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Middle School Social Studies

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GRADE 6 M/J WORLD HISTORY
Course Number
21090104 M/J World History
21090205 M/J World History Advanced
21090200 M/J World History Advanced ("Honors")

YEAR AT A GLANCE: The scope of this course follows the history of the world's earliest civilizations to the ancient and classical civilizations of Africa, Asia, and Europe. Students follow the rise of civilization in Mesopotamia through to the fall of the Roman Empire. This study of world history includes elements of economics, geography, politics, and religion/philosophy. It emphasizes skill in historical inquiry, close reading of primary and secondary historical documents, and writing to support a claim. Students will also have the opportunity to interpret and graphically represent historic information. Mastery is gauged through a variety of measures including Semester Exams, teacher-made assessments and classroom performance.

Students in the Advanced and Advanced/Honors Level World History courses follow essentially the same curriculum, but should expect more in-depth study of content topics, increased rigor of some content topic or materials, and higher performance expectations.


GRADE 7 M/J CIVICS
Course Number
21060104 M/J Civics
21060205 M/J Civics Advanced
21060200 M/J Civics Advanced ("Honors")

YEAR AT A GLANCE: This course mainly deals with the principles, functions, and organization of government; the origins of the American political system; the roles, rights, responsibilities of United States citizens; and methods of active participation in our political system. For the first three quarters, students engage in-depth study of political thinkers, the foundation of US government, the history of the US political process, and analysis of the components of the US Constitution. This prepares students for the state end-of-course (EOC) exam on the Civics benchmarks. The final units of study provide opportunities to focus on the geographic and economic benchmarks of the course. In addition to the EOC, mastery is gauged through a variety of measures including a Semester 1 exam, teacher-made assessments and classroom performance.

Students in the Advanced and Advanced/Honors Level Civics courses follow essentially the same curriculum, but should expect more in-depth study of content topics, increased rigor of some content topic or materials, and higher performance expectations.


GRADE 8 M/J UNITED STATES HISTORY & CAREER PLANNING
Course Number
21000154
21000255 Advanced
21000250 Advanced ("Honors")

YEAR AT A GLANCE: This course involves the study of American history from the early Colonization period to the Reconstruction Period following the Civil War. Students examine the historical, geographic, political, economic, and sociological events which influenced the development of the United States. Students will engage in historical inquiry, close reading of primary and secondary historical documents, and writing to support a claim. Students will also have the opportunity to interpret and graphically represent historic information. Mastery is gauged through a variety of measures including Semester Exams, teacher-made assessments and classroom performance.

Students in the Advanced and Advanced/Honors Level World History courses follow essentially the same curriculum, but should expect more in-depth study of content topics, increased rigor of some content topic or materials, and higher performance expectations.

In addition to historical studies, students in M/J US History classes will also engage in Career and Education Planning to meet state statute (section 1003.41560). The planning includes instruction to emphasize the importance of entrepreneurship skills, technology or the application of technology in career fields, and, beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year, must provide information from the Department of Economic Opportunity’s economic security report. Career and Education Planning results in a completed personalized academic and career plan for the student.

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