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1 Foundations of Human Civilization: c. 10,000-3500 BCE: Students will learn proper time designations and analyze the development and characteristics of civilizations, including the effects of the Agricultural Revolution.

  • 1.6.01 Identify the meaning of time designations and abbreviations used by historians, including:

    • 1.6.01.a BC / BCE

    • 1.6.01.b AD / CE

    • 1.6.01.c Circa (c. or ca), decades, centuries

  • 1.6.02 Describe the characteristics of the nomadic hunter-gatherer societies, including their use of:

    • 1.6.02.a Basic hunting weapons

    • 1.6.02.b Fire

    • 1.6.02.c Shelter

    • 1.6.02.d Tools

  • 1.6.03 Explain the impact of the Agricultural Revolution, including:

  • 1.6.04 Identify and explain the importance of the following key characteristics of civilizations:

    • 1.6.04.a Culture

    • 1.6.04.b Government

    • 1.6.04.c Religion

    • 1.6.04.d Social structure

    • 1.6.04.e Stable food supply

    • 1.6.04.f Technology

    • 1.6.04.g Writing

2 Ancient Mesopotamia: c. 3500-1700 BCE: Students will analyze the geographic, political, economic, and cultural structures of the civilization of ancient Mesopotamia.

  • 2.6.05 Identify and locate geographical features of ancient Mesopotamia, including:

  • 2.6.06 Explain how geographic and climatic features led to the region being known as the Fertile Crescent.

  • 2.6.07 Explain how irrigation, silt, metallurgy, production of tools, use of animals, slave labor, and inventions such as the wheel, sail, and plow led to advancements in agriculture.

  • 2.6.08 Analyze how advancements in agriculture in Sumer led to economic growth, expansion of trade and transportation, and the emergence of independent city-states.

  • 2.6.09 Explain the basic concepts of monarchy and empire, and identify Mesopotamia as the regional location of the world's first empire.

  • 2.6.10 Explain the concept of polytheism and its presence in Mesopotamia, with respect to beliefs about the relationship of deities to the natural world and their importance in everyday life.

  • 2.6.11 Identify important achievements of the Mesopotamian civilization, including cuneiform, clay tablets, and ziggurats, and identify the Epic of Gilgamesh as the oldest written epic.

  • 2.6.12 Analyze the impact of the introduction of written law in the Code of Hammurabi, and explain its basic principles of justice.

3 Ancient Egypt: c. 3000-700 BCE: Students will analyze the geographic, political, economic, and cultural structures of ancient Egypt.

4 Ancient Israel: c. 2000-500 BCE: Students will analyze the geographic, political, economic, and cultural structures of ancient Israel.

  • 4.6.20 Identify and locate geographical features of ancient Israel, including:

    • 4.6.20.a Dead Sea

    • 4.6.20.b Jerusalem

    • 4.6.20.c Jordan River

    • 4.6.20.d Mediterranean Sea

    • 4.6.20.e Red Sea

    • 4.6.20.f Sinai Peninsula

  • 4.6.21 Describe the development of the ancient Israelites, and explain the reasons for their movements from Mesopotamia to Canaan (later called Israel), from Canaan to Egypt, and from Egypt back to Canaan.

  • 4.6.22 Describe the origins and central features of Judaism:

  • 4.6.23 Identify the importance of Saul as the first king of Israel, David as the second king who founded Jerusalem as the capital, and Solomon as the third king who built the first temple.

  • 4.6.24 Summarize the breakup of the Kingdom of Israel, Babylonian captivity, and the return of the Jews to their homeland under the Persian Empire.

5 Ancient India: c. 2500-400 BCE: Students will analyze the geographic, political, economic, and cultural structures of ancient India.

6 Ancient China: c. 2500 BCE-200 CE: Students will analyze the geographic, political, economic, and cultural structures of ancient China.

7 Ancient Greece: c. 800-300 BCE: Students will analyze the geographic, political, economic, and cultural structures of ancient Greece.

8 Ancient Rome: c. 500 BCE-500 CE: Students will analyze the geographic, political, economic, and cultural structures of ancient Rome.