Who are we?
How did we get here?
How do we impact the world around us?
During Social Studies in sixth grade, students will spend the year exploring these essential questions. Students will understand how the physical and human geography of a place contributes to the identity of a region, community, state, nation or the world. They will explore these concepts through reading maps, nonfiction, and historical fiction. Students will understand how to read and write effectively for purpose, subject and audience. They will use critical skills including reading strategies, annotating, and research to explore fiction and nonfiction texts. They will develop these skills as writers as they explore multiple genres of writing. Grammar and vocabulary will be woven throughout the units.
- Economic and Financial Literacy
- Civics and Government
- Geographic and Environmental Literacy
1) Beginning of Society- Humanity giving shape to the World:Pre-history: map skills, 5 themes of geography, understanding culture and civilization, early man, nomadic vs. sedentary societies, migration of man2) Early Civilizations and Emergence of Pastoral People 4000-1000 BCE: Ancient Egypt, India and China, trade, invasions/conquests, development of languages and writing, social classes
3) Classical Traditions, Major Religions, Giant Empires 1000 BCE- 300 CE:Greek and Roman Empires, economy and trade, expansion and collapse of empires, government and citizenship, religion and politics, arts and culture
4) Expanding Zones of Exchange and Encounter 300 -1000 CE:Medieval Europe, spread of Christianity, feudalism, trade, power and politics, technology, education
5) Intensified Hemispheric Interactions 1000-1500 CE: The Americas, Mesoamerica, Aztecs, Inca, Expansion to New World