6th Grade Social Studies

6th Social Studies Curriculum Map

Unit 1: The Rise of Civilizations (Beginnings to 5000 Years Ago)

  • Human Origins
    • Rise of Humans
    • Early Humans
  • Agriculture and Settlement
    • Neolithic Revolution
    • Early Agricultural Civilizations

Unit 2: Ancient Civilizations (3500 – 300 BCE)

  • Mesopotamia
    • Geography of Mesopotamia
    • Mesopotamian Society
    • Mesopotamian Innovations and Contributions
  • Egypt
    • Geography of Egypt
    • Egyptian Society
    • Egyptian Innovations and Contributions
  • Kush and Phoenicia
    • Kush Geography and Society
    • Phoenicia Geography and Society

 

Unit 3: Regional Civilizations (2500 – 1054 BCE)

  • Ancient India
    • Geography of India
    • India’s Rulers and Society
    • India’s Regions: Origins and Characteristics
  • Ancient China
    • Geography of Ancient China
    • China’s Belief System
    • Life in the Chinese Dynasties
    • Ancient Chinese Economy
  • Ancient Hebrews and the Origins of Judaism
    • Culture and Beliefs of Ancient Hebrews
    • Life in Ancient Israel and Diaspora
  • Ancient Greece
    • Geography of Ancient Greece
    • Greek Political System
    • Greek Cultural Achievements

 

  • The Roman Republic and Empire
    • Geography and Economy of Ancient Rome
    • Roman Origins and Early Political Structures
    • From Republic to Empire
    • Roman Culture: Life and Legacy
    • A Weakening Empire
  • Origins and Growth of Christianity
    • Christianity: Origins and Characteristics
    • Spread of Christianity

 

Unit 4: Growth of World Empires (50 BCE – 1868 CE)

  • Origins of Islam and Early Islamic Empires
    • Roots of Islam
    • Islamic Expansion
    • Life in the Islamic Empires
  • China
    • China’s Reunification and Development
    • The Mongols
    • The Ming Dynasty
  • Japan and Korea
    • Japan’s Geography and Political Development
    • Japanese Society
    • Korea’s Geography and Society
  • Early Americas
    • Early North American Cultures and the Maya
    • The Aztec Empire
    • The Inca Empire
  • African Empires
    • Geography of Africa
    • Growth of African Empires
    • Religion and Culture in Africa

 

Essential Standards: The students will study the above by diving into five strands history, geography, economics and financial literacy, government and civics, and culture. This course will instill essential skills along with the knowledge and understandings of the above topics. These skills include:

  • History
    • Use historical thinking to understand the emergence, expansion, and decline of civilizations, societies, and regions over time
    • Understand the political, economic, and/or social significance of historical events, issues, and cultural groups
  • Geography
    • Understand geographic factors that influenced the emergence, expansion, and decline of civilizations, societies, and regions over time
    • Apply the tools of a geographer to understand the emergence, expansion, and decline of civilizations, societies, and regions
  • Economics and Financial Literacy
    • Understand how the physical environment and human interaction affected the economic activities of various civilizations, societies, and regions
  • Government and Physics
    • Understand the development of government in various civilizations, societies, and regions
  • Culture
    • Explain how the behaviors and practices of individuals and groups influenced societies, civilizations, and regions