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Welcome to Social Studies History and our study of
the Rise & Fall of Ancient Civilizations
Big Questions we will consider this year:
“Big” Essential Questions:
What is culture? What can studying other cultures teach us?
What are the characteristics of a civilization? What does it mean to be “civilized”?
What characteristics of a civilization cause it to form and rise?
What characteristics of a civilization cause it to change over time and in some cases, collapse?
What kinds of decisions made early in the formation of a civilization lead to its rise and/or downfall?
How and why do civilizations come together to create societies?
What role do geography and resources (both physical and human) play a role in civilization?
Where are we on this continuum?
How does the evaluation of past events and civilizations in particular help us to make future decisions?
Ancient Civilizations we will use as our “Case Studies”:
• Ancient China
• Indus River Valley • Ancient Maya
• Ancient Puebloans
Please see our Google Classroom site for resources, assignments and deadlines.
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