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Sixth Grade Social Studies: Hille Middle School

Mesopotamia


ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS

DESCRIPTORS

SUMMATIVE & FORMATIVE ASSESSMENTS

Adaptation

Culture, People, Places & Environments

Production, Distribution & Consumption

How does culture emerge and evolve over time?

How do we evaluate the usefulness and degree of reliability of artifacts?

How do human actions change the environment?

How does the environment influence the lives of people?

What can be learned from the past about how new technologies result in both planned and unanticipated changes?


Governance
How can we use Hammurabi’s code to construct an understanding of life in Mesopotamia?

Why and how do rules and laws emerge?


Adaptation

Culture, People, Places & Environments

Production, Distribution & Consumption


  • Analyze how cultures emerge and evolve over time.

  • Evaluate the usefulness and reliability of artifacts from Mesopotamia.

  • Analyze how human actions change the environment.

  • Investigate how a society adapts to their environment.

  • Assess the impact of technology on society

Governance

  • Use key events, documents and dates to construct an understanding of life in Mesopotamia.

  • Analyze how rules and laws emerge.




Summative Assessment: Adaptation

The Summative Assessment is a written argument.

Claim Statement: Support with evidence how humans adapt to and change their environment.


Formative Checkpoints

  • Identify adaptations

  • Find evidence of change

  • T Chart: Adaptation/Evidence of Change

  • Distinguish between primary and secondary resources

  • Identify artifacts as a primary source

  • Draw inferences from artifacts

  • State a claim

  • Support claim with evidence


Summative: Governance

Create a Storyboard or Digital Story that explains how Hammurabi’s Code resolved the conflict experienced by the citizens of Mesopotamia.



Formative Checkpoints:

  • Interpret Hammurabi’s Code

  • Identify pre-existing conditions

  • Identify catalyst

  • Identify Action-Reaction

  • Identify Resolution

  • Describe resulting change and how it impacted life.

  • Complete a Change Cycle

  • Synthesize and create Storyboard





Sixth Grade Social Studies: Hille Middle School

Egypt


ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS

DESCRIPTORS

SUMMATIVE & FORMATIVE ASSESSMENTS

Power, Governance & Authority

What are the purposes and functions of government?

How do we use key events, documents, artifacts, dates and people from the past in constructing history?

How do time and place influence individual development and identity?

Science, Technology & Society

What can be learned from the past about how new technologies result in both planned and unanticipated changes?



Power, Governance & Authority

  • Compare and contrast the purposes and functions of government in Mesopotamia & Egypt

  • Analyze the historical significance of the Rosetta Stone

  • Explain the relationship between profession and social status

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Science, Technology & Society

  • Assess how new technologies have resulted in both planned and unanticipated changes




Summative Assessment:

The Summative Assessment is a letter.

Write a letter from the point of view of a member of a social class. Tell how you contribute to society and explain how your life has been influenced by social status and government.


Formative Checkpoints

  • Venn Diagram/Comparing functions of government

  • Simulate actions related to two governments

  • Complete an Egyptian Social Pyramid

  • Predict what would happen if a member of the social pyramid were missing

Summative Assessment: Students write a cost/benefit analysis of an Egyptian technological advance.
Formative Checkpoints:

  • Define and model a cost benefit analysis

  • Identify technological advances

  • Compare and contrast technological advances

  • Support with evidence






Greece

ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS

DESCRIPTORS

SUMMATIVE & FORMATIVE ASSESSMENTS

Civic Ideals & Practices

How are civic responsibilities alike and different?
What is the balance between rights and responsibilities?

Culture

In what ways can cultures be compared, and what can we learn from the comparison?
How does culture emerge and evolve over time?

Power, Governance & Authority

Time, Continuity & Change

Individual Identity

How do we use key events, documents, artifacts, dates and people from the past in constructing history?

How do time and place influence individual development and identity?



Civic Ideals & Practices

  • Compare and contrast civic responsibilities.

  • Analyze the rights and responsibilities of citizens in an oligarchy, tyranny, and democracy

Culture

  • Analyze Greek mythology and explain the significance of the story to the Ancient Greeks..

  • Compare the myth to current scientific thinking

  • Explain the key characteristics of the gods and goddesses


Power, Governance & Authority

Time, Continuity & Change

Individual Identity

  • Analyze the military strategies used during the Persian Wars

  • Compare and contrast how individual development and identity were influenced by society

  • Analyze the use and abuse of power during the Peloponnesian War




Summative Assessment

Create an argument taking a position on a form of government established by the Ancient Greeks (oligarchy, tyranny, and democracy).


Formative:

  • Define oligarchy, tyranny, and democracy

  • Compare and contrast civic responsibilities in each

  • Support with evidence a position on a form of government.


Summative – Culture

Create a series of trading cards that explain the key characteristics of the gods and goddesses.



Formative:

  • Identify Greek gods and goddesses.

  • Identify characteristics of gods and goddesses.

  • Rank gods and goddesses in order of importance.

  • Support ranking with evidence


Summative

Analyze a myth and compare it to scientific evidence.



Formative:


Summative

Predict the outcome of a battle and support your prediction with strategic evidence.


Formative

  • Identify battles and locations

  • Identify military strategies

  • Compare and contrast strategies

  • Evaluate effectiveness of strategies

  • Support prediction with evidence


Summative

Create a propaganda poster, power point, editorial or political cartoon for Athens or Sparta’s war position.



Formative

  • Identify positions of Athens & Sparta

  • Define propaganda

  • T Chart pros and cons of Peloponnesian War

  • Analyze political cartoons





Rome

ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS

DESCRIPTORS

SUMMATIVE & FORMATIVE ASSESSMENTS

Power, Governance & Authority

Time, Continuity & Change

What are the purpose and functions of government?

What questions are important to ask about power, authority, and governance?


Power, Governance & Authority

Time, Continuity & Change

Summative Assessment

Expository: How a system of checks and balances works, citing evidence from Ancient Roman Society and current US government



Formative





Current Society

Culminating Summative Assessment: Analyze a current society of choice and explain how it was influenced by Ancient Civilizations. Support explanation with evidence.







Mesopotamia

Egypt

Greece

Rome

Current Society

Government/Politics

  • Type of Leaders

  • Type of Government
















Economics

  • Currency

  • Trade

  • Jobs
















Religion

  • Symbols

  • Documents

  • Practices

  • Places of Worship
















Communication

  • Writing Systems

  • Language



















Geography

  • Landforms

  • Bodies of Water

  • Location



















Social Structure

  • Roles of Individuals

  • Boys

  • Girls

  • Women

  • Men

  • Citizenship

  • Rights & Responsibilities

















Culture

  • Inventions

  • Ideas/Philosophy

  • Art

  • Architecture

  • Literature

  • Music


















Most Significant Contributions/Support With evidence


















NOTE: Maintain an on-going timeline throughout the year

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