communities that populated the major regions of the world and describe how humans adapted to a variety of environments. • Appraise the climatic and human modification of the physical environment that gave rise to the domestication of plants and animals and new sources of clothing and shelter. • Analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of early civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Kush, Ancient Greece, India, China, and Rome.