Elements of Civilization by teacherkp

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ELEMENT DEFINITION The interaction of people with their environment in order to control it to their advantage. (geographic features, climate and natural resources) EXAMPLE A. Arrangement of countries, cities, states, population centers etc. B. Movement of population within the region C. Adaptations made in order to live in a particular environment and/or changes people have made to the environment for their own purpose D. Uses of natural resources to meet the needs of the community E. Effect of natural disasters on the environment and the people A. Needs of the people B. Exchange system (money, barter, trade) C. Jobs and services provided by the people D. Natural resources used to produce goods and gain wealth E. Technology developed, borrowed and changed, and used by the civilization F. Manufactured products G. Trade and dependence on other civilizations A. Types of government B. Laws C. Enforcement of laws and punishment D. Judicial systems (judges/lawyers) E. Methods of selecting leaders F. Political parties G. Rights and responsibilities H. Relationships between “states” or other political units


Study of goods and services: how they are produced, used, ECONOMICS and distributed.


Systems of government; the organized, formal structures of a community that allow it to function smoothly.


Principles of right and good behavior; and the way of life based on belief(s) in some kind of divine power.


New knowledge or ideas; the arts, and all things that add to the quality of life.


The systems set up by groups of people that enable them to live and work together.

A. Belief in God, gods, or spirits (supreme being) B. Interaction of God, gods, or spirits in the life of the people as believed by the people C. Meaning of life and the purpose of one's existence D. What is right and what is wrong and how it came about E. Ideas and beliefs that guide behavior and decisions of individuals and the government F. Dealing with right and wrong issues in the culture A. Common physical traits of the people B. Language and writing system C. Groups of people that make up the population D. Art people value and enjoy E. Architecture and design of buildings F. Literature people read and write G. Music people play and listen to H. Dances people do and enjoy I. Celebrations, holidays and festivals J. Foods prepared and eaten K. Shelters and homes L. Clothing people wear M. Recreation N. Education of the people A. Family structures (nuclear and extended) B. Class systems/ social levels C. Communities D. Neighborhoods E. Clubs/organizations

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