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    Mrs. Allen

    Ms. Tessarolo

    Ms. Arbuthnot

    Ms. Cat Summers

    Ms. Carol Summers

    Mr. Schmitz

    Ms. Martin

    Social Studies curriculum at the middle school level focuses on the acquisition of skills and content knowledge in U.S. and world history, geography, civics, and economics.  Using sources, simulations, performance assessments, and instructional technology, students acquire skills and knowledge related to historical inquiry and research, chronology, the analysis of current events, the use of geographic tools, and an understanding of historical and geographical patterns.



    Following are the curriculum topics for each grade level, which are aligned with the Cherry Creek School District Middle School curriculum and the Colorado State Social Studies Standards.

     

    6th Grade 

    1. History 

    1. Analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources to ask and research historical questions about the Western Hemisphere. 

    2. The historical eras, individuals, groups, ideas, and themes within regions of the Western Hemisphere and their relationships with one another. 

    2. Geography 

    1. Use geographic tools and resources to research and make geographic inferences and predictions about the Western Hemisphere. 

    2. Regional differences and perspectives in the Western Hemisphere impact human and environmental interactions. 

    3. Economics 

    1. Investigate how societies create different economic systems in the Western Hemisphere. 

    2. Investigate the role of consumers within the Western Hemisphere (PFL). 

    4. Civics 

    1. Analyze the relationships of different nations in the Western Hemisphere. 

    2. Systems of government in the Western Hemisphere. 

    7th Grade

    1. History 

    1. Use a variety of primary and secondary sources from multiple perspectives to formulate an appropriate thesis supported by evidence. 

    2. The historical context of significant current events, individuals, groups, ideas, and themes within regions of the Eastern Hemisphere and their relationships with one another. 

    2. Geography 

    1. Use geographic tools and resources to research topics in the Eastern Hemisphere to make geographic inferences and predictions. 

    2. Regional differences and perspectives in the Eastern Hemisphere impact human and environmental interactions. 

    3. Economics 

    1. Describe how economic systems in the Eastern Hemisphere address the problem of scarcity. 

    2. Investigate the role of consumers within the Eastern Hemisphere (PFL). 

    4. Civics 

    1. Analyze the civic similarities and differences within governmental systems in the Eastern Hemisphere. 

    2. Nations in various regions of the Eastern Hemisphere interact with international organizations, govern, organize, and impact their societies in different ways. 

    8th Grade

    1. History 

    1. Investigate and evaluate primary and secondary sources about United States history from the American Revolution through Reconstruction to formulate and defend a point of view with textual evidence. 

    2. The historical eras, individuals, groups, ideas and themes from the origins of the American Revolution through Reconstruction. 

    2. Geography 

    1. Use geographic tools to research and analyze patterns in human and physical systems in the United States. 

    2. Competition for control of space and resources in early American History. 

    3. Economics 

    1. Economic freedom, including free trade was important for economic growth in early American History. 

    2. Examine the role of consumer decisions and taxes within the market economies of early American History (PFL). 

    4. Civics 

    1. Construct an understanding of the changing definition of citizenship and the expansion of rights of citizens in the United States. 

    2. The purpose and place of rule of law in a constitutional system.