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.