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Grade 6

Sixth grade students in the Cambridge Public Schools explore World Geography and Ancient History. At the end of the sixth grade, students will be able to

  • Explain how geography impacts human societies.
  • Describe the origins of humanity and the characteristics of the first civilizations, including Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece.
  • Identify and summarize primary and secondary sources.
  • Develop written essays with clear arguments and historical evidence.
  • Conduct short historical research projects with self-generated research questions.
Units of Study Year-long Essential Questions
World Geography Why does “where” matter?

What is “civilization”?
What is “progress”?
Is civilization progress?

How are ancient cultures similar to and different from cultures today?
Human Origins
Ancient Mesopotamia
Ancient Egypt
Ancient Greece

All students complete the following Common Core-aligned assessments:

  • Virtual brochure promoting travel to another country
  • Evidence-based representation of human origins (museum exhibit, historical narrative or diagram)
  • Document Based Question Essay on Hammurabi's Code
  • Document Based Question Essay on the Nile