Through the lens of geography, 6th graders spend their year in social studies exploring the relationship between culture and geography in several regions of the world both in the past and in the present. As they consider what makes a cultural landscape, students examine several examples cultural hearths (both ancient and modern) around the world. Simply put, cultural hearths are places in the world where innovation occurred and diffused elsewhere. Our year long inquiry will help us answer the following essential questions: “What makes a cultural hearth?” “Are there cultural hearths today?” and “Is cultural diffusion a 2-way street?”
Curriculum Unit Guide
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Grade 6 Units
Unit 1: Discovering Cultural Landscapes Unit 2: Mesopotamia and the Emergence of Ancient Cultural Hearths Unit 3: The Legacy of Greece and Rome Unit 4: Mesoamerica and Changing Cultural Landscapes