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Big Idea
We are a product of what happened before and what we value will affect the future.

Redefine the concept of stability along economic, political, and social lines to further human development and impact lasting change for years to come.
Essential Questions
  • What are significant events of the 21st century that have left a lasting cultural influence.
  • Why are historical events important and how do they connect to current events in the world?
  • How does our dependence on natural resources affect the way that we live?
  • What are the cultural norms of men and women in today’s society and how have they changed?
Standards


SS06-S01-C10-01
Describe current events using information from class discussions and various resources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television, Internet, books, maps).
SS06-S04-C01-02
Identify purposes of, and differences among, maps, globes, aerial photographs, charts, and satellite images.
SS06-S04-C04-05
Identify cultural norms that influence different social, political and economic activities of men and women.
SS06-S01-C10-02
Identify the connection between current and historical events and issues studied at this grade level using information from class discussions and various resources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television, Internet, books, maps).
SS06-S04-C01-03
Interpret maps, charts, and geographic databases using geographic information.
SS06-S04-C05-01
Describe ways that human dependence on natural resources influences economic development, settlement, trade and migration.
SS06-S01-C10-03
Describe how key political, social, and economic events of the late 20th century and early 21st century affected, and continue to affect, the United States.
SS06-S04-C02-04
Explain why places and regions serve as cultural symbols (e.g., Jerusalem as a sacred place for Jews, Christians, and Muslims).
SS06-S04-C06-01
Describe ways geographic features and conditions influenced settlement (e.g., near waterways, on high terrain, with adequate fresh water, on good land for farming, in temperate climates) in different periods of time, places, and regions.
SS06-S02-C09-02
Identify the connection between current and historical events and issues using information from class discussions and various resources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television, Internet, books, maps).
SS06-S04-C04-03
Analyze the causes and effects of settlement patterns.
Skills
  • Describe significant events of the late 20th and 21st century that have lasting effects on the United States.
  • Analyze current events and hypothesize their effect on future civilizations
  • Identify the connection between historical and current events.
  • Verify how our dependence of natural resources affects our economy.
  • Assess the effect of conflict and subsequent resolution in the world.
  • Distinguish modern cultural norms of both men and women in relation to historical norms.
  • Justify the structure and purpose of political organization and alliances.
  • Defend how various nations use scarcity, supply and demand, markets, opportunity costs, resources, productivity, and economic growth to study and create economic systems.
Content/Core Ideas
  • Limited resources affect human choices in determining wants vs. needs.
  • The current events of today will construct the structure of the modern world tomorrow.
  • The individual roles change based on the wants and needs of a society.
  • Scarcity creates stability or instability throughout the world.
  • Increased urbanization and climate/environmental challenges have affected the function, survival, and way of life in rural areas in different ways.
Academic Vocabulary
  • global economy
  • recession
  • economy
  • colonization
  • demographer
  • trade agreement
  • developed(ing) country
  • human rights
  • apartheid
  • natural resources
  • peacekeeping
  • ethnic cleansing
  • terrorism
  • nuclear weapons
Resources
Lesson Plans
Applying the Census