• Social Studies: World History & Geography--Western Hemisphere
    The 6th grade social studies curriculum will begin by exploring the “tools” (or Cultural Universals) that define civilizations, communities, and groups. 
    8 Cultural Universals:
    • Communication
    • Economics
    • Food, Clothing, Shelter,
    • Political Organization
    • Attitudes towards the Unknown
    • Arts & Asthetics
    • Recreation 
    • Family & Kin
    Essential Questions for 6th are driven by What is CULTURE? 
    • Who writes HISTORY? 
    • How does GEOGRAPHY affect CULTURE? 
    • In what ways do cultures CHANGE over time? 
    • What have we LEARNED from ancient civilizations?

    Historical Knowledge (Oregon Department of Education, adopted 2011 Social Studies Standards)


    6.1 Determine and explain the historical context of key people, cultures, products, events, and ideas over time including the examination of differing perspectives from people involved including, but not limited to:

    • Inuit
    • Early Native American cultures of North America
    • Maya
    • Aztec
    • Inca
    • major explorers
    • colonizers of countries in the Western Hemisphere
    • Columbia Exchange

    In addtion, major explorers, colinizers of countries in the Western Hemisphere, and the Columbian Exchange.

    6.2  Identify social, political, cultural, and economic developments in Western Hemisphere

    6.3  Describe the rise; political, technological, and cultural achievements; and decline of ancient civilizations in:

    • Europe
    • Asia
    • Africa
    • prior to Roman Empire (taught through patterns of human migration and trade routes)