**Social Studies lessons should include a content standard and a skills standard.

The student will demonstrate skills for historical and geographical analysis and responsible citizenship, including the ability to:

1a) identify and interpret primary and secondary source documents to increase understanding of events and life in United States history to 1865; 

1b) make connections between the past and the present; 

1c) sequence events in United States history from pre-Columbian times to 1865; 

1d) interpret ideas and events from different historical perspectives; 

1e) evaluate and discuss issues orally and in writing; 

1f) analyze and interpret maps to explain relationships among landforms, water features, climatic characteristics, and historical events; 

1g) distinguish between parallels of latitude and meridians of longitude; 

1h) interpret patriotic slogans and excerpts from notable speeches and documents; 

1i) identify the costs and benefits of specific choices made, including the consequences, both intended and unintended, of the decisions and how people and nations responded to positive and negative incentives.

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Quarter 3

Quarter 4

6th Grade Orientation and Relationship Building
(1 week)

Analysis and Citizenship
(throughout the course)
USI.1 - Historical and Geographical Analysis and Responsible Citizenship

Geography
(3 weeks)
USI.1g - Latitude and Longitude
USI.2a - World Continents and Oceans
USI.2b - Geographic Regions of North America
USI.2c - Important Water Features
USI.2d - Geographic Features

American Indians, Cactus Hill, Archeological Impact
(2 weeks)
USI.3a - Archaeology and Cactus Hill
USI.3b - American Indians Locations
USI.3c - Resources in American Indians' Environments

Explorers & Interactions & West African Societies
(2 weeks)
USI.4a - European Exploration
USI.4b - European Cultural and Economic Interactions with American Indians
USI.4c - West African Empires

Performance-Based Assessment
1 week built into the nine weeks.
BENCHMARK ASSESSMENT CUTOFF

Colonial America
(4 weeks)
USI.5a - Events Leading to Colonization
USI.5b - Colonial Specialization and Interdependence
USI.5c - Colonial Social Groups
USI.5d - Political and economic relationships with Great Britain

American Revolution
(3-4 weeks)
USI.6a - Causes and Results of the American Revolution
USI.6b - Declaration of Independence
USI.6c - Key Events and Key Individuals of the American Revolution
USI.6d - Reasons for Colonial Victory

Performance-Based Assessment
1 week built into the nine weeks.

New Nation
(4-5 weeks)
USI.7a - Articles of Confederation
USI.7b - Historical Development of the Constitution of the United States
USI.7c - First Five Presidents

Westward Expansion Territories and Reasons
(2-3 weeks)
USI.8a - Territorial Expansion from 1801-1861
USI.8b - Westward Movement of Settlers

Inventions and Entrepreneurs
(1 week)
USI.8c - Impact of Inventions

Performance-Based Assessment
1 week built into the nine weeks.

Abolition and Suffrage
(1 week)
USI.8d - Abolitionist and Women's Suffrage Movements

Civil War
(5-6 weeks)
USI.9a - Issues that Divided the Nation
USI.9b - Increased Sectional Tensions
USI.9c - Union and Confederate States
USI.9d - Major Figures in the Civil War
USI.9e - Major Developments and Battles of the Civil War
USI.9f - Effects of the Civil War

Performance-Based Assessment
1 week built into the nine weeks.

44 Days 35 Days 58 Days 43 Days
The 6th grade social studies plan for performance assessments this school year is that we are dividing the reporting categories in half and doing one performance assessment in the first semester on American Indians adapting to their environments and one performance assessment in the second semester centered on Westward Expansion. 
ELL 6-12 Standards