“A people without history is like wind on the buffalo grass.”

Native American Sioux proverb

“Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

 GEORGE SANTAYANA

 

Ancient Civilizations (Social Studies)


Please note: Each student must bring their Social Studies spiral notebook to every class meeting. The notebook will be used for reflective writing, note taking, rough drafts, and homework.

Students will be covering about 5 million years of human history in less than one year! We will investigate our past through the roles of archaeologists, anthropologists, artists, and historians. We will also use reading and writing to question and discover global issues that affect our lives through the study of other cultures and their perspectives. Furthermore, students will investigate their own family’s ancestry and artifacts for understanding their connections to history.

In the fall, we will be investigating the beginnings of early human civilization and then move on to society developed in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and India. After the winter break, we will learn about China, Greece, and the ancient Hebrews. Finally we will examine life in ancient Rome.
Throughout it all, we will relate what we learn about the past to what we know about the present and what we can hope for the future.

We will also focus on geography as land forms certainly influence how human history unfolds. To enhance critical thinking we rely on student based inquiry, technology, primary sources, the library, and the History Alive series. Additionally, your child will experience intensive reading of current newspaper articles as well as the National Geographic CENGAGE  websites & textbook.

We will also focus on geography as land forms certainly influence how human history unfolds. To enhance critical thinking we rely on student based inquiry, technology, primary sources, the library, and the History Alive series. Additionally, your child will experience intensive reading of current newspaper articles as well as the National Geographic CENGAGE  websites & textbook.

RI 6.2 Learning Target
I can read an informational text. I can cite evidence to support my inferences drawn from the text.

W 6.8 Learning Target 
I can paraphrase information I find in researching without plagiarizing.

W 6.8 Learning Target 
I can provide a bibliography for my sources.”

SL6.1 Learning Target 
“I can discuss what I have read with my peers. I can express my own thoughts and opinions”

 

 

 


“History is a series of arguments to be debated, not a body of data to be recorded or a set of facts to be memorized…Who controls history, and how it’s written, controls the past, and who controls the the past controls the present.”

J. Robin Winks & Susan Mattern-Parkes, The Ancient Mediterranean World 

A STUDY OF SUBJECTS

Ancient Civilizationshttp://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/games/geographygames/

Ancient Humans:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/mar/24/new-human-species-siberia
http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/homs/species.html
http://www.cyberpursuits.com/archeo/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out_of_Africa_theory
 http://www.mrdonn.org/ancienthistory.html#earlyhumans

Ancient Mesopotamia:
http://teacherweb.com/WQ/MiddleSchool/Mesopotamia3/index.html
http://www.mesopotamia.co.uk/
http://www.mrdowling.com/603mesopotamia.html
http://www.vnc.qld.edu.au/enviro/sumer/2002-d.htm http://mesopotamia.mrdonn.org/
http://mesopotamia.mrdonn.org/sumer.html
http://www.kidskonnect.com/subject-index/16-history/257-ancient-mesopotamia.html

Ancient Hebrews:
http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/activity/ancient_hebrews/index.html
http://www.mrmarks6.com/lectures/israel 
  http://ja billings.weebly.com/s–social-structure5.html

General History:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_calendars
http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com
http://www.webexhibits.org/calendars/calendar.html
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/movies/la-et-sevenhistorymar5-pg,0,4091385.photogallery?index=8
http://www.familycare.org/special-interest/if-the-world-were-a-village-of-100-people/

Geography:
http://www.cdresel.com/geo/geography_unit/index.html

http://www.internet4classrooms.com/6th/
http://www.jewfaq.org/index.htm
http://dmoz.org/Science/Social_Sciences/Linguistics/Languages/Natural/Afro-Asiatic/Hebrew/Biblical_Hebrew/
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/jewhist.html
http://learnisrael.org/

Ancient Egypt:
http://www.ancientegyptianfacts.com/ancient-egyptian-sarcophagus.html
http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/egypt/mummies.htm
http://www.ancientegypt.co.uk/gods/explore/main.html
http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/egypt/gods.htm
http://carlos.emory.edu/ODYSSEY/EGYPT/Eteacher/Eteach.home.html
http://www.dia.org/education/egypt-teachers/sitemap.htm

http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/falsedoors.htm

Ancient India:
http://india.mrdonn.org/achievements.html
http://www.storypick.com/20-clever-inventions-probably-didnt-know-made-indians/
http://www.harappa.com/har/har0.html
http://www.hindunet.org/hindu_history/hindu_history.html

http://www.gibbsmagazine.com/Caste%20System.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aryan_invasion_theory
http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/buddhaintro.html
http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/india/index.htm
http://www.webonautics.com/mythology/factsinhindu.html
http://www.wavell.net/Galleries/India%20Gallery/Northern%20Temples%20Gallery/index.html
http://www.stutzfamily.com/mrstutz/indus/IndusWebquest04.htm
http://www.indianexpress.com/

http://www.religioustolerance.org/hinduism.htm
http://eawc.evansville.edu/anthology/gita.htm

Ancient China:
http://www.slideshare.net/natesateacher/ancient-china-6th-grade-presentation
http://www.international.ucla.edu/asia-archive/lessons/reynolds/
http://library.thinkquest.org/23062/frameset.html
http://www.graman.net/hongkong/tone/index.htm

Ancient Greece:
http://www.mythweb.com/
http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/morse/homer_odyssey/
http://www.theoi.com/
http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/morse/homer_odyssey/
http://www.crystalinks.com/greekculture.html
http://people.hsc.edu/drjclassics/texts/pericles/pericles.shtm
http://sikyon.com/index.html

Ancient Rome:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/romans/activities/index.shtml
http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/games/a/thumbsup.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Latin_phrases_(A-B)
http://www.schoolhistory.co.uk/year7links/romans_worksheets.shtml
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/romans/city_of_rome/teachers_resources.shtml