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Social Studies

Middle School Overview

Middle Level social studies content covers regional, national, and global topics.  The core of the curriculum is history and developing a facility with key concepts in historical understanding such as cause and effect, change and continuity, periodization, how to interrogate evidence, and how to construct and support an argument.  Students begin to master their understanding of key concepts in historical understanding such as cause and effect, change and continuity, periodization, how to interrogate evidence, and how to construct and support an argument.

Sixth Grade

The Sixth Grade continues where Fifth Grade left off in their study of the Big Eras.  Six Grade studies Big Era Six: The Great Global Convergence: 1400-1800 CE, Big Era Seven: Industrialization & its consequences: 1750-1914 CE, and Big Era Eight: A Half Century of Crisis: 1900-1950 CE, and Big Era Nine: Paradoxes of Global Acceleration: 1945 - Present.  

Seventh Grade

Seventh Grade begins a two-year study of United States history, which is outlined in U.S. History for all of US, a project of San Diego State University in cooperation with the National Center for History in the Schools at UCLA.  Seventh Grade studies U.S. Era 1 - Three Worlds Meet (Beginnings to 1620) through U.S. Era 5 - Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877).  

Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade is taught in conjunction with Language Arts as part of a capstone course.  The curriculum completes a two-year study of United States history, which is outlined in U.S. History for all of US, a project of San Diego State University in cooperation with the National Center for History in the Schools at UCLA.  Eighth Grade studies U.S. Era 6 - The Development of the Industrial United States (1870-1900) through U.S. Era 10 - Contemporary United States (1968 to the present).