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WORLD HISTORY: UNIT 1
In this unit we will be covering the following standards. Make sure that you know and can give the historical significance of all key terms in red.
SSWH1: The student will analyze the origins, structures, and interactions of complex societies in the ancient Eastern Mediterranean from 3500 BCE to 500 BCE.
a. Describe the development of Mesopotamian societies; include the religious, cultural, economic,
and political facets of society, with attention to Hammurabi’s law code.
b. Describe the relationship of religion and political authority in Ancient Egypt.
c. Explain the development of monotheism; include the concepts developed by the ancient
Hebrews, and Zoroastrianism.
d. Describe early trading networks in the Eastern Mediterranean; include the impact Phoenicians
had on the Mediterranean World.
e. Explain the development and importance of writing; include cuneiform, hieroglyphics, and the
SSWH2: The student will identify the major achievements of Chinese and Indian societies from
1100 BCE to 500 CE.
a. Describe the development of Indian civilization; include the rise and fall of the Maurya Empire,
the “Golden Age” under Gupta, and the emperor Ashoka.
b. Explain the development and impact of Hinduism and Buddhism on India and subsequent
diffusion of Buddhism.
c. Describe the development of Chinese civilization under the Zhou and Qin.
d. Explain the impact of Confucianism on Chinese culture; include the examination system, the
Mandate of Heaven, the status of peasants, the status of merchants, and the patriarchal family,
and explain diffusion to Southeast Asia, Japan, and Korea.
e. Explain how the geography of the Indian Subcontinent contributed to the movement of people