6th Grade Social Studies
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Unit Title:
Ancient Civilizations

Topic: Ancient Egypt

Author: Angie McGuirk

Building:  Middle School

Grade Span:  6th grade

Subject(s): Social Studies

1.  develop questions and ideas to initiate and refine research
2.  conduct research to answer questions and evaluate information and ideas
4.  use technological tools and other resources to locate, select and organize 
5.  comprehend and evaluate written, visual and oral presentations and works
7.  evaluate the accuracy of information and the reliability of its sources
8.  organize data, information and ideas into useful forms (including charts, graphs,
      outlines) for analysis or presentation

1.  plan and make written, oral and visual presentations for a variety of purposes 
      and audiences
3.  exchange information, questions and ideas while recognizing the perspectives 
      of others
4.  present perceptions and ideas regarding works of the arts, humanities, and 
7.  use technological tools to exchange information and ideas

1.  explain reasoning and identify information used to support decisions
6.  identify tasks that require a coordinated effort and work with others to complete
      those tasks

3.  principles and processes of governance systems
4.  economic concepts (including productivity and the market system) and 
      principles (including the laws of supply and demand)
5.  the major elements of geographical study and analysis (such as location, place, 
      movement, regions) and their relationships to changes in society and 
6.  relationships of the individual and groups to institutions and cultural traditions

*  examine river civilizations
*  describe human characteristics, such as people's education, language, 
    diversity, economies, religions, settlement patterns, ethnic background, and 
    political system
*  compare regions and predict how human life in one region in the world would 
    differ from that in another

3.  exhibit legal and ethical behaviors when using information and technology, and 
      discuss consequences of misuse
5.  apply productivity/multimedia tools and peripherals to support personal 
      productivity, group collaboration, and learning throughout the curriculum
6.  design, develop, publish and present products (e.g., web pages, videotapes) 
      using technology resources that demonstrate and communicate curriculum 
      concepts to audiences inside and outside the classroom
8.  select and use appropriate tools and technology resources to accomplish a 
      variety of tasks and solve problems

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Essential Question

Unit (Subsidiary) Questions
For each unit, students will explore the following areas:
* How was society set up for this ancient civilization?  What role did men, women, 
   and children play?  What was the caste system?
* Which religion(s) was practiced in this culture?
* What tools/technology were used and/or invented?
* What type of economic system was used?  How did the people get the things they
   needed?  Did they trade?  Did they use a form of money? 
* What type of communication was used?
* How was the government organized?  Was it a democracy?  Was there a ruler?
* Who were the people who impacted this culture?  Who were the rulers?
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Performance Task
EGYPT:  Using Microsoft Publisher, create an "Ancient Egyptian" newspaper.  The newspaper will demonstrate knowledge of Ancient Egyptian culture (geography, society, communication, religion, economics, pyramids).  The students will include several different components of a newspaper (i.e. articles, weather, finance, editorials, comics).

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Newspaper scoring guide
Unit test (to be given in class)

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Complete the ancient Egypt WebQuest

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Tools and Resources
* MS Power Point
* MS Publisher
* Internet Access
* Netscape Composer
* Various references (textbook, videos, reference books)
* Teacher email account

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Angie McGuirk
6th Grade 
Middle School
Willard R2 School District
407 Farmer Road
Willard, Missouri  64781

8/05/03©Teacher Updated 8/05/03 
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