Social Studies News
Today more than ever, the Social Studies play a crucial role in the maturing of responsible citizens. It helps create tomorrow's leaders, the future defenders of America's freedoms. The Social Studies, by its very nature, is concerned with the individual and his/her interaction with the family, community, state, nation, and the world. To accomplish a basic goal of developing effective citizenship, the Social Studies curriculum seeks to provide students with a body of knowledge and an understanding of cultural diversity through study and recognition of the interrelationships of such topics as history, geography, and the social sciences.
6th Grade: World Geography and Cultures
- Course Essential Question: What are our responsibilities as citizens of the world?
7th and 8th Grade: United States History
- Course Essential Question: Has the United States lived up to its ideals?
- Course Focus Questions:
o How has geography influenced the development of the United States?
o How do we define the American way?
o Are the benefits of progress worth the cost?
o What role should the United States play in world affairs?
o What should be the balance between the common good and individual liberty?
o When is the use of force justifiable?
Trimester 1 Overview
6th Grade: The first unit is an overview of geography concepts and the many aspects of culture. The unit culminates in the creation of a class culture quilt that represents each student's personal and family culture. Next, students will explore the "five themes" of geography: place, location, movement, human environment interaction and region. These concepts will guide the study of each of the continents as we move through the year. Students will learn the challenges of creating a map and to distinguish between the different methods utilized to represent the Earth's physical and political geography. Lastly, students will study the earth's land forms and its creative and destructive processes: earthquakes, volcanoes, glacial melting.
7th Grade: The new 7th grade curriculum includes a quick review of the Revolutionary War era, specifically the reasons behind the colonial break from England. Students then delve into the formation of the United States with a focus on the ideals and goals of the Founding Fathers. Finally, Students will study the challenges the new country faced under the presidencies of George Washington and John Adams
8th Grade: Students will begin with a quick review of the ideals of the Founding Fathers that will guide the curriculum throughout the year. Then they will head into their first unit on Industrialization and Urbanization followed by a unit on the Progressive Era. Students in 8th grade will have an opportunity for extensive analysis of primary sources and will focus on taking a position and defending it with relevant information.