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Social Studies

Course Descriptions

American History 1

Beginning in seventh grade, a two-year study of American History is initiated. The American History I course is a chronological exploration of American History from the pre-Columbian era through the period of Reconstruction and aligns with the NYS Framework for Social Studies education. The units of instruction include “America Prior to 1500”, “Exploration and Colonization”, “A New Nation”, “Experiments in Government”, “Life in the New Nation”, and “Division and Reunion”. Important historical, economic, geographic and governmental features of this period are studied, and specialized social studies skills are taught.

They include the following:

  1. reading maps, charts, and graphs
  2. interpreting political cartoons
  3. reading, speaking, and listening skills
  4. essay writing
  5. research skills
  6. computer / technology skills
  7. study skills
  8. analyzing primary source documents
  9. analyzing current events
  10. studying a given historical period or theme through an interdisciplinary lens

The teaching of lifelong, civic skills and the application of social studies skills are important components of the social studies program. At the conclusion of the American History I course, students will take a school-developed assessment which serves as their final exam.

Special Class Social Studies 7

A self-contained alternate curriculum class that focuses on the instruction of functional concepts to enable students with a life skills curriculum to make informed choices as citizens of a community, state and country. The focus includes but is not limited to such topics as basic geography, key topics in United States history, some World History, and current events.

American History II

The exploration of history in eighth grade concludes a two-year study of American History. The course begins with the post-Civil War Era and continues to the present including the following units: “An Industrial Society”, “The United States in an Interdependent World”, “The United States Between the Wars”, “Worldwide Responsibilities”, and “World War II to the Present.” The course aligns with and covers the breadth and scope of the NYS Framework for Social Studies Instruction. Students are involved in the study of historical, social, geographic, political, and  economic themes as they relate to the people and events of this time period. In June of eighth grade, students will take a school developed assessment, which serves as the final exam for American History II.

The teaching of specialized social studies skills continues in eighth grade and will include the following:

  1. reading maps, charts, and graphs
  2. interpreting political cartoons
  3. reading, speaking, and listening skills
  4. essay writing
  5. research skills
  6. computer / technology skills
  7. study skills
  8. analyzing primary source documents
  9. analyzing current events
  10. studying a given historical period or theme through an interdisciplinary lens

Special Class Social Studies 8

A self-contained alternate curriculum class that focuses on the instruction of functional concepts to enable students to make informed choices as citizens of a community, state and country. The focus includes but is not limited to such topics as basic geography, key topics in United States history, some World History, and current events.