Subject: Social Studies Timeframe Needed for Completion: 4-5 Weeks Grade Level: 6th Grading Period: 3rd Unit 6 Title: Road to Democracy…Greece and Rome Big Idea/Theme: Creation of the First Democratic Governments Understandings: Describe the important elements of the Greek city-state. Describe the characteristics of Greek democracy. Identify Job Specializations with the society Explore and explain mythology and its significance for the establishment of religion. Explain the factors that lead to the decline and fall of the Greek and Roman governments. Essential Standards: Essential Questions: How did political and cultural geography influence the rapid History: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 expansion of trade and the spread of civilization? Geography: 1.2, 1.4, 2.1 Explain the characteristics of the earliest inhabitants of ancient Greece Economics: 1.1, 1.2 and Rome. Civics & Governance: 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 Research what led to the road of democracy in Greece and Rome. Culture: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 Explain the distribution of wealth and power in Greece and Rome. What caused the decline of the Roman Empire? How did postclassical civilizations preserve and extend ancient learning from the Four Cradles of Ancient Society? How did the rise of Christianity influence the government and people of Rome? Essential Skills/Vocabulary: Essential Skills Explain how and why civilizations used and modified environments to suit the needs of the people. Explain how invasions, conquests, and migrations affected the Greece and Roman civilizations, societies, and regions. Summarize the ideas that shaped political thought in Greece and Rome. Identify the cultural influences on trade and the expansion of peoples. Describe how key historical figures and cultural groups influenced and transformed societies. Discuss how competition, conflict, and compromise over the availability of natural, human, and capital resources Assessment Tasks: Projects, journals, foldables Using a map, trace the trade routes of goods and people. Create a timeline Choose an Empire and create an illustrated time line of that Empire’s history, from creation to decline. Create an Empire cube. Write a “What if…” paper. Create a learning cube that reflects the various products, technologies, and ideas passed along the trade routes Important People: Alexander the Great, Plato, Aristotle, Archimedes, Socrates, Greek impacted economic development. Gods/Goddesses, Caesar, Christians, etc. Important Places: Mount Olympus, The Parthenon, Appian Way, etc. Important Events: The Twelve Tables, Trojan War, Peloponnesian War, Punic Wars, etc.