6th Grade Humanities Curriculum
Essential Questions: Some important essential questions that are considered a part of the coursework are:
Quarter 1- What is Identity?
Quarter 2- Is it Just?
Quarter 3- What is a hero?
Quarter4- What are adversities?
· How have the geographic, political, economic, and cultural characteristics of early civilizations significantly influenced the development of later civilizations?
· How did the people of different regions develop unique civilizations and cultural identities that were characterized by increased interaction, societal complexity, and competition?
· The rise of individualism challenged traditional western authority and belief systems which resulted in a variety of what new institutions, philosophical and religious ideas, and cultural and social achievements?
· What were the innovations, discoveries, explorations, and colonization accelerated contact, conflict and interconnection among societies worldwide that helped to transform and create nations?
· How did intensified internal conflicts lead to the radical overthrow of traditional governments and create new political and economic systems?
· How do current events, developments and issues continue to shape the global community?
· What laws and policies were developed to govern, protect, and promote the well-being of the people?
· What rights, responsibilities, and practices of United State citizenship are founded in the Constitution and the nation’s history? How can individuals contribute to society?
· Why do different governmental systems exist throughout the world? How does the United States influence global interactions and how is the US influenced by global interactions?
· How are the spatial perspectives and associated geographic tools used to organize and interpret information about people, places, and environments?
· What are the distinct physical and cultural characteristics in regions and places (climate, landforms, vegetation)?
· What are the physical processes that shape the Earth and interact with plant and animal life to create, sustain, and modify ecosystems?
· How do human cultures, their nature, and distribution affect societies and the Earth?
· How is geographic thinking used to understand spatial patterns of the past, the present, and to plan for the future?
· How are basic economic concepts applied in regards to the allocation of goods and services?
· How do decision-making skills foster a person’s individual standard of living?
Course Text(s): World History: Ancient Civilizations (2006) – Published by McDougal Littell Inc.
Various trade books (stories) that provide context to life within Ancient Civilizations, Greece/Rome, and Middle Ages
Primary source documents and materials
World History Topics:
Geography and Our Place in the World
Development of Civilizations
Hunters and Gatherers
Ancient India and China
Greece and Rome