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Ms. Cyr - MS Social Studies

Welcome to Middle School Social Studies!

Eighth Grade: US History/Civics
In eighth grade, we begin with early United States History. We pause during the time of the Revolutionary War to study our founding documents and the US Constitution. The last part of the year covers United States History through the Civil War. 

Seventh Grade: Eastern Hemisphere
In seventh grade, we cover the geography, history and culture of the Eastern Hemisphere. We begin with early civilizations, including Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Then, we focus on the history, geography, and current issues of China, Africa, and Russia.

History Day
All students