Welcome to Social Studies 6!

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Why do we take Social Studies?
Social studies is the study of people in relation to each other and to their world. It is an issues-focused and inquiry-based interdisciplinary subject that draws upon history, geography, ecology, economics, law, philosophy, political science and other social science disciplines. Social studies fosters [an] understanding of and involvement in practical and ethical issues that face [our] communities and humankind. Social studies is integral to the process of enabling [us] to develop an understanding of who [we] are, what [we] want to become, and the society which [we] want to live.

-Alberta Education

This year in Social Studies 6, we will be learning about democracy, elections, municipal govt. in Canada, provincial govt. in Canada, federal govt. in Canada, as well as what the governments were like for the people of ancient Athens, as well as for the Iroquois people.

Social Studies 6 Course Outline
Social Studies K-12: Programs of Study, Alberta Education
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Kids Love2Learn:
Democracy: Citizenship - Democracy
Democracy: Citizenship - Provincial Government
Democracy: Athens
Democracy: Iroquois Confederacy
Government of Alberta
Government of Canada
Virtual tour of Alberta Legislature
Roles and Responsibilities of Provincial Government
Smithsonian videos (travel: Greece)
open parliament (current issues in parliament)
parliament webcast

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(most lessons will likely take 2-4 class periods to complete)
lesson 1: Introduction to Social Studies 6, Government, Reasons for Rules
-Introduction to topics to be covered in S.S. 6
-"word wall" words
-Why rules exist
-Examples of Rules and Consequences in the real world (Lethbridge Herald: fatal drunk driving incident)

lesson 2: 3 Types of Needs: Physical, Social, Psychological
-Defining Needs, not Wants
-Student-created "Needs" displays
-Lesson #1 Worksheets

lesson 3: Introduction to Democracy and Participation, Values, Who Are Members of Society?
-"Values" placemats
-SkillSmart media project
-Rule or Law I Would Like Changed
-Oath of Citizenship (Becoming Canadian: Oath of Citizenship)
-proposed changes
-acrostic Canadian
-Creating your own rules

lesson 4: Why Do We Need Government?
-How Government meets society's needs
-Student Lesson #2 worksheet
-Telling Fact from Opinion - newspaper search

-Identifying injustices around you
-Speaking Out - Can one person really make a difference?
34 year old Australian, Oliver Percovich, opens Afghanistan's first skateboarding school to help Afghan children attain some childhood normalcy and temporarily forget their fears.

lesson 5: Why Is It Important To Contribute?
-The Planning Process
-Contribution improving the situation...
-Issues in your community - Town of Milk River, official website
- Current Events: October 6, 2009 CBC: Calgary injustice issue: Chickens
- Current Events: October 2, 2009 CBC: Time to get computers out of the classrooms. (I disagree!!!)
-Should cell phones be allowed in class? - facts and opinions
-The Great Cell Phone Debate! - class debate
-Current Events: CBC Deep Fryers Gone From Western P.E.I. Schools
-Current Events: Federal Inmates Fight Smoking Ban Equal rights for everyone?
-Current Events: N.B. Woman Charged For Fake Abduction Story Freedom of speech?
-Current Events: CBC Manitoba to Post School Absentee Rates Online
-Current Events: NYtimes Saudis Seek Payments for Any Drop in Oil Revenues
-7 steps for getting involved
-Canadian Citizenship assignment - Government of Canada: Citizenship and Immigration Canada
4 principles of democracy
-Democracy in Action Journal - Chpt. 1 reflection/response
-Current Events: CBC disbarred lawyer jailed for stealing from clients
-Current Events: CBC Calgary ponzi case rescheduled for December

lesson 6: What Are Our Rights and Freedoms?
Chp. 2 p. 30
-Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Handout)
-Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms web (ppt3)
-Individual Rights
-Current Events: CBC Nunavut to lobby against polar bear trade ban
-Current Events: CBC Protesters disrupt question period
-Rights and Responsibilities handouts (Student Lesson #7)
-Community, Home, School
-Interview 3 people (Student Lesson #7)
-Discovery Education: Good Citizenship (USA) (24:15)

lesson 7 and 8: Democracy and Participation, What Are Our Democratic Rights?
-With great power comes great responsibility - smartboard 1

"What Responsibilities Should Governments Have?" - handout
-Winning the right to vote - timeline (p. 41)
-Should the voting age be lowered to 16? (p. 42 - 43)
-Suffragettes (p. 44 - 45)
-Securing the Vote for Women

(c) Manchester Image Archives
(c) Manchester Image Archives

lesson 9: How Does Democracy Support the Rule of Law? How Can People Make a Difference?
Forms of Bias
-Ranking 4 Democratic Systems

