Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks
Standards for History and Social Science Practice – Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12
1 Demonstrate civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions.
Civic knowledge includes the core knowledge in the Content Standards relating to civics and government, economics, geography, and history.
Literacy Standards for History and Social Science
Grades 6-8 Reading Standards for Literacy in the Content Areas: History/Social Science
Craft and Structure
4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
5 Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally), including how written texts incorporate features such as headings.
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
10 Independently and proficiently read and comprehend history/social studies texts exhibiting complexity appropriate for the grade/course.
Grade 6 – World Geography and Ancient Civilizations I
Topic 1. Studying complex societies, past and present – Supporting Question: What do the social sciences contribute to our understanding of the world?
1 Explain how different academic fields in the social sciences concentrate on different means of studying societies in the past and present.
Topic 2. Human origins, the Neolithic and Paleolithic Eras – Supporting Question: How did life on Earth begin and why did humans form complex societies?
9 Explain that scholars have attempted to define the characteristics of a complex society (sometimes called “civilization”) since the early 20th century, and although debates are ongoing, many cite these characteristics:
a. an economy that produces food surpluses
d. specialized occupations
e. developed systems of government, religion, and learning
f. achievements in technology, art, and monumental architecture
Topic 3. Western Asia, the Middle East and North Africa
Western Asia, the Middle East and North Africa - Ancient Israel, Palestine, c. 2000 BCE-70 CE – Supporting Question: What were the consequences of the unification of tribes for ancient Israel?
31 Describe the history of ancient Israel and early Christianity:
c. the emergence of Christianity as a distinct religion, with roots in Judaism, but increasingly diverse followers throughout the Roman Empire and the relationship of early Christians to the officials of the Roman Empire;