Social Studies

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"Learning is like rowing upstream, not to advance is to drop back" - Chinese Proverb


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Top row (left to right): Mrs. F. Lynch, Mr. T. Horstmann, Mr. T. Lynch, Ms. K. Clark
Bottom row (left to right): Ms. N. LaRosa, Mr. C. Benvenuto, Mrs. J. Augustine


2013-2014 COURSE OFFERINGS:

Social Studies 6: The Eastern Hemisphere
The grade 6 program focuses on a social science perspective emphasizing the interaction of geography and economics. The core disciplines of geography and economics are used to develop and draw relationships and understandings about social/cultural, political, and historic aspects of life in the Eastern Hemisphere. At the conclusion of the course all students take the Grade 6 Final Examination.

Social Studies 7: United States and New York State History to 1850
Social Studies 7 is the first of a two-year course that studies the history of the United States  and New York State from the pre-Columbian Age through the period prior to the Civil WarStudents will examine major political, social and economic events that helped define early American history as well as understand basic social science terms and geography. At the conclusion of this course, all students will complete the Grade 7 Final Examination.

Social Studies 8: United States and New York State History from 1850
Social Studies 8 covers the history of United States and New York State from the causes of the Civil War through the present day. Students will study major political, social and economic events that helped shape the United States into the major world power it is today. At the conclusion of this course all students will take the Grade 8 Final Examination.

Pre-AP Social Studies 8: United States and New York State History from 1850
Prerequisite: completion of entrance exam, recommendation of selection committee

This course will be an advanced, college-level examination into the history of the United States and New York State from the Antebellum Era through the present day. Through critical thinking activities, primary source analysis and higher level reading and writing assignments, students will study, in great detail, the growth of America from its agrarian roots through its transition into the massive, industrial world power it is today. Lessons in this course are designed to prepare Pre-AP students for college-level reading and writing assignments and to train students to use critical thinking skills. At the conclusion of this course all students will take the Pre-AP Social Studies Final Examination.