• Jr. High Social Studies Curriculum Highlights
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    6th Grade


    Learn about geography through the study of the relationships among people, places, and environments

    Learn about the history of the world and explain historical relationships

    Analyze issues that affect the present and the future; examine change and continuity over time in order to develop historical perspective

    Understand the foundations of our political systems

    Learn about production, distribution, exchange and consumption of resources

    Explore concepts from the discipline of sociology and study the interactions among individuals, groups, and institutions

    Explore the concept of anthropology and study cultures in various times and settings

    Identify major scientific discoveries and technological innovations and describe their social and economic effects on society

    Understand the development and the concepts of the major religions of the world

    Describe how buildings and their decoration reflect cultural values and ideas, using cave paintings, pyramids, sacred cities, castles, and cathedrals as examples.

    7th Grade


    Explain how laws are developed and how the purposes of government are established

    Summarize the sources of American democracy

    Describe the principles in the Constitution

    Understand the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights

    Identify the duties and responsibilities of citizens

    Describe the organization and work of Congress

    Summarize the duties and responsibilities of the president and other workers in the executive branch

    Explain the organization and work of the judicial branch


    Discuss how geographers look at the world in order to draw conclusions and make inferences

    Identify different landforms

    Outline the factors that influence climate

    Identify each major climate zone

    Explain and identify key elements in a people’s culture

    Describe how people have an impact on the environment

    Outline the relative size and major physical features of the United States and Canada

    Identify the different climates found in the United States and Canada

    Summarize the main features of the economy of the United States and Canada

    Describe the relative size, location, and population density of Europe

    Name the major physical features of Europe

    Identify the countries and major physical features of Europe

    Understand and interpret the (5) themes of geography: Place, Location, Region, Movement, and Human-Environmental Interaction

    8th Grade


    Explain the difference between the North and the South that led to the secession of most slave states from the U.S. during the pre-Civil War era

    Detail the strategies of the Civil War

    Describe reconstruction policies and their effects on the former U. S. Confederacy

    Examine educational and social reforms and the early women’s movement

    Discuss the development of the West

    Explain the role of railroad barons, inventions, corporations and labor in America in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s

    Discuss the need for and attempts at governmental and social reforms during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s

    Explain how and why the U.S. expanded its economic and political influence in the Pacific and in Latin America

    Describe the causes, course, and outcome of World War I

    Evaluate the effects the events of the 1920’s had on American culture and the causes of the Great Depression

    Study how the New Deal changed the American economy

    Investigate the causes of WWII and the role of the US in WWII

    Analyze causes and results of the increased tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union after WW II

    Relate the economic, social and cultural distinctions of the U.S. during the 1950’s

    Discuss the civil rights movement in the U.S.

    Describe the causes, course, and effects of the Vietnam War