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Mahomet-Seymour Schools

 Curriculum

Social Studies - Grade 6

 

 

 

Learning about Maps and Climate

 

The learner will be able to describe the size and shape of the Earth.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to appreciate the contributions of Eratosthenes, Strabo and Ptolemy to out understanding of the earth.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare a grid on a map to a seating plan.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare the advantages and disadvantages of photographs and maps in showing facts about the earth.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to interpret symbols on a map.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to evaluate different uses of a map.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain that water forms a continuous body and covers most of the earth's surface.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify the components of the metric system.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify the four hemispheres.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain how lines of latitude and longitude form a grid, which helps locate places on a map.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss the difference between an equal-area projection and a Mercator projection.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe how the earth's revolution around the sun causes seasonal changes.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain how the tilt of the earth affects the seasons in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify tools that are used to measure weather.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare Fahrenheit and Celsius measurements of temperature.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to define the difference between weather and climate.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss the limits that climate poses on people and how people seek to overcome these limits.

 

  

 

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Finding Out Information

 

The learner will be able to describe how people measure time.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the function of time zones.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify the International Date Line.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the reasons for dating events.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to name the different calendar systems that have been devised.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the calendar that is most commonly used today.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to define time-relate terms.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to evaluate the use of the terms ancient and modern.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain how a time line functions.

 

  

 

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Ancient Civilization in Mesopotamia/Egypt

 

The learner will be able to identify on a map, the physical geography of the Tigris and Euphrates River.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify advantages of people doing one kind of work.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe several advantages of doing one kind of work.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to list three reasons why the development of writing was so important.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain why ancient and modern cities need laws.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the importance of religion in Mesopotamian society.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to evaluate the code of Hammurabi.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to cite facts about the pyramids.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain why Egypt's soil is called "the gift of the Nile".

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe other gifts the Egyptians got from the Nile.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the advantages of cooperation within a society.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe changes in Egyptian society when one king ruled the land.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the role of the pharaoh.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain how the Egyptians prepared their rulers for the afterlife.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify the major achievements of Hatshepsut's reign.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to list contributions of ancient Egypt to later civilizations.

 

  

 

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Ancient Times in Greece

 

The learner will be able to explain how geography affected the lives of the Greeks.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the importance of the sea in ancient Greeks.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify the crops grown by the ancient Greeks.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to interpret the importance of the Greek heritage to us.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the differences between citizen and a subject.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe three classes of Greeks and their positions in society.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify the main purpose of Spartan law.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare Athenian life with Spartan life.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss the foundations of democracy as seen in Athenian government.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the main reason for the revolt against Persia.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the Athenians main advantages in their fight against Persians.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to cite the main reasons for the Peloponnesian War.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the result of the Peloponnesian War and why it was considered a turning point in Greek History.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to locate on a map the boundaries of Alexander's empire.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe Alexander's plan for uniting his empire.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain how the Parthenon symbolizes the Greek love of beauty.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify four types of Greek literature and tell one fact about each.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the difference between a fact and a myth.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to cite one fact about each of the following Greek scientists: Anaxgoras, Euclid, Archimedes, and Hippocrates.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to name three Greek philosophers.

 

  

 

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Ancient Rome

 

The learner will be able to locate on a map Italy, Carthage, Constantinople, and the Mediterranean Sea.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the difference between democracy and a republic.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify the importance of the Punic Wars.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to summarize the reasons for the end Roman Republic.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain why the Eastern Roman Empire became known as the Byzantien Empire.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe several needs of a large city, both ancient and modern.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe what life was like in ancient Rome.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify several forms of Roman amusements.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare and contrast Roman life in a modern city.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to list three Roman achievements inherited by later Western civilizations.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe Latin contributions to modern languages.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze features of Roman architecture.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to interpret Rome's contributions to modern systems of law.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to define justice and give examples of just and unjust practice.

 

  

 

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Ancient Civilization in India and China

 

The learner will be able to locate the subcontinent of India on a world mat.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the historical importance of the Vedas.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss the main teachings of Buddhism.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to locate China on a world map.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the Chinese system of writing.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the teachings of Confucius and Lao-tze.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the Great Wall.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to list four important inventions of the Chinese.

 

  

 

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Western Europe in the Past

 

The learner will be able to identify Charlemagne and define the term Middle Ages.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze how William of Normandy became the king of England.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to examine the roles of a knight and a lord.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the relationships between kings, lords, knights, and vassals in the feudal system.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to note the purpose of a European castle during the Middle Ages.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify the dates of the Middle Ages in European history.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to examine the different lifestyles of Europeans during the Middle Ages.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain what a manor is.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the members of trade guilds and identify the purposes and goals of the guilds.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify the stated purpose of the Crusades.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to examine how a renewed interest in Greek and Roman ideas contributed to the development of new ideas and a European Renaissance.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain how Gutenberg's new method of printing using movable type made books more affordable.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to appreciate Da Vinci's diverse interests and especially his belief that knowledge comes form observation.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the Protestant Reformation.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to note that taxation and rent replaced the required service of knights and serfs during early modern times.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to recognize the importance of the modern idea that everyone has a right to freedom.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe Elizabeth as a Renaissance woman and a good queen.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to examine the role of monarchy in bringing about the modern nation-state.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to contrast Elizabeth's and James' relationships to their English subjects.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify English rights under the Magna Carta.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the two houses of Parliament.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the clash between the monarchy and Parliament in the late 1500's, as well as its resolution.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify the limits that the English Bill of Rights of 1689 placed on the monarchy in England.

