The Themes of Sixth Grade Social Studies

G.R.A.P.E.S. & Ancient Civilizations

G.R.A.P.E.S. prepares students to study issues arising from ancient cultures and globalization. This Social Studies theme typically appears in civilizations and evaluates the development of a society and their relation to geography, culture, economics, history, political science, government, and technology.


G: Geography:

The study of the physical features of the earth and its atmosphere, and of human activity as it affects

  • How did geography impact where ancient people lived?
  • What was the location of this civilization in the ancient world? the modern world?
  • Why did people decide to settle here?


R: Religion:

The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.

  • How does religion shape a culture?
  • How did religion impact the society's rise and fall?
  • Who/what were the religious leaders/rituals?


(A) Achievements:

An action, product, or accomplishment done successfully, typically by effort, courage, ingenuity, or skill

  • What did the society invent/create/build? What do we still use today?
  • What did they 'borrow' from other civilizations?
  • Which 'firsts' is the society or civilization known for?
  • Think about art, music, architecture, science, technology, sports, creativity, etc...


(P) Politics:

The activities associated with the governance of a civilization or area; and the relations between civilizations

  • What type of government did the society have?
  • Who were the leaders?
  • What documents were created for order? Was there enforcement for order?
  • Was there a military, and if so, what role did it play?
  • What were the major wars/battles?
  • How did government hurt/help the people?
  • What factors impacted the culture's rise and fall?


(E) Economy:

The wealth and resources of a country or region, especially in terms of the production and consumption of goods and services.

  • How did people make a living? What were the major jobs?
  • What goods were produced/imported/exported?
  • Did they have a form of currency or money? Did it have value? Did it have regulation?


(S) Social Systems:

Social systems is when the people in a society are considered as a system organized by a group of people, wealth, rank, power, characteristic, pattern of relationships, and/or specific task

  • What were the social classes? Were the classes fair and just?
  • What factors contributed to a person's social class?
  • What were the roles of men, women, and children?
  • What was the daily life like for a person in each social class?

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