Social Studies 7th & 8th Course Information

  • MISSION STATEMENT for SOCIAL STUDIES

    The mission of social studies education in Pittsford Central School District is to develop responsible and productive citizens who will:

    • Strive for understanding of political, social and economic issues.
    • Make informed and reasoned decisions for the good of society.
    • Participate as members of a culturally diverse society in an interdependent world.                                    

    As a result of participating in the PCSD Social Studies program, students will be able to independently …

    • participate actively and effectively as an informed citizen of a democracy;
    • critically appraise historical and contemporary claims/decisions/issues;
    • respect diverse cultures and honor equality and human dignity; 
    • apply lessons of the past in order to anticipate and prepare for the future;
    • analyze the complex interactions between humans and the environment; 
    • apply economic principals to solve complex problems. 

    Additionally, students should demonstrate steady growth in the following abilities, as well as in individual skills, which contribute to them. Some examples of these are:

    • The ability to acquire, organize, process, and communicate accurate social studies information and ideas
    • The ability to identify, analyze and investigate issues, and to take and support positions, both orally and in writing
    • The ability to make appropriate decisions, to identify and solve problems effectively, as well as drawing conclusions
    • The ability to form or acquire a set of standards and apply them to the evaluation of assumptions, sources, evidence, cause & effect, reasoning, and arguments (critical thinking)
    • The ability to determine and understand their rights and responsibilities and to decide how they should be exercised as contributing citizens (citizenship competency)

     Students should also be able to demonstrate the following attitudes upon completing the 7/8 sequence:

    • Appreciate human history
    • Avoid quick judgments and have an open mind when listening to and reading about widely divergent points of view
    • Recognizie and understand racial, religious, ethnic, cultural, regional, and national differences without prejudice.
    • Ability to form or acquire a set of standards and apply them to the evaluation of assumptions, sources, evidence, reasoning, and arguments (critical thinking)
    • Determine and understand rights and responsibilities and to decide how they should be exercised as contributing citizens (citizenship competency)

     

    Grade 7: Seventh graders develop knowledge and skills in these content areas:

    •  American People Prior to 1500
    •  European Exploration and Colonization of the Americas
    •  A Nation is Created
    •  Experiments in Government
    • Citizenship in Today’s World 
    •  Life in the New Nation
    • The Civil War
    • Reconstruction

    Grade 8: Eighth graders continue the development of knowledge and skills in these content areas:

    • Review of Reconstruction
    • An Industrial Society
    • The United States as an Independent Nation in an Increasingly Dependent World
    • The United States Between The Wars
    • The United States Assumes Worldwide Responsibilities
    • The Changing Nature of the American People from World War II to the Present

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