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This year seventh grade students will experience the history of ancient civilizations beginning with Early Man and moving through the Middle Ages while the eighth grade students will experience American History from early Colonization to the post-Civil War era by participating in a variety of activities and projects including independent and group research, performances, and presentations.


Goal
The goal of social studies education is to help students become contributing, participating, and knowledgeable citizens. To achieve this goal, students must know, understand, and apply the content and concepts of the various subdomains of social studies (Government and Civics, Cultures and Societies, Economics, Geography, Historical Perspective).
{Kentucky Core Content for Social Studies Assessment}

Be Prepared for Class
To be prepared for class you will need to have something to write with (pen or pencil), LISTEN IN CLASS!!! and take part in class activities and group work. Your notebook should remain in the classroom, but you may take it home at any time if needed, just don't forget to bring it back. You may also need colored pencils, markers, and/or highlighters from time to time (I have some in the classroom that you may use if you wish.)

Social Studies Interactive Notebook
Students are required to keep a notebook with only his/her Social Studies materials. The notebook will need to be a 5-subject notebook spiral notebook; it will be easiest if you purchase an 8 1/2 x 11 notebook so copied pages can be stapled or glued in without having to be trimmed. You may use a 3-ring binder, but I have found that in a binder it is too easy for students to remove pages then put them back in the wrong places or to lose them completely. With a spiral notebook everything is in order and attached. Each section of the notebook will have a different purpose.
1. Pretest and Preview activities 2. & 3. Notes (We will start in section 2 and keep work in order as we go throughout the year) 4. Writing assignments 5. VocabularyThere will be a location in the classroom for you to keep your notebooks.



7th Grade Content

The broad concepts of Government & Civics, Culture & Society, Economics, Geography, and Historical Perspective will be covered while studying the following ancient civilization topics:


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Early Man
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Mesopotamia & Sumeria
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Egypt
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India
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China
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Greece
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Rome
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Middle Ages
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Exploration



8th Grade Content´╗┐The broad concepts of Government & Civics, Culture & Society, Economics, Geography, and Historical Perspective will be covered while studying the following American History topics:
Colonization
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Early Settlement
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The 13 Colonies
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Life in the Colonies
American Revolution Era
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Road to the Revolution
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Declaration of Independence
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American Revolution
Government and Civics
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Articles of Confederation
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Constitution
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Bill of Rights
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Additional Amendments
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Branches of Government
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Citizens Rights and Responsibilities
The Early Republic
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The Early Presidents
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Nationalism
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Jacksonian Democracy
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Westward Expansion
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Westward Movement
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Industrial Revolution (Economics)
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Reform Movements
Civil War Era
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Differences Between the North & South
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Events Leading to War
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American Civil War
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Post-Civil War Era