Social Studies 6 Part 1

Course Description:

Social Studies 6 Part 1 will focus on world history from the beginnings of human civilization to the present day. Students will learn to evaluate the connections between geography and history. Topics in the first part of this course will include the Stone Age, the Persian Empire, and ancient Egypt and its advances in science and medicine. Students will then move on to study various world religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism. Lessons will include discussions of early Chinese and Greek societies and cultures and the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. The final unit of the course will include studies of the Byzantine Empire, Muslim and Islamic beliefs, the Ottoman Empire, and various regions of Africa. Throughout this course, students will have access to interactive online activities and to compelling Discovery Channel School videos that will explain world history and enhance the course. The textbook for this course provides built-in reading support and helps students build map skills to better understand the world. It also helps students develop reading, writing, and geography skills.
It is recommended that students possess a solid understanding of the concepts covered in fifth grade social studies before enrolling in this course.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): Social Studies 6 Part 1
Course Title (NCES SCED) : Social Studies (grade 6)
Course Provider : Genesee ISD
Content Provided By : Lincoln Learning Solutions
Online Instructor Provided By : Lincoln Learning Solutions
Standards Addressed : MMC
Academic Terms : Open Entry / Open Exit, Semester
NCES SCED Code :
Subject Area : Social Sciences and History
Course Identifier : Social Studies (grade 6)
Course Level : (G) General or Regular
Available Credit :
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Course Overview:

Essential Content and Skills

UNIT 1

The student will:
Identify tools that are used to understand history.
Evaluate the connections between Geography and History.
Demonstrate how to use a timeline.
Describe how hunter-gatherers lived during the Stone Age.
Describe the beginning of farming.
Identify the advantages people gained from settling down in one place.
Describe the growth of early cities.
Evaluate how the first civilizations formed and spread.
Identify how geography made the rise of civilization in the Fertile Crescent possible.
Describe Sumer’s first cities.
Identify the characteristics of Sumerian religion.
Distinguish the three most important empires of the Fertile Crescent.
Describe the achievements of the Persian Empire.
Decscribe the basic beliefs of Judaism.
Identify the effect that Judaism has had on other religions.
Identify how the geography of the Nile changes as the river runs its course.
Describe the types of communities that first appeared along the Nile, and how the Nile was used for trade.
Define the history of kingship in ancient Egypt.
Describe Egypt’s accomplishments during each of the three kingdom periods.
Explain what characterized the rules of Egypt during the New Kingdom period.
Describe Egyptian gods and goddesses.
Discuss the Egyptians’ beliefs in the afterlife.
Explain how and why the pharaohs’ tombs were built.
Discuss the everyday life of the ancient Egyptians.
Describe writing in ancient Egypt.
Evaluate advances made by the Egyptians in science and medicine.
Examine the relationship between Nubia, Nubian kingdoms and Egypt.
UNIT 2

Describe India’s Geographic setting.
Explain life in an ancient city of the Indus River valley.
Evaluate the rise of a new culture in the Indus and Ganges river valleys.
Describe the beginning of Hinduism.
Explain the teachings of Hinduism.
Discuss the practice of Hinduism.
Discuss the Buddha and his teachings.
Explain how Buddhism was received inside and outside India.
Explain the rise of the Maurya Empire.
Evaluate the effects of Asoka’s leadership on the Maurya Empire.
Describe the geography of ancient China.
Explain early civilization in China.
Discuss the importance of family ties in early Chinese society.
Explain the life of Confucius.
Identify the teachings of Confucius.
Discuss the influence Confucianism had on Chinese society.
Explain the rise of the Qin dynasty.
Describe how Emperor Shi Huandgi attempted to unify the economy and culture of China.
Discuss the actions of the Han dynasty’s leaders.
Describe the Silk Road.
Discuss early Greek history.
Describe the relationship between the rise of democracy and the spread of new ideas in Greek city-states.
Define the important advances in technology that were made in China during the Han dynasty.
Explain the Han dynasty’s respect for tradition and learning.
Describe the development of democracy in Greece.
Explain how the Greeks searched for knowledge about the world.
Identify the religious beliefs of the ancient Greeks.
UNIT 3

Describe public life in Athens.
Explain how Athenians spent their time at home.
Discuss how slavery operated in ancient Greece.
Explain how people lived in ancient Sparta.
Describe some results of the Persian invasion of Greece.
Discuss the conflicts that the Athenian empire faced.
Explain how King Phillip of Macedonia came to power and how his son, Alexander the Great, built his empire.
Discuss what role the conquests of Alexander the Great played in spreading Greek culture.
Describe the geography and early settlement of ancient Rome.
Explain how Romans formed a republic.
Identify the reasons that the Roman Republic went into decline.
Describe the Greek influence on Rome.
Explain how Rome ruled an empire.
Identify key aspects of Roman architecture and technology.
Describe the key aspects of Roman law.
Identify who could be a Roman citizen.
Explain how Romans of different social classes lived.
Explain the importance of family life in Roman society.
Describe slavery in ancient Rome.
Discuss the rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire.
Explain how Christianity spread throughout the empire.
Describe the Roman government’s reaction to the growth of Christianity.
Explain how bad government contributed to the decline of the Roman Empire.
Describe the fall of the Roman Empire.
Discuss Constantine’s role in support for Christianity.
Explain how northern invaders contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire.
UNIT 4

Describe how Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire became powerful.
Describe the achievements of the Age of Justinian.
Explain the later years of the Byzantine Empire.
Discuss the Arabian Peninsula, its nomadic people, and its centers of trade.
Explain Muslim beliefs.
Describe the life and mission of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
Describe the life of ancient Bedouins.
Describe how the religion of Islam spread.
Discuss the golden age of Islam under the rule of the caliphs.
Discuss the Ottoman Empire.
Describe the major themes of Chapter 10.
Explain the physical geography of Africa.
Discuss the Bantu and their movement across the continent.
Discuss the trading kingdoms of the West African savanna.
Explain the kingdoms of the West African rain forests.
Explain powerful East African civilizations whose cities included Aksum and Lalibela.
Discuss why the coastal cities of East Africa were important.

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Date of Review : 08/01/2014

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

Identify tools that are used to understand history.
Evaluate the connections between geography and history.
Compare and contrast the Stone Age and the New Stone Age.
Identify the advantages of settling in one place and describe early civilizations.
Distinguish the three most important empires of the Fertile Crescent.
Describe Egypt’s accomplishments during each of the three kingdom periods.
Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

Evaluate the rise of a new culture in the Indus and Ganges river valleys.
Compare and contrast Hinduism and Buddhism.
Discuss the influence Confucianism had on Chinese society.
Compare and contrast the Qin and Han dynasties.
Describe the relationship between the rise of democracy and the spread of new ideas in Greek city-states.
Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

Compare and contrast Athenians, Spartans, and Persians.
Describe how Alexander the Great spread Greek culture.
Compare Rome’s republic to our own modern-day government system.
Summarize what led to the fall of the Roman Empire.
Discuss Constantine’s role in support for Christianity.
Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

Summarize the life, mission, and beliefs of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
Compare and contrast the Byzantine and Ottoman empires.
Explain the physical geography of Africa.
Compare West African savanna kingdoms with those in the West African rain forests.
Describe why the coastal cities of East Africa were important.

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