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  • Welcome to Mr. Insana's Sixth Grade Social Studies Website!

     
    In this section of the website, all the materials covered in class, from the various units of study will be available to the parents and the students.  Feel free to contact me via e-mail: 
     
    rinsana@schools.nyc.gov. 

     
    Our First Unit of Study will be Maps and Geography.  In this unit the students will be learning about the four main parts of a map, latitude, longitude, the Equator and the Prime Meridian.  We will also study different landforms and geographical terms that will later come up in our study of ancient civilizations.  This will give the students a basic understanding of the importance of geography. During this unit the students discuss The Forever Factors (Geography, Political, Social, Economic, and Technology) in relation to the world. These ideas are a constant factor throughout history.  The students will reflect back on these concepts throughout our various units.  
     
    Our second Unit of Study will be Ancient Mesopotamia.  The students will learn about the location of Mesopotamia in the world.  The Sumerians were the first settlers in the region.  They are the people who developed the world's first civilization.  Soon other people settled in Mesopotamia.  We will learn why this area was called the Fertile Crescent.
     
    Our third Unit of Study will focus on the three major religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.  In this unit we will study the beliefs, customs, and practices of the the three major religions.  
     
    Our fourth Unit of Study will be the Ancient Egypt.  The Egyptian Empire covered the northeastern corner of Africa.  It centered on the the mysterious Nile River Valley.  Egypt extended from central Africa to to coastal areas along the Red and Mediterranean Seas.  Despite periods of weakness, the empire expanded over the centuries of the Middle Kingdom and the New Kingdom. 
     
    Our fifth Unit of Study will be Ancient India.  The students will study the about the first the first civilizations of ancient India that were developed in the Indus Valley.  The arrival of the Arayans brought great changes to India, including the caste system and beliefs that would later become Hinduism.  By the rise of the Mauryan and Gupta Empires, Buddhism had joined Hinduism as a major world religion that began in ancient India.
     
    Our next Unit of Study will be Ancient China.  The students will learn how and where the civilizations began in China. They will study how the Huang He Valley is the first center of Chines civilization. They will learn how the geography of the rich soil was instrumental in people settling there to farm and eventually build towns.
     
    Our next Unit of Study will be Rome. The students will learn how Rome grew from a small farming village into one of the world's greatest empires.  They will study the factors that linked the empire together-a common language, a common money, and massive public works projects.  They will study how the Roman Empire has influenced Western Civilization today.
     
    Our last Unit of Study will be Greece.  In this unit the students will learn how the Greek city-states developed after the civilizations of the Minoans and Mycenaeans.  By the 700s B.C., city states and colonies flourished in the Mediterranean region.  The Persian Empire attempted unsuccessfully to invade Greece.  the students will study about the war between Athens and Sparta, and its affect on Greek civilization.  
     

     

    The order is rapidly fading, and the first one now will later be last for the times they are a-changing.

    -Bob Dylan