Social Studies Curriculum

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In Social Studies we will explore the first 5 eras of North Carolina's National Standards:


ERA 1 – THE BEGINNINGS OF HUMAN SOCIETY

CONCEPTS – region, human environment interaction, civilization, social system, climate change, scarcity, government

TOPICS – Fertile Crescent, Bronze Age, Stone Age (invention), Ice Age, Land Bridge, migration routes, mummies, Neanderthals, Mongolian migration into Americas, prehistoric man

ERA 2 – EARLY CIVILIZATIONS AND THE EMERGENCE OF PASTORAL PEOPLES – (4000 – 1000 BCE)

CONCEPTS – civilization, migration, technology, community, trade, government

TOPICS – Egyptians, Copper and Bronze Age, Otzi the Ice Man, Africa, Asia, China, domestication of plants and animals, hunter-gatherers, trade routes, written language, law – Hammurabi’s Code, Mesopotamia

ERA 3 – CLASSICAL TRADITIONS, MAJOR RELIGIONS, AND GIANT EMPIRES – (1000 BCE – 300 CE)

CONCEPTS – religion, civilization, society, markets, trade, power, government, imperialism, war

TOPICS –religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism) and empires (Chinese Dynasties, Roman Empire, Alexander the Great, Mayan, Aztecs, Inca), samurai, feudal Japan, collapse of Rome, Maya, Aztec, Inca, Greeks

ERA 4 – EXPANDING ZONES OF EXCHANGE AND ENCOUNTER – (300 – 1000 CE)

CONCEPTS – religion, value, social systems, trade, turning points, competition, invasion

TOPICS –Islamic Expansion, gold/salt trade, Charlemagne, “Dark Ages”, beginnings of feudalism, Norse invasions, establishment of Roman Catholic Church/Orthodox Church. Byzantine Empire

ERA 5 – INTENSIFIED HEMISPHERIC INTERACTIONS – (1000 – 1500 CE)

CONCEPTS – change, conquest, religion, nation states, population, distribution, political systems

TOPICS - the Crusades, plagues, India, Mongol invasion, feudalism, establishment of nations, Reformation, Ottoman Empire, Scientific Revolution, Renaissance

Grading:

Students are graded on a 10-point scale:

90-100 = A

80-89 = B

70-79 = C

60-69 = D

<60 = F

Grades are weighted as follows:

 

Tests 40%

Quizzes/Projects 30%

Classwork 20%

Homework/Participation 10%