• September and October - Pre-History and River Valley Civilizations
      
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    • Compare and contrast the social organization of early hunter/gatherers and those who lived in early agrarian societies.
    • Explain the various migratory patterns of hunter/gatherers who moved from Africa to Eurasia, Australia, and the Americas.
    • Describe the impact of migration on their lives and on the shaping of societies.
    • Compare and contrast how nomadic and agrarian societies used land and natural resources.
    • Relate the agricultural revolution to population growth and the subsequent development of civilizations.
    • Determine the impact of technological enhancements on hunter/gatherer and agrarian societies.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of pre-agricultural and post-agricultural periods in terms of relative length of time.
    • Explain how archaeological discoveries are used to develop and enhance understanding of life prior to written records.

     

    Marking Period Two - River Valley Civilizations
    November, December and January
     
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    • Explain why different ancient river valley civilizations developed similar forms of government.      
    • Explain how codifying laws met the needs of ancient river valley societies.     
    • Determine the role of slavery in the economic and social structures of ancient river valley civilizations.   
    • Determine the extent to which geography influenced settlement, the development of trade networks, technological innovations, and the sustainability of ancient river valley civilizations.   
    • Compare and contrast physical and political maps of ancient river valley civilizations and their modern counterparts (i.e., Mesopotamia and Iraq; Ancient Egypt and Modern Egypt; Indus River Valley and Modern Pakistan/India; Ancient China and Modern China), and determine the geopolitical impact of these civilizations, then and now.        
    • Explain how technological advancements led to greater economic specialization, improved weaponry, trade, and the development of a class system in ancient river valley civilizations.    
    • Analyze the impact of religion on daily life, government, and culture in various ancient river valley civilizations.     
    • Explain how the development of written language transformed all aspects of life in ancient river valley civilizations.  
    • Analyze the factors that led to the rise and fall of various ancient river valley civilizations and determine whether there was a common pattern of growth and decline.    
    • Justify which of the major achievements of the ancient river valley civilizations represent the most enduring legacies.    

     

    Marking Period Three - River Valley Civilizations
    February, March and April
     
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    • WALT explain why different ancient river valley civilizations developed similar forms of government.
    • WALT explain how codifying laws met the needs of ancient river valley societies.
    • WALT compare and contrast the methods used by the rulers of China to control and unify their expanding empire.
    • WALT determine the extent to which geography influenced settlement of ancient river valley civilizations.
    • WALT determine the extent to which geography influenced the development of trade networks of ancient river valley civilizations.
    • WALT determine the extent to which geography influenced technological innovations of ancient river valley civilizations.
    • WALT compare and contrast physical and political maps of Ancient China and Modern China and determine the geopolitical impact of these civilizations then and now.
    • WALT analyze the impact of religion on daily life in various ancient river valley civilizations.
    • WALT analyze the factors that led to the rise and fall of various ancient river valley civilizations.
    • WALT justify which of the major achievements of the ancient river valley civilizations represent the most enduring legacies.
    • WALT relate the Chinese dynastic system to the longevity of authoritarian rule in China.
    • WALT determine common factors that contributed to the decline and fall of the Roman Empire, Gupta India, and Han China.
    • WALT compare the golden ages of Greece, Rome, India, and China.
    • WALT justify major achievements of the golden ages of Greece, Rome, India, and China that represent world legacies.
    • WALT compare and contrast the tenets of various world religions that developed around this time period.

     

    Marking Period Four - May and June

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    WALT compare and contrast the methods used by Rome, China and India to control and unify their empires.
    WALT compare and contrast the rights and responsibilities of various social groups in classical civilizations.  
    WALT compare the Athenian Democracy and the Roman Republic to the government in the United States.
    WALT compare and contrast life in Sparta and Athens to life in the United States today.
    WALT compare citizenship in Athens in Sparta to citizenship today.
    WALT compare and contrast the American legal system and the legal system of classical civilizations.
    WALT explain how geography influences the development of the political, economic, and cultural systems of each of the classical civilizations        WALT explain how geography led to the development of polises.
    WALT explain how a uniform system of exchange facilities trade.
    WALT explain how classical civilizations used technology and innovation to improve life.    
    WALT compare and contrast social hierarchies in classical civilizations.
    WALT determine common factors that led to the decline of empires.                                                                                                              
    WALT compare life in the Golden Ages of Greece, Rome, India and China.     
    WALT identify some of the achievements of the Golden Age of Greece and Rome.                                                                                                    
    WALT compare and contrast world religions that developed in the classical period.
    WALT explain how religion and mythologies shaped the values of classical societies.