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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

1-25-2012 Early Civilizations and the Emergence of Pastoral Peoples

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

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.
Early Civilizations and the Emergence of Pastoral Peoples (4000-1000 BCE)
Grade Level
By the end of grade 8
Content Statement
Cumulative Progress Indicator
2. Early Civilizations and the Emergence of Pastoral Peoples: Ancient River Valley Civilizations 

Ancient river valley civilizations (e.g., Mesopotamia, Egypt, Indus River [modern Pakistan and northwestern India], and, later, Yellow River Valley in China) developed due to favorable geographic conditions. They created centralized systems of government and advanced societies.
A. Civics, Government, and Human Rights
Explain why different ancient river valley civilizations developed similar forms of government.
Explain how codifying laws met the needs of ancient river valley societies.
Determine the role of slavery in the economic and social structures of ancient river valley civilizations.
B. Geography, People, and the Environment
Determine the extent to which geography influenced settlement, the development of trade networks, technological innovations, and the sustainability of ancient river valley civilizations.
Compare and contrast physical and political maps of ancient river valley civilizations and their modern counterparts (i.e., Mesopotamia and Iraq; Ancient Egypt and Modern Egypt; Indus River Valley and Modern Pakistan/India; Ancient China and Modern China), and determine the geopolitical impact of these civilizations, then and now.
C. Economics, Innovation, and Technology
Explain how technological advancements led to greater economic specialization, improved weaponry, trade, and the development of a class system in ancient river valley civilizations.
D. History, Culture, and Perspectives
Analyze the impact of religion on daily life, government, and culture in various ancient river valley civilizations.
Explain how the development of written language transformed all aspects of life in ancient river valley civilizations.
Analyze the factors that led to the rise and fall of various ancient river valley civilizations and determine whether there was a common pattern of growth and decline.
Justify which of the major achievements of the ancient river valley civilizations represent the most enduring legacies.

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

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