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​​​​​ Intermediate School 78

The School of Architectural Design & Innovative Technology

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Grade 7 Pacing Calendar

September - UNIT 1: EARLY ENCOUNTERS: NATIVE AMERICANS AND EXPLORERS                      

October–November - UNIT 2: COLONIAL AMERICA AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

December–January - UNIT 3: A NEW NATION

February–March- UNIT 4: A NATION GROWS

April-June - Unit 5: CIVIL WAR & RECONSTRUCTION


Grade 8 Pacing Calendar

September–October - UNIT 1: AN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY

November - UNIT 2: THE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT

December–January - UNIT 3: THE UNITED STATES AS AN EXPANSIONIST NATION

January–Mid-February - UNIT 4: THE UNITED STATES BETWEEN WARS

Mid-February-March - UNIT 5: THE UNITED STATES ASSUMES WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITIES

April–June - UNIT 6: FROM WORLD WAR II TO THE PRESENT: THE CHANGING NATURE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

Grade 6 Pacing Calendar

September–October - UNIT 1: GEOGRAPHY AND   EARLY PEOPLES OF THE EASTERN HEMISPHERE          

November–December - UNIT 2:MIDDLE EAST

January–February - UNIT 3: AFRICA

March–April - UNIT 4: ASIA

May–June - UNIT 5: EUROPE

Grade 7 & 8 Social Studies

United States and NYS History

Social Studies content in grades 7 and 8 focuses on a chronologically organized study of United States  and  New York State history.  Course content is divided into 11 units tracing the human experience in the United States from pre-Columbian times to the present.  We connect political, geographic and social trends in United States history to trends in New York State history.  As in grade 6, we begin to refine their writing skills for the DBQ’s to prepare them for the regents social studies exams in high school.  Grade 7 studies include the Units from Pre-Columbian through “Life in a New Nation”, which is mid 1800’s time period.  Grade 8 studies include Civil War through the present.

Grade 6 Social Studies

The Eastern Hemisphere

Content in grade 6 Social Studies focuses on the interdependence of the people in the Eastern Hemisphere.  Middle School students enjoy studying the great civilizations of the world such as, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome.  Feudalism, Middle Ages and the Renaissance Period are taught toward the end of the year. Geography and economics are used to draw relationships about social, political and historic aspects of life in the Eastern Hemisphere. Skills for writing DBQ’s are taught to begin preparing the students for the Intermediate Social Studies assessment in grade 8.

I.S. 78 Social Studies Department


At I.S. 78 all students are engaged in historical analysis and discovery on three specific areas of study on grades 6-8.  Social Studies is the integrated study of social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. Within I.S. 78, social studies provides coordinated and systematic instruction from such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology.

The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people make informed and reasoned decisions about the world in which they live. Social Studies helps to imbue students with the intellectual skills and civic values they need to lead meaningful and productive lives in an interdependent world.