Course Description 

This course will provide an overview of the geography and history of the world including early civilizations of Africa, Europe, Asia, North America and South America. The 5 Themes of Geography form the core of this class as students work to develop map and globe skills and learn to identify cultural patterns. The 5 Themes of Geography include location, place, human / environment interaction, movement and region.  In addition, vocabulary development, reading, research skills, and current events are emphasized throughout the year.

Instructional Philosophy 

To engage all students in lifelong learning and to enable students to make personal
connections with the world they live in.

Major Course Projects and Assignments

Projects and assignments may include physical and political maps, posters, art projects, research projects, group work, group/oral presentations, flip books, mobiles, graphic organizers, and major writing activities.   

Assessment and Grading Plan

Students will be assessed on assignments, quizzes, daily work, chapter tests, projects, presentations, preparation, participation and group work.


Grading Scale:  


100%-90% = A
  89%-80% = B
  79%-70% = C
  69%-60% = D
  59%-  0% = F
Weighted Grade Categories:


Assessments/Projects = 70%
Daily Work/ Activities = 30%

Policy for Re-Doing Work

Any exceptional circumstances must be addressed to the teacher as soon as possible and will be subject to
his / her discretion. Students receiving less than an 80% on assessments and projects are encouraged to
complete corrections for additional credit. End of Course (EOC) assessments are unable to be redone. 

Opportunities for Extra Help  

Extra help is available either before or after school and during the second half of SSC. Please see me to
make an arrangement.

Grading Rubrics 

Rubrics will be used for our map activities, as well as for our individual and group projects.

Cheating

Cheating is a no tolerance offence. If you are caught cheating, a zero for that  assignments, quizzes, daily work, chapter tests, projects, presentations, preparation, participation and group work. will be earned both by the person cheating and also by any person(s) that are helping them cheat. Cheating will automatically deny a student’s opportunity to retake or redo that  assignments, quizzes, daily work, chapter tests, projects, presentations, preparation, participation and group work.

6th Grade World Geography & Ancient Civilizations Course Overview


Introduction
Lesson 1 Five Fields of Social Studies
  
Maps & Stuff
Lesson 1 Introduction Five Themes of Geography
Lesson 2 Movement
Lesson 3 Regions
Lesson 4 World Maps
Lesson 5 Human Environment Interaction
Lesson 6 Location
Lesson 7 Place
Lesson 8 Understanding Maps
Southwest Asia & Europe

Lesson 1 Origins of Civilization in Southwest Asia
Lesson 2 Ancient Empires of Southwest Asia
Lesson 3 Early European Cultures

Africa

Lesson 1 Human Origins
Lesson 2 Ancient Egypt & Kush

South & East Asia

Lesson 1 Early Civilizations of South Asia
Lesson 2 Early Civilizations of East Asia

North America

Lesson 1 North American Indian Culture Regions
Lesson 2 Three American Indian Cultures

Middle America 

Lesson 1 The Olmec and Maya Civilizations
Lesson 2 Aztec Civilization

South America

Lesson 1 Early South American Cultures
Lesson 2 Incan Civilization