Social Studies

Welcome to Middle School Social Studies


What we did in class and assignments can be found in the Recent Assignment button on the left, under Social Studies.

Recent Assignments

  • Social Studies, 10/12 – Bask in Post-Debate Glory

    No homework tonight or Tuesday night as we’re basking in the success of our debates. Students hashed out which lifestyle was better, the Neolithic one or the Paleolithic one. We will now begin transitioning into the first settlements – where they were and why the started there.

    FIELD TRIP TO THE KELSEY MUSEUM ON OCTOBER 27th. More details to follow.

  • Social Studies, 10/8 – Ötzi Part II

    Wednesday and Thursday of this week, we dove back into the Ötzi saga. Students worked in teams to answer questions relating the life and death of Ötzi to the events surrounding the Agricultural Revolution.

    The homework is optional, just to delve deeper by finishing the documentary on Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X05-uMWzAhA – or by looking at the website, http://www.iceman.it/en/oetzi-the-iceman.

    Friday, students will be having a debate over the pros and cons of the Agricultural Revolution.

  • Social Studies, 10/5 – The Journey of Man

    We’re looking at the migration of our early ancestors out of Africa and how, when and why they spread to nearly every corner of the planet. The fascinating part of early human history and archaeology versus modern history is the unknown. The mystery. The challenge of piecing together a story from a limited amount of evidence. And the debates that follow.

    Here we’ll be asking: “Why do people leave their homes? Why did a small number of people leave Africa 50,000 years ago?”

    And “What evidence do we have that supports the out-of-Africa theory versus the out-of-Australia theory?”

    The details of the assignment will be posted in Google Classroom.

  • Social Studies, 9/28 – Comparing Paleolithic & Neolithic Societies

    Forgive me for not posting this assignment earlier. It was on Google Classroom but I did not put it here.

    So without further adieu:

    01 Comparison Assignment

    All supporting materials are on Classroom.
    The due date for this was 9/30 and 10/1.

  • Social Studies, 9/21 – Jeopardy Pre-Assessment

    This week in Social Studies, we are completing a Jeopardy game in class. This serves three purposes:

    1) students are working together in teams of about 5 or 6, which is the size of the teams they’ll have during the archaeology project,
    2) the questions tap into some prior knowledge so students can share their understanding of early human history and how to analyze maps,
    3) it allows me to share some basic knowledge about early human history, the Agricultural Revolution, and the geography of Central/South America

    The game will take two full lesson and then will culminate with a test on Friday. I am including the full slideshow with all of the questions here, to help students study. They were to take notes in class.

    Slideshow: 02 Jeopardy – The Game 2015

  • Social Studies, 9-11

    First, hello everybody! I’m looking forward to getting to know you throughout the year.

    Here is the first assignment in social studies, called Letter to Self.

    Letter to Self

  • Social Studies Week 31: 4/28-5/2


    We finished our battle stations rotations activity in which we learned about 12 key Civil War battles. Students who missed this activity should see me  – the materials will not be posted on the website.

    We then went over a timeline of the battles, discussed key aspects, turning points, and how certain battles relate to the Anaconda and Offensive=Defensive Strategies. Specific battles we discussed further included: Ft. Sumter, Gettysburg, Shiloh, Antietam, Vicksburg, Sherman’s March, and Appomattox. In some classes we also discussed ways in which the American Civil War was a War of firsts – iron ships, submarine, hot air balloon, machine guns, photography showing the stark brutality of war, etc.

    We spent the rest of class reviewing for the unit test.

    We reviewed:

    1) Economics concepts and the industrial Revolution

    2) Causes of the Civil War (Politics leading to sectional tension)

    3) Lincoln’s Policies

    4) Black Soldiers

    5) The slavery Paragraph prompts

    HOMEWORK: Review for the Test (held on Weds/Thurs.)




    HW: None/or catch up on Civil War Project if behind. You should be finishing up part one of the writing and starting part two. If you are not that far, you are behind and should get caught up.



    We discussed the final phases of the project and students created a plan for completing the project by May 9.

    We finally watched Crash Course U.S. #21, the second Civil War episode. We then discussed his key points about the lasting impacts of the Civil War, especially a stronger federal government, a strengthened executive (President), the path toward the modern, industrial America we would become, etc.

    We finished class by beginning a discussion of what needed to happen next after the war was over. What issues, problems, would need to be settled?

    HW: Reading on 3 different plans for Reconstruction, take Cornell Notes in Notebook. Reconstruction Reading

  • Social Studies Week 30: April 21-25


    After a brief review/discussion of Friday’s Civil War Music Lesson, students conducted research for their Civil War projects. James checked the Army Recruitment Poster Comparison Reflection and discussed this with individuals and table groups. The take home quiz was also collected.

    HW:Project Research and/or Writing



    We examined 12 Battle stations as students continue to consider why the north won. Students completed a chart as they visited each station, which focus on key battles of the war. This resource cannot be posted to the website. Students who miss this activity should schedule to come in and use the materials during study hall or lunch.

    HW: Review Battles from activity


    Finish up Battle Stations. If time, Crash Course U.S. #21

    HW: Work on Project