SOCIAL STUDIES 7
This course is divided into two parts, Nebraska history and civics. During the study of Nebraska history, it is our goal to include every student in the learning, discovery, exploration, settlement, and conflict involved in the development of Nebraska as a state. Students will learn about the land and climate, earliest residents, first settlers, economy, populations, and noted Nebraskans in each of the state’s seven regions: eastern, southeastern, northeastern, central, north central, southwestern, and panhandle. Students will conclude this part of the course by looking at Nebraska’s future through recognizing its’ present government officials.
During the civics section of the course, students will work at developing good citizenship skills. Students will study laws and rights of being citizens, the role of state and local governments, dealing with the federal government, living in a land of laws, exercising the right to vote and how to take part in the political process, as well as gaining an understanding about the value of money as a saver and consumer. Students will also learn how the court system works, as well as spending time studying race and discrimination.
SOCIAL STUDIES 8
This course is designed around early American history. Students will study and analyze America from its beginnings with an early focus on the Colonial Period. Students will later observe conflict with the colonies and follow the events that lead up to the American Revolution and the battles that took place throughout the Revolutionary War. Eighth grade American history will then present the birth of a new nation providing students to gain an understanding of forming a new government, instituting a new constitution, gaining new lands, comparing economies from different regions (north and south), establishing political and religious roots, integrating cultures, observing discriminate behavior, to expanding a nations borders. The course will conclude with students witnessing how a lack of compromise can drive a nation to split, and eventually ending with the Civil War.
Geography is built around five themes: location, place, human-environment interaction, movement, and regions. These five themes are related to six elements: world in spatial terms, places and regions, physical systems, human systems, envirnoment and society, and uses of geography. Students will define and research these themes and elements while exercising skills with maps, globes, latitude and longitude, graphs, charts, diagrams, and landforms. Students will learn about the Earth’s water, climate, vegetation, and its’ people while thinking like a geographer. Students will then break down the course into units. These units will provide the students a chance to learn about different ethnic groups and cultures, economies, landforms, governments, religions, languages, and histories of different regions around the world. The regions that will be focused on include the U.S. and Canada, Latin America, Europe, Russia, North Africa, South Africa, Asia, Australia, and Antartica. Students will conclude the course with an outside unit focusing on the Middle East and issues affecting our present society/