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Seventh grade students will explore the people, ideas, and events that shaped the United States from post-Civil War Reconstruction through World War II, including industrialization, progressive reforms, immigration, World War I and the Great Depression.  Government policies, processes, and principles are integrated into the content, along with the impact of cultural, geographic, and economic influences.  Seventh graders develop research, critical analysis, and creative thinking skills, such as constructing sound arguments, assessing credibility, explaining causes/effects, and examining patterns of change over time.  Insight into the development of the United States as a world power and the effect of past events on the present is emphasized throughout the seventh grade course of study.

Eighth grade students will study the individuals, groups, movements and events that shaped the history of the United States and the world in the last half of the 20th century and the early 21st century. You will analyze the economic, social, and political factors of the Cold War, the rise and fall of communism, the structuring of Europe, the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam War, and current conflicts of the world. 

It is the goal of Catalina Foothills School District to create students with a lifelong love of learning who are prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Therefore, 8th grade will focus on becoming active and self-directed learners. Students will be expected to use the skills and content that are learned as a foundation for understanding complex issues, solving problems and thinking creatively and critically. Choices will be given in the learning process and rubrics and other evaluative means will be used by students to judge the quality of their own work. Students will be guided partners and active participators in the learning process.