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Social Studies

The first semester focuses on Social Studies. In sixth grade, our focus is ancient, foundational civilizations. This is the order in which we cover material in Buncombe County. 

Unit 1: Investigating the Past 

  • Map Skills

  • 5 Strands of Social Studies

  • How Social Scientists Study the Past


Unit 2: Rise of Civilization 

  • Geography Challenge

  • From Hunters and Gatherers to Farmers

  • The Rise of Sumerian City-States

  • Ancient Sumer

  • The Four Empires of Mesopotamia

Unit 3: Ancient Egypt

  • Geography Challenge

  • Pharaohs

  • Daily Life

  • Origins of Judaism


Unit 4: Ancient India 

  • Geography Challenge

  • Mohenjodaro

  • Hinduism

  • Buddhism

  • First Unification of India

  • Gupta Empire


Unit 5: Ancient China

    • Geography Challenge

    • The Shang Dynasty

    • Three Chinese Philosophies

    • First Emperor of China
    • Han Dynasty
    • Silk Road
  • Unit 6: Ancient Greece

    • Geography Challenge

    • The Rise of Democracy

    • Athens and Sparta

    • Persian Wars

    • Golden Age of Athens

    • Alexander the Great


    Unit 7: Ancient Rome

    • Geography Challenge

    • Rise of the Roman Republic

    • From Republic to Empire

    • Daily Life in Rome

    • Origins and Spread of Christianity

    Unit 8: The Middle Ages

    • Geography Challenge

    • Feudalism 

    • Role of the Church

    • Life in Medieval Towns

    • Decline of Feudalism 

    • Rise of Islam 

    Unit 9: Ancient Mayans

    • The Mayas 

    • Achievements 



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