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FC: The Characteristics of Civilizations


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6 lessons that answer the standards as well as the framing and supporting questions.

Grade: 4th Grade

Weeks: 1.5

Pages: 94

Standards: 4.1 - 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 4.11, 4.12

File Type: pdf

Slide Deck Included: Yes

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Product SKU: PEDFC413


After the last ice age, humans began to establish more permanent farming-based communities across the globe. This agricultural revolution is among the most significant transformations human societies have undergone. Agriculture resulted in an abundance of food, which allowed for the emergence of specialization and social stratification. In this unit, students will increase their understanding of the agricultural revolution and its impact on the evolution of civilization.

6 lessons that answer the standards as well as the framing and supporting questions.

Lessons are developed using all the sources and readings that are in the social studies course frameworks provided by the Louisiana Department of Education.

What does it include:

  1. Detailed lesson plans aligned to the standards and frameworks.
  2. Activities that include all the materials provided in the frameworks
  3. Assessments aligned to the new LDOE field test.
  4. Lesson activity workbook/worksheets
  5. Slide deck


  • 4.1 Create and use a chronological sequence of related events to compare developments and describe instances of change and continuity.
  • 4.2 Use a variety of primary and secondary sources to:
  • 4.2a. Analyze social studies content.
  • 4.2b. Explain claims and evidence.
  • 4.2c. Compare and contrast multiple sources.
  • 4.3 Explain connections between ideas, events, and developments in world history.
  • 4.4 Compare and contrast events and developments in world history.
  • 4.5 Construct and express claims that are supported with relevant evidence from primary and/or secondary sources, content knowledge, and clear reasoning in order to:
  • 4.5a Demonstrate an understanding of social studies content.
  • 4.5b. Compare and contrast content and viewpoints.
  • 4.5c. Explain causes and effects.
  • 4.5d. Describe counterclaims.
  • 4.6 Create and use geographic representations to locate and describe places and geographic characteristics, including hemispheres; landforms such as continents, oceans, rivers, mountains, and deserts; cardinal and intermediate directions; climate and environment.
  • 4.7 Use geographic representations and historical information to explain how physical geography influenced the development of ancient civilizations and empires.
  • 4.11 Explain the effects of the Agricultural Revolution, including the barter economy, food surpluses, domestication of plants and animals, specialization, and the growth of permanent settlements.
  • 4.12 Identify and explain the importance of the following key characteristics of civilizations: culture, specialization, infrastructure, stable food supply, government, technology, belief systems, writing, and social structure.

Framing Question

What are the different characteristics of civilization and how are they related to the Agricultural Revolution?

Supporting Questions

  1. What makes a civilization, a civilization?

  2. Where have archaeologists found the earliest evidence for the development of civilization and why?

  3. What are some examples of when new discoveries overturned or challenged previous ways of thinking about history?



1 review for FC: The Characteristics of Civilizations

  1. Amelia

    Great book helps a lot-lot!

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