Geography and Ancient Civilizations
Mrs. Mary Hollenbeck
6Th Grade Social Studies Syllabus
Brief Description of the Course:
Students in the sixth grade expand their understanding of history by studying the people and events that ushered in the dawn of the major Western and non-Western ancient civilizations. Geography is of special significance in the development of the human story. Continued emphasis is placed on the everyday lives, problems, and accomplishments of people, their role in developing social, economic, and political structures, as well as in establishing and spreading ideas that helped transform the world forever. Students develop higher levels of critical thinking by considering why civilizations developed where and when they did, why they became dominant, and why they declined. Students analyze the interactions among the various cultures, emphasizing their enduring contributions and the link, despite time, between the contemporary and ancient worlds.NYS Social Studies Core Curriculum
- 6.6 Classical civilizations developed and grew into large empires characterized by powerful centralized governments, advanced commerce and trade systems, and complex social hierarchies. The scientific and cultural achievements of these civilizations continue to impact the world today.
- * 6.6.a The classical era was marked by an increase in the number and size of civilizations.
- * 6.6.b Classical civilizations maintained social order through various political systems that corresponded to the values of their citizens.
- *6.6.f Ancient civilizations made scientific, cultural, and political discoveries that have shaped our understanding of the world today.
- 6.7 Major religions and belief systems developed as civilizations grew, which unified societies, but also became a major source of tension and conflict.
- * 6.7.a Belief systems and religions are sets of mutual values that help to explain the way the world and humanity work.
- * 6.7.b Overtime, civilizations developed belief systems and religions that differed across place but shared similar themes.
- * 6.7.c Belief systems and religions unify groups of people and are woven into the social organization of societies.
Human beings are subjective. Therefore, most of what we know of history is taken from the viewpoint of the “victors.” What about the victims? History has a way of being slanted. Biases are inevitable, so we must do our best to seek other stories worth telling. We must find other points of view. This class will seek out and study primary documents in a quest to analyze different perspectives.
This is a well-rounded program that hopes to captivate, entertain, and stimulate, while developing an understanding of conceptual and factual historical knowledge. In addition, we will also focus on developing reading comprehension skills with expository text, formal reasoning, note-taking, research, collaborative work, oral presentations, technology-based projects, highlighting, outlining, concept mapping (graphic organizers), current events, debates, and simulations.
I have the same expectations in Social Studies as I do in Math. My grading practices will be the same. Organization is a priority and a skill that we will develop and nurture with the scope of learning history.
Ancient River Valleys
Mrs. Mary Hollenbeck