Utah Core Standards
UT.I. World Studies: Students will understand how ancient civilizations developed and how they contributed to the current state of the world.
I.B. Humans originated in Africa and migrated across the Earth, creating ancient civilizations in nearly every region that could support life. Modern civilizations can trace their foundations to these ancient civilizations. Their cultures and histories can teach us much about ourselves and the modern world in which we live.
I.1: Explain why physical geography affected the development of early civilizations.
I.1.a. Identify the major physical features of the regions where ancient civilizations flourished.
I.1.b. Describe how these features influenced the success or decline of the civilizations.
I.1.c. Compare maps of these ancient civilizations to current political maps and make inferences about the continuing affects of physical geography on cultural development.
I.2: Evaluate how religion has played a central role in human history from ancient times to today.
I.2.a. Explore the importance of religion in the cultural expression of ancient civilizations (e.g. customs, artistic expression, creation stories, architecture of sacred spaces).
I.2.b. Identify key tenets of the major world religions (i.e. Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism).
I.3: Explain how modern governments can trace some of their attributes to the systems of power, authority, and governance established in ancient civilizations.
I.3.a. Identify forms of government within these civilizations.
I.3.b. Compare those forms to existing systems of governance in today's world.
I.4: Analyze how the earliest civilizations created technologies and systems to meet community and personal needs.
I.4.c. Identify cultural expressions that reflect these systems (e.g. architecture, artistic expression, medicine, philosophy, drama, literature).
UT.CC.RH.6-8. Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies
Craft and Structure
RH.6-8.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
RH.6-8.5. Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
RH.6-8.10. By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.