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Social Studies Pacing Guide

6th grade Social Studies Pacing Guide 

 

1st Nine Weeks:

 

Time Designations and Abbreviations and Early Humans ---

Standards 6.01-6.04

  • Identify the meaning of time and abbreviations used by historians.
  • Describe the characteristics of nomadic hunter-gatherers.
  • Explain the impact of the Agricultural Revolution.
  • Identify and explain the key characteristics of civilizations.

 Mesopotamia --- Standards 6.05-6.12

  • Identify and locate geographical features of ancient Mesopotamia.
  • Explain geographic and climate features of the Fertile Crescent.
  • Explain the developments and inventions that resulted in the advancement in agriculture.
  • Analyze how advancements in agriculture led to the emergence of city-states.
  • Explain the basic concepts of monarchy and empires.
  • Explain the concept of polytheism and its importance in daily life.
  • Identify important achievements of Mesopotamians.
  • Analyze the impact of Hammurabi’s Code and its basic principles of justice.

 Ancient Egypt --- Standards 6.13-6.19

  • Identify and locate geographical features of ancient Egypt.
  • Explain how agricultural practices impacted economic growth.
  • Explain the structure of Egyptian society.
  • Explain the polytheistic religion of ancient Egypt and explain beliefs about the afterlife.
  • Analyze the impact of key figures from ancient Egypt.
  • Analyze the achievements of Egyptian civilization.
  • Examine the culture diffusion of Egypt with surrounding civilizations.

 

 

2nd Nine Weeks:

 

Ancient Israel --- Standards 6.20-6.24

  • Identify and locate geographical features of ancient Israel.
  • Describe the developments of the ancient Israelites.
  • Describe the origins and central features of Judaism.
  • Identify the importance of kings: Saul, David, and Solomon.
  • Summarize the breakup of the Kingdom of Israel, Babylon captivity, and the return of the Jews to Jerusalem.

Ancient India --- Standards 6.25-6.30

  • Identify and locate geographical features of ancient India.
  • Explain the emergence of the Harappan civilization.
  • Describe the social structure of the caste system and its impact on daily life.
  • Describe the origins and central features of Hinduism.
  • Describe the origins and central features of Buddhism.
  • Identify intellectual traditions that emerged during the late empires of ancient India.

Ancient China --- Standards 6.31-6.38

  • Identify and locate geographical features of ancient China.
  • Analyze the influence of geographic features on the origins of Chinese civilizations.
  • Describe how the size of China made governing difficult, and how the mandate of heaven and Legalism emerged.
  • Identify the political and cultural problems during the lifetime of Confucius and how Confucianism addressed these problems.
  • Explain how the significance of the unification of China led to the first empire under the rule of Shi Huangdi during the Qin Dynasty.
  • Explain how the implementation of the philosophy of Confucius led to the political success of the Han Dynasty,
  • Explain the major accomplishments of the Han Dynasty.
  • Describe the creation of the silk roads, the cultural diffusion that developed, and the spread of Buddhism in China.

 

3rd Nine Weeks:

 

Ancient Greece --- Standards 6.39-6.50

  • Identify and locate geographical features of ancient Greece.
  • Analyze the geographical features of ancient Greece.
  • Examine the concept of the Greek city-states.
  • Explain the basic concepts of direct democracy and oligarchy.
  • Explain the characteristics of the city-states Athens and Sparta.
  • Analyze the causes and consequences of the Persian Wars.
  • Analyze the causes and consequences of the Peloponnesian Wars.
  • Explain the polytheistic religion of Greece and the emergence of the Olympic Games.
  • Explain the significance of ancient Greek literature.
  • Examine the influence of Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates.
  • Describe the purpose of major Greek architecture.
  • Explain the unification of the Greek city-states by the Macedonians, and analyze the impact of Alexander the Great.

 

Ancient Rome --- Standards 6.51-6.62

  • Identify and locate geographical features of ancient Rome.
  • Analyze the geographical features of ancient Rome.
  • Describe the government of the Roman Republic.
  • Describe the class system of ancient Rome.
  • Describe the characteristics of Julius Caesar’s rule.
  • Analyze the influence of Augustus Caesar.
  • Analyze how innovations in engineering and architecture contributed to Roman expansion.
  • Explain the polytheistic religion of ancient Rome and its importance in daily life.
  • Describe the origins and central features of Christianity.
  • Explain the expulsion of the Jews from their homeland by the Romans.
  • Explain the division of the Roman Empire into East and West and the rule of Constantine.
  • Analyze the fall of the Western Roman Empire.

 

4th Nine Weeks:

  • Review, reinforce and expand on content taught throughout the year.