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South Dakota's Sixth Grade Standards

  • SD.6.W. Goal / Strand: World History

    Students will understand the emergence and development of world civilizations and cultures over time and place.

    • 6.W.1. Indicator / Benchmark:

      Analyze historical eras of world history to determine connections and cause/effect relationships in reference to chronology.

      • 6.W.1.1. Standard:

        (Analysis) Students are able to explain the development of society during the Stone Age.

      • 6.W.1.2. Standard:

        (Analysis) Students are able to explain the development of the River Valley civilizations based on their geographic locations.

      • 6.W.1.3. Standard:

        (Analysis) Students are able to explain the development of Mediterranean civilizations.

      • 6.W.1.4. Standard:

        (Analysis) Students are able to explain the development of the Middle Eastern civilizations.

      • 6.W.1.5. Standard: (Analysis) Students are able to explain the development of the African empires (Examples

        Ghana, Mali, Songhai, Niger).

      • 6.W.1.6. Standard: (Analysis) Students are able to explain the development of the Mesoamerican/Andean empires (Examples

        Toltec, Olmec, Maya, Aztec, Inca).

      • 6.W.1.7. Standard: (Synthesis) Students are able to summarize the political, economic, and social changes that occurred during the Middle Ages (Examples

        rise of church leadership, tribal migrations, feudal system, Crusades, diseases, 100 Years War, job specialization, trade fairs).

    • 6.W.2. Indicator / Benchmark:

      Evaluate the interaction of world cultures and civilizations, philosophies, and religions.

      • 6.W.2.1. Standard: (Analysis) Students are able to describe how the structure of Stone Age society changed because of the agricultural revolution (Examples

        domestication of animals and plants, rise of trading centers).

      • 6.W.2.2. Standard:

        (Comprehension) Students are able to identify the cultural contributions of the River Valley Civilizations.

      • 6.W.2.3. Standard:

        (Comprehension) Students are able to identify the cultural contributions of the Mediterranean civilizations.

      • 6.W.2.4. Standard:

        (Comprehension) Students are able to identify the cultural contributions of the Middle Eastern civilizations.

      • 6.W.2.5. Standard: (Comprehension) Students are able to identify the cultural contributions of the African empires (Examples

        slave trade, Muslim traders, Timbuktu, tribal society).

      • 6.W.2.6. Standard: (Comprehension) Students are able to identify the cultural contributions of the Mesoamerican/Andean Empires (Examples

        calendar, astronomy, mathematics, step pyramids, recreation and games, agriculture, class structure, religion, irrigation).

      • 6.W.2.7. Standard: (Comprehension) Students are able to identify the cultural contributions of the Middle Ages (Examples

        rise of middle class, government, Magna Carta, art, architecture).

  • SD.6.C. Goal / Strand: Civics (Government)

    Students will understand the historical development and contemporary role of governmental power and authority.

    • 6.C.1. Indicator / Benchmark:

      Analyze forms and purposes of government in relationship to the needs of citizens and societies including the impact of historical events, ideals, and documents.

      • 6.C.1.1. Standard: (Application) Students are able to relate forms of governments to their civilizations (Examples

        priest-kings vs. god-kings, city-states, Athenian democracy vs. republic, monarchy, theocracy, feudalism).

      • 6.C.1.2. Standard: (Synthesis) Students are able to identify relationships of events, ideals, and written documents to changes in civilizations (Examples (events)

        spread of disease, Crusades, Black Death; (ideals): Platonic philosophy, rise of major religions; (documents): Hammurabi's Code, Twelve Tablets of Rome, Justinian Code, Magna Carta).

    • 6.C.2. Indicator / Benchmark:

      Analyze the constitutional rights and responsibilities of United States citizens.

      • 6.C.2.1. Standard: (Evaluation) Students are able to recognize how historical civilizations influence the rights and responsibilities of citizens today (Example

        Roman citizenship compared to United States citizenship).

  • SD.6.E. Goal / Strand: Economics

    Students will understand the impact of economics on the development of societies and on current and emerging national and international situations.

    • 6.E.1. Indicator / Benchmark:

      Analyze the role and relationships of economic systems on the development, utilization, and availability of resources in societies.

      • 6.E.1.1. Standard: (Application) Students are able to explain societies' attempts to satisfy their basic needs and wants by utilizing resources (Examples

        hunting and gathering, agricultural revolution, scarcity/surplus of natural resources, transportation, slavery, property ownership).

      • 6.E.1.2. Standard: (Knowledge) Students are able to identify basic economic systems through the Middle Ages (Examples

        traditional, market).

      • 6.E.1.3. Standard: (Application) Students are able to identify the effects of economic systems on society (Examples

        urbanization, specialization, class system, trade routes, gender roles; money values, standardization of money systems).

 
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