• In social studies, we will compare and contrast and find the parallels between American civilization and ancient civilizations.We will begin with the identification of American ideals through the analysis of American documents and explore the concept of democracy. We will spend the year searching ancient civilizations for a comparative study. We will begin our year comparing and contrasting the Paleolithic and Neolithic eras in Egypt, China, and India

    What are the PERGS?  What are the political, economic, religious, geographical, and social structures of the United States today? What influence did ancient civilizations have on the settlement of our country, its constitution, and how our country is today?

    Our 6th grade historians, political scientists, economists, geographers, and sociologists will embark on an investigation of the past and its relevance to today!

    Ancient Civilizations: Our Glencoe Social Studies Book Online 

    Check out the Mesopotamian cylinder and clay tablet in its envelope!!!

    Mesopotamia was a civilization that existed over 4000 years ago!

    Click hear to see a cuneiform cylinder!

    Click here to see a clay tablet in its envelope!




    Did the Mesopotamians keep records of transactions such as sales and rentals?
    What kind of records did they keep on marriages and adoptions?
    Mesopotamian Contracts

    Click here link for samples of translated transactions and records.


    Go on a virtual trip in ancient times!!

    Essay on Mesopotamia

    Choose three cultural universals to use in your essay.

    Visit the links on this page and see the rubric.  Be ready to take notes! 

    Culture Universal - those things that all people learn to do, though they do them differently from one place or time to another, including all of the following:

    arthow people express their ideas, thoughts and feelings, through writing (literature), storytelling, painting, music, dance, etc
    economicswork: how things are made (Jobs & Tools), distributed (Trade and Money) and used
    social structure/daily life education, class system, judicial system, families, food/clothing/shelter
    family a group of people who love and care for each other, share common needs and concerns, and call themselves a family

    Types of families:

    1. Nuclear - father, mother and children
    2. Extended - nuclear family plus grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.




    how people express information, ideas and opinions to others, communication (sign, body, spoken, written, etc.


    housing, public buildings, unique design


    location, region, place, interaction with the environment, movement/migration


    politics, power and how people use it to make decisions for themselves and others

    religion and mythology

    how people explain the unknown, and how they act on those beliefs -- values, world view, myths, legends


    tools, discover, inventions (economics)

     Various Links for later this year:


    Ancient Egypt Geography--The British Museum
    Ancient India Geography--The British Museum 
    Ancient China Geography-- The British Museum
    Ancient Greece Geography --The British Museum

Last Modified on August 19, 2016