Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

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2508 NE Everett Street | Portland, OR 97232
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Social Studies Curriculum Overview

World Civilizations

Students will study the following content areas including the geography, development of civilizations and empires, cultural developments and institutions, and legacies of these civilizations. Studies will also include scientific and artistic contributions from respective civilizations and read literature to enhance the study of these cultures.


 World Civilizations 500 - 1700

Ancient Rome

  • Rise & Decline of the Roman Empire

Europe after the decline of the Roman Empire

  • Rise of the Byzantine Empire
  • Feudalism in Europe
  • Medieval Europe and the Church

The Rise of Islam

  • Geographic overview of the Arabian peninsula
  • Islamic civilization
  • The Crusades
  • Current events in Middle East

Empires and Kingdoms of Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Empires of West Africa
  • Kingdoms of Central and South Africa
  • African traditions

Feudal Japan [only if time allows]

  • Geography of Japan
  • Feudalism in Japan
  • Japanese Culture

Europe’s Transition to the Modern World

  • Geography and emerging cities of Europe
  • The Renaissance in Italy
  • Spread of the Renaissance
  • The Reformation
  • Global expansion