Tax-Free Living in Pakistan - NYTimes (07:34)
Above the Law in Russia - NYTimes (01:20)
Bias: food (02:49) Bias: sharks (02:32) Disc.Ed
Bias: Jellyfish (01:46) Disc. Ed

lesson 10: Final Project
-choose your project
-Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader

lesson 11: Review

Female Factor (France NYTimes) (06:35)
Female Marines in Marja (NYTimes) (02:11)
Youth Protest Pension Reform (NYTimes) (00:28)
Growing up in Gaza (NYTimes) (04:39)
Tallying the votes in Iraq (NYTimes) (02:04)
Somalia's child soliders (NYTimes) (03:47)
India's highways of death (NYTimes) (03:54)
Bootlegging in tribal Pakistan (NYTimes) (06:07)
Apartheid haunts South Africa's schools (NYTimes) (03:45)
Patrolling for Somali pirates (NYTimes) (03:19)
Peru's Coca Conflict (NYTimes) (04:26)
Venezuela's grave robbers (NYTimes) (04:06)
War without borders (US involvement in Mexico's drug war) (NYTimes) (09:16)

Chpt. 1-2 Test


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Who Does What? (levels of government cartoon): youtube (04:24)

-lesson 1: Introduction to Chapter 5 and 6 vocabulary
-create a wordle using the new vocabulary for chapters 5-6

-lesson 2: Why Do We Have Local Government? (p. 102)

Milk River Mayor and Council: Council Functions and Priorities
(p. 102 - 109)
-Student Lesson #4 worksheet: What needs are met by the municipal or local government?
-Student lesson #5 worksheet: Services provided by the local government
-Municipal Government Services image sheet

Provides Services
Collects Taxes
Discovery Education: Taxes: How they help the government (01:02)
Makes Laws
Making laws: Where do laws come from? youtube part 1: (02:32)Making laws: Where do laws come from? youtube part2: (06:17)[[#mce_temp_url#|How a Law is Made: youtube (03:11)]]
How a law is made youtube (03:11)
Gives people a voice

-Milk River animal bylaws
-Lethbridge bylaws
-make your own graph of the Milk River profiles
-Queen formally opens parliament (youtube) (01:50)-Canadian Governments asks PM Questions-RMR How Parliament Works (05:45)-RMR Budget 2010 (01:16)
-Rick on Parliament Hill (06:23)
-RMR Canada Explained (06:43)
-lesson 3: How Are Local Governments Organized? (p. 110)
Municipal Districts of AlbertaMunicipal Areas of AlbertaAlberta First Nations Reservescounty of warner infoBlood Tribe Chief and Council
-Student Lesson #3 worksheet: How are Local Governments Organized?

-Municipal Government Services
Making Decisions
Delivering Services
What's a Budget all about? youtube (02:50)
Activity: What would you do if you were in charge? (current events)
CBC: Swiss vote to ban new mosque minarets
What is a minaret?

-lesson 4: How Are Local Governments Elected? (p. 114)
-Roles and Responsibilities of Officials in a Local Governement (sheet of descriptions for Mayor, Treasurer, and Secretary for those who are considering these positions in our Classroom Town Council)
-CBC: CN Rail Tentative Deal Reached
-How Can You Participate at the Local Level? (p. 115)
Getting Involved
Small School
Helping Homeless
YouTube: Homelessness in Canada (04:22)
-What would you do if you were mayor? - assignment

-lesson 5: Why Do We Have School Boards? (p. 121)
A Choice of Schools
-An inquiry Into School Boards - partner assignment

Project: Creating a classroom town
-Vote on town name
-Nominations for Mayor, Town Councillors, Secretary, Treasurer
-Acceptance of nominations
(assignment - Local Government worksheet)
-Campaigning for Mayor, Town Councillors
How to run a successful political campaign
Campaigning methods
-Resumes for Secretary, Treasurer
Resume Template/Examples
-Decide on physical geography of town
-Election Day - speeches
-Town funding and taxes
-advisory committees and bylaws
-creation of physical geography
-review for test on local government
-town council meetings

-lesson 6: How Provincial Government Works (p. 128)
Alberta Legislation Virtual Tour
p. 128-129: A Divided Province
Discovery Area: bulletin board for collection of news articles and editorial cartoons: pieces should be about provincial government issues. (students present their news article or cartoon on a weekly basis, before posting it on the bulletin board.
-Review of provinces and capitals.
-First Past the Post (parties) youtube (03:14)

-lesson 7: Why Do We Need a Provincial Government? (p. 130)
-YouTube: The Story of the Alberta OilsandsAlbertaFirst profiles/statisticsServices
HowStuffWorks: Wind Power: The World's Fastest Growing Energy Source (02:13)
YouTube: Alberta's Oil Sands featured on 60 Minutes (06:04)
Current Events: Politics: CBC News - Alberta premier asks his party to stick together (Jan. 5, 2010)

-lesson 8: How Is the Provincial Government Elected? (p. 134)

-lesson 9: What Is the Role of the Lieutenant Governor? (p. 142)

