The rationale for learning Social Studies is that students should be equipped with the skills to question, evaluate, and communicate so that they become active, productive, and engaged stewards of our republican ideology in a culturally diverse society. To achieve this goal, the Kentucky Department of Education has determined that in the Seventh grade students will “consider deeply the cause of why things happen in addition to thoughtfully examining the effects of these decisions.” Likewise, in the Eighth grade students will “demonstrate their development of civic‐mindedness by clearly articulating the significance of civic participation and explaining how these processes are encouraged in order to address and influence societal needs.”
This class covers the History of the U.S. States from Exploration through to the end of the Civil War. This history will be studied through the concepts of government and civics, culture and social interaction, economics, geography, and historical perspective. We will also engage Critical Thinking and try to understand what makes the United States unique and what has occurred in the past which has led to the creation of American identity.
The following units of study will be taught this year:
Exploration and Colonization
Road to Revolution
Forming a New Nation
The American Civil War
Grades will be tabulated using a points based system. Student assessment will be accomplished as follows –
Summative Assessments: These will be administered at the conclusion of every lesson. Students will demonstrate their mastery of content in relation to the learning targets for the lesson. Each target will be worth 10 points.
Flashback quizzes: These will be given at the end of every week. Five questions will be chosen at random from a set of twenty questions given every Monday and reviewed daily in class. This quiz will be worth 10 points.
Homework: Individual assignments will be given periodically through the course of each unit in order to give students further opportunities to engage and master content. These assignments will be worth 20 to 50 points.
Tests: At least, one test will be given per unit to evaluate students’ attainment of basic factual information and concepts. These quizzes will be worth between 50 and 100 points.
Document Based Questions: These will be given every nine weeks. Students will analyze a set of primary sources in relation to an overarching essential question which in turn is connected to social studies content. Students will then draft a five-paragraph paper in response to the essential question. DBQs will be worth 250 points.