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6th Grade Social Studies
OVERVIEW
Welcome to 6th grade social studies!  I am looking forward to a great school year.  The focus of the 6th grade program is world history.  We begin the year with a review of geography basics, then travel back to prehistory to learn about the earliest human communities and the advancements that led to the first civilizations.  Throughout the course of the year, 6th graders willl study the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, India, Greece, and Rome.  We then proceed to the important time periods of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Industrial Revolution, and finally World War 1. 
In addition, we will focus on geography skills and current events
This web site will keep you up to date with homework assignments, upcoming events like report and test dates, and will also include study guides, project guidelines, etc.
  
GRADING INFORMATION
Chapter Tests - generally 3 or 4 per marking period - students will be provided with study guides for each chapter
Major Projects/Presentations - count as test grades
Quizzes
Minor Projects
Homework - if class is missed, it is the responsibility of the student to see me as soon as possible to get the make up work and due date.  Late or incomplete homework will be penalized 10 points per day
Notebook - It is very important to keep a neat and organized notebook!  Notebooks will contain all information that will be tested for every chapter throughout the year.
Study Guides - They will outline all of the information covered on the tests  They are usually handed out 3 to 5 days before a test to help direct the studying.
WEEK OF APRIL 24 - 28     WELCOME BACK!

THE MIDDLE AGES !
This week's lessons will finish up our unit on the Middle Ages.  Our chapter test is scheduled for next Wednesday, May, 3rd, and study guides will be given to all classes early this week.  Lessons this week focus on the following topics:
 - A Time of Changes (The Crusades)
 - The End of the Middle Ages
All groups will begin reviewing for the test at the end of the week.  Our next chapter covers the Byzantine Empire, followed by the Renaissance.
 

HOMEWORK:  
The Middle Ages test will be given next Wednesday, May 3rd.   Study guides will be given to all classes on Monday or Tuesday, and a copy will be posted below on this site.

STUDY GUIDE:  MIDDLE AGES TEST  
VOCABULARY:
nationalism        crusade              vassal
Magna Carta       cathedral            lord
jury                      serf                      feudalism
justice                  manor                 nun
charter                 squire                  monk
apprentice           page                     missionaries
guild                    knight                   Pope

IMPORTANT PEOPLE:
Pope Gregory I                          Roland
Charlemagne                             Lancelot
Louis the Pious                         Pope Urban II
Muslims                                     King John
Magyars                                     Joan of Arc
Vikings                                King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella
William the Duke of Normandy

MAIN IDEAS:
1. New European languages (blending Latin and Germanic)
2 Manors:  What would you find on each manor (6 things)
3. Feudalism:  How did it work?  Why did it weaken at the end of the Middle Ages?
4. Churches: What did they provide for the people of the Middle Ages?
5. Charlemagne's rule:  What did he conquer?  What were the successful results?
6. The Fall of Rome: What happened when roads and bridges were not kept up?
7. Magna Carta:  What is this document and how did it limit the powers of a King?
8. Food Production:  What are 2 things that increase food production greatly in the second half of the Middle Ages?
9. Bubonic Plague:  How did the plague effect the population of Europe?  How did it spread?  How long did it last?