Dr. Stutsman - Classroom Information

Email: jstutsman@immacolata.org
Phone: 991-5700 voice mailbox #332



Welcome to 6th grade World History


Textbooks—Either My World History (2019) Information to log-on to the site for student resources, assignments, and a digital textbook have been provided to students.

Materials---Students should bring a 1 inch or 1 ½ inch binder with pockets and a three-hole punch folder to class each day along with their textbook.  The binder should, also, include a sufficient supply of loose leaf paper for taking notes and for assignments.  Pens (blue/black/red), pencils, and highlighters are used on a daily basis.

Content goals—In social studies, we will explore both ancient and medieval societies.  In our study of the past, our goal is to better understand our present.  What relationships exist between these past societies and our world today?  What can they teach us about the growth and development of civilizations, in general?  Are there any common factors in the development of these civilizations?  These questions and others will be explored throughout the year.  We will discuss the world’s progression from then to now and discover our own connection with the past.  We will observe the world’s change from nomadic tribal life to settled cities, countries, and empires.  Most importantly, the goal is for each student to realize that studying history is not only memorizing facts, but it is learning to understand and accept ourselves and each other.

Other academic goals--Various academic skills such as critical reading of both primary and secondary sources, note  taking, academic writing using document-based evidence, essay responses, time-management, cooperative learning, student independence and resiliency will be developed as well.  We will learn to read, analyze, and respond as historians do.  Guest speakers, projects, videos and fieldtrips (when possible) will supplement the class.

Behavior goals—The main goal for this upcoming year is continued emotional and behavioral growth.  This is a big transition year.  Sixth graders are transitioning from an elementary education to a high school preparatory program.  With this comes continuing independence and personal responsibility.  This independence is evident in both an ability to work individually and in group work with less direct assistance from the teacher or parent.  Student work is guided rather than formally directed.  This is an ongoing process throughout the year and continues into 7th & 8th grade.

Units of study—This is our first year with this textbook.  Therefore, the following is a tentative schedule.  It is dependent upon both mastery of the material and time constraints.  We begin our year with an exploration of the concepts of geography and history.  We will learn how to utilize basic geography resources such as maps, graphs, and charts.

  • Unit I—What is history? What is geography? What is archeology?  What is anthropology?  Hunting & gathering societies verses the development of farming?  What are the factors that led to the rise of civilizations?  What are the features that early civilizations have in common?
  • Unit II—The Fertile Crescent:  the Sumerians, the Akkadians, the Babylonians, the Assyrians, the Persians, the Phoenicians,
  • Unit III--The Israelites and Judaism
  • Unit IV—Ancient Egypt, the Kingdom of Kush
  • Unit V—Ancient India, Hinduism, Buddhism
  • Unit VI—Early Chinese civilizations, Ancient Chinese dynasties, Confucianism
  • Unit VII—Ancient Greece, Greek mythology, Greek learning & arts, Alexander the Great
  • Unit VIII—The Roman Republic & government, Roman society, Julius Caesar
  • Unit IX—The Roman empire, Christianity, Roman culture & legacy, the Byzantine empire, the Great Schism
  • Unit X—The early Middle Ages, the spread of Christianity, feudalism, medieval culture
  • Unit XI—The Islamic religion, the expansion of Islam, Islamic civilizations
  • Unit XII—Late Middle Ages, religious conflict, the Crusades & religious war,  the rise of England and France
  • Unit XIII—The Renaissance, the Reformation, the scientific revolution & the Enlightenment
  • Unit VIV—the Tang & Song Dynasties of China, the Mongol & Ming empires, Chinese achievements & culture, early Japanese culture & feudalism
  • Unit XV—Cultures & kingdoms of West Africa, Trading countries of East Africa

Academic Assessment

·       Notebooks will be collected intermittently throughout the year and graded.  As well as gaining historical knowledge, we will also be working on note-taking and good study skills. It is important for students to take home their notes nightly to review to best prepare for quizzes and tests.

·       Class participation is taking into account when tabulating grades

·       Class projects will be both written and oral.  They will be completed individually and in small cooperative groups.

·       Extra credit opportunities will be offered on tests and with periodic activities/projects.  However, extra credit alone will not pass this class.

·       Final grade=1/3 small projects & quizzes, 1/3 tests and large projects, 1/3 homework


 I hope to bring history alive for each student.  We will have videos, Reader’s Theater’s, and historical simulations throughout the year.  I know next year will be a great first year of middle school!