Students will develop an understanding of the concepts of geography and how it has impacted the development of cultures. Our focus for this unit will be the Middle East and the North Africa region.
Students will look at how cultures have borrowed from each other. This period serves as a useful example of what happens when cultural diffusion takes place. The highlighted civilizations in this unit are
Greece and Rome, followed by the time periods of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Cultures in Transition
Students will be introduced to the Latin American and African regions. These regions have been hindered by struggling economies and unstable governments. Students will discover that these regions’ development can largely be attributed to a history of European colonialism and imperialism.
Conflict and Cooperation
In this unit, students learn about the challenges of the 20th Century, including World War I, World War II, the Russian Revolution, and the Cold War. They also learn that compromise is essential for creating and maintaining a balance of power among nations and the role of global organizations such as the European Union and United Nations.
The Global Interdependence unit concludes the 6th grade study of people of places in the contemporary world. China and Japan receive the most emphasis in this unit of study but other major countries from the Pacific Rim are also discussed. This concluding unit demonstrates that cultures are now more globally connected than in the past.