Standard 2: Describe the emergence of early civilizations (Nile, Tigris-Euphrates, Indus, and Yellow Rivers, Meso and South American).

General Information
Number: SS.6.W.2
Title: Describe the emergence of early civilizations (Nile, Tigris-Euphrates, Indus, and Yellow Rivers, Meso and South American).
Type: Standard
Subject: Social Studies
Grade: 6
Strand: World History

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Related Access Points

This cluster includes the following access points.

Independent

SS.6.W.2.In.a
Identify differences in the lifestyles of hunter-gatherers and settlers of early agricultural communities.
SS.6.W.2.In.b
Identify ways that agriculture and metallurgy changed life in early civilizations, such as through the use of tools and cultivation of crops.
SS.6.W.2.In.c
Recognize common characteristics of civilizations, such as cities, technology, government, and religion.
SS.6.W.2.In.d
Recognize ways of life in selected ancient river civilizations, such as Nile, Tigris-Euphrates, Indus, or Huang He.
SS.6.W.2.In.e
Identify achievements from ancient Egyptian civilization, such as a calendar, pyramids, art and architecture, and mummification.
SS.6.W.2.In.f
Recognize the contributions of selected key figures from ancient Egypt, such as Ramses and Tutankhamun.
SS.6.W.2.In.g
Identify achievements of Mesopotamian civilization, such as writing, art and architecture, and technology—wheel, sail, and plow.
SS.6.W.2.In.h
Recognize the impact of selected key figures, such as Hammurabi, Nebuchadnezzar, and Cyrus, from ancient Mesopotamian civilizations.
SS.6.W.2.In.i
Recognize key figures and a basic belief of the ancient Israelites, such as Abraham and Moses, and belief in monotheism and emphasis on individual worth and responsibility.
SS.6.W.2.In.j
Recognize similarities of the early river civilizations and the advanced civilizations in Meso and South America, such as the use of law, technology, and religion.

Supported

SS.6.W.2.Su.a
Recognize differences in food and shelter (lifestyles) used by hunter/gatherers and settlers in early agricultural communities.
SS.6.W.2.Su.b
Recognize a way that agriculture and metallurgy changed life in early civilizations, such as through the use of tools or cultivation of crops.
SS.6.W.2.Su.c
Recognize a characteristic of civilizations, such as cities, technology, government, or religion.
SS.6.W.2.Su.d
Recognize a characteristic of life in selected ancient river civilizations, such as Nile, Tigris-Euphrates, Indus, or Huang He.
SS.6.W.2.Su.e
Recognize achievements from ancient Egyptian civilization, such as a calendar, pyramids, and art and architecture.
SS.6.W.2.Su.f
Recognize a contribution of a key figure from ancient Egypt, such as Ramses or Tutankhamun.
SS.6.W.2.Su.g
Recognize an achievement of Mesopotamian civilization, such as writing, art and architecture, or technology—wheel, sail, and plow.
SS.6.W.2.Su.h
Recognize the impact of a key figure, such as Hammurabi, Nebuchadnezzar, or Cyrus, from ancient Mesopotamian civilizations.
SS.6.W.2.Su.i
Recognize a basic belief of the ancient Israelites, such as monotheism, or emphasis on individual worth and responsibility.
SS.6.W.2.Su.j
Recognize a common characteristic of the early river civilizations and the advanced civilizations in Meso and South America, such as the use of law, technology, or religion.

Participatory

SS.6.W.2.Pa.a
Recognize that people need food and shelter.
SS.6.W.2.Pa.b
Recognize that tools make it easier to do work.
SS.6.W.2.Pa.c
Recognize a characteristic of civilization, such as a city.
SS.6.W.2.Pa.d
Recognize a characteristic of civilization, such as a city.
SS.6.W.2.Pa.e
Recognize an achievement of civilization, such as art, architecture, writing, or technology.
SS.6.W.2.Pa.f
Recognize that civilizations had different leaders.
SS.6.W.2.Pa.g
Recognize an achievement of civilization, such as art, architecture, writing, or technology.
SS.6.W.2.Pa.h
Recognize that civilizations had different leaders.
SS.6.W.2.Pa.i
Recognize that civilizations had different leaders.
SS.6.W.2.Pa.j
Recognize a characteristic of civilization, such as the use of technology.

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A Day in the Life of an Egyptian:

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Teaching Idea

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Type: WebQuest

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