This is a complete 6th grade Social Studies unit built on the Understanding By Design model with clear reading/writing objectives linked to Common Core. It is especially recommended for the State of Texas and includes a complete unit plan for 35 instructional days (7 weeks) and a sample unit exam.
In this sixth grade social studies unit, students will continue exploring and building their context through a study of the North American continent and an exploration of the concepts of government, citizenship, and migration. Students will begin answering the questions Who are we? Where do we come from? How did we get here? and Why did we come here? The concept of the interview as a research tool will be introduced and students will interview each other and a member of their family for a personal history project. Students will study North American history and read a variety of primary and secondary sources and learn to distinguish these and explain some of the benefits and limitations of various sources. Brief histories of the United States and Mexico will be taught, including the concepts of exploration, indigenous peoples, colonization, conquest, revolution and the establishment of new governments and independent countries. Students will study citizenship as a concept and discuss way in which citizenship, especially as it related to the relationship between the United States and Mexico, has changed over time.