Sixth Grade Ancient Civilizations

    Instructor:  R. Kissam

    Subject:  Ancient Civilizations 

    E-mail: ryan.kissam@marion.k12.fl.us

    Sixth Grade Social Studies provides an in-depth study and analysis of the world’s ancient civilizations.  Students will learn about the people and events that helped shape the major Western and non-Western civilizations of the world.  This course will begin with the early Stone Age and end with the Roman Empire, a time span that will cover nearly 7,000 years.  Significant emphasis will be placed on the everyday lives, problems, and various accomplishments of these civilizations as well as their role in developing social, economic, and political structures, which connect the ancient and contemporary worlds.

    Course OutlineAncient Civilizations Honors

    Quarter 1

    • Chapter 1 – Early Humans and Societies – Uncovering the Past, Studying History, Understanding through History, Studying and uses of Geography, Studying Places and People, Studying Locations, How are Geography and History related.  
    • Chapter 2 – The Stone Age and Early Cultures – The First People, Studying Remains, Hominids and Early Humans, Stone Age Tools, Hunters and Gatherers, Early human Migration, Migration from Africa, Adaptation, Beginning of Agriculture, Farmers arise, Farming changes Society,  Impact of People.  
    • Chapter 3 – Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent – Geography of the Fertile Crescent, Rivers and Civilizations, Growth of Civilizations, Farming and Cities, Rise of Sumer, Advancements in Society, Religion and Society, Sumerian Achievements, Invention of Writing, Art of Sumer, Later Peoples of the Fertile Crescent, Babylonia conquers Mesopotamia, Invasions of Mesopotamia, The Phoenicians.

    Quarter 2

    • Chapter 4 – Ancient Egypt – Geography and Ancient Egypt, The Gift of the Nile, The Nile and Civilizations, Kings Unify Egypt, The Old Kingdom, Early Egyptian Society, Religion and Egyptian Life, The Pyramids, The Middle and New Kingdom, Egyptian Achievements, Egyptian Writing, Temples, Tombs, and Art, Ancient Kush, The Geography of Early Nubia, The Decline of the Kush Empire.
    • Chapter 5 – Ancient India – Geography and Early India, Harappan Civilization, Aryan Migrations, Origins of Hinduism, Division of Indian Society, Brahmanism, Development of Hinduism, Origins of Buddhism, Siddhartha Gutama, The Teachings of Buddha, Buddhism Spreads, Indian Empires, Mauryan Unifies India, Indian Achievements, Religious Art, Sanskrit Literature.
    • Chapter 6 – Ancient China  - Geography and Early China, Beginnings of Civilization, China’s First Dynasties, The Zhou Dynasty and New Ideas, Confucius and Society, Daoism and Legalism, The Qin Dynasty and Strong Government, The Han Dynasty, Han Achievements, Other Cultures, Farming and Manufacturing, Trade Routes, Buddhism comes to China,

    Quarter 3

    • Chapter 7 – The Hebrews and Judaism – The Early Hebrews, Abraham and Moses lead Their People, Kings Unite the Israelites, Invaders Conquer and Rule Israel, Women in Israelite Society, Jewish Beliefs and Texts, List of Jewish Beliefs, Scrolls Reveal Past Beliefs, Judaism and Later Cultures, Revolt Defeat and Migration, Cultural Traditions.
    • Chapter 8 – Ancient Greece – Geography and the Early Greeks, Trading Cultures Develop, Development of City-States, Government of Athens, Aristocrats and Tyrants Rule Greece, Beginnings of Democracy in Athens, Greek Mythology and Literature.
    • Chapter 9 – The Greek World – Greece and Persia, The Persian Empire Grows, The Persian Wars, Sparta and Athens, Sparta’s Military, Athenian Intellect, Peloponnesian War, Alexander the Great, Greek Achievements, Arts and Philosophy.  

    Quarter 4

    • Chapter 10 – The Roman Republic – Geography and the Rise of Rome, Rome’s Legendary Origins, The Early Republic, Government and Society, Written Laws, The Roman Forum, Growth of Territory and Trade.
    • Chapter 11 – Rome and Christianity – From Republic to Empire, The Downfall of the Republic, Rome’s Accomplishments, Julius Caesar and Augustus, The Roman Empire and Religion, Religious Tolerance and Conflict, Jesus of Nazareth, The Growth of Christianity, Fall of the Roman Empire, A New Eastern Empire.
    • Chapter 16 – The Early Americas – The Maya, Classic Age, Mayan Culture, Decline of the Mayan Civilization, The Aztec, Life in the Empire, Cortes Conquers the Aztecs, The Incas, Life in the Inca Empire, Pizarro Conquers the Incas.

