Grade 6 Social Studies

Grade 6 Social Studies

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The Acellus Grade 6 Social Studies course focuses on World History and Geography from pre-civilization through the rise of the Roman Empire. It begins with Hominids and Homo Sapiens and their migration to the six continents, and continues with the Paleolithic and Neolithic ages. Students go on to learn about the Middle East, Egypt, Judaism, Mythology, and Early Greece. They continue learning about the Greek City States, and about Persia and war between Greece and Persia. Students' understanding is broadened through a study of India's geography, cultural system, religions, and contributions. The course continues with a study of East Asia, focusing on China's geography, isolation, warring states, religions, politics, and dynasties. Students next learn about the rise of Rome, some of its legends and founding people, and about Julius Caesar, and Pax Romana. Finally students examine the birth of Christianity and it's impact on Rome and enduring impact throughout the world to this day. Throughout this course, students will learn of the interactions among various cultures, emphasizing their enduring contributions and the link, despite time, between the contemporary and ancient worlds. This course addresses various national and state standards including those of California and is taught by Acellus Instructors including Susanne Mitko.

Sample Lesson - Jewish People Under Roman Rule

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Scope and Sequence

Unit 1 – Pre-Civilization This unit will begin with a look at immigration from Africa, and the transition into the New World. Students will be introduced to the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods. Additionally students will view climate change on Neolithic living. Unit 2 – Early Civilization - Middle East This unit will introduce the political geography of the Middle East, the geography of Mesopotamia, and the benefits of flooding. The importance of government and Polytheism will be examined. Additionally Cuneiform and Hammurabi's Code of Law will also be discussed. Unit 3 – Egypt The geography of Egypt will be introduced in this unit, followed by a look at the religious practices of Egypt, and the importance of Egyptian art. Students will focus on the Egyptian social pyramid, hieroglyphics, and trade in the Eastern Mediterranean. Furthermore students will obtain knowledge of the Egyptian rulers Ramses II, and Hatsheput. Students will learn about Nubia, as well as the Kush civilization and Egypt. Lastly students will examine the defeat of Egypt by the Kush. Unit 4 – Judaism This unit is introduced with lessons on Abraham the Covenant, Judaism and its impact, as well as Moses and the Israelites. Instruction will be given on The Exodus, and the Jewish kings. The basic beliefs of Judaism are analyzed. Additionally, this unit delves into the Roman Diaspora. Unit 5 – Introduction to Mythology and Early Greece This unit begins with a look at the origination of myths, how they are intertwined in history, and how myths teach behaviors. Students will then examine myths still common in today's world. Additionally, this unit focuses on the geography of Greece, the Phoenician people, and the geography of trade, the four governments, the Polis and slavery, the birthplace of democracy, Democracy vs. the Republic, and Athenian Democracy. Unit 6 – Greek City States and Persia This unit begins with a look at Greek warriors, Sparta the city of soldiers, as well as the slaves, women, and soldiers of Sparta, including a lesson on Athens vs. Sparta. Additionally students will examine the Persian war in regards to the battles of Marathon, Thermopylae, Salamis, and the defeat of Persia during the battle of of Plataea. Furthermore students will learn about the building of the Persian Empire, Cyrus The Great’s Accomplishments, as well as the Golden Age of Athens. The Peloponnesian war is discussed, followed by Alexander the Great, the Hellenistic age, as well as the contributions of Ancient Greece and the first historians. Unit 7 – India and Hinduism This unit will begin with a look at the Political Sub. Continent of India. Students will examine the geography of India as well as the impact of Monsoons. A focus on the invasion of the Aryans, and how the Aryans influenced Brahmanism will be followed by a lesson on Dharma and Bhagavad Gita. Hinduism will be discussed as students delve into lessons on Brahman, multiple gods, Dharma, Karma, and finally the Samsara. Students will explore the Caste System, the Untouchables, and Civil rights. Additionally students will take a look at Siddhartha Gautama's life, the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, and the spread of Buddhism. This unit closes with a focus on the empire of the Maurya, Asoka’s rule, and the influential contributions of Ancient India. Unit 8 – East Asia This unit will begin with a focus on the political map of East Asia, and a look at the geography of China. Chinese isolation, the civilization of the Huang He, the Shang Dynasty, and the Mandate of Heaven are covered. There will be a review of the warring states, he birth of philosophies, Confucianism, Daoism, and Legalism. Additionally, this unit focuses on The Great Wall of China, the tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, the Han Dynasty and learn about the their Inventions, exams, the role of Buddhism in the Han Dynasty, and the importance of the Silk Road. Unit 9 – The Rise of Rome This unit will open with a look at the geography of Rome, and the legends of Romulus and Remus. Students will learn about the Romans and their influence on government, as well as Cincinnatus. Additionally there will be a discussion on Greek influences and the rise of the Republic. A focus is placed on the rise and fall of Caesar, as well as his accomplishments, and the role of Rome’s first Emperor. Unit 10 – Pax Romana & Christianity This unit will begin with a focus on Pax Romana, their roads and ways they communicated. Roman architecture will be discussed, with a closer look at the achievements of Ancient Rome. Students will take a look at the Jewish people while under Roman rule. Followed by lessons on Jesus of Nazareth, his parables and teachings, and his crucifixion. This unit will close with a look at Christianity in Rome, persecution, and legalization of Christianity.
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