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6th Grade Social Studies

Ancient World History



Focus: World Geography, History and Culture: Patterns of Continuity and Change

Time Period: Beginnings of Human Society to the Emergence of the First Global Age (1450) - 
                        Represents the first five Eras of the National Standards


  • First formal look at a study of the world
  • Focus heavily on the discipline of geography by using the themes of location, place, movement, human-environment interaction and region to understand the emergence, expansion and decline of civilizations and societies from the beginning of human existence to the Age of Exploration
  • Take a systematic look at the history and culture of various world regions including the development of economic, political and social systems through the lens of change and continuity
  • Examine the various factors that shaped the development of civilizations, societies and regions in the ancient world
  • Integrate various civilizations, societies and regions from every continent (Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas)
  • Recognize and interpret the "lessons of social studies;" those transferable understandings that are supported throughout time by recurring themes and issues


National World History Standards:

The periodization of the new Essential Standards for sixth grade social studies is based on the five eras identified by the National Standards for World History,

   Era 1: The Beginnings of Human Society Giving Shape to World History
   Era 2: Early Civilizations and the Emergence of Pastoral People, 4000-1000 BCE
   Era 3: Classic Traditions, Major Religions, and Giant Empires, 1000 BCE-300 CE
   Era 4: Expanding Zones of Exchange and Encounter, 300-1000 CE
   Era 5: Intensified Hemispheric Interactions, 1000-1500 CE

Some major concepts for which students should understand in sixth grade social studies are:


  • Continuity and change (over time and in various civilizations, societies, and regions)
  • Conflict and cooperation
  • Compromise and negotiation
  • Migration and population distribution
  • Cultural expression/practices and diffusion
  • Human-environment interaction
  • Trade and economic decision-making
  • Societal organizations (economic, political, and social systems)
  • Technology and innovation
  • Quality of life
  • Citizenship


6th Grade Social Studies



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