Sixth Grade: Global Studies/Western Cultures
In the sixth grade, students will compare the history, geography, government, economic systems, current issures, and cultures of the Western World with an emphasis on North, South, and Central America; the Caribbean Region; Europe, and Antarctica. Instructional programs for sixth grade students will include experiences which foster the passage from concrete examples to abstract reasoning, concepts, ideas, and generalizations. Opportunities to develop skills include the use of a variety of resources and activities. Students will acquire positive attitudes regarding active participation, cooperation, responsibility, open-mindedness, and respect for others.
Seventh Grade: Global Studies/Eastern Cultures
In the seventh grade, students will compare the history geography, government, economic systems, current issues, and cultures of Asia, Africa, the Commonwealth of Independent States, Europe, the Middle East, the Pacific Islands, Australia, and New Zealand. Learning experiences for seventh grade students will help them to make the transition from concrete examples to abstract ideas, concepts, and generalizations. In-depth studies will provide greater understanding of environmental influences on economic, cultural, and political institutions. Opportunities to develop thinking and research skills will include reading and interpreting maps, graphs, and charts. Decision-making and problem-solving activities will include identifying problems, issues and questions, information gathering, hypothesizing, and evaluating alternative solutions and actions.
Eighth Grade: United States History/Development & Growth
Eighth grade United States History will emphasize the interaction of historical events and geographic, social, and economic influences on national development prior to the twentieth century. Special attention will be given to Native American cultures and the pre-Columbian period; colonial, revolutionary, and constitutional issues; early national formation; sectional divisions leading to the Civil War; Reconstruction, industrialization, urbanization, and immigration. Students will examine major themes, issues, events, movements, and figures in United States history prior to 1900 and explore their relationship to modern issues and current events. Eighth grade students will practice thinking and research skills by learning to use the media center and community resources to identify, evaluate, and use appropriate data and reference information. Students will also develop an appreciation of historical preservation. Finally, students will demonstrate through their studies a commitment to the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in a democratic society.
The social studies curriculum addresses throughout each grade level the state standards of:
- citizenship and government
- historical perspective
- geographic relationships
- world cultures
- individual and society
- current events
- inquiry skills
- civic ideals and practice
Students at all grade levels utilize the media center, the Internet, computer labs, and community resources for reference information. This department is also very active each year in Black History Month essay contests and interdisciplinary instruction.