 

  

 

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Western Europe

 

The learner will be able to define revolution.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the reasons for the French Revolution.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to examine the goals of the French Revolution.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the Reign of Terror in France.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to note the accomplishments and failures of Napoleon Bonaparte.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the spread of nationalism through out Europe.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to define Industrial Revolution.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain Europe's Industrial Revolution.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the evolution of energy.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to examine the results of the Industrial Revolution.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare capital goods and consumer goods.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages increased freedom in business meant.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the causes of World War I.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of creating alliances.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the full concept of a "World War".

 

  

 

The learner will be able to note the difficulty of fighting a two-front war.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to examine the treaty terms that ended World War I.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to evaluate the reasons for the rise of the Nazi Party and Adolf Hitler in German.

 

  

 

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Middle East and North Africa in the Past

 

The learner will be able to explain the significance of Jerusalem as a holy city for three religions.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the hold book of each of the three religions.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare the lives of Jesus and Mohammed.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify the Moslem conquests in the period prior to the Crusades.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare the political boundaries of the Moslem conquests with the political boundaries of modern Moslem countries.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the real purposes behind the Crusades.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to categorize by outlining the significant events of the Crusades.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to define the extent of the Ottoman Empire.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the janissary system.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare the janissary system with other systems of slavery.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to appreciate the artistic and scientific contributions of the people of the Middle East.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare and contrast Arabic numerals with the numerals we use.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze the importance of the work done by scholars in the House of Wisdom.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to categorize works as arts and sciences.

 

  

 

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Rising Tensions (Pre-Civil War)

 

The learner will be able to compare the Compromise of 1850 with the Missouri Compromise.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand the Compromise of 1850 Map.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze whether the provisions of the Compromise of 1850 favor the North or the South.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand lives of escaped slaves through stories.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to research pre-civil war important figures.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand the United States before the Compromise of 1850 and after Kansas-Nebraska Act.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand the impact of the Dred Scott case.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to evaluate the character of the period's leading figures.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to assess whether the Republicans kept the promises they made in the election of 1860.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand the vocabulary of the time.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare foreign born populations of the states.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare industry and commerce in the North and the South.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare life in 1960 in the North and the South.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to list the prevailing arguments regarding the North and South in 1860.

 

  

 

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The Civil War

 

The learner will be able to compare Jefferson Davis with Abraham Lincoln.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to research pre-civil war important figures.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand the United States before the Compromise of 1850 and after Kansas-Nebraska Act.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand the impact of the Dred Scott case.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to evaluate the character of the period's leading figure.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to assess whether the Republicans kept the promises they made in the election of 1860.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand vocabulary of the time.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare foreign born populations of the states.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare industry and commerce in the North and the South.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare life in 1860 in the North and the South.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to list the prevailing arguments regarding the North and South in 1860.

 

  

 

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Reconstruction

 

The learner will be able to understand the story of Andrew Johnson.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare the Lincoln-Johnson Plan for Reconstruction with that of the Radical Republicans.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to distinguish the differences between the 14th and 15th Amendments.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss how the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments fulfilled the Emancipation Proclamation.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand the impeachment process of Andrew Johnson.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to make students aware of the conditions in the South after the Civil War.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand how after the civil war Southerners tried to reestablish slavery without the responsibility of feeding, housing or caring for the slaves.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to students should be able to discuss how editorial cartoons about carpetbaggers and scalawags influence public opinion in both the North and the South.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to research black leadership during Reconstruction.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explore alternatives in the post war farming in the South.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to research early Alaskan History.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to assess the failure of Grant's Presidency.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to predict the implications of the election of 1876.

 

  

 

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The Last Frontier

 

The learner will be able to recognize and correct stereotypical images of the American Indian.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain selected quotes about this time period.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare Chief Joseph's concept of "forever" with that of the treaties.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to offer solutions to the conflict between Indian rights and white progress.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to recognize related topics in History to this lesson.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand the relationship of cause-effect relationships as related to the mining frontier.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss life in a mining town.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to critique the system of frontier justice.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to use map skills to understand the development of the west.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss why the cowboy is considered America's most romantic figure.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand the reasons why the cattle kingdom came to an end.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to outline the reasons for the arrival of the farmers to the Great Plains, their problems, and solutions to these problems.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand the impact of new technology on inhabitants of the Great Plains.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to comprehend the unique way by which the Oklahoma territory was settled.

 

  

 

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The Rise of Industry

 

The learner will be able to understand the process by which a Bessemer furnace works.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand the major events in Andrew Carnegie’s life.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare Carnegie's prosperity with recent business prosperity.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare United States steel production with the rest of the world.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss the relationship between private and public enterprise in the past and the present.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain contributions of the railroad to the nation's development.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand how a railroad company might entice settlers to the West.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand the aspects of our economic system.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss the relationship between war and economic growth.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to know where many of the United States natural resources are located.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to document and chart the United States population increase between 1860-1920.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand the purpose and the operation of the United States patent office.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to give examples of different types of inventions.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand the man Thomas Edison.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss the ethics of John D. Rockefeller.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to debate the advantages and disadvantages of trusts.

 

  

 

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