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Secondary Social Studies (Grades 6-12)

Middle School Social Studies Course Descriptions

  • United States History to 1877
    Students will use skills of historical and geographical analysis to explore the early history of the United States and understand ideas and events that strengthened the union. Students will continue to learn fundamental concepts in civics, economics, and geography as they study United States history in chronological sequence and learn about change and continuity in our history. They also will study documents and speeches that laid the foundation of American ideals and institutions and will examine the everyday life of people at different times in the country's history with primary and secondary sources. All students take the SOL test for United States History to 1877 at the end of the course.

  • United States History: 1877 to the Present
    Students will continue to use skills of historical and geographical analysis as they examine American history since 1877. Students will continue to learn fundamental concepts in civics, economics, and geography within the context of United States history. Political, economic, and social challenges facing the nation reunited after civil war will be examined chronologically as students develop an understanding of how the American experience shaped the world political and economic landscape. All students take the SOL test for United States History: 1877 to the Present at the end of the course.

  • Civics and Economics
    Students will examine the roles citizens play in the political, governmental, and economic systems in the United States . They will examine the constitutions of Virginia and the United States ; identify the rights, duties, and responsibilities of citizens; and describe the structure and operation of government at the local, state, and national levels. Students investigate the process by which decisions are made in the American market economy and explain the government's role in it. They will identify personal character traits, such as patriotism, respect for the law, and a sense of civic duty, that facilitate thoughtful and effective participation in the civic life of an increasingly diverse democratic society.