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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
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.
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.
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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
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.
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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