Tennessee Academic Standards
TN.6. SIXTH GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES - World History and Geography: Early Civilizations Through the Fall of the Western Roman Empire
Foundations of Human Civilization: c. 10,000-3500 BCE
Overview: Students will learn proper time designations and analyze the development and characteristics of civilizations, including the effects of the Agricultural Revolution.
6.04. Identify and explain the importance of the following key characteristics of civilizations: Culture; Government; Religion; Social structure; Stable food supply; Technology; Writing [C, E, G, H, P]
Ancient Mesopotamia: c. 3500-1700 BCE
Overview: Students will analyze the geographic, political, economic, and cultural structures of the civilization of ancient Mesopotamia.
6.05. Identify and locate geographical features of ancient Mesopotamia, including: Black Sea; Euphrates River; Mediterranean Sea; Persian Gulf; Tigris River; Zagros Mountains [G]
6.06. Explain how geographic and climatic features led to the region being known as the Fertile Crescent. [G, H]
6.07. Explain how irrigation, silt, metallurgy, production of tools, use of animals, slave labor, and inventions such as the wheel, sail, and plow led to advancements in agriculture. [C, E, H]
6.08. Analyze how advancements in agriculture in Sumer led to economic growth, expansion of trade and transportation, and the emergence of independent city-states. [C, E, G, H, P]
6.09. Explain the basic concepts of monarchy and empire, and identify Mesopotamia as the regional location of the world’s first empire. [G, H, P]
6.10. Explain the concept of polytheism and its presence in Mesopotamia, with respect to beliefs about the relationship of deities to the natural world and their importance in everyday life. [C, H]
6.11. Identify important achievements of the Mesopotamian civilization, including cuneiform, clay tablets, and ziggurats, and identify the Epic of Gilgamesh as the oldest written epic. [C, E, H]
6.12. Analyze the impact of the introduction of written law in the Code of Hammurabi, and explain its basic principles of justice. [C, E, H, P]
Ancient Egypt: c. 3000-700 BCE
Overview: Students will analyze the geographic, political, economic, and cultural structures of ancient Egypt.
6.19. Examine the cultural diffusion of ancient Egypt with surrounding civilizations through trade and conflict, including its relationship with Nubia. [C, E, G, H, P]
Ancient India: c. 2500-400 BCE
Overview: Students will analyze the geographic, political, economic, and cultural structures of ancient India.
6.25. Identify and locate geographical features of ancient India, including: Ganges River; Himalayan Mountains; Indian Ocean; Indus River; Monsoon winds; Subcontinent of India [G]
TN.SSP. Social Studies Practices
SSP.04. Construct and communicate arguments citing supporting evidence to:
SSP.04.1. Demonstrate and defend an understanding of ideas
SSP.05. Develop historical awareness by:
SSP.05.3. Evaluating how unique circumstances of time and place create context and contribute to action and reaction
SSP.05.4. Identifying patterns of continuity and change over time, making connections to the present