6th Grade Humanities Curriculum

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    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

                            Ancient Egypt

                            Greece and Rome

                            Middle Ages