Social Studies -Enduring Understandings:
Q: How does Geography affect a culture?
Q: What factors contribute to the development of a
Q: How do resources impact a region's culture?
Q: What factors define a civilization?
Unit 2 - Early Man
Q: What is Pre-History?
Q: Why did Early Man live in clans (groups)?
Q: How did the development of technology (tools)
change the life of Early Man?
Q: What effects did Domestication of animals and
Systematic Agriculture have on early Neolithic
Unit 3- Mesopotamia
Q: How did geography influence the development of
the Middle East?
Q: Why was Hammurabi's Code important?
Q: How did technology bring about a change in
Q: What problems did the people of Fertile Crescent
face & how did they solve them?
Unit 4 - Ancient Egypt
Q: What were the 3 major periods of ancient Egypt &
who were the important people during each time
Q: What were the major accomplishments of ancient
Q: What were the physical features of Egypt and what
role did geography play on the development of the
Q: What was the social structure in ancient Egypt
Unit 5 - India
Q: How is the Culture along the Indus River Valley similar/different from Mesopotamia & Egypt?
Q: What are some important accomplishments from Ancient India?
Q: What is a Caste System?
Q: How did the physical features influence the settlement patterns of Ancient India?
Q: What are key features of Hinduism?
Q: What are key features of Buddhism?
Q: What are supply & Demand and how does this concept apply to India?
Q: What are Natural, Human, and Capitol Resources found in Ancient India?
Q: What is a trade barrier?- Give examples from Ancient India
Unit 6 - China
Q: What were physical features of China?
Q: What were the Positive & Negative effects of those physical features?
Q: Who were some important people from ancient China & what did they do?
Q: What were some important inventions from ancient China?
Q: What is supply & demand & how does this concept apply to ancient China?
Q: How did someone become an emperor of ancient China?
Q: How did the emperor have absolute power? - Give examples of how China's government was unlimited
Q: What were the three major Chinese Philosophies? Describe them-
Q: What is Cultural Diffusion? Give examples of Cultural Diffusion in China
Q: How is Chinese Culture similar & different from other cultures that we have studied?
Unit 7- Ancient Greece
Q: What was the geography of Greece? describe it
Q: How did the physical features of ancient Greece affect the natural resources available to the Greeks?
Q: Who were some important people in Ancient Greece & what did they do?
Q: What are some important accomplishments of ancient Greece
Q: What is a city-state?
Q: What are the differences & similarities between Athens & Sparta
Q: What are some government ideas that the United States gained from the City-State of Athens?
Q: What are natural, human, & capitol resources found in ancient Greece?
Q: Describe the cultural achievements of the Greeks
Q: What role did religion play with Greek civilization?
Q: What are some examples of cultural diffusion that occured during Alexander the Great's Conquest?
Q: How is Greek Culture similar/different to other cultures that we have studied?
Unit 8- Ancient Rome
Q; How did the Geographic location of Rome affect trade?
Q: How did the physical features of Rome affect natural resources available?
Q: Who was important in Rome and what did they do?
Q: What were some important accomplishments from ancient Rome?
Q: How did Christianty impact the Roman Empire?
Q: What were some reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire?
Q: What is a Republic?
Q: Describe Rome's social Structure
Q:How was the Government of Rome different from the government of Greece?
Q: How was the government of Rome similar to the United States government?
Unit 9- The Islamic World
Q: What were the physical features of Northern Asia & Southwestern Asia?
Q: What were the positive & negative effects of those physical features?
Q: What were some of the important people from the Islamic World & what did they do?
Q: What are some important accomplishments from the Islamic World ?
Q: What role did religion play in the Islamic world?
Q: What were the key concepts of Islam?
Q: What types of Government systems did the Islamic World use?
Q: What is Cultural Diffusion? Give examples of Culural diffusion in the Islamic World
Q: How was the culure of the Islamic world similar/different to other ancient
Q: What role did trade play in the islamic world?
Q: What are the benefits and drawbacks to caravan trading?
Q: What is supply & demand and how does this apply to the islamic world?
Unit 10 - The Middle Ages
Q: How did geography impact the Middle Ages?
Q: What was the Feudal System?
Q: What were the Crusades?
Q: What were the causes and effects of the Crusades?
Q: What was the Black Death?
Q: What were the efects of the Black Death on Europe?
Q: What was a Manor- Describe life on the Manor
Q: What is the difference between limited and unlimited government?
Q: How are members of Feudal society in Japan similar to those in Europe?
Q: What was the Magna Carta?
Q: How does the Magna Carta effect modern government in the United States?
Q: Explain how a manor was self-sufficient
Q: What was the opportunity cost of living in a medieval town?
Q: How did Christianity impact the Middle Ages?
Unit 11- The Americas (Incas/Mayans/Aztecs)
Q: What were cultural distinctions of the Aztecs, Mayas and Inca civilizations?
Q: What were the cultural similarities of the Aztecs, Mayas and Inca civilizations?
Q: What were the architectural accomplishments of the Mesoamericans?
Q: What are specific cultural influences of the Mesoamericans on Hispanic culture?
Q: Was conquest by the Spaniards of the Americas exploration of exploitation?
Q: What was result of the Spaniards and Mesoamericans religious beliefs collision?