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Ms. Carole Powell-Henry
[email protected]
Room 320
6th Grade Social Studies
Course Expectations
The sixth grade social studies curriculum is divided into four units. Some of the content standards
studied in each unit are world history, geography, economics, political science, culture, and social
studies skills. Each unit builds upon the previous one and helps build an important foundation for
the study of world history in Grades 6 and 7.
Units of Study
Patterns of Settlement in the Ancient
and Modern Worlds
Citizenship and Governance in
Classical and Modern Times
The Impact of Economics in Ancient
and Modern China
Cultural Systems: The
First Millennium and
Use historical thinking skills to analyze artifacts, identify
patterns, and make generalizations.
Apply historical thinking skills to the study of early human
Identify characteristics that shape the identity of civilizations in
Mesopotamia and the Indus River Valley.
Research the great ancient northern African civilization, Egypt.
Identify how the principles of government and citizenship
shape democratic practices today.
Discover how Greek city-states developed democratic
governments based on citizen participation.
Look at how the Roman government provided for its citizens
but also limited participation.
Identify how the Roman Empire began, expanded, and
eventually declined after uniting many lands.
Basic economic terms and principles, including market and
command economic systems.
Identify the relationship between market and command
economies and democratic and authoritarian political systems.
How the study of Chinese history can be understood through
the dynastic cycle.
Examine beliefs, values and traditions that shape American
culture today.
Identify the customs and traditions of the five world religions
that have had an impact on regional cultures.
Discover how the distinctive culture of several Millennial
civilizations helped shape their economic, social and political
Activities and Assignments
Throughout the year, there will be a variety of activities and assignments. Some of these are:
Class work and Homework
Closure activities
Reading for a purpose
Reading Responses
BCR’s and ECR’s
Tests and Quizzes
Grading and Reporting
Grades will reflect individual achievement of MCPS standards for a specific marking period.
Course Objective Grades: Students will have multiple opportunities to practice and demonstrate
achievement of course objectives and indicators. Assignments to assess achievement may be class
work or homework. Evaluation of an individual student’s overall achievement and effort towards
meeting MCPS standards is included on the report card as a Final Grade: A, B, C, D, or E.
Report Card Grades: Report card grades for each of the four marking periods will be comprised
10% Homework for Practice or Preparation
50% Formative Assessments (quizzes, tests, BCR’s, etc.)
40% Summative Assessments (Projects, End of Unit Assessments, Research Projects)
Leaning Skills Grades: Participation (contributing ideas, asking questions, engaging in activities,
using feedback, etc.) and work completion (completing class work & homework) reflect student
effort. An evaluation of an individual student’s learning skills is included on the report card by a C
(Consistent), O (Often), S (Sometimes), R (Rarely), or NI (Not enough Information).
Reassessment: Some formative assessments MAY be reassessed one time. However, the
reassessment grade replaces the original grade even if it is lower than the original grade.
Reassessment opportunities, including the window of availability, are identified by the teacher prior
to the original assessment. The student is responsible for attending any make-up sessions as
announced by the teacher before retaking the formative assessment at the designated time.
Summative assessments will not be reassessed.
Extra Credit: There will be no extra credit or bonus points awarded.
Due Dates and Deadlines:
 Each assignment will have a due date. This is the date an assignment is expected to be
submitted. In order to receive FULL credit on an assignment, it must be turned in by the
due date.
 Any assignment not turned in by the due date will be considered late and receive a 10%
drop in the grade (about one letter grade).
 The deadline is the last day an assignment will be accepted for credit. Work not turned in
by the deadline will be considered missing and be recorded as a zero, which is an E.
 All due dates and deadlines will be announced. A due date and a deadline can be the same
 Students and parents/guardians can check grades on-line at anytime via Edline.
 Student handbook
 Progress reports/interims
 Report Cards