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Social Studies Essential Skills

Essential skills are the MINIMUM that we expect ALL students to leave 8th grade social studies with.  The values we should be looking for in the essential skills are: Endurance (they have value beyond this year), Leverage (They have value beyond this class), and Readiness (they will need this for school next year). The essential skills should be what we are teaching and assessing. We will go beyond these in our classrooms.

8th Grade (United States History - Growth and Development through 1877)
  • Students will be able to determine causation of historical events and interpret their long-term impacts.
  • Students will be able to develop arguments and support them with specific, reasoned evidence from both primary and secondary sources.
  • Students will be able to analyze sources to determine meaning and purpose to recognize point of view (distinguishing between facts, opinions, and reasoned judgement).
  • Students will be able to accurately analyze a variety of sources (charts, maps, primary sources, etc.) independently.
  • Students will be able to use content appropriate vocabulary in their writing and discussions of historical events and issues. 
7th Grade (History, Places, and Cultures of Africa, Asia, and Southwest Pacific) 
  • Students will be able to write an argumentative essay with both sides considered.
  • Students will learn to observation, make inference, and prediction consequences/outcomes.
  • Students will understand and be able to practice cultural/religious awareness.
  • Students will develop non-fiction reading coping skills including the ability to read critically; understand primary and secondary sources and analyze these sources for perspective, bias and point of view. skills.
  • Students will begin to recognize the power of Individual in history.
  • Students will practice the ability to discourse about historical subjects.
  • Students will develop life-time literacy vocabulary.
  • Students will develop and understanding of the effects of colonialization/slavery.

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Hamilton Southeastern Schools, as a forward-thinking school district, provides excellence in education and opportunities to ensure the success of each and every student, to become a responsible citizen and to positively influence an ever-changing world community.

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