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Syllabus

Harriman Middle School

History Syllabus

Mr. McDonald

Grade 6



Course Description:  Sixth grade students will study the beginning of early civilizations through the fall of the Roman Empire. Students will study the geographical, social, economic, and political foundations for early civilizations progressing through the Roman Empire. They will analyze the shift from nomadic societies to agricultural societies. Students will study the development of civilizations, including the areas of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, Ancient Israel, Greece, and Rome. The study of these civilizations will include the impact of geography, early history, cultural development, and economic change. The geographic focus will include the study of physical and political features, economic development and resources, and migration patterns. The sixth grade will conclude with the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. This course will be the first concentrated study of world history and geography and will utilize appropriate informational texts and primary sources.


Course Objectives:  Students will learn about many aspects of early civilizations.  Students will analyze the geographical, political, economic, and social structures of early Africa though the Neolithic Age, Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient India, Ancient China, Ancient Israel, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome.


First Nine Weeks

  • Early Africa, Neolithic Age, Mesopotamia, and Ancient Egypt
  • Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, and social structures of early Africa through the Neolithic Age which led to the development of civilizations.
  • Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, social, and religious structures of the civilizations of Mesopotamia.
  • Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, social, and religious structures of the civilizations of Ancient Egypt.
 

Second Nine Weeks

  • Ancient Egypt, Ancient Israel, & Ancient India
  • Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, social, and religious structures of the civilizations of Ancient Egypt.
  • Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, social, and religious structures of the civilizations of Ancient India.
  • Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, social, and religious structures of the civilizations of Ancient Israel.
 

Third Nine Weeks

  • Ancient China, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome
  • Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, social, and religious structures of the civilizations of Ancient China.
  • Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, social, and religious structures of the civilizations of Ancient Greece.
  • Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, social, and religious structures of the civilizations of Ancient Rome.

Fourth Nine Weeks

  • Ancient Rome
  • Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, social, and religious structures of the civilizations of Ancient Rome.

TEXTBOOKS AND SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIALS

    Textbook: We may use the book at times in class, but there will not be a book assigned.  We will be using a digital copy of the book that the students will have access to on their Chromebooks.



GRADING AND EVALUATION


Grading scale: A: 93-100; B: 85-82; C: 75-83; D: 70-74; F: Below 70.


Testing Policies:  We will be having weekly standards-based tests over the material we’ve covered.  If a student scores below 85, this is equivalent to Basic or Below Basic.  He or she must make above 85 to be at the Proficient level.  He or she will have to retake any weekly assessment ONCE if a 75 or below is received.  If the students makes 85+ on the first assessment, then he or she will have the option to retest but must take the second grade.


SYLLABUS CHANGES

The instructor reserves the right to make changes to the syllabus as long as the students are notified.