MYP Individuals and Societies - Grade 6

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MYP Individuals and Societies incorporates disciplines traditionally studied under the general term “the humanities” (such as history and philosophy), as well as disciplines in the social sciences (such as economics, geography, sociology and political science). It encourages learners to respect and understand the world around them and equips them with necessary skills to inquire into historical, contemporary, geographical, political, social, economic, religious, technological, and cultural factors that have an impact on individuals, societies, and environments. In this subject group, students can engage with exciting, stimulating and personally relevant topics and issues which helps them to appreciate the diversity of human culture, attitudes and beliefs. The approach includes a strong focus on inquiry and investigation. Students, collect, describe and analyze data; test hypotheses; and learn how to interpret information.
 
Units and topics:
Unit 1: Create a Country
 
Students will:
  • define physical geography
  • list major landforms
  • analyze how climate impacts natural environments
  • explain the importance of natural resources for regional development
Unit 3: First Civilizations
 
Students will:
  • define history
  • analyze developments that enabled creation of the first complex societies
  • study formation of the first kingdoms and empires and other social systems
Unit 2: World Population
 
Students will:
  • define population
  • list historical population milestones
  • analyze social, political and environmental impact of population shifts
  • explain proposed solutions to current population issues
Unit 4: Speech & Debate
 
Students will:
  • analyze information
  • form opinion based on analysis
  • consider different perspective
  • build arguments and counterarguments
  • communicate findings using appropriate style and format
Aims:  As stated in the Individuals and Societies guide, the aims of MYP I&S are to encourage and enable students to:
 
  • Appreciate human and environmental commonalities and diversity
  • Understand the interactions and interdependence of individuals, societies, and the environment
  • Understand how both environmental and human systems operate and evolve
  • Identify and develop concern for the well-being of human communities and the natural environment
  • Act as responsible citizens of local and global communities
  • Develop inquiry skills that lead towards conceptual understandings of the relationships between individuals, societies, and the environments in which they live
Assessment criteria: Feedback on and final levels of achievement for assessments are based on four equally weighted assessment criteria:
 
 
Assessment Criteria
At the end of year 6, students should be able to:
A
Knowing and understanding
use vocabulary in context
demonstrate knowledge and understanding of subject-specific content, 
using descriptions, explanations and examples.
B
Investigating
explain a choice of a research question
follow an action plan to explore a research question
collect and record relevant information consistent with the research 
question
reflect on the process and results of the investigation.
C
Communicating
communicate information and ideas with clarity
organize information and ideas effectively for the task
list sources of information in a way that follows the task instructions.
D
Thinking Critically
identify the main points of ideas, events, visual representations or arguments
use information to give an opinion
identify and analyze a range of sources/data in terms of origin and purpose
identify different views and their implications.
Required materials - Please bring the following materials to every class:
  • Charged laptop  
  • Notebook
  • Agenda
  • Writing Utensils

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