Segment A of Social Studies 6 looks at the significant contributions the early cultures of Mesopotamia made to the world, along with the social, political, economic, and cultural contributions made by Egyptians that are essential to the understanding of man’s progress. The Ancient Greeks made significant social, political, cultural, and economic contributions to mankind, and religion has had impacts affecting both conflict and cooperation throughout the world. Social, political, cultural, and economic contributions of the Ancient Chinese Empire rival those from better known empires of the world.

Segment B of Social Studies 6 recognizes the profound impact of Roman Culture on future civilizations, and that it is important to consider the factors that led to its decline. A look at European culture teaches that feudalism was a system of rule designed to provide protection and order. Its demise can be traced to the following factors: plague, the Hundred Years’ War, and the growth of towns and cities. Major academic, economic, political, artistic, and religious changes took place in Western Europe during the Renaissance and Reformation. Western countries colonized large areas of Africa and Asia, leading to major political and cultural changes in these regions. The late 1600s through the early 1800s brought dramatic changes in science, industry, and systems of governance in the Western world due to the Scientific Revolution, British Revolution, American Revolution, the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution.

PRE-REQUISITES: Social Studies 5 recommended

ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME: 32-36 weeks or approximately 125 – 135 hours

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT A

Developing History and Mesopotamia

  • Human Development and Culture
  • Nomadic Hunter / Agrarian Society
  • Mesopotamia Society and Culture
  • Political and Conflict/Cooperation
  • Mesopotamian Economic

Egypt

  • Timeline and Geography
  • Dynasties
  • Economic
  • Culture
  • Religion
  • Judaism

Greece

  • Timeline and Geography
  • Religion
  • Political
  • Trade
  • Phoenicians
  • Alexander the Great
  • Olympic Games / Trojan War

Ancient India, Middle East, and Religion

  • Hinduism in Ancient India
  • The Beginnings of Buddhism
  • Empires of Ancient India
  • The Byzantine Empire
  • The Beginnings of Islam
  • The Golden Age of Muslim Civilization

Ancient China

  • The Geography of China’s River Valleys
  • Confucius and His Teachings
  • Warring Kingdoms Unite
  • Achievements of Ancient China

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT B

Ancient Rome

  • The Rise of Ancient Rome (63 BC – AD 476)
  • The Roman Republic
  • The Roman Empire
  • The Fate of Ancient Rome (63 BC – AD 476)
  • Roman Mythology
  • Roman Daily Life
  • Christianity and the Roman Empire
  • The Fall of Rome

Europe in the Middle Ages

  • Feudalism and the Manor System
  • The Church and the Rise of Cities
  • The Crusades
  • The Power of Kings

Renaissance and Reformation

  • The Renaissance Begins
  • The Renaissance Moves North
  • Martin Luther and the Reformation
  • Reformation Ideas Spread

European Imperialism

  • European Exploration Begins
  • Europeans in India and Southeast Asia
  • Europe Explores East Asia
  • European Exploration Begins
  • Europeans in India and Southeast Asia
  • Europe Explores East Asia

Monarchies and Revolutions

  • Spain’s Growing Power
  • France’s Power Peaks
  • Monarchies in Russia, Prussia, and Austria
  • Limited Monarchy in England
  • The Enlightenment
  • Political Revolutions
  • The Age of Napoleon
  • The Early Industrial Age

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SEGMENT A

SEGMENT B