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6th GRADE SOCIAL SCIENCE COURSE DESCRIPTION

PREREQUISITE: None

COURSE DESCRIPTION
The 6th grade curriculum covers Ancient Civilizations.  We will explore the elements of society and culture and the conflicts which have influenced the development of mankind and the first societies.  In particular, we will focus on: Early Man, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Kush, India, China, Israel, Greece, and Rome before AD 200 approximately.

TEXT & MATERIALS
Ancient Civilizations: Discovering Our Past and Glencoe, McGraw Hill

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  1. Students describe what is known through archaeological studies of the early physical and cultural development of humankind from the Paleolithic era to the agricultural revolution.
  2. Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Kush.
  3. Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the Ancient Hebrews.
  4. Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilizations of Ancient Greece.
  5. Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilizations of India.
  6. Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilizations of China.
  7. Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures during the development of Rome.

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7th GRADE SOCIAL SCIENCE COURSE DESCRIPTION

PREREQUISITE: None

COURSE DESCRIPTION
We will cover a continuation of 6th grades’ Ancient Civilizations; the Fall of Rome, Central & South American Civilizations, Africa, Islam, China, Japan, and Medieval and Renaissance Europe between the time periods of A.D. 200 and A.D. 1800.  We will explore the elements and conflicts which have influenced the development each of these civilizations and their impact.

TEXT & MATERIALS
Medieval and Early Modern Times, Glencoe McGraw Hill
Active Reading Note Taking Guide

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  1. Students analyze the causes and effects of the vast expansion and ultimate disintegration of the Roman Empire.
  2. Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the civilizations of Islam in the Middle Ages.
  3. Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the civilizations of China in the Middle Ages.
  4. Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the sub-Saharan civilizations of Ghana and Mali in Medieval Africa.
  5. Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the civilizations of Medieval Japan.
  6. Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the civilizations of Medieval Europe.
  7. Students compare and contrast the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the Meso-American and Andean civilizations.
  8. Students analyze the origins, accomplishments, and geographic diffusion of the Renaissance.
  9. Students analyze the historical developments of the Reformation.
  10. Students analyze the historical developments of the Scientific Revolution and its lasting effect on religious, political, and cultural institutions.
  11. Students analyze political and economic change in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries (the Age of Exploration, the Enlightenment, and the Age of Reason).

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8th GRADE SOCIAL SCIENCE COURSE DESCRIPTION

PREREQUISITE: None

COURSE DESCRIPTION 
We will cover United States history from its foundations to the Civil War and Reconstruction.  We will explore the elements and conflicts which have influenced the development of the United States. The thematic plan for the year is:  Colonization/Native Americans, Constitution, The Developing Nation, Westward Expansion/Manifest Destiny, Regionalism, The Civil War and its effects, and the Industrial Revolution.

TEXT & MATERIALS
Creating America:  Beginning through World War I and McDougal Littel

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  1. Students understand the major events preceding the founding of the nation and relate their significance to the development of American constitutional democracy.
  2. Students analyze the political principles underlying the U.S. Constitution and   compare the enumerated and implied powers of the federal government.
  3. Students understand the foundation of the American political system and the ways in which citizens participate in it.
  4. Students analyze the aspirations and ideals of the people of the new nation.
  5. Students analyze U.S. foreign policy in the early Republic.
  6. Students analyze the divergent paths of the American people from 1800 to the mid-1800s and the challenges they faced, with emphasis on the Northeast.
  7. Students analyze the divergent paths of the American people in the South from 1800 to the mid-1800s and the challenges they faced.
  8. Students analyze the divergent paths of the American people in the West from 1800 to the mid-1800s and the challenges they faced.
  9. Students analyze the early and steady attempts to abolish slavery and to realize the ideals of the Declaration of Independence.
  10. Students analyze the multiple causes, key events, and complex consequences of the Civil War.
  11. Students analyze the character and lasting consequences of Reconstruction.
  12. Students analyze the transformation of the American economy and the changing social and political conditions in the United States in response to the Industrial Revolution.

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•  Link to California History-Social Science Content Standards