Sixth grade students deepen their knowledge of some topics to which they were introduced in earlier grades. They examine our legacy from some ancient civilizations, including durable ideas about democracy, government, right and wrong. World history then picks up the chronological thread (from fifth grade) with a look at the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, Romanticism, and Latin American independence movements. The story continues in U.S. history with studies of industrialism and its consequences. As in all grades, hi tory and geography lessons go hand in hand, and civics frequently reappears. Sixth graders study topics such as: World History and Geography  World Geography more map features (e.g., Prime Meridian, Arctic and Antarctic circles) great deserts of the world (e.g., Gobi, Mojave) Lasting Ideas from Ancient Civilizations Judaism (e., concepts oflaw, justice, and social responsibility) Christianity (e.g., ideas from the Sermon on the Mount) Greek democracy and philosophy (e.g., the polis and Athenian assembly) classical ideals of life and work (e.g., the “Golden Age” of Pericles) Roman Republic (e.g., consuls, tribunes, and senators) Roman Empire (e., rule oflaw, Julius Caesar) The Enlightenment faith in science and reason (e.g., Newton and the laws of nature) views of human nature (e., Thomas Hobbes, John...

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