Author:
Kristin WhiteHorse
Subject:
Social Studies, Civics and Government, Economics, Geography, Psychology, U.S. History, World History
Material Type:
Lesson, Unit of Study
Level:
Middle School
Tags:
  • Curriculum
  • Middle School
  • Social Studies
  • Standards
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
    Language:
    English
    Media Formats:
    Downloadable docs

    Middle School Social Studies Standards Based Curriculum

    Overview

    This project is addressing the needs of a consistent standards-based curriculum for our middle school. The new Wisconsin Social Studies Standards have altered what needs to be taught at all levels and our current middle school social studies curriculum does not address these standards. We are also in a situation that several teachers teach social studies along with other subjects and this curriculum will address the need for consistency and providing these teachers with exact objectives and standards for their classrooms. The project's intended audience is middle school teachers and students. Grades 6-8. The anticipated impact is that students taught under this curriculum will have a solid base of knowledge in all areas of the social sciences. This will impact their ability to be successful in future social studies classes- specifically high school classes that are more specific and will build off the knowledge learned in middle school. It will also impact the teachers that will be teaching the curriculum as it will provide a well-laid out plan and expectations that will hopefully make their planning easier and more consistent. This will also in term alleviate some of the issues the high school teachers are currently seeing with students coming in with a weak knowledge base.

    Introduction

    This project is addressing the needs of a consistent standards-based curriculum for our middle school. The new Wisconsin Social Studies Standards have altered what needs to be taught at all levels and our current middle school social studies curriculum does not address these standards. We are also in a situation that several teachers teach social studies along with other subjects and this curriculum will address the need for consistency and providing these teachers with exact objectives and standards for their classrooms. The project's intended audience is middle school teachers and students. Grades 6-8. The anticipated impact is that students taught under this curriculum will have a solid base of knowledge in all areas of the social sciences. This will impact their ability to be successful in future social studies classes- specifically high school classes that are more specific and will build off the knowledge learned in middle school. It will also impact the teachers that will be teaching the curriculum as it will provide a well-laid out plan and expectations that will hopefully make their planning easier and more consistent. This will also in term alleviate some of the issues the high school teachers are currently seeing with students coming in with a weak knowledge base.

    The collaboration group met several times throughout this process. We looked at the state's proposed K-5 curriculum to see what content students should be coming into the MS with. Then we evaluated the standards at the MS level. This helped us to determine a scope and sequence of the standards for course sequence. Based on this we developed course outlines with learning objectives and possible assessment projects. The group then divided out which units we would each develop. The group was made up of two high school teachers, the 6th grade social studies teacher, the 8th grade social studies teacher and a MS administrator. 

    Included here you will find course outlines for each grade level and unit plans for several of the content areas at each level.

    Sixth Grade

    The following is a possible course outline for 6th grade. This course will have a heavy focus on geography. Unit plans are included in course outline. 

     

    Seventh Grade

    The following is a possible course outline for 7th grade. This course will have a heavy focus on ancient world history- up until Middle Ages. Unit plans are included in course outline. 

    8th Grade

    The following is a possible course outline for 8th grade. This course will have a heavy focus on US history- up until Civil War. Unit plans are included in course outline.