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LBUSD 6-8th History/Social Science Curriculum

LBUSD 6-8th History and Social Science Curriculum

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History Vision Statement

History education prepares students for high school, college, and careers through the application of historical thinking and literacy skills, aligned to the History-Social Science Content Standards for California Public Schools and the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (CCSS). 

History Mission Statement

History educators provide all students with access to rigorous course work when asking students to actively participate in collaborative, inquiry-based history lessons and projects. Students engage in critical thinking, as well as, understand the major themes, patterns of human interaction, concepts, significant events, turning points, and people shaping history.

6th Grade Ancient World History: Students in sixth­ grade world history and geography classrooms learn about the lives of the earliest humans, the development of tools, the foraging way of life, agriculture, and the emergence of civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus River valley, China, Mesoamerica, and the Mediterranean basin. Although teachers should keep the focus on ancient events and problems, this course gives students the opportunity to study geography, environmental issues, political systems and power structures, and civic engagement with fundamental ideas about citizenship, freedom, morality, and law, which also exist in the modern world. Students practice history as an interpretative discipline. They read written primary sources, investigate visual primary sources, and learn how to analyze multiple points of view, cite evidence from sources, and make claims based on that evidence in writing and speaking.
7th Grade Medieval World History: During the 7th grade year, students study world history and geography during the medieval and early modern eras. The medieval and early modern periods provide students with opportunities to study the rise and fall of empires, the diffusion of religions and languages, and significant movements of people, ideas, and products. Over this period, the regions of the world became more and more interconnected. Although societies were quite distinct from each other, there were more exchanges of people, products, and ideas in every century. For this reason, world history in this period can be a bewildering catalog of names, places, and events that impacted individual societies, while the larger patterns that affected the world are lost. To avoid this, the focus must be on questions that get at the larger world geographical, historical, economic, and civic patterns. To answer these questions, students study content ­rich examples and case studies, rather than surveying all places, names, and events superficially. Students approach history not only as a body of content (such as events, people, ideas, or historical accounts) to be encountered or mastered, but as an investigative discipline. They analyze evidence from written and visual primary sources, supplemented by secondary sources, to form historical interpretations. Both in writing and speaking, they cite evidence from textual sources to support their arguments.
8th Grade United States History: The eighth grade course of study begins with an intensive review of the major ideas, issues, and events that shaped the founding of the nation. In their study of this era, students will view American history through the lens of a people who were trying—and are still trying—to fulfill the promise of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Throughout their eighth grade United States history and geography course, students will confront the themes of freedom, equality, and liberty and their changing definitions over time. This course will also explore the geography of place, movement, and region, starting with the Atlantic Seaboard and then exploring American westward expansion and economic development, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and finally, industrialization. Covering parts of three centuries, the historical content outlined in this chapter is both substantial and substantive, which poses a significant challenge for teachers, with limited time for in­ depth study. In order to address this challenge, this chapter is organized into four large sections that incorporate relevant questions that can help students understand how individual events and people comprise a larger narrative explanation of our past.

History Websites

History PowerPoint lessons - great website for teaching history using pre-made powerpoints

Best History Sites

Library of Congress

U.S. Presidents  8th grade - info on all of the presidents 

Learn your Geography - interactive game to locate states, capitals, countries, etc.

Ancient History for kids - great resources for 6th grade history

World History for kids - great resources for 7th grade history

U.S. History for kids - great resources for 8th grade history

Free Online History Games for kids from Early Humans to Medieval Europe

The Gilderlehrman Institute of American History