Time Periods

6.5.1 WH 1, 2 Read a timeline and order events of the past between prehistory and the Renaissance.
6.5.7 WH 1, 2 Recognize major historical time periods (i.e., Early Civilizations, Classical Period, Dark Ages, Middle Ages, and Renaissance).

Map Reading SPIs



Identify the basic components of a world map (i.e., compass rose, map key, scale, latitude and longitude lines, continents, and oceans).   



Identify basic geographic forms (i.e., rivers, lakes, bays, oceans, mountains, plateaus, deserts, plains, and coastal plains).



Identify geographic reasons for the location of population centers prior to 1500 (i.e., coastal plains, deserts, mountains, and river valleys).



Use a variety of maps to understand geographic and historical information (i.e., political maps, resource maps, product maps, physical maps, climate maps, and vegetation maps).



Identify the location of early civilizations on a map (i.e. Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Ancient Chinese, Indian).

Culture SPIs


WH 1, 2

Identify differences between various cultural groups (i.e., European, Eurasian, Indian, Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern, African, and Native American).


WH 1

Identify major technological advances (i.e., tools, wheel, irrigation, river dikes, development of farming, advances in weaponry, written language, and printing press).

6.5.11 WH 1, 2 Identify characteristics including economy, social relations, religion, and political authority of various societies (i.e., Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greek City-States, Roman Empire, Indian, and Medieval).
6.1.4 WH 1 Recognize significant epics as historical sources (i.e., Iliad, the Odyssey, Mahabharata, and Ramayana)
6.1.7 WH 1 Identify how early writing forms in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Indus Valley influenced life (i.e., legal, religious, and culture).
6.5.12 WH 1, 2 Recognize the possible causes of change in civilizations (i.e., environmental change, political collapse, new ideas, warfare, overpopulation, unreliable food sources, and diseases).
6.1.1 G Recognize the basic components of culture (i.e., language, common values, traditions, government, art, literature, and lifestyles).
6.1.3 WH 1 Recognize the world's major religions and their founders (i.e., Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed).

Economy SPIs

6.2.4 E Recognize the importance of economic systems in the development of early civilizations around rivers (i.e., Tigris and Euphrates, Huang He, Nile, and Indus).
6.2.5 E

Recognize the importance of trade in later civilizations (i.e., Mediterranean, Southeast Asia, India, and European).


6.4.5 GC Compare and contrast the lives of individual citizens in various governmental organizations (i.e., monarchial systems, feudal systems, caste systems, and democratic systems-Greek).
6.4.4 GC Recognize the roles assigned to individuals in various societies (i.e., caste systems, feudal systems, city-state systems, and class systems).
6.4.1 GC Recognize types of government (i.e., formal/informal, monarchy, direct/indirect democracy, republics, and theocracy).


Day 1 - Geography of India (Map Skills)

  1. Locate India on a blank world map.
  2. Locate the Indus Valley on a world map
  3. View slide 2 (Shows Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Harrappan Society along with trade routes between the three) http://www.etsu.edu/cas/history/ppt/Indus.ppt
  4. Identify the Himalayas, the Northern Plains, and the Southern Plateau
  5. Worksheet "How to Use a Cultural Map" (Harcourt Brace Social Studies Activity Book page 38)

Day 2 Harappan Empire

United Streaming Ancient Civilizations:  The Beginning is the End - India (1:50) & The End is the Beginning - India (2:46)

Harappan Empire - 3000-2,500 BCE to about 1500 BCE

Day 3  - Dravidians & Aryans

United Streaming - Ancient Civilizations:  On the Town - India (2:16)

1st people in India is Dravidians (We know next to nothing about them - lived in southern India)

Aryan Civilization  - 1500-500 BCE

Day 4 Caste System *****

Caste 1 - highest caste (priest only)

Caste 2 - rulers and soldiers (nobles of India)

Caste 3 - tradesmen and traders

Caste 4 - servants and farm workers

Caste 5 - outcasts (Dravidians) - did all the dirty work - were untouchables

Day 5 Religion  *****

Hinduism http://www.ancientindia.co.uk/hinduism/index.html

Buddhism http://www.ancientindia.co.uk/menu.html

Day 6 Mauryas, Gupta Empire, Moslems, & Monguls

United Streaming - The Ancient World - Segment Three - The Maurya Elephant Army (5:44)

United Streaming - World History: Pre-History Ancient Warriors of India (6:49)

Gupta Empire ( Gupta Empire  500 BCE - 647 CE -about the same time as the Roman Empire - rich age)



Day 7



Worksheet "More About Fables (Harcourt Brace Social Studies Activity Book pages 39-40)

The Story of the Rupee Tree http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/tikkabilla/stories/rupee_full.shtml