Social Studies Department Course Descriptions
6th Grade Course Description
6th Grade Social Studies
Our goal as 6th grade Social Studies teachers is to guide students toward becoming knowledgeable, culturally aware, and environmentally responsible citizens who will actively participate in their local community. The 6th grade Social Studies curriculum begins with an overview of geographical terms and a brief focus on the application of a geographer’s job and skill set. The next two units cover the geography, culture, and economy of the countries of the western hemisphere which include the United States, Canada, Central America and South America. The following unit examines ancient Native American cultures and the prominent European explorers of the Americas such as Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Hernan Cortez, and Francisco Pizzaro.
7th Grade Course Description
7th Grade Social Studies
The 7th grade social studies program is to teach the students about the eastern hemisphere through geographical skills; history; culture; economics, and animals of the continents. The following continents will be researched: Asia, Africa, Oceania and Europe. We will learn about early civilizations that formed on the continents and studied how they changed through the centuries.
8th Grade Course Description
8th Grade History
The eighth grade U.S. History program encompasses many important periods of time in the early development of our nation, beginning with the early explorers to the North American Continent. The course continues with the development of the United States Constitution, The Lewis and Clark expedition, early presidents, land acquisition, the Civil War, and finally, the reconstruction period.