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Sixth Grade Social Studies Curriculum Map 2007-8

1st 9 Weeks Standards Covered

Mapskills Unit


*6.3.1 Explain the components of most maps (title, scale, legend, grid, and projection). Compare different map types (topographic, thematic, etc.) and different map projections, and explain the appropriate use for each.

*6.3.2 Use latitude and longitude to locate places on Earth

6.3.6 Explain how Earth/sun relationships, ocean currents, and winds influence climate differences on Earth. (Covered In Science Class)

Ancient Greece


      1. Describe the development of ancient Aegean civilizations and the Greek city-based republics, including the cultural achievements of Athens.

6.1.18 Recognize historical perspectives in fiction and nonfiction stories by identifying the historical context in which events unfolded and by avoiding evaluation of the past solely in terms of present-day norms.

      1. Compare the characteristics of different types of government developed by ancient European civilizations — such as the Greek democracies, the Roman Republic, and the Roman Empire — and compare these to governments today.

*6.3.4 Describe major physical characteristics of regions in Europe

Ancient Rome


      1. Trace the major developments and achievements of the Roman Republic and the rise and expansion of the Roman Empire.

      2. Describe the migration of Jews and the spread of Christianity and the Roman Catholic Church in Western Europe during the Roman Empire.

      3. Analyze the reasons for the decline and fall of the Roman Empire.

6.2.1 Compare the characteristics of different types of government developed by ancient European civilizations — such as the Greek democracies, the Roman Republic, and the Roman Empire — and compare these to governments today.

2nd 9 Weeks

Middle Ages


      1. Explain the continuation and contributions of the eastern Roman Empire, referred to as the Byzantine Empire, after the fall of Rome, including its influence on the spread of Christianity in Russia and Eastern Europe.

      2. Describe medieval society and explain the political, social, and economic organization provided by the feudal system.

      3. Analyze the diverse points of view and interests of those involved in the Crusades and give examples of the changes brought about by the Crusades.

      4. Explain the effects of the Black Death, or bubonic plague, along with economic, environmental, and social factors that led to the decline of medieval monarchies.

6.1.16 Develop and compare timelines that identify major people, events, and developments in the history of individual civilizations and/or countries that comprise Europe and the Americas.

6.1.17 Use the terms decade, century, and millennium, and compare alternative ways that historical periods and eras are designated by identifying the organizing principles upon which each is based.

6.1.21 Form research questions and use a variety of information resources to obtain, evaluate, and present historical data on the people, places, events, and developments in the history of Europe and the Americas.

6.2.2 Examine key ideas of the Magna Carta (1215), the Petition of Right (1628), and the English Bill of Rights (1689) as documents to place limits on the English monarchy.

6.2.3 Define the term nation-state and describe the rise of nation-states headed by monarchs in Europe from 1500 to 1700.

Renaissance


      1. Examine the importance of Asian trade routes and trace the rise of cultural centers and trading cities, such as Florence and Venice.

      2. Recognize the diverse perspectives, ideas, interests, and personalities that brought about the Renaissance in Europe.

      3. Analyze the interconnections of people, places, and events in the economic, scientific, and cultural exchanges that led to the European Renaissance and voyages of discovery.

      4. Describe the development of Spain during and after the defeat of the Muslims and the completion of the “re-conquest” in 1492.

6.3.9 Identify patterns of population distribution and growth in Europe and the Americas and explain changes in these patterns, which have occurred over time.
      1. Give examples of how trade related to key developments in the history of Europe and the Americas.


      2. Analyze how countries of Europe and the Americas have benefited from trade in different historical periods.

      3. Give examples of how religious beliefs and philosophical ideas have spread from one culture to another among societies of Europe and the Americas.

      4. Identify examples of inventions and technological innovations that have brought about cultural change in Europe and the Americas and examine their impact.

6.5.7 Examine art, music, literature, and architecture in Europe and the Americas; explain their relationship to the societies that created them; and give examples of how artistic ideas have spread from one culture to another.

Modern Europe


6.2.5 Describe the governmental institution of the European Union (EU) and its relationship to the sovereign governments of particular members of the EU.

6.2.7 Identify the functions of governmental international organizations in the world today.

*6.2.9 Use data gathered from a variety of information resources to compare different forms of government in Europe and the Americas.

*6.3.3 Identify the names and locations of countries and major cities in Europe


*6.3.5 Describe major cultural characteristics of regions in Europe and the Western Hemisphere.

*6.3.10 Compare and contrast cultural patterns — such as language, religion, and ethnicity — in various parts of Europe; the Caribbean; and North, South, and Central America.



      1. Research the reasons for the locations of the major manufacturing and agricultural regions of Europe and the Americas, using a variety of information resources.

      2. Analyze the distribution of natural resources in Europe and the Western Hemisphere.

      1. Give examples of how land and water forms, climate, and natural vegetation have influenced historical trends and developments in Europe and the Western Hemisphere.