    Category/Percentages                                                         Grading Scale:                                                      

    Tests/Project - 50%                                                                                90 – 100  =  A

    Quizzes - 40%                                                                                        80 – 89    =  B

    Homework/Planner - 10%                                                                       70 – 79    =  C

                                                                                                                60 – 69    =  D              

                                                                                                                 0 – 59      =  F                         



    TESTS   (Tests may be changed or altered at Instructor’s discretion)

    • All chapter tests are graded in three parts.  
    • Multiple Choice section – at minimum 30 questions – 70%

        (Scantron – does not go home)

    • Completion – 30%.  
    • Total for exam 100%
    • Other Tests include – Regional and historical maps.  Students will be expected to know the locations and spellings of all civilizations discussed in class.

    QUIZZES   (Quizzes may be changed or altered at Instructor’s discretion)

    • All section quizzes will consist of:
    • 10 matching or multiple choice questions – 100%
    • Vocabulary quizzes will consist of :
    • 5 matching definitions – 50%
    • 5 Write out the definition from memory – 50%
    • Total for quiz 100%


    • Homework and Classwork – All work is given a grade based upon the number of questions for a given assignment.  Students are required to write out questions and answer in complete sentences on various assignments. In the event that a student is absent it is their responsibility to ask the instructor for the assignment that was missed when they return to school.  Please Note: *Late work will not be accepted and result in a zero, unless for medical or emergency reasons*


    • To enhance home-school communication, I plan to use an app called Remind.   This app was designed for teachers and allows me to send reminders about classroom happenings via text message.  I have found it is a quick and effective way to get messages to you about important things that are happening in class. If you are interested in receiving these messages, follow the directions found below.  Standard text messaging rates will apply.  One neat feature of this app is that all phone numbers are kept private.  Also, you will not receive any advertisements.To sign up to receive messages, simply text @4a6e2d to this number: 81010. If at anytime you would like to stop receiving text updates, simply text STOP to the same number.


    • All teachers will have a website that provides detailed information on what is going on in the classroom. You can access the website at the North Marion Middle School homepage.


    • The Calendar Tab will provide you a weekly outlook as to what is happening in the classroom and any assignments, homework, and tests that we will be having.



    The 6th Grade Ancient Civilization class will have 1 project due throughout the year.  This project will coincide with various civilizations and ancient world leaders that will be used to enrich the content of the class.  All information concerning the projects will be handed out to the students usually 2 weeks before the project will begin.   


    • Nine Weeks Exam consists of only Multiple Choice – 40 questions minimum


    • It is important to understand the difference between “helping” and “cheating,” as well as when it is permitted to work together.  Students may copy individual entries from another student’s planner when absent; however it is not permissible to copy another’s entries for multiple weeks to cover for a neglected planner.  Students may work together to complete most homework and classwork assignments, however copying another’s answers is not permissible.  The general rule of thumb for assignments is that working together or explaining how to do something is helping.  Giving another student a “free ride” without contributing to the assignment is cheating.  Quizzes and tests are not cooperative assignments, and it is cheating to assist another student with their quiz or test.  

    Daily School Supplies for

    Mr. Kissam’s Classroom

    1. All students are required to have a planner. Students must bring their planner everyday to class.  
    2. A composition book or notebook is also recommended for study notes
    3. All paper and pencils must be brought to class. You will not be supplied with them.  Students may only use #2 Pencils on quizzes and tests.  Blue or Black pen may be used on classwork or homework assignments, however it is not recommended.
    4. Any additional items will be requested at a later date.

    Mr. Kissam’s Classroom Rules

    1. I will pay attention and not disrupt class.
    2. I will respect other peoples’ property and dignity.
    3. I will come to class on time and prepared.
    4. I will address others with the proper tone of voice and with respect.
    5. I will follow directions when I am told.
    6. I will work diligently and not waste time.
    7. I will accept responsibility for my behaviors.


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