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Social Studies

Overview

Students in all grade levels will improve processing skills through continued reading, writing, inquiry, and collaboration.  We incorporate technology, hands-on activities and interactive notebooks/binders for enhanced learning.  Project based learning will be promoted for Advanced Courses.

6th Grade World Cultures

The Vale Middle School Social Studies Department will research and study several topics throughout time and place.  Course instruction is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) which include the following concepts as they relate to United States history: geography, economies, government, citizenship, culture, science, technology, and society.The most crucial part of our content at each level is processing skills, where students will learn to apply critical-thinking skills from a variety of sources.  These include the skills to: differentiate, analyze, organize, interpret, identify, evaluate, summarize, generalize, and compare and contrast.

6th grade Social Studies (World Cultures) will focus on people, places, and societies of the contemporary world. This includes geography, economics, history, government, citizenship, religion, culture, technology, science, and society.  This year serves as a background to future 7th grade and 8th grade concepts.

  • Topics include:
    • Unit 1 – Introduction to Geography – Physical and Human Geography 
    • Unit 2 – Understanding Culture and the Basic Institutions of Society 
    • Unit 3 – U.S. & Canada: Discovery, Democracy, and Diversity 
    • Unit 4 – Latin America: Conquest, Colonialism, and Converging Cultures 
    • Unit 5 – Europe: Lasting Legacies and Current Challenges 
    • Unit 6 – Southwest Asia and North Africa: Religion and Rivalries 
    • Unit 7 – Sub-Saharan Africa: Natural Resources and Nationalism 
    • Unit 8 – Asia (South, East, Southeast): Past, Progress, and Population Patterns 
    • Unit 9 – Oceania and The Pacific Realm 

7th Grade Texas History

7th grade Social Studies (Texas History) will study from early times to the present.  This includes a full scope of Texas History. The focus in each era is on key individuals, events, and issues and their impact. Students will use primary and secondary sources to examine the rich and diverse cultural background of Texas as they identify the different racial and ethnic groups that settled in Texas to build a republic and then a state. Course instruction is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) which include the following concepts as they relate to United States history: geography, economies, government, citizenship, culture, science, technology, and society. Advanced classes are offered for 7th grade Texas History to prepare students for Advanced 8th grade coursework.

This year serves as a background to future 8th grade concepts. 8th grade Social Studies is a STAAR tested content.

  • Topics include:
    • Unit 1 – Geography sand Native Texas 
    • Unit 2 – Exploration and Early Colonization 
    • Unit 3 – Mexican National Era
    • Unit 4 – Texas Revolution
    • Unit 5 – Government
    • Unit 6 – Republic and Statehood
    • Unit 7 – Civil War & Reconstruction
    • Unit 8 – Age of Oil though WWI
    • Unit 9 – Great Depression- WWII
    • Unit 10 – Contemporary America

8th Grade U.S. History

In grade 8, students study the history of the United States from the age of Exploration and Colonization to the end of Reconstruction in 1877. This course allows students to take a closer look at a particular segment of history and gives them a different perspective than other social studies courses. Students will examine the full scope of Early American history including the American Revolution and writing of the Constitution, the early Republic and the Age of Jackson, Westward Expansion, and the rise of sectionalism before the course culminates with the Civil War and Reconstruction. We will also examine the Rights and Responsibilities as Citizens as laid out by the U.S. Constitution at the end of the school year. Course instruction is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) which include the following concepts as they relate to United States history: geography, economies, government, citizenship, culture, science, technology, and society. Advanced classes are offered for 8th grade U.S. History to prepare students for rigorous Pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement high school courses.

This course will focus on teaching students reading comprehension, critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills. 8th Grade Social Studies will have a STAAR exam on Friday MAY 6, 2022

YEAR AT A GLANCE:

  • Colonial America – Life in the New Land (1587-1763)
  • American Independence – Restlessness to Rebellion (1763-1783)
  • Writing the Constitution – (1783-1791)
  • Early Republic – Addressing Challenges (1789-1828)
  • Age of Jackson – Democracy Expands (1820s – 1830s)
  • Westward Expansion – From Sea to Shining Sea (1780s – 1850s)
  • Industrialization and Reform – (1800s – 1850s)
  • Sectionalism Growing Divisions (1820s – 1850s)
  • Civil War -The Endangered Union (1860-1865)
  • Reconstruction – Rebuilding the Union (1865-1877)
  • STAAR COUNTDOWN – 2 WEEKS
  • SOCIAL STUDIES STAAR – FRIDAY MAY 6, 2022
  • Right and Responsibilities – Life in a Democracy
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