Contemporary World Cultures 


6th Grade

Mr. C.H. Barnett



Welcome to 6th grade World Cultures! This course covers the major eras and events in the world. We will look at the cultural, political, social, economic, and geographical issues that affect the world of today and yesteryear.


In Grade 6, students study people, places, and societies of the contemporary world. Societies for study are from the following regions of the world: Europe, Russia and the Eurasian republics, North America, Central America and the Caribbean, South America, Southwest Asia-North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, and the Pacific realm. Students describe the influence of individuals and groups on historical and contemporary events in those societies and identify the locations and geographic characteristics of various societies. Students identify different ways of organizing economic and governmental systems. The concepts of limited and unlimited government are introduced, and students describe the nature of citizenship in various societies. Students compare institutions common to all societies such as government, education, and religious institutions. Students explain how the level of technology affects the development of the various societies and identify different points of view about events. The concept of frame of reference is introduced as an influence on an individual's point of view.


 Contemporary World Cultures: Year at a Glance

1st Nine Weeks

Unit 1 Thinking Like A Geographer (12 days)

 Sub Unit 1 The Geographers World (3 days) 6.3ABD; 6.4ABE  

 Sub Unit 2 Physical Geography (5 days) 6.3ABD; 6.4ABE 

 Sub Unit 3 Human Geography (4 days) 6.15AB; 6.16A; 6.19AB; 6.22ADE

Unit 2 Celebrate Freedom Week (4 days)

Unit 3 Freedom for All the United States and Canada (17 days)  

 - Sub Unit 1 Geography (4 days) 6.3AD; 6.4B; 6.6AB; 6.7BC; 6.10A; 6.21BC
 - Sub Unit 2 History, Government and Citizenship (6 days) 6.11ABC 
                     6.12AC; 6.13A; 6.14AB; 6.22ABD
- Sub Unit 3 Culture (6 days) 6.1A; 6.4C; 6.15CD; 6.21B; 6.22BD
- Sub Unit 4 Economics, Science and Technology (5 days) 6.9BC;
                    6.10AC;   6.20ABC; 6.22ABD
2nd Nine Weeks 
 Unit 04: A Legacy of Colonialism: Latin America (15 days for the entire unit)
 Unit 05: We Are Family: Europe (15 days for the entire unit)
 Unit 06: Empire and Ethnicity: Russia and the Eurasian Republics (10 days for the entire unit)
3rd Nine Weeks
Unit 07: A Crossroads of Diffusion: Southwest Asia/North Africa (10 days for the entire unit)
Unit 08: Facing Challenges: Sub-Saharan Africa (10 days for the entire unit)
4th   Nine Weeks
Unit 09: Unity and Division: South Asia (10 days for the entire unit)
Unit 10: Tradition in a Modernizing World: East and Southeast Asia (10 days for the entire unit)
Unit 11: Adapting Down Under: Pacific Realm (10 days for the entire unit) 

Test Schedule

As each unit is being taught, students will be given a Content-based Assessment to check for mastery of the objectives taught during the Unit. A study guide will be issued for most Units to be used to focus on the material for the upcoming CBA test.

Tutoring Schedule
Mr. Barnett will be available for tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays afterschool from 4:00 to 5:00. (Subject to change)
Grading Procedures: Per EISD standards, grades for 6th grade classes will be weighted as follows:
50% of the total grade will be made up of summative grades (includes tests, quizzes, projects, presentations, final copies)
50% of the total grade will be made up of formative grades (includes homework, daily work, interactive notebook assignments)
Student work will be graded on the following scale:

A: 90 – 100

B: 80 - 89

C: 75 - 79

D: 70 - 74

F: 0 - 69
Homework Policy
 Edgewood ISD has stated: Homework has a definite place in the instructional program and is part of the District’s aims or philosophy of education. At every grade level and in every subject area, homework must be purposeful, reasonable, and understandable to the individual student.  Homework must be properly administered and free from unreasonably long assignments.  All daily homework assignments will be graded and recorded the following day after they are given.  Homework should provide opportunities for the practice of needed skills, and should not, under any circumstances, be assigned as punishment.
Research has shown that a great number of our students fail or earn low grades in courses because of failure to complete and turn in homework, projects, other assignments, and absenteeism. These four areas have a direct correlation in these students earning low grades in weekly and semester exams.
Parents, teachers, and students should be very aware that homework is mandated by Board Policy and is an important and significant part in student achievement.
Homework gives the individual student the opportunity to apply independent study skills and to develop self-discipline as well as providing reinforcing role in the learning process.
Homework can be defined by two broad categories: (1) short term related to classroom activities such as daily homework assignments, to be reviewed the next day by the teacher or class, and (2) long-term which are extended assignments such as projects and term/research papers.
Homework assignments will not be done during any class time.
Reasons for Homework:
·        to teach students self-discipline and individual accountability 
·        to make students aware of  their responsibility  in the learning process
·        to rely on their learning ability independent from the teacher
·        to encourage parents to get involved in the learning process
·        to reinforce the regular class work
·        to increase learning time
·        to instill in the student that learning is a continuous life-long endeavor
·        to reinforce study habit 
Missing/Late Assignments
EISD policy states: For any class missed, the teacher may assign the student makeup work based on the instructional objectives for the subject or course and the needs of the individual student in mastering the essential knowledge and skills or in meeting subject or course requirements.


Last Modified on August 22, 2016