      1. Explain why international trade requires a system for exchanging currency between nations and provide examples of currencies from Europe and the Americas.

*6.5.8 Use a variety of resources, including newspapers, magazines, Web sites, and data bases, to collect and analyze data on cultural factors in countries of Europe and the Americas. Use charts, graphs, and other data to compare and hypothesize the relation of these factors to a nation's development.


3rd 9 Weeks

Mayas/Incas/Aztecs


      1. Describe the development of Mesoamerican civilizations — such as the Mayas, Toltecs, and Aztecs in Mexico and the Incas in South America — prior to contact with Europeans.

      2. Examine the causes and outcomes of the defeat of the Aztec and Incan empires by the Spanish.

6.1.19 Analyze cause-and-effect relationships, keeping in mind multiple causation, including the importance of individuals, ideas, human interests, beliefs, and chance in history.

6.1.20 Differentiate between factual and fictional historical accounts; explain the meaning of historical passages by identifying who was involved, what happened, where it happened, what events led to these developments, and what consequences or outcomes followed.

*6.3.4 Describe major physical characteristics of the Americas


      1. Explain the term socialization, and compare the way people learn the rules and their roles in the groups to which they belong in different cultures and times.

      2. Distinguish between material and nonmaterial aspects of culture.

      3. Explain that cultures change in three ways: cultural diffusion, invention, and innovation.

      1. Define the terms anthropology and archeology and explain how these fields contribute to our understanding of societies in the present and the past.

6.5.9 Examine artifacts, including documents, from other cultures to determine their use and significance.

Mexico


6.3.3 Identify the states of Mexico

Central America & The Caribbean Islands & South America


*6.2.9 Use data gathered from a variety of information resources to compare different forms of government in Europe and the Americas.

*6.3.5 Describe major cultural characteristics of regions in Europe and the Western Hemisphere.


*6.3.10 Compare and contrast cultural patterns — such as language, religion, and ethnicity — in various parts of Europe; the Caribbean; and North, South, and Central America.

      1. Research the reasons for the locations of the major manufacturing and agricultural regions of Europe and the Americas, using a variety of information resources.

*6.3.12 Analyze the distribution of natural resources in Europe and the Western Hemisphere.

*6.5.8 Use a variety of resources, including newspapers, magazines, Web sites, and data bases, to collect and analyze data on cultural factors in countries of Europe and the Americas. Use charts, graphs, and other data to compare and hypothesize the relation of these factors to a nation's development.




4th 9 Weeks

Canada

6.1.15 Compare Spanish colonies in Mexico and South America with French and British colonies in Canada.


6.3.3 Identify the provinces of Canada.

United States


6.2.4 Identify major forms of government in Europe and the Americas and compare them with that of the United States.

      1. Define citizenship and roles of citizens in selected nation-states of Europe and the Americas, and make comparisons to the United States.

      2. Analyze the impact of the concept of democracy on nations of Europe and the Americas.

      1. Explain the components of most maps (title, scale, legend, grid, and projection). Compare different map types (topographic, thematic, etc.) and different map projections, and explain the appropriate use for each.

6.3.7 Locate and map the climate regions of Europe and the Western Hemisphere. Describe the characteristics of each and explain how they differ.

      1. Identify major biomes and explain ways in which the natural environment of places in Europe and the Americas relates to their climate, which is influenced by Earth/sun relationships.

      1. Analyze the distribution of natural resources in Europe and the Western Hemisphere.

      2. Give examples of how both natural and technological hazards have impacted the physical environment and human populations in specific areas of Europe and the Americas.

*6.3.1 Explain the components of most maps (title, scale, legend, grid, and projection). Compare different map types (topographic, thematic, etc.) and different map projections, and explain the appropriate use for each.

*6.3.15 Give examples of how land and water forms, climate, and natural vegetation have influenced historical trends and developments in Europe and the Western Hemisphere.



      1. Identify environmental issues that affect Europe and the Americas. Examine contrasting perspectives on these problems, and explain how human-induced changes in the physical environment in one place cause changes in another place.

      1. Define types of trade barriers.

      1. Describe how different economic systems (traditional, command, market, mixed) in Europe and the Americas answer the basic economic questions on what to produce, how to produce, and for whom to produce.

      2. Explain how financial institutions (banks, credit unions, stocks-and-bonds markets) channel funds from savers to borrowers and investors.

      3. Compare the standard of living of various countries of Europe and the Americas today using Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita as an indicator.

      4. Analyze current economic issues in the countries of Europe or the Americas using a variety of information resources.

      5. Identify economic connections between the local community and the countries of Europe or the Americas and identify job skills needed to be successful in the workplace.

      6. Identify situations in which the actions of consumers and producers in Europe or the Americas help or harm other individuals who are not directly involved in the consumption or production of a product.

      7. Give reasons why saving and investing are important to the economies of the United States and other countries, and compare and contrast individual saving and investing options.

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