• 6th Grade Social Studies
    Sixth grade social studies focuses on the Western Hemisphere. Students will become familiar with economic
    systems, forms of government, history and geography. With a primary goal of advancing all students’ nonfiction reading and writing proficiency, teachers provide a balance of digital, print, primary sources, and
    hands-on critical thinking activities. The course incorporates an overview of current world events to
    understand the importance of being a global citizen. **Please note, there is no Pre-AP course offering in 6th
    grade social studies.

  • 7th Grade Social Studies
    This is a geographically based course focused on eastern world history (Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, Japan,
    Africa, India, Greece, Rome and China). The focus of academic content is connecting the lasting impact of
    ancient civilizations to the world today. The course incorporates an overview of current world events to
    compare and contrast past and present civilizations. Students examine these areas of study through the lenses
    of history, civics, economics, and geography.

    7th Grade Pre-AP Social Studies
    Pre-AP Social Studies 7 has the same area of focus and course of studies (see above). However, this course is
    designed to provide students with a greater depth of required content at an accelerated pace to enrich their
    knowledge of the ancient, medieval, and modern world. Students are expected to independently demonstrate
    effective communication, critical thinking, questioning, and evaluating their own learning in class. Strategies for
    rigorous practices include but are not limited to Socratic Seminars, writing DBQs (document-based question),
    and expanding on academic and historic vocabulary. In addition to interest, students requesting this course
    should have a strong body of evidence in social studies, including teacher input, attendance, habits of mind and
    PARCC/CMAS scores in the upper quadrant of “Meets” or “Exceeds” category in reading and writing.

  • 8th Grade Social Studies
    This is a United States history and government class. The curriculum covers the history of the U.S. from the
    American Revolution through the Reconstruction period. Primary documents from our nation’s history, such
    as the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, are analyzed. Curriculum also
    includes American geography, personal financial literacy and economics. Current events, Socratic seminars
    and discussions of public issues are included.

    8th Grade Pre-AP Social Studies
    This course is designed to instruct students in a wider range of required content to prepare them for rigorous
    academic work in high school social studies. This class covers content and practical knowledge of U.S. history;
    practice in critical thinking skills; analysis of primary documents; and experience in communicating effectively.
    The curriculum includes American Geography, Personal Financial Literacy and Economics. Students should be
    prepared to participate daily in class through pre-class assignments, readings, and should invest additional time
    for independent preparatory background knowledge. Students requesting this course should have a strong
    body of evidence in social studies, including teacher input, attendance, habits of mind and PARCC/CMAS scores
    in the upper quadrant of “Meets” or “Exceeds” category in reading and writing, as well as, student interest.

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