In 7th Grade Social Studies here at SMS we focus on early American History, beginning with the first Americans through the beginning of the Cold War era. Throughout the year, as we study the different units, we focus on the several major themes that influenced the early development of our nation. Specifically, we focus on the following: culture and traditions, geographical history, government, civic rights and responsibilities, economic factors and global connections.
Throughout the course much attention will be given to the study of race, class and the struggle for rights in American society and ultimately how these issues affect us today. Every student will have the opportunity to experience debates, presentations and library and internet based research. In addition, each student will develop skills in the area of organization, speaking and writing.