A 6th Grade Unit of Study
This is a 6 to 8 week unit tied together by the question “What effect does a natural catastrophic event have on a civilization?”
The unit consists of lesson plans for the history portion of this inter-disciplinary project, rubrics, an independent study proposal, contract, criteria chart, and self-evaluation form. The unit begins with an examination of the effects of Greece’s geography on its development, then continues with a series of lessons on its achievements, ending with a comparison of ancient Sparta and Athens and the Persian War. It also includes suggestions for connecting the unit to lessons in English, science, and math. This unit does not contain any lesson plans for the Peloponnesian War or Alexander the Great.
This lesson addresses common core standards because it asks students to pull information from a variety of media, to analyze many sources of information to write an essay supported by evidence, and to critically read expository text and respond to it in a variety of ways.