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Social Studies 6 Part 2
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
Social Studies 6 Part 2 focuses on the Age of Discovery through the modern day. Students will be introduced to the early civilizations of the Americas and Europe during the Middle Ages. Students will then enter the Renaissance and Reformation periods in Europe and will move on to study the rise of monarchies and the English, American, and French revolutions. Finally, students will study World War I, World War II, the Cold War, and the world since 1945.
It is recommended that students successfully complete Social Studies 6 Part 1 or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Compare the Incas, Mayans, and Aztecs.
  • Explain where the Eastern Mound Builders lived and why they lived there.
  • Compare and contrast the empires of the Tang and Song dynasties.
  • Compare and contrast the different Crusades.
  • Identify the effects the Crusades had on life in Europe.  

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explain where and why the Renaissance began.
  • Identify Martin Luther’s impact on the Reformation.
  • Consider the effect the Reformation had on Europe.
  • Describe European encounters with China and Japan between 1600 and 1700.
  • Compare and contrast European and Spanish expansion. 
  • Summarize how the Triangular Trade route worked.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Compare and contrast various monarchies that rose to power.
  • Compare and contrast the American, French, and English revolutions.
  • Describe how Napoleon rose to power in France and how he finally lost power. 
  • Summarize the thoughts and goals of the Enlightenment.
  • Explain how changes in Europe in the early 1800s led to a rise of nationalism.

 Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Describe how the United States involvement led to the Allies’ victory and the harsh peace treaty and its long-term effects.
  • Identify the causes of World War II and describe Germany’s early successes in the war.
  • Compare and contrast imperialism in Japan, fascism in Italy, and Nazism in Germany.
  • Explain the reasons for tensions in the Middle East.
  • Consider the effects of technology on the world and the global economy.
  • Identify the growing threats to the world’s economy, security, and environment.

Course Materials

  • Prentice Hall History of Our World (textbook)

 *Available as an iText course