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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

1-24-2012 The Beginnings of Human Society

Continuing my way through the standards, offering links, lessons, and ideas to help teach the 
Core Curriculum Content Standards
Social Studies Grades 6-8

Please post a comment below if you have a site or lesson idea to share for teaching these concepts.  I would love your input!

Content Area
Social Studies
6.2 World History/Global Studies: All students will acquire the knowledge and skills to think analytically and systematically about how past interactions of people, cultures, and the environment affect issues across time and cultures. Such knowledge and skills enable students to make informed decisions as socially and ethically responsible world citizens in the 21st century.
The Beginnings of Human Society
Grade Level
By the end of grade 8
Content Statement
Cumulative Progress Indicator (CPI)
1. The Beginnings of Human Society: Paleolithic and Neolithic Ages

Hunter/gatherers adapted to their physical environments using resources, the natural world, and technological advancements.

The agricultural revolution led to an increase in population, specialization of labor, new forms of social organization, and the beginning of societies.

Archaeology provides historical and scientific explanations for how ancient people lived.
A. Civics, Government, and Human Rights
Compare and contrast the social organization of early hunters/gatherers and those who lived in early agrarian societies.
B. Geography, People, and the Environment
Explain the various migratory patterns of hunters/gatherers who moved from Africa to Eurasia, Australia, and the Americas, and describe the impact of migration on their lives and on the shaping of societies.
Compare and contrast how nomadic and agrarian societies used land and natural resources.
C. Economics, Innovation, and Technology
Relate the agricultural revolution (including the impact of food surplus from farming) to population growth and the subsequent development of civilizations.
Determine the impact of technological advancements on hunter/gatherer and agrarian societies.
D. History, Culture, and Perspectives
Demonstrate an understanding of pre-agricultural and post-agricultural periods in terms of relative length of time.
Relate the development of language and forms of writing to the expression of ideas, creation of cultural identity, and development of more complex social structures.
Explain how archaeological discoveries are used to develop and enhance understanding of life prior to written records.

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