Integrated Social Studies/English Language Arts Curriculum
The Eastern Hemisphere
How does culture provide an identity that influences how we view the world, make decisions, and seek solutions to problems?
How do prior civilizations contribute to the cultural elements of religion, art, music, architecture, science, mathematics, traditions, beliefs, and language to the modern world?
Do technological developments trigger turning points in history?
Does the past impact the present and inform the future?
How do human beings and the environment interact?
Unit 1: The Neolithic Revolution
Essential Question: Does society change as a consequence of human development or environmental change or both?
Clip from Raiders of the Lost Ark
Interactive webpage for Catal Hoyuk
Internet resources for research
"Stone Age" Video: Describes the transition from the Paleolithic Age to the Neolithic Age
From Hunters and Gatherers to Farmers
Science Museum of Minnesota:http://www.smm.org/catal/virtual_tour/tour_the_dig_site/
Unit 2: River Valley Civilizations
1-Does geography determine history?
2-How are River Valley Civilizations similar and different?
*Excellent article that focuses on an environmental problem shared by the countries of the region today.
“Mesopotamian Geography and Sumerian Society” (1:08) and Agricultural Technology” (1:06). April 3, 2011. Discovery Education Streaming. Subscription required. http://app.discoveryeducation.com/player/view/assetGuid/C97E7036-9246-4258-B1F6-9586F5E1333B “The fertile valley between the Euphrates and the Tigris rivers provided an ideal location for the Sumerians to grow their own grain, vegetables, and fruit, and to raise livestock for meat and dairy products. The Sumerians protected their fields from flooding by building a system of levees along the riverbanks. They also developed an irrigation system to bring river water into their fields during periods of drought.”
“Mesopotamia: From Nomads to Farmers.” Discovery Education Streaming. 13 segments. Show Inventions and Innovations in Ancient Mesopotamia and Rise of the City-State. http://app.discoveryeducation.com/player/view/assetGuid/3029357E-9BB7-40D5-93E2-EFFBDCA2AFFE “Explore the agricultural practices and technological devices that led to the rise of civilization in Mesopotamia. Meet the nomadic people who became farmers. And see how they established city-states, developed specialized work skills, written language, technology, time-keeping and advanced organized religion.”
“Mesopotamia.” The British Museum. http://www.mesopotamia.co.uk Contains readings. Artifacts, activities, and challenges for Assyria, Babylon, and Sumer.
“Hammurabi’s Code – Was It Just?” Mini Qs in World History. The DBQ Project. 425 Lee Street, Evanston Illinois 60202, 2013. This is from a large binder for purchase that includes how to teach doing a DBQ and 11 DBQs with background essays that span world history. If you wish to introduce writing a DBQ at this point, you might consider this resource. For a free resource that just has the Mini DBQ go to http://islgrade6.weebly.com/uploads/7/8/1/0/7810807/hammurabi_ev_student.pdf
“India” Ancient Civilizations: Program 06: The End Is the Beginning. Discovery Education Streaming. 2:49. http://app.discoveryeducation.com/player/view/assetGuid/8C145272-8A58-43D7-A460-C2787E87FB51
This segment examines the economic and engineering sophistication of the ancient Indian city of Mohenjo Daro. It speculates that the reason for this society’s decline was environmental: the inhabitants abused the natural resources, resulting in drought and desertification.
“India's Place-Value Number System” segment in “Culture and Math: The Indus Valley.” 77. Discovery Education Streaming.
http://app.discoveryeducation.com/player/view/assetGuid/21FF3FAB-EFCC-4572-A50E-4FBC2628CF4F As the culture of India entered into an age of mathematics in the third century B.C., early development of a decimal place-value system began. The ancient people of the Indus Valley learned to operate freely with zero and negative numbers, which was groundbreaking at the time.
“Ancient Egypt: The Gift of the Nile (3000-30 B.C)” 3:33. Discovery Education Streaming. April 4, 2011. Subscription required. http://app.discoveryeducation.com/player/view/assetGuid/7A54F2BB-9134-4B4C-A4B1-650ACCF988B0
The Nile River flows northward through Egypt, nourishing and protecting the civilization along its banks. This segment explores Upper and Lower Egypt, the Delta, and the Nile's relationship with the Sahara. The segment also explains how famers relied on the rich soil the Nile's flooding provided.
“Ancient Egypt_The Gift of the Nile.’ Vimeo. 28:21. http://vimeo.com/8139959 This program was filmed on location in Egypt. Students learn about the geography of Egypt and how the Nile River provided the unifying element that gave rise to one of the greatest of the ancient civilizations.
Unit 3: Classical Civilizations
1-How are classical civilizations similar and different?
2-How does our modern world reflect the innovations of classical civilizations?
“People in Power” included sites for research (included)
“Qin Dynasty” School Tube. (7:09) http://www.schooltube.com/video/3fad445dbb1b47749a18/Qin%20Dynasty%20%286.3%29 Created by students at the Academy of Sacred Heart.
China’s Unified Empire.” Discovery Education. (4:39)
“China’s Unified Empire.” Discovery Education. (4:39) http://app.discoveryeducation.com/player/view/assetGuid/8AC6B0BA-F7C7-4283-BF34-BBBF49588EC5 “In 221 BC, Chang became China's first emperor. He abolished feudalism, began construction on the Great Wall, and created a centralized government that became the model for later dynasties. During the 400-year Han Dynasty, writing and paper came into wide use, trade with other regions increased, and the idea of a unified China achieved wide acceptance.”
“Ancient Greece.” The British Museum. http://www.ancientgreece.co.uk/ There are many areas to explore: Athens, Sparta, Daily Life, Acropolis etc. The site is interactive and each area has a story, a place to explore, and a challenge.
Riordan, Rick. The Lightening Thief. New York, NY: Hyperion Books for Children, 2005. Fiction with connection of a contemporary boy to Greek Myths. One of the books on engagerny site.
“PowerPoint: "Greek Architecture" (included) (Note: To assist students in the note taking process, print out slides 1-8, using the handout feature in Power Point with the lines next to the slide.)
Unit 4: Comparative World Religions
1-How are world religions similar or different?
2-How does religion play a role in the world today?
“Jerusalem gets no rest from its Sabbath skirmishes.” Newsela. April 24, 2014.https://www.newsela.com/articles/sabbath-debate/id/3468/ Without payment, teachers are entitled to a limited number of articles. The lexile level of each article can be changed to meet the differentiated reading needs of the students. Many articles have quizzes that are aligned with the Common Core. New articles constantly appear.
Unit 5: The Mediterranean World
Essential Question: How did three distinct cultural regions develop and interact in the Mediterranean World following the collapse of the Roman Empire?
World History: Journey Across Time: The Early Ages
Use this web address to access your social studies textbook from home. Excellent student resources including flash cards to help you review important vocabulary.