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6th Grade World History



The primary content for this course pertains to the world's earliest civilizations to the ancient and classical civilizations of Africa, Asia, and Europe. Students will be exposed to the multiple dynamics of world history including economics, geography, politics, and religion/philosophy. Students will study methods of historical inquiry and primary and secondary historical documents. 



Courses offer scaffolded learning opportunities for students to develop the critical skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in a more rigorous and reflective academic setting. Students are empowered to perform at higher levels as they engage in the following: analyzing historical documents and supplementary readings, working in the context of thematically categorized information, becoming proficient in note-taking, participating in Socratic seminars/discussions, emphasizing free-response and document-based writing, contrasting opposing viewpoints, solving problems, etc. Students will develop and demonstrate their skills through participation in a capstone and/or extended research-based paper/project (e.g., history fair, participatory citizenship project, mock congressional hearing, projects for competitive evaluation, investment portfolio contests, or other teacher-directed projects). 


Instructional Practices 

Teaching from well-written, grade-level instructional materials enhances students' content area knowledge and strengthens their ability to comprehend longer, complex reading passages on any topic for any reason. Using the following instructional practices also helps student learning:

  1. Reading assignments from longer text passages as well as shorter ones when text is extremely complex.
  2. Making close reading and rereading of texts central to lessons.
  3. Asking high-level, text-specific questions and requiring high-level, complex tasks and assignments.
  4. Requiring students to support answers with evidence from the text.
  5. Providing extensive text-based research and writing opportunities (claims and evidence).


Big Ideas Covered


Quarter 1


Big Ideas

Geography Basic Concepts

Early Humans

9/17/15 - Constitution Day










Quarter 2


Big Idea



Ancient India

Culture of Ancient China

Growth and Isolation of China








Quarter 3

Big Ideas

Mesoamerica & South America

Complex Relationships in Ancient Greece

Contributions of Ancient Greece






Quarter 4

Big Ideas

Roman Republic

Rise & Fall of the Roman Empire

Rise of Christianity

Governments of Greece & Rome -








Grading Scale:

90 - 100% ---A   

80 - 89%-----B   

70 - 79%-----C   

60 - 69%-----D   

0 - 59% ------F



Weighted Categories:

Tests, Quizzes, and Projects ----60%  


Content Reading---10%  



Late Work Policy

All assignments are to be turned in on time.  There will be a 10%-point deduction for each day that assignments are late. Students will be held accountable for all assignments.


Make-up work:

Work missed due to absence(s) will be made up upon returning to school.  Students will have the amount of time absent plus one day to turn in make up work.



Necessary Items for Social Studies Class


  • 1-3 Prong Pocket Folder    


  • 1 Package of color pencils   


  • 1 Package of pencils, blue, or black pens


  • Headphones or ear buds        



 Optional items for homeroom donation


  • Boxes of tissues
  • Boxes of pens or #2 pencils
  • Packages of photocopy paper
  • Packages of loose-leaf notebook paper
  • Packages of color photocopy paper- (any color)


PLEASE NOTE:  Although the school provides the materials and supplies for basic instructional activities, the optional supply items on this list will allow your child to have an enhanced educational program.  We appreciate your commitment to the education of your child and, with your donation; we can provide a great program for the students at Three Oaks Middle School.