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Social Studies

UNITED STATES HISTORY, 1865 TO THE PRESENT

36 weeks (year)
Grade: 7
The grade seven program provides a survey of American history since 1865. This course incorporates the four strands of history, geography, civics, and economics. Important trends in American history are identified by the analysis of the role of ideas, individuals, and important events. Students develop historical-thinking skills and extend their understanding of how economics and geography shapes history.
Students are required to take the Standards of Learning End of Course Test.

US HISTORY 7 HN

36 weeks (year)
Grade: 7
This course extends the standard program of studies for US History in grade 7, a survey of American history since 1865. As they study the four strands of history, geography, civics, and economics the students will think conceptually; make connections across time, place and subject areas; perform as a practitioner or scholar in a discipline; and self-assess and reflect on their learning and the learning process. Instruction is enriched and extended through research-based practices designed to engage and challenge advanced learners, e.g. problem-based learning, research, and investigations.
Students are required to take the Standards of Learning End of Course Test.
Students will be required to read three historical novels during the school year to extend the curriculum.

CIVICS AND ECONOMICS

36 weeks (year)
Grade: 8
The grade eight program is designed to prepare students to be responsible, productive citizens in a democratic republic and an interconnected world. Students will gain an understanding of the concepts and processes of democratic government and the American economic system. Students examine the role that citizens play in the political, governmental, and economic systems in the United States. Students will acquire knowledge of the structure and operation of these systems at the national, state and local levels. A service learning component helps students personalize citizenship education.
Students are required to take the Standards of Learning End of Course Test.

CIVICS 8 HN

36 weeks (year)
Grade: 8 Credit: non-credit
This course extends the standard program of studies for Honors Civics and Economics in grade 8 which is designed to prepare students to be responsible, productive citizens in a democratic republic and an interconnected world. As they gain an understanding of the concepts and processes of democratic government and the American economic system the students will think conceptually; make connections across time, place and subject areas; perform as a practitioner or scholar in a discipline; and self-assess and reflect on their learning and the learning process. Instruction is enriched and extended through research-based practices designed to engage and challenge advanced learners, e.g. problem-based learning, research, and investigations. A service learning component helps students personalize citizenship education.
Students are required to take the Standards of Learning End of Course Test.
Students will be required to do additional reading and writing assignments to enrich their understanding of the American government. Homework amd reading assignments will be more frequent and in depth.

Social Studies Department Chair: Brad Nadeau