South Carolina State Standards for Social Studies: Grade 6

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SC.6-1. Ancient Cultures to 1600: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the transition of humans from nomadic to settled life in the cradles of civilization.

6-1.1. Explain the characteristics of hunter-gatherer groups and their relationship to the natural environment. 6
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6-1.2. Explain the emergence of agriculture and its effect on early human communities, including the impact of irrigation techniques and the domestication of plants and animals. (H, E, G) 6
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6-1.3. Compare the river valley civilizations of the Tigris and Euphrates (Mesopotamia), the Nile (Egypt), the Indus (India), and the Huang He (China), including the evolution of written language, government, trade systems, architecture, and forms of social order. 31
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6-1.4. Explain the origins, fundamental beliefs, and spread of Eastern religions, including Hinduism (India), Judaism (Mesopotamia), Buddhism (India), and Confucianism and Taoism (China). 13
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6-1.5. Explain the role of economics in the development of early civilizations, including the significance and geography of trade networks and the agriculture techniques that allowed for an economic surplus and the emergence of city centers. (E, G, H) 9
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SC.6-2. Ancient Cultures to 1600: The student will demonstrate an understanding of life in ancient classical civilizations and their contributions to the modern world.

6-2.1. Describe the development of ancient Greek culture (the Hellenic period), including the concept of citizenship and the early forms of democracy in Athens. 40
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6-2.2. Analyze the role of Alexander the Great (Hellenistic period), Socrates, Plato, Archimedes, Aristotle, and others in the creation and spread of Greek governance, literature, philosophy, the arts, math, and science. 22
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6-2.3. Describe the development of Roman civilization, including language, government, architecture, and engineering. 20
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6-2.4. Describe the expansion and transition of the Roman government from monarchy to republic to empire, including the roles of Julius Caesar and Augustus Caesar (Octavius). 14
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6-2.5. Explain the decline and collapse of the Roman Empire and the impact of the Byzantine Empire, including the Justinian Code and the preservation of ancient Greek and Roman learning, architecture, and government. 3
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6-2.6. Summarize the significant features of the classical Chinese civilization, including the Silk Road and contributions to the modern world such as gunpowder, paper, silk, and the seismograph. (H, G, E) 14
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SC.6-3. Ancient Cultures to 1600: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the Middle Ages and the emergence of the nation-states.

6-3.1. Summarize the major contributions of the Chinese civilization from the Qing dynasty through the Ming dynasty, including the golden age of art and literature, the invention of gunpowder and woodblock printing, and the rise of trade via the Silk Road. 6
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6-3.2. Summarize the major contributions of the Japanese civilization, including the Japanese feudal system, the Shinto traditions, and works of art and literature. 4
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6-3.3. Summarize the major contributions of India, including those of the Gupta dynasty in mathematics, literature, religion, and science. 2
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6-3.4. Explain the origin and fundamental beliefs of Islam and the geographic and economic aspects of its expansion. 6
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6-3.5. Use a map to illustrate the origins and the spread of the bubonic plague through Central Asia, China, the Middle East, and Europe and explain the impact of the plague on society, including the plague's effect on people's daily lives, its role in bringing an end to the feudal system, and its impact on the global population. (G, H, E) 2
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6-3.6. Explain the contributions that the Byzantine Empire made to the world, including the Justinian Code and the preservation of ancient Greek and Roman learning and traditions, architecture, and government. (H, G) 11
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SC.6-4. Ancient Cultures to 1600: The student will demonstrate an understanding of changing political, social, and economic cultures in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

6-4.1. Compare the features and major contributions of the African civilizations of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai, including the influence of geography on their growth and the impact of Islam and Christianity on their cultures. (H, G, E) 1
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6-4.2. Describe the influence of geography on trade in the African kingdoms, including the salt and gold trades. 17
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6-4.3. Compare the contributions and the decline of the Maya, Aztec, and Inca civilizations in Central and South America, including their forms of government and their contributions in mathematics, astronomy, and architecture. 4
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6-4.4. Explain the contributions, features, and rise and fall of the North American ancestors of the numerous Native American tribes, including the Adena, Hopewell, Pueblo, and Mississippian cultures. 12
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6-4.5. Summarize the characteristics of the Islamic civilization and the geographic aspects of its expansion. (G, H) 12
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SC.6-5. Ancient Cultures to 1600: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the development and the impact of the Renaissance and the Reformation on Europe and rest of the world.

6-5.1. Explain feudalism and its relationship to the development of European monarchies and nation-states, including feudal relationships, the daily lives of peasants and serfs, and the economy under the manorial system. 11
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6-5.2. Explain the effects of the Magna Carta on European society, its effect on the feudal system, and its contribution to the development of representative government in England. 11
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6-5.3. Summarize the course of the Crusades and explain their effects on feudalism and their role in spreading Christianity. 9
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6-5.4. Explain the role and influence of the Roman Catholic Church in medieval Europe. 7
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6-5.5 Provide examples of developments in the Renaissance that had a lasting impact on culture, politics, and government in Europe, including advances in printing technology and improved understanding of anatomy and astronomy. (P, G) 11
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6-5.6. Explain the principal causes and key events of the Reformation, including conflicts surrounding the Roman Catholic Church, the main points of theological differences, the regional patterns of the religious affiliations involved, and the key events and figures of the Counter Reformation. (P, G) 5
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SC.6-6. Ancient Cultures to 1600: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the age European exploration and settlement in the New World.

6-6.1. Summarize the contributions of the Italian Renaissance, including the importance of Florence, the influence of humanism and the accomplishments of the Italians in art, music, literature, and architecture. 33
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6-6.2. Identify key figures of the Renaissance and the Reformation and their contributions (e.g., Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Johannes Gutenberg, John Calvin, and Martin Luther). 21
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6-6.3. Explain the causes, events, and points of contention and denominational affiliations (of nations) of the Reformation and the Catholic Reformation (Counter Reformation). 13
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