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Social Studies 6 Part 1
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
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 Objectives

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.

Course Materials

  • Prentice Hall History of Our World (textbook)

*Available as an iText course