Monday, January 29, 2018 innovative!

For this unit we will be learning about how necessity and want impacted the ancient world as well as how it still impacts our own.

The writing, architecture, infrastructure, science, arts and literature reflect the priorities and cultural values of various civilizations and spread ideas across the globe.  

Primary and secondary sources provide a historical perspective on civilizations’ need to implement innovation and technology  (writing, architecture, infrastructure, science, arts and literature).

The achievements and advancements of past civilizations have continued to impact the development and expansion of modern civilizations.  Innovation is not static.  

It's only a matter of time before we are taken over by robots and our smart phones.  

Thursday, December 14, 2017


Go to YouTube.
Find the Crash Course on Monsters.
Watch it.

Have some fun with this.  Be creative.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Study Guide (Quizlet) for the Polytheism Test on Friday, December 8th, 2017

If the link does not work just type it in as is and it will take you there as well.
Happy studying!!!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Unit of Religion

Religion transformed civilizations by providing a means of interpreting and understanding the world while becoming the center of their cultural belief system. It also provided many civilizations with a moral code to follow.

Examples of invasions, conquests, and migrations include:
  • Egypt and the Jews and the eventual dispersion of the Jews and creation of a Jewish state
  • Rome and the Christians
  • Conquistadors and the Incas and Aztecs
  • Islamic Expansion
  • Western African Empires adoption of Islam (Ghana, Mali, Songhai)
Religious events of the past impact religious events of today:
  • Islam: Shi’ite and Sunni conflict past and present, radical Islam
  • Christian current events
  • Jewish conflict with Palestinians
  • Islam and Hinduism conflict in South Asia
  • Inca, Aztecs and Conquistadors Conflict
Historical figures and their followers brought religious changes that transformed societies:

  • Judaism: Began in Mesopotamia with Abraham
  • Christianity: Began during the time of the Roman Empire after Jesus’ death
  • Islam: Began on the Arabian Peninsula with Muhammad; Mansa Musa spread Islam across Africa on his pilgrimage to Mecca
  • Conquistadors brought Christianity to the Americas
  • Buddhism: The impact of Buddha and the Eightfold Path on Asia
  • Hinduism: The expansion and transformation of Indian History.
  • Confucianism: The impact of Confucius and the value system he created on China’s government

Friday, August 25, 2017

Good to be @ DDMS...

So Happy to See You at this Great Place to Learn!

Welcome 6th graders!  I can't wait to start another great new year.   

My name is Shelby Houghton. I teach Social Studies for the 6th Grade Dolphin Team. This will be my seventh year teaching at Dillard Drive. As of this year I have been teaching for 16 years total with 6 of those years teaching 5th graders.  My first three years of teaching were spent in Phoenix, AZ.

I grew up in the Midwest in the states of Iowa and Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska in 2001.  I have been married for ten years and we have a daughter that is in the fourth grade.   

*In September we will have a curriculum night to explain the grading system and basic descriptions of what will be taught throughout the year.

*Communication for the team is mostly e-mail and phone based. To contact me simply send an e-mail to and I will reply as quickly as possible. We can be contacted by phone at (919)233-4228.

***Much more information will be coming as the school year gets rolling. I am chomping at the bit to usher in a new class of 6th graders for my Ancient Civilizations class. I look forward to building relationships and teaching all of your children.