Welcome to 6th Grade Social Studies

Ideas that Shaped History

We will study the origins of human beings in Africa and the early civilizations that flourished in the Mediterranean area.  We study the religions, governments, trade, philosophies, and art of these civilizations as well as the powerful ideas that arose in the ancient world and profoundly shaped the course of world history.  These ideas include monotheism, democracy, the rule of law, individual worth, personal responsibility, the alphabetic principle for a writing system, and scientific reasoning.



I. Ancient Man: Africa through the Neolithic Age

II. Mesopotamia: Site of Several Ancient River Civilizations

III. Egypt: An Ancient River Civilization

IV.  Phoenicia: Leaders in Trade and Language 

V. Roots of Western Civilization: Ancient Israel

VI. The Roots of Western Civilization: Ancient Greece

VII. The Roots of Western Civilization: Ancient Rome



1. What are the characteristics of a civilization?

2. Why did early civilizations develop where they did?

3. How do archaeologists learn about ancient civilizations?

4. What "gifts"do we get from ancient civilizations?




1. Arrive on time with your class materials.

2. Start working as soon as you get in the classroom.

           -write the posted homework in your agenda book

            -check the day’s agenda

            -keep only Social Studies materials on your desk

3. Use all class supplies as instructed.  The supplies are for everyone to use and are important for our projects.  Use supplies carefully and return them to the appropriate place.


4. Always ask questions when you don’t understand something.  Don’t leave class without the answers or an appointment time for extra help.



Available Wednesday until 3pm, bring a permission note from home.  If you want before or after school, check to be sure I will be available and then bring me a permission note from home.
I use a Total Points system for grading.  This means assignments have different point values depending on the amount and complexity of the material covered.  A student's grade is the percentage of the available points earned.  Like a video game, the objective is to earn as many points as possible.
Whenever projects are assigned, students will receive instructions and grading criteria for their work.  Projects are typically several days long, with work in and out of the classroom required.