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Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, and social structures of early Africa through the Neolithic Age which led to the development of civilizations.

Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, social, and religious structures of the civilizations of Mesopotamia.

  • 6.8 On a historical map, locate and describe the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, Zagros and Caucuses Mountains, Persian Gulf, Caspian and Black Sea, Dead Sea and Sea of Galilee and explain why the region is referred to as the Fertile Crescent.

  • 6.9 Summarize Sumer, Babylon, and Assyria as successive civilizations and empires and explain the development of city-states, identify Kish, Akkad, Ur, and Nineveh, and the significance of Sargon and Hammurabi.

  • 6.10 Trace the development of agricultural techniques that permitted economic surplus and the emergence of cities as centers of culture and power.

  • 6.11 Explain the significance of polytheism (the belief that there are many gods) as the religious belief of the people in Mesopotamian civilizations.

  • 6.12 Explain the effects of how irrigation, metal-smithing, slavery, the domestication of animals, and inventions such as the wheel, the sail, and the plow on the growth of Mesopotamian civilizations.

  • 6.13 Analyze the important achievements of Mesopotamian civilization, including its system of writing (and its importance in record keeping and tax collection), literature (Epic of Gilgamesh), monumental architecture (the ziggurat), and art (large relief sculpture, mosaics, and cylinder seals).

  • 6.14 Write an informative piece explaining the significant contributions of Mesopotamian leaders, including Hammurabi and Sargon, and explain the basic principle of justice in Hammurabi's Code ("an eye for an eye").

Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, social, and religious structures of the civilizations of Ancient Egypt.

Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, social, and religious structures of the civilizations of Ancient India.

  • 6.23 Locate and describe the Himalayas and the major river systems, including Indus and Ganges and evaluate the importance of each.

  • 6.24 Analyze the impact of the Aryan invasions.

  • 6.25 Explain how the major beliefs and practices of Brahmanism in India evolved into early Hinduism.

  • 6.26 Outline the social structure of the caste system and explain its effect on everyday life in Indian society.

  • 6.27 Write a narrative text describing how Siddhartha Guatama's (Buddha) life experiences influenced his moral teachings and how those teachings became a new religion that spread throughout India and Central Asia as a new religion.

  • 6.28 Describe the growth of the Maurya Empire and the political and moral achievements of the Emperor Asoka.

  • 6.29 Identify the important aesthetic and intellectual traditions, including:

    • Sanskrit literature, including the Bhagavad-Gita Gita, Ramayana, and the Mahabharata

    • medicine

    • metallurgy

    • mathematics, including Hindu-Arabic numerals and the zero

Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, social, and religious structures of the civilizations of Ancient China.

Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, social, and religious structures of the civilizations of Ancient Israel.

  • 6.39 On a historical map of the Mediterranean Sea, Jordon River, Sinai Peninsula, locate Asia Minor, the kingdoms of the Hittites and Phoenicians, ancient Israel, and Egypt.

  • 6.40 Examine the development of the ancient Israelites, tracing their migrations from Mesopotamia to Canaan, later called Israel, and explain the significant roles of Abraham and Moses in their history.

  • 6.41 Describe the monotheistic religion of the Israelites, including:

  • 6.42 Describe the unification of the tribes of Israel under Kings Saul, David, and Solomon, including David's founding of Jerusalem as his capital city in 1000 BC/BCE and the building of the first temple by Solomon.

  • 6.43 Summarize the four major events after the rule of King Solomon in the history of Israel, including the breakup of the Kingdom of Israel, destruction of the Northern Kingdom, Babylonian captivity under Nebuchadnezzar, and the return of the Jews to their homeland under the Persian Empire.

  • 6.44 Conduct a short research piece with supporting details of Second Babylonian, Persian, and Median Empires, including Nebuchadnezzar, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Cyrus the Great, Darius the Great, and Xerxes.

  • 6.45 Explain how Judaism survived the expulsion/dispersion of the Jews to other lands (the Diaspora) after the destruction of the second temple in Jerusalem in 70 AD/CE, and the renaming of the country by the Romans.

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

Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, social, and religious structures of the civilizations of Ancient Rome.