Contemporary World Cultures
The school year will be broken down into 12 Units, 3 units the first 9 weeks and 3 units per 9 weeks thereafter. Each unit will have a unit test to monitor success and identify areas that need further study.
For every unit, the student will receive a Unit Study Helper and calendar showing what lessons to be studying on what day and when the unit test will be given.
Students will receive homework on Monday's consisting of a minimum of 5 vocabulary terms that must be written out, illustrated, and mastered by Friday of that week. They will also receive a homework assignment on Friday that will use the concepts and material covered the previous week and will be due on Monday. This will be on top of the study requirements for the Unit Study Helper.
The Study Helper must be read each day. Parents, please check to see that your child is studying the Study Helper each day and ask them questions from that material to check understanding.
What is "Contemporary World Cultures" going to cover?World Cultures in 6th Grade focuses on history, geography, economics, government, citizenship, and culture of our modern world along with the basic research and social studies skills that are needed to progress from grade to grade.
6th Grade Social Studies students will focus on mastering the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), for 6th Grade. The following is a quick overview of each area of study and what must be mastered:
6.1: The student understands that historical events influence contemporary events.
6.2: The student understands the influences of individuals and groups from various cultures on various historical and contemporary societies.
6.3: The student uses geographic tools to answer geographic questions.
6.4: The student understands the factors that influence the locations and characteristics of locations of various contemporary societies on maps and globes and uses latitude and longitude to determine absolute locations.
6.5: The student understands how geographic factors influence the economic development, political relationships, and policies of societies.
6.6: The student understands that geographical patterns result from physical environmental processes.
6.7: The student understands the impact of interactions between people and the physical environment on the development and conditions of places and regions.
6.8: The student understands the factors of production in a society's economy.
6.9: The student understands the various ways in which people organize economic systems.
6.10: The student understands categories of economic activities and the data used to measure a society's economic level.
6.11: The student understands the concepts of limited and unlimited governments.
6.12: The student understands various ways in which people organize governments.
6.13: The student understands that the nature of citizenship varies among societies.
6.14: The student understands the relationship among individual rights, responsibilities, duties, and freedoms in societies with representative governments.
6.15: The student understands the similarities and differences within and among cultures in various world societies.
6.16: The student understands that all societies have basic institutions in common even though the characteristics of these institutions may differ.
6.17: The student understands relationships that exist among world cultures.
6.18: The student understands the relationship that exists between the arts and the societies in which they are produced.
6.19: The student understands the relationships among religion, philosophy, and culture.
Science, technology, and society:
6.20: The student understands the influences of science and technology on contemporary societies.
Social studies skills:
6.21: The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired through established research methodologies from a variety of valid sources, including electronic technology.
6.22: The student communicates in written, oral, and visual forms.
6.23: The student uses problem-solving and decision-making skills, working independently and with others, in a variety of settings.
The knowledge and skills above will be covered in daily lessons and homework throughout the school year. Students will receive homework on Monday consisting of a minimum of 5 vocabulary terms that must be written out, illustrated, and mastered by Friday of that week. They will also receive a homework assignment on Friday that will use the concepts and material covered the previous week that will be due on Monday. This will be on top of the study requirements for the Unit Study Guide. The Study Guide must be read each day. Parents, please check to see that your child is studying the Study Guide each day.
Tutoring schedule: Tuesday from 4:00 to 5:00. Any morning when arrangement has been made the day before.
In 2013-2014 there will be an added emphasis on developing writing skills. Writing assignments will focus on the evaluation of expository texts that go with social studies along with primary source documents.
1st Nine Weeks
Unit 01: North America (15 days)
Unit 1 Test Sept. 19, 2013
Unit 02: Celebrate Freedom Week (4 days)
Unit 03: Central America and Caribbean (10 days)
Unit 2/3 Test Oct. 22, 2013
2nd Nine Weeks
Unit 04: South America (15 days)
Unit 05: Europe (lesson 1, 5 days)
Unit 4/5 pt.1 Test Nov 21, 2013
Unit 05: Europe (lesson 2 - 4, 10 days)
Unit 06: Russia-Eurasian Republics (9 days)
Unit 5 pt.2/6 Test Jan. 16, 2014
3rd Nine Weeks
Unit 07: East Asia (13 days)
Unit 7 Test Feb. 11, 2014
Unit 08: Southeast Asia (10 days)
Unit 09: South Asia (14 days)
Unit 8/9 Test Mar. 27, 2014
4th Nine Weeks
Unit 10: Southwest Asia and North Africa (13 days)
Unit 10 Test Apr. 17, 2014
Unit 11: Sub-Saharan Africa (13 days)
Unit 12: Australia and Oceania (6 days)
Unit 11/12 Test May 29, 2014
Unit 13: Independent Study and Innovation