Camden-Rockport Middle School

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Social Studies
Grade 6
 
Description:

COURSE/SUBJECT TITLE: American History: Civil War to the Present

LENGTH OF TIME: Full Year (60/65 minutes every other day)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The sixth grade year in Social Studies focuses on American history, Westward Expansion to the present day. The following units will be covered:

  • Westward Expansion

  • Civil War

  • Industrialization

  • Immigration

  • 1920's And 1930's

  • World War II

ESSENTIAL OUTCOMES:

REPORTING STANDARD:  History

  1. Students will be able to identify key events and major figures for each unit.

  2. Student will be able to interpret the sequence and importance of major events.

  3. Students will identify multiple causes and effects in explaining historical events.

  4. Students will be able to identify key events and major figures that shaped westward expansion in the United States.

  5. Students will understand slavery as a cause of Civil War.

  6. Students will understand the major figures and their impact on events that shaped the war.

  7. Students will be able to identify key factors and major figures that allowed the Industrial Age to begin.

  8. Students will understand major inventions and innovations and how they changed life in America during Industrialization.

  9. Students will compare and contrast the impact of immigration on rural and urban areas of our country.

  10. Students will understand the major causes and events of World War II.

  11. Students will know the sequencing and importance of major events during World War II.

REPORTING STANDARD:  Geography

  1. Students will understand how to use maps and other geographic tools and technologies to understand content in each unit.

  2. Students will be able to analyze the dynamic relationships between human and physical systems.

  3. Students will understand the similarities and differences of the political geography of the US from 1800's to present.

  4. Students will identify the political locations that were important to the Civil War.

REPORTING STANDARD:  Civics and Government

  1. Students will understand the importance and purposes of major foundational documents in forming a culture, government, or country.

  2. Students will understand the rights and responsibilities of a citizen within a variety of contexts.

  3. Students will understand the differences and similarities between or among different political systems and governments.

  4. Students will understand the limits of citizenship during the Civil War era.

  5. Students will understand the process of becoming a U.S. citizen.

REPORTING STANDARD:  Economics

  1. Students will understand basic economic vocabulary and concepts.

  2. Students will understand how economic factors impact a historical period.

  3. Students will understand the economic factors that contributed to the Great Depression.

REPORTING STANDARD:  Research Skills and Communication

  1. Student will identify key steps in a process related to social studies.

  2. Students will compare and contrast primary and secondary resources.

  3. Students will write arguments and informative/explanatory essays or constructed responses based on social studies content, supported by specific evidence based on informational texts.

  4. Students will produce clear and coherent writings that exhibit organization, attention to audience, and evidence of editing.

  5. Students will conduct short research projects using multiple print and digital resources, taking concise and relevant notes, and citing resources correctly.

  6. Students will present information making use of available technologies.

  7. Students will be able to evaluate a text by:

  • Summarizing the central ideas

  • Identifying supporting details

  • Evaluating the point of view, structure, and validity

  1. Students will understand content-specific vocabulary.

  2. Students will understand the connection between a text and visual information (charts, graphs, maps, etc.).

KEY VOCABULARY:

Abolitionist

Expansion

Prejudice

Anti-Semitism

Hemisphere

Quota

Assassination

Holocaust

Scale

Boom

Homestead

Secession

Civil War

Immigrant

Slavery

Claim

Industrialize

Specialization of Labor

Crash

Key

Tariff

Depression

Manifest destiny

Theater

Dictator

Panic

Topographic map

Discrimination

Pioneer

Transcontinental

Emancipation

Political map

Treaty

Epidemic

   

EVIDENCE/ASSESSMENTS:

Tests

Research Papers

Simulations

Journal Entries

Reading Responses

TEXTS AND OTHER RESOURCES:

History Alive, Interact Simulations

National Geographic Programs

Jackdaw Primary Sources

Various other sources that fit the unit of study

Revised 8/12

 

 
Outcomes: