6th Grade Social Studies

6th grade is the beginning of middle school and new subjects in our history, heres the topics and sub topics for this age. Here is the printable to go with as well.


The Neolithic Period

Ancient Mesopotamia

Early Mesopotamia

Mesopotamian empires

Ancient Egypt and Kush

Ancient Egypt: the Old Kingdom

Ancient Egyptian religion

The kingdoms of Kush

Early China

Ancient China

Early Chinese thought

The Qin Empire

The Han Dynasty

Science and technology in early China

The teachings of Confucius

Ancient South Asia

The Indus Civilization

The Mauryan Empire

The Gupta Empire

Comparing ancient river civilizations

Compare ancient river civilizations: geography and society

Compare ancient river civilizations: achievements and legacy

The Silk Road

The ancient Silk Road: geography and transportation

The ancient Silk Road: goods and ideas

The medieval Silk Road

World religions

Origins of Judaism

Origins of Christianity

Origins of Islam

Origins of Hinduism

Origins of Buddhism


Classical Athens: geography and society

Comparing Athens and Sparta

Alexander the Great

Rome and the Byzantine Empire

The beginnings of Rome

Early Roman society and politics

Roman government: monarchy to republic

The Roman Republic

Caesar and the end of the Roman Republic

Pax Romana

The fall of the Western Roman Empire

The Byzantine Empire

Islamic empires

Early Islamic conquests

Early Islamic caliphates

African empires

The Ghana Empire

Origins and development of the Mali Empire

The Songhai Empire

Medieval Asia

The Mongol Empire

Medieval Japan

Medieval Europe

Feudal Europe

The Crusades

The Middle Ages after 1100

Early Modern Europe

Renaissance origins

Italian Renaissance: achievements in literature and art

The Reformation

The Enlightenment: origins and natural rights

The Enlightenment: influences on government

Early Americas

Foundations of Maya civilization

Foundations of Inca civilization

Foundations of Aztec civilization

Age of Exploration

The Age of Exploration: origins

Portuguese and Spanish expeditions

French and English expeditions

The Columbian Exchange

Physical Geography

Oceans and continents

The Americas: society and environment

Region profile: South America

The Americas: geography

Identify and select countries of Northern and Central America

Identify and select countries of the Caribbean

Identify and select countries of South America

Europe: society and environment

Region profile: Europe

Europe: geography

Identify and select countries of Europe

Africa: society and environment

Region profile: West and Central Africa

Africa: geography

Identify and select countries of Africa

The Middle East: society and environment

Region profile: the Middle East

Asia: society and environment

Region profile: East Asia

Country profile: China

Asia: geography

Identify the names of Asian countries 

Oceania: geography

Identify and select countries of Oceania

Name countries of Oceania


Purposes of government

The Legislative Branch

The Executive Branch

The Judicial Branch

Checks and balances

State and local government

International organizations

The Constitution

The Constitution: amendments

The Bill of Rights

The legal system

Laws and courts


Citizenship and the naturalization process

Rights and responsibilities of active citizenship

Basic economic principles

What is economics?

Costs and benefits

Opportunity cost

Trade and specialization

What is a market?

Banking and finance


Supply and demand

Understand quantity supplied and quantity demanded

Understand overall supply and demand

Create and use supply and demand curves

Identify shortage and surplus

Identify shortage and surplus with graphs

Identify shortage and surplus with data

Social studies skills

Identify primary and secondary sources

Identify facts and opinions

Reading and creating timelines with BCE and CE

Source analysis: the Boston Massacre

Source analysis: the Declaration of Independence

Source analysis: the Gettysburg Address

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