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White Plains Public Schools

Overview Of Middle School Social Studies Grades 6-8

Social Studies at the Middle School level strives to expand the student's understanding of the five strands of social studies that comprise the New York State K-12 curriculum. The curriculum is structured so that students investigate the social, geographic, economic, political and historical aspects of each unit of study. In addition to content, students build upon their map skills, their reading, writing, research and oral communication skills, as well as their ability to analyze and interpret primary and document-based sources. Finally, middle school social studies seeks to increase our students' knowledge and appreciation of the world in which they live through the study of current events. Below are the text books used for each grade level:

6th Grade: Our World (MacMillan/McGraw-Hill) 2005 edition

7th grade: America, History of Our Nation, vol.1 (Prentice Hall) 2006 edition

8th grade: America, History of Our Nation, vol.2 (Prentice Hall) 2006 edition

Click herefor a summary of curriculum topics in grades 6-8.