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Skills available for DoDEA sixth-grade social studies standards

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6SS1 Students describe what is known through archaeological studies of the early physical and cultural development of humankind from the Paleolithic era to the agricultural revolution.

  • 6SS1.a Evaluate the hunter-gatherer societies, including the development of tools and the use of fire.

  • 6SS1.b Compare and contrast the locations of human communities that populated the major regions of the world and describe how humans adapted to a variety of environments.

  • 6SS1.c Appraise the climatic and human modification of the physical environment that gave rise to the domestication of plants and animals and new sources of clothing and shelter.

6SS2 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structured early civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Kush.

  • 6SS2.a Locate and compare the major river systems and discuss the physical settings that supported permanent settlement and early civilizations.

  • 6SS2.b Trace the development of agricultural techniques that permitted the production of economic surplus and the emergence of cities as centers of culture and power.

  • 6SS2.c Explain the relationship between religion and the social and political systems in Mesopotamia and Egypt.

  • 6SS2.d Explain the significance of Hammurabi's Code.

  • 6SS2.e Examine the main features of Egyptian art and architecture.

  • 6SS2.f Describe the role of Egyptian trade in the eastern Mediterranean and the Nile valley.

  • 6SS2.g Explain the significance of Queen Hatshepsut and Ramses the Great.

  • 8SS2.h Identify the location of the Kush civilization and describe its political, commercial, and cultural relations with Egypt.

  • 6SS2.i Trace the evolution of language and its written forms.

  • 6SS2.j Examine the enduring contributions that Ancient Egypt has given our modern world.

6SS3 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilizations of Ancient Greece.

  • 6SS3.a Discuss the connections between geography and the development of city-states in the region of the Aegean Sea and patterns of trade and commerce among Greek city-states and within the wider Mediterranean region.

  • 6SS3.b Identify the transition from tyranny and oligarchy to early democratic forms of government and back to dictatorship in ancient Greece, including the significance of the invention of the ideas of citizenship.

  • 6SS3.c Explain the key differences between Athenian, or direct, democracy and representative democracy.

  • 6SS3.d Examine the significance of Greek mythology to the everyday life of people in the region and how Greek literature continues to permeate our literature and language today, drawing from Greek mythology and epics, such as Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, and from Aesop's Fables.

  • 6SS3.e Outline the founding, expansion, and political organization of the Persian Empire.

  • 6SS3.f Compare and contrast life in Athens and Sparta, with emphasis on their roles in the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars.

  • 6SS3.g Trace the rise of Alexander the Great and the spread of Greek culture eastward and into Egypt.

  • 6SS3.h Describe the enduring contributions of important Greek figures in the arts and sciences.

6SS4 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilizations of India.

  • 6SS4.a Locate and describe the major river system of India and discuss the physical setting that supported the rise of this civilization.

  • 6SS4.b Discuss the significance of the Aryan invasions.

  • 6SS4.c Explain the major beliefs and practices of Brahmanism in India and how they evolved into early Hinduism.

  • 6SS4.d Explain the social structure of the caste system.

  • 6SS4.e Describe the life and moral teachings of Buddha and how Buddhism spread in India, Ceylon, and Central Asia.

  • 6SS4.f Describe the growth of the Maurya Empire and the political and moral achievements of the emperor Asoka.

  • 6SS4.g Evaluate important aesthetic and intellectual traditions.

  • 6SS4.h Examine the enduring contributions that Ancient India has given our modern world.

6SS5 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilizations of China.

  • 6SS5.a Locate and describe the origins of Chinese civilization in the Huang-He Valley during the Shang Dynasty.

  • 6SS5.b Explain the geographic features of China that made governance and the spread of ideas and goods difficult and served to isolate the country from the rest of the world.

  • 6SS5.c Evaluate the life of Confucius and the fundamental teachings of Confucianism and Taoism.

  • 6SS5.d Explain the political and cultural problems prevalent in the time of Confucius and how he sought to solve them.

  • 6SS5.e Describe the policies and achievements of the emperor Shi Huangdi that unified northern China under the Qin Dynasty.

  • 6SS5.f Explain the significance of the trans-Eurasian "silk roads" in the period of the Han Dynasty and Roman Empire and their locations.

  • 6SS1.g Describe the diffusion of Buddhism northward to China during the Han Dynasty.

  • 6SS5.h Examine the enduring contributions that Ancient China has given our modern world.

6SS6 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures during the development of Rome.

  • 6SS6.a Identify the location and describe the rise of the Roman Republic, including the importance of such mythical and historical figures as Aeneas, Romulus and Remus, Cincinnatus, Julius Caesar, and Cicero.

  • 6SS6.b Describe the government of the Roman Republic and its significance.

  • 6SS6.c Identify the location of the political and geographic reasons for the growth of Roman territories and expansion of the empire, including how the empire fostered economic growth through the use of currency and trade routes.

  • 6SS6.d Discuss the influence of Julius Caesar and Augustus in Rome's transition from republic to empire.

  • 6SS6.e Trace the migration of Jews around the Mediterranean region and the effects of their conflict with the Romans, including the Romans' restrictions on their right to live in Jerusalem.

  • 6SS6.f Discuss the origins of Christianity in the Jewish Messianic prophecies, the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as described in the New Testament, and the contribution of St. Paul the Apostle to the definition and spread of Christian beliefs.

  • 6SS6.g Examine the circumstances that led to the spread of Christianity in Europe and other Roman territories.

  • 6SS6.h Discuss the legacies of Roman art and architecture, technology and science, literature, language, and law.

6SSK The intellectual skills noted below are to be learned through, and applied to, the content standards for grade six. They are to be assessed only in conjunction with these content standards. Students demonstrate the following intellectual reasoning, reflection, and research skills:

  • 6SSK1 Students explain how major events are related to one another in time.

  • 6SSK2 Students construct various time lines of key events, people, and periods of the historical era they are studying.

  • 6SSK3 Students use a variety of maps and documents to identify physical and cultural features of neighborhoods, cities, states, and countries and to explain the historical migration of people, expansion and disintegration of empires, and the growth of economic system.

  • 6SSK4 Students frame questions that can be answered by historical study and research.

  • 6SSK5 Students distinguish fact from opinion in historical narratives and stories.

  • 6SSK6 Students distinguish relevant from irrelevant information, essential from incidental information, and verifiable from unverifiable information in historical narratives and stories.

  • 6SSK7 Students assess the credibility of primary and secondary sources and draw sound conclusions from them.

  • 6SSK8 Students detect the different historical points of view on historical events and determine the context in which the historical statements were made (the questions asked, sources used, author's perspectives).

  • 6SSK9 Students explain the central issues and problems from the past, placing people and events in a matrix of time and place.

  • 6SSK10 Students understand and distinguish cause, effect, sequence, and correlation in historical events, including the long-and short-term causal relations.

  • 6SSK11 Students explain the sources of historical continuity and how the combination of ideas and events explains the emergence of new patterns.

  • 6SSK12 Students recognize the role of chance, oversight, and error in history.

  • 6SSK13 Students recognize that interpretations of history are subject to change as new information is uncovered.

  • 6SSK14 Students interpret basic indicators of economic performance and conduct cost- benefit analysis of economic and political issues.