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Humanities
An overview of the Language Arts and Social Studies classes by grade level
   

Humanities

6th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies
 
 Essential Skills
·         Grammar and Usage
·         Critical Thinking/Reading Skills
·         Well – Developed Paragraphs
·         Multi-paragraph Essays
·         Persuasive and Expository writing styles
·         Speaking/Presentation Skills
·         Listening Skills
 
Critical Content
·         Various Classroom Novel Studies and Literature Studies
·         Short Stories from literature textbook
·         Junior Scholastic Magazines
·         Ancient Civilizations analysis through: architecture,
        writing, art, religion, technology, social structure  in
        the civilizations of: Sumer, China and Greece
 
Resources
History Alive: The Ancient World
Houghton Mifflin: Triumphs
 
 
Rigor is also infused through the requirement that students read increasingly complex texts through the grades. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year’s grade-specific standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades.
 
 
7th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies
 
The language arts curriculum is integrated with the social studies American history from Revolution through Reconstruction to promote content relevance and interdisciplinary comprehension.
 
Units
Areas of Focus
Assessment Tools
Revolution and Independence
Causes and consequences of the American Revolution
Expository and persuasive essay work
Textbook comprehension activities
Critical Thinking/Reading Activities
Novel unit study
Daily Language Workout
Grammar and spelling unit work
Speaking /listening/presentation skills
The Fifth of March by Ann Rinaldi
Historical fiction centered around the causes of American discontent with British rule
Creating a New Nation
Issues centering around the creation of the Constitution and the new republic
CBA: Constitutional Issue
State-mandated persuasive essay writing on a constitutional right
The Early Republic and
A Changing Nation
Issues arising from extending our country’s boundaries
West Against the Wind by Liza Ketchum
Historical fiction centered on the migration westward on the Oregon Trail
A Nation Divided and Rebuilt
Causes and consequences of the American Civil War
Brady by Jean Fritz
Impact of the Underground Railroad on the sectional tensions leading up to the American Civil War
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Discussion of young adult group dynamics
Grammar and Usage
Conventions and sentence structure
Vocabulary development
6 Traits of Writing
Literary circles
Varieties of genre, individual and group work
 
 
8th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies
 
The language arts curriculum is integrated with the social studies American history from Reconstruction through present day to promote content relevance and interdisciplinary comprehension.
 
Major Units
Areas of Focus
Assessment Tools
Westward Expansion
Increasing growth and migration to the West, impact of the transcontinental railroad, and consequences to Native American population.
Expository and persuasive essay work
Textbook comprehension activities
Critical Thinking/Reading Activities
Primary Source Analysis
Novel unit study
Daily Language Workout
Grammar and spelling unit work
Speaking /listening/presentation skills
The Contender by Robert Lipstyle
Young adult fiction centered on goal setting and being true to yourself.
Immigration, Urbanization, and Industrialization.
Issues on the growth of cities and industry. Research on social problems and the rise of progressivism.
CBA: Causes of Conflict
State-mandated persuasive essay on the reasons that cause conflict.
Imperialism
Issues arising from extending our country’s boundaries
 
No Promises in the Wind by Irene Hunt
Historical fiction centered on what life was like for teenagers during the Great Depression.
World War I and II
Causes and consequences of the World Wars.
Cold War and Civil Rights
The rise of America as a world superpower, racial inequality, and the history of the Civil Rights movement.
To Kill a Mockingbird  by Harper Lee
Discussion of racial inequality and coming of age.  
Grammar and Usage
Conventions and sentence structure
Vocabulary development
6 Traits of Writing
Literary circles
Novel studies with a varieties of genre, individual and group work
 

 

 

 

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