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SS Core Concepts

Vocabulary for Social Studies Core Concepts

TermDefinition
Historian people who study events from the past
Timeline line marked off with a series of events and dates
Chronology list of events in the order in which they occurred
Period length of time singled out because of a specific event or development that occurred during that time
Prehistory time before humans invented writing
History written history
Primary Source information that comes directly from a person who experienced it
Artifacts objects made by human beings
Secondary Source information about an event that does not come from a person who experienced the event
Bias unfair preference for or dislike of something
Archaeology scientific study of ancient cultures through the examination of artifacts and other evidence
Anthropology study of humankind in all aspects, especially development and culture
Fossils bones and other remains that have been preserved in rock
Absolute Location place's exact position on Earth in terms of longitude and latitude
Relative Location location of a place in relation to another place
Place mix of human and nonhuman features at a given location
Region area with at least one unifying physical or human feature
Movement how people, goods and ideas get from one place to another
Human-Environment Interaction how people affect their location and how their location affects them; can be positive or negative
Key/Legend explains the symbols and shading on a map
Locator Map shows a larger area than the main map; gives more detailed location where something is found
Scale Bar show how much space on the map represents a given distance on the land
Compass Rose diagram on a map that shows direction
State region that shares a common government
City-State independent state consisting of a city and its surrounding area
Empire state containing several countries
Democracy citizens hold political power
Representative Democracy citizens elect representatives to make government decisions
Nation-State a state that is independent of other states
Monarchy form of government in which the state is ruled by a king or queen
Authoritarian government in which all power is held by a single person or small group
Communism a political and economic system in which government owns all property and makes all economic decisions
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