6th and 8th Grades
6th Grade Social Studies - Ancient Civilizations. We will start out with teaching the essential skills, "School/Study Skills" that are associated with the success of Middle School. We will then move into traditional Social Studies starting with Geography and moving towards the Age of Enlightenment. Throughout the year we will be reinforcing School/Study Skills to ensure that every student has what they need and are aware of how their needs may change during the course of the school year. Also integrated into this class are activities and tasks that encourage students to develop strong research, critical thinking, and analysis skills. Throughout the year students will utilize technology, engage in research and investigation, make connections between the content and current events, and participate in collaborative projects and discussions that help them grow as individuals and responsible citizens.
8th Grade Social Studies - Personal Finance and Post-WWII U.S. History. We will start the course by learning how to handle money. This may sound like common sense, but many young people spend little time thinking about how to make money, grow it, spend it and reach short/long-term financial goals. This information can be life changing if you apply what you learn. Then, we will move on to post-WWII U.S. history. This is a 70-year period that has been highlighted by conflict, change and justice. We begin by reviewing different political and economic systems and US/world geography. With that background we can analyze the Cold War (first use of the atomic bomb, space race, arms race, Korean War, and Vietnam War), the search for equal treatment (Civil Rights Movement, women’s rights, etc), current challenges (energy consumption/sources and immigration), and current conflicts (Middle East, Iraq War, Afghanistan War, and terrorism). We will frequently use current events to analyze complex issues in a historical context. Finally, we will use our study of history and current events to improve our literacy, 21st Century, and technology skills. This is an exciting time in American history filled with complex challenges and rewarding opportunities.