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GRADE 6
The curriculum for sixth grade focuses on the world outside of the United States and North America. Students begin with an introduction to geography. Throughout the year students will identify, describe and explain how geographic features, climate, natural resources, economy and population affect life in the regions of the world.

Unit Pacing Highlights

Map Skills

September - November

  • Thematic and special purpose maps. 
  • Map essentials (key, legend, scale, time zones, compass rose)
  • Landform Research

Africa

November - January

  • Mapping: Regions of Africa 
  • Long Walk To Water - novel 
  • Expository Writing Prompt - Desertification 
  • Technology based research activity

Asia

January - April

  • Mapping: Regions of Asia 
  • Literature Circles using Asian based novels. 
  • Technology based research activity

Australia

April

  • Mapping: Regions of Australia and New Zealand: 
  • Creation of a hands-on resource map

Europe

May - June

  • Mapping: Regions of Europe 
  • Border Activity

South America

June

  • Mapping: Regions of South America 
  • Amazon Imax video

 

GRADE 8
This course is primarily a study of America's recorded history. Content of the course begins with the study of the American Revolution, the Constitution and the framework of American democracy. It continues with the Westward expansion and the critical developments leading up to the Civil War. The Essential Standards of Chronology, Cause and Effect (Writing), Analysis of Primary and Secondary Resources (Reading Comprehension), Geographic Placement, and Government are implemented in all curriculum units and
relentlessly focused on throughout the academic year.

Unit Pacing Highlights

US Geography

September 

  • Regions, states and capitals

Colonies

September

  • Roanoke Colony, Virginia Colony. Plymouth Colony, House of Burgesses
  • Mayflower Compact
  • Influences of Ancient Civilizations
  • Great Britain and the Enlightenment on the US Government/ Political System

French and Indian War

Causes of the American Revolution

October

  • Albany Congress
  • Proclamation of 1763
  • The Boston Massacre
  • Battle of Lexington and Concord

American Revolution

November - December

  • The Battle of Bunker Hill
  • The Declaration of Independence

US Civics

December - March

  • The Bill of Rights
  • US Constitution
  • Amendment process
  • Responsibilities of Citizenship

First US Government

Westward Expansion

Civil War

March - June

  • Emergence of Political Parties
  • The Louisiana Purchase
  • The War of 1812
  • Jacksonian Democracy
  • Causes of the Civil War
GRADE 7
The seventh grade Social Studies curriculum involves a comprehensive study of Ancient and Classical civilizations in the Mediterranean region and Southwest Asia. Our students will study the religions, governments, trade, philosophies, and art of these civilizations as well as the powerful ideas that arose in the ancient world and profoundly shaped the course of world history. During the year we will study the ancient civilizations that arose in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, Phoenicia, Greece, and finally Rome.

Unit Pacing Highlights

Early Humans

September - October

  • Classic and modern archaeology, and early humans

Early Lifestyles

October

  • Compare and contrast Paleolithic and Neolithic lifestyles

Mesopotamia

November - December

  • The Seven Characteristics of Civilization

Ancient Egypt

December - January

  • Ancient Egypt civilization 
  • Gifts of the Nile 
  • The pharaohs

Ancient Israel 

January

  • Origins of Christianity

Phoenicia 

January - February

  • The development of the Phoenicians trade

Ancient Greece

February

  • Government systems 
  • Religion and culture

Classical Greece

March

  • Causes and effects of the Golden Age of Athens 
  • Peloponnesian Wars 
  • Greek thinkers.

Rise of Rome

April

  • Italian peninsula 
  • The Roman Republic and its connections to modern American government

Roman Empire

May

  • The causes and effects of the change in government from republic to the Roman empire.

Christianity and the Fall of Rome

June

  • The legacy of ancient Rome