Big ideas: Geographic conditions shaped the emergence of civilizations, Religious and cultural practices that emerged during this period have endured and continue to influence people, Economic specialization and trade networks can lead to conflict and cooperation between societies.
Competencies: Use Social Studies inquiry processes and skills to — ask questions; gather, interpret, and analyze ideas; and communicate findings and decisions. Assess the significance of people, places, events, or developments at particular times and places (significance). Determine which causes most influenced particular decisions, actions, or events, and assess their short- and long-term consequences (cause and consequence). Explain different perspectives on past or present people, places, issues, or events, and compare the values, worldviews, and beliefs of human cultures and societies in different times and places (perspective). Make ethical judgments about past events, decisions, or actions, and assess the limitations of drawing direct lessons from the past (ethical judgment)
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