Midde School Social Studies Courses

Social Studies 6 (Ancient and Classical Civilizations in the Mediterranean to the Fall of the Roman Empire)
Course Credit:0
Duration:Full Year

Social Studies 6 focuses on the study of the origins of human beings in Africa and the rise of early Mediterranean Civilizations throughout the fall of the Roman Empire. Emphasis will be placed on the study of religions, governments, trade, philosophies, and innovations that originated in these civilizations. The powerful impact that the ancient world had on the course of world history will be evident throughout the study. Students in Social Studies 6 will continue to develop their map skills, construct and interpret time lines, distinguish between secondary and primary sources, apply their understanding of cause and effect with respect to explaining historical events, analyze ways of interpreting archaeological evidence, and develop and apply concepts relating to civics, government, and economics. A variety of learning modalities will foster the student’s content comprehension and skill development.

Textbook Title: The Ancient World, (Prentice Hall)


Social Studies 7 (World Geography)
Course Credit:0
Duration:Full Year

Social Studies 7 focuses on the study of World Geography. A regional approach to the study of cultural geography will be embedded in the five major geographic themes: location, place, human interaction with the environment, movement, and regions. Additionally content emphasis will include the history, political structure, economics, and current affairs of each region. Students in Social Studies 7 will continue to develop map and globe skills, interpret a variety of map forms and projections, compare and analyze demographic statistics, create and use graphs and charts to convey information, and apply proper geographic terminology. Students will master and evidence their comprehension of course content through a variety of learning activities. There will be at least one project each term. Projects will include research and reporting about current events, countries and cultures. In addition students will have the opportunity to further develop their writing skill through an interdisciplinary essay. Oral communication skills will be emphasized throughout the year.

Textbook Title: An Introduction to World Studies: People, Places and Change, (Sager, Helgren, and Brooks) (Holt)


Social Studies 8 (United States History I)
Course Credit:0
Duration:Full Year

United States History I focuses on the period from Exploration through the Civil War surveying economic, political, social, and cultural aspects of development. Exploration, the Colonial Experience, the American Revolution, the Constitution, and the Civil War are studied in depth. Students in Social Studies 8 will continue to develop map skills, interpret and construct time lines, charts, and graphs, distinguish between and use primary and secondary sources, further develop their understanding of the relationship between cause and effect, interpret historical events in the context of the period, and distinguish historical fact from opinion. Independent student research of content-related topics will be required to complete three term projects. Coordination with the English Department will enhance student research and essay writing skills to write a third term research paper and will also include an interdisciplinary project based on a colonial period novel.

Textbook Title: The American Journey: Building A Nation, Appleby, Brinkley, McPherson, and The National Geographic Society (Glencoe McGraw-Hill)



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