-lesson 10: How Is the Alberta Government Structured? (p. 146)
Cabinet Ministers

-lesson 11: How Can People Participate at the Provincial Level? (p. 149)

-lesson 12: Federal Government



lesson 1: Intro to Chapter Vocabulary

lesson 2: Where is Athens?
National Geographic: Maps, Photos, Information about Greece
Video Clip Disc. Ed.: Ancient Greece: The Democracy of Athens, 500 BC (01:07)

lesson 3: Who Were Ancient Athenians? Who Were Citizens in Athens?
Create maps of Canada and Greece
Thinking it Through p. 58 - 60
Journal entry from perspective of woman, metic, slave or citizen

lesson 4: Was Fairness Part of Athenian Democracy? How Were Athenian Citizens Involved in Decision Making?
CTV News: Supreme Court Backs Prisoner's Right to Vote, Nov. 2002
p. 62 primary resources
Summary Groups p. 63-64
Pnyx Hill

p. 66 Pericles Speech
Over to You #1, 2

lesson 5: How Was the Council of 500 Democratic? How Were Athenian Courts Run?
Use p. 67 (Council of 500) and 58 (Athenian Courts) and create a poster describing both
Dubai courts
(not this type of court!)
Persuasive essay about advantages and disadvantages of holding a lottery
Story on Socrates online (read as class)
Read p. 69 on Socrates, answer Over to You #1-3
Greek Philosophy ppt (advanced)
Read p. 70-71 with a partner and complete Over to You #1-3
Class debate - p. 70-71
Read p. 72-73 and respond to statement "Ancient Athens was a a fair and democratic society."
How are your values similar or different from those of the ancient Athenian people? (roles of men, women, voting rights and tolerance)

Group Projects
Topic 1: Geography
Geography and History (02:18)
Topic 2: Architecture
Greek Architecture Revision (youtube 04:34)
Topic 3: Living in Style
Topic 4: Greek Democracy
Topic 5: Victory and Conquest
Topic 6: Death and Burial
Topic 7: Animals: Real and Imagined
Topic 8: Gods, Goddesses and Heroes
Topic 9: American Cities, Greek Names

Greek Mythology: make it up, present puppets, be an actor
Hades and the King of Corinth
Apollo's Oracle at Delphi

lesson 6: Final Project
Create scrolls of how the Athenian government functioned for future societies

Final Exam

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lesson 1: The Iroquois Confederacy introduction
p. 76 – 77 Using the think-pair-share strategy, students think of situations when people might make a speech.

How would you spread a message of peace? Read Haudenosaunee speech and find most important parts.
Use TR p. 152 info to read over and find 10 learned facts. Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy

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Disc. Ed. The Confederacy of Peace and Power (05:37)

lesson 2: What was the Iroquois society like?
Ask students about their identity, who they are, what is important to them. Include family, immediate and extended, community, province and country.

This section we will learn about Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) identity).
Examine Iroquois identity on p. 79, use LM 4-1, Iroquois Identity
Choosing a chief, p. 80, Think it Through
Evidence so far for Iroquois democratic principles
LM 4-3, Status of Women Compare and Contrast Chart
Reread last paragraph on page 80, in Canada, who goes to war? Do they have a voice?

Create a pyramid poem based on a one-word topic of their choice (longhouse, peacemaker) use teaching tip p. 159 in teacher manual to see criteria.

lesson 3: What was the wampum used for?
virtual wampum belt
Wampum belt as Haudenosaunee way of recording history and laws. Primary source because t provides info that is direct from the source and the time period.
Complete LM 4-4, Wampum Concept Map
Discuss Thinking it Through

p. 83 Hiawatha’s sorrow.
discuss why Hiawatha chose to make a wampum.
p. 84-85 where have you used a map and why did you need it? Examples of three types of maps. P. 85 questions about maps.
Journal entry reflecting on importance of Great Law of Peace.

peace bracelet

lesson 4: How was the Confederacy structured?
read par.1 p. 86, Why might Iroquois liken their Confederacy to a longhouse?
expert groups: chiefs, grand council
LM 4-2
p.88, making decisions and accounting for future consequences or impact on others
p. 87-88 Thinking it Through
Iroquois Confederacy diorama longhouses and how 6 nations were represented, and their roles (children, women, men, chiefs)

lesson 5: How were decisions made in the Confederacy?
p. 89-97
Our daily decisions, how they are made
examine how decisions were made in the Confederacy and Grand Council
evidence that Iroquois a representative democracy
p. 92 everyone involved in decision making
p. 93 Roberta Jamieson
p. 94-95 consider viewpoints majority rule, consensus and unsure. read opinions, students stand beside their opinion
discuss and share Over to You questions

lesson 6: Create wampum




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lesson 1: Why do values change over time?
lesson 2: How are our Constitutional Rights protected?
lesson 3: Why are collective rights protected?
lesson 4: What was La Grande Paix de Montreal?
lesson 5: What effect have collective rights had on Inuit?