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
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?
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:
art how people express their ideas, thoughts and feelings, through writing (literature), storytelling, painting, music, dance, etc economics work: 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:
- Nuclear - father, mother and children
- 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:SOCIAL STUDIES:Ancient Egypt Geography--Google siteAncient Egypt Geography--The British MuseumAncient Egypt Geography--DuckstersAncient India Geography--Google siteAncient India Geography--The British MuseumAncient China Geography-- The British MuseumAncient China Geography--DuckstersAncient China Geography--Google siteAncient Greece Geography --The British MuseumAncient Greece Geography --Google siteAncient Greece Geography--Crystalinks