Social Studies

Middle Grades Program of Studies - Social Studies

5th Grade

Students will examine Tennessee prior to statehood including Native Americans, reasons for settlement, its role in the American Revolution, and the first attempt at statehood. The process of Tennessee becoming a state and the importance of Andrew Jackson and his presidency will be discussed. We will also look into important Tennesseans of this era. We will analyze Tennessee History prior to the Civil War and the impact of the Civil War and Reconstruction on the state. In addition, we will examine the significant events in Tennessee and exploring contributions of Tennesseans to the U.S. We also explore the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Topics include immigration, industrialization, the nation’s role in world affairs, and the Progressive Era. Our next stop is World War I and the cultural, economic, and political developments of the Roaring Twenties. Students will then delve into World War II and the impact of the war at home. Moving into post war we study the cultural and political developments in the U.S. and the Civil Rights Movement.

6th Grade

Sixth grade students study the beginnings of early civilizations through the fall of the Western Roman Empire. Civilizations we will explore include Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, India, China, Greece and Rome. For each civilization we analyze the cultural, economic, geographical, historical, and political foundations. We will examine the historical context of major world religions as to not promote any religion.

7th Grade World History & Geography

Social Studies focuses on World History and Geography from the 400-1500s CE throughout the regions of East Asia, the Byzantine Empire, Southwest Asia, North Africa, West Africa, and the Middle Ages in Western Europe. The class moves into early modern Europe to the indigenous civilization of the Americas and the Age of Exploration from 1400-1700s CE. Students will collect data from a variety of primary and secondary sources, critically examine these sources, synthesize data from multiple sources, and construct and communicate arguments citing this evidence as support. Students will develop historical and geographical awareness of the cultural structures of China and Japan, Byzantine Empire, Ottoman Empire, West African trade centers, Middle Ages Europe, Renaissance, Protestant Reformation, Scientific Revolution, and shift to the Mayan, Aztec and Incan civilizations of North America and the impact of exploration by Europeans. The class is based on the academic learning standards established by the State of Tennessee Department of Education.

8th Grade American History

The class focuses on United States history and geography from the colonization of North America up through Reconstruction (1607-1877). Students will collect data from a variety of primary and secondary sources, critically examine these sources, synthesize data from multiple sources, and construct and communicate arguments citing this evidence as support. Students will develop historical and geographical awareness of colonization, the American Revolution, the development and growth of the United States as a young nation including the growth of sectionalism and reform movements, the Jacksonian Era, the expansion and division of the nation up through the Civil War and reconstruction. The class is based on the academic learning standards established by the State of Tennessee Department of Education.