Standard 1: Utilize historical inquiry skills and analytical processes.

General Information
Number: SS.6.W.1
Title: Utilize historical inquiry skills and analytical processes.
Type: Standard
Subject: Social Studies
Grade: 6
Strand: World History

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Use timelines to identify chronological order of historical events.
Identify terms used as designations of time periods.
Identify examples of primary and secondary sources.
Identify methods of historical inquiry and how history relates to the other social sciences.
Identify the role of historians and recognize that historians’ interpretations may differ.
Identify how history transmits culture and heritage.

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Analyzing Rule of Law in a U.S. Supreme Court Case:

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The Roman Republic’s Influence on the United States Constitution:

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Great Leaders of Ancient Egypt:

In this lesson, students will learn about seven of Egypt's most famous pharaohs. They will discuss leadership styles and draw conclusions about the success of each of these pharaohs. After learning about the personality and life of each pharaoh, students will break into groups to create in-depth projects about one of these seven pharaohs and will teach others in the class about this leader.

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Portraits in Patriotism - Francisco Márquez: Elementary School:

Francisco Márquez was born in Venezuela and spent his childhood in both Venezuela and the U.S. He studied political science and law in Venezuela and earned his MBA in the United States. After receiving his MBA, Francisco returned to Venezuela. Under the authoritarian Nicolás Maduro regime, Francisco was arrested as a political prisoner and spent time in a Venezuelan prison. Eventually, Francisco was released and is now a political rights activist.

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Portraits in Patriotism - Lily Tang Williams: Secondary School:

Lily Tang Williams was born in communist China during Mao Zedong’s rule. She witnessed Mao’s Cultural Revolution first hand as she was growing up. She was a member of the Young Pioneers and the Red Guard, but yearned to come to the United States to learn about and live in a democracy. In 1988, she was able to come to the United States for schooling and was granted asylum status.

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Portraits in Patriotism - Luis Martínez Fernández: Elementary:

Luis Martínez-Fernández was born at the beginning of the Cuban Revolution. Dr. Martínez-Fernández immigrated to the United States with his family when he was 2 years old after the Bay of Pigs Invasion. His family moved to Lima, Peru after his father was offered employment there. Dr. Martínez-Fernández’s family left Peru after the President of Peru was ousted from power. The new government in Peru concerned Dr. Martínez-Fernández’s father and the family moved to Puerto Rico where they become U.S. Citizens. Dr. Martínez-Fernández moved to the U.S. after graduation from The University of Puerto Rico. He is a Professor of History, an author, and is civically engaged through his nationally syndicated column.

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Portraits in Patriotism - Mel Martinez: Elementary School:

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