Sixth graders will analyze historical sources and eras through the study of the Western Hemisphere, focusing on components of civilizations both ancient and modern, analyzing patterns in history, and looking at how the past influences the present. Emphasis is placed on resource distribution, competition, cooperation and conflict and human-environment interaction. Students will use geographic tools to analyze information and data pertaining to the Western Hemisphere. Civic and global awareness is highlighted, as is the role of the U.S. in the Western Hemisphere. Multiple perspectives and appreciation of diverse backgrounds will also be explored. Students will also study how savings and investing can contribute to financial well-being.
Seventh graders will be focusing on the Eastern Hemisphere, with an emphasis on ancient civilizations through the industrial age. Within these time periods, students will explore history, culture, religion, trade and the influence on today’s society. Geography and mapping will continue to be a main topic in seventh grade, as will economics and the effect on personal finance. Students will complete a major research paper and work through a variety of projects to demonstrate their understanding.
Eighth grade U.S. Society covers the History and Geography of the U.S., from the Pre-Columbian Era through the Reconstruction after the Civil War. It also covers Economics through Personal Finance, and Civics with the structure and function of the Government through the Constitution and Elections Basics.
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