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Big Understandings and Essential Questions for grade 6 Humanities:

Quarter 1:

Big Understanding:
Geography is a lens for understanding the world.

Essential Questions:

1. What makes places unique?
2. How are regions used as an idea for grouping places?
3. How do characteristics of a place or region affect life there?
4. How do tools enhance our understanding of location?
5. What does it mean to be a geographer?

Big Understanding:
People use different styles of writing for different purposes and different audiences.

Essential Questions:
1. What are characteristics of different types of writing?
2. How do writers write for different audiences?

Quarter 2:

Using the steps of the writing process and considering traits of good writing will improve the quality of our writing.
1. What are the steps of the writing process?
2. What are the traits of good writing and how can we use them to improve our writing?
Effective research requires careful planning and organization.
1. How does the Big 6 help planning and organization?

Humanity has advanced where the human and environmental factors have been "right".

1. What are some of the stages of the development of civilizations?
2. Where were some of the first civilizations located, and why did people choose to settle there?
3. How did technological advances affect the development of civilizations?
4. What are the characteristics of a civilization?
5. How do archaeologists learn about ancient civilizations?
6. What does it mean to be an archaeologist?

Quarter 3:

Big Understanding:
Interaction between cultures changes both cultures.
Trade and War are the main ways cultures come into contact.

Essential Questions:
1. What is culture?
2. How does cultural diffusion take place?
3. What are some historical examples of diffusion?
4. What are some positive, neutral, and negative effects of interactions?

Quarter 4:

Big Understanding:
Beliefs influence culture and individual actions.

Essential Questions:

1. How do students' personal beliefs make them the people they are?

2. What does it mean to be a believer?

3. Why do people have alternative beliefs?
4. How do the origins of major belief systems affect their development?

Big Understanding:

Effective communication includes not only effective speaking, but also active listening.

Essential Questions:
1. What makes for effective speech?
2. What is active listening?
3. How does the listener's background affect his or her understanding?

Middle School Humanities

Mrs. Cover Grade 6 Humanities Room M205

This is a brief overview of expectations in the Middle School Humanities department, which includes teachers of Language Arts and Social Studies. Please keep this in your binder as a reference.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Grade 6 Humanities is an integrated course that meets daily. Students read various texts that are often connected to the social studies themes of grade 6 which are Geography, Civilization, Cultures Collide and Belief Systems. The language arts themes are Literature Survey, Perspectives and Points of View, Cultures Collide, and Writing for a Purpose. The skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening are practiced in Grade 6. Students use the writing process and continue to develop the 'Six Plus One' traits of strong writing. Inquiry-based methods are used to gain an understanding of the themes presented. Assessments are based on participation, class and homework tasks, quizzes, tests, and projects.

MATERIALS: Students should come to class prepared each day with their three-ring binder, textbook (if issued), planner, pens and pencils. Binders must be kept organized as instructed in class. A pen drive is required.

GRADING: Grades will be assigned on a point basis. Points are assigned based on the amount of time expected for proper completion. The more points an assignment has, the more weight it will carry. Approximate points are as follows:
One Star Assignments (*) 5-19 points ex. Homework
Two Star Assignments () 20-39 points ex. Quizzes
Three Star Assignments (*) 40-80 points ex. Tests, projects, and formal writing

HOMEWORK: Homework will be assigned regularly to reinforce concepts and supplement class lessons. In order for homework to be effective, it must be completed and brought to class on time. Late work will impede our class's progress and may be penalized. Homework must be printed out and ready for the start of class. Work on a pen drive, in an email account, or on a disk will be considered for late credit.

• One Star Assignments—a penalty could result if the assignment is turned in one or more class times past due. In the case assignment has already been reviewed/used in class, late assignments will not be accepted.
• Two and Three Star Assignments—Late assignments may receive credit at the discretion of the classroom teacher.

ABSENCES POLICY: In the case of excused absences, students will have an opportunity to make up work and receive full credit for the work missed. It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with the teachers to make up the work that is missed.

Please refer to page 48 of the Middle School Student Parent Handbook for complete information regarding absences.

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