6th grade Social Studies Pacing Guide
1st Nine Weeks:
Time Designations and Abbreviations and Early Humans ---
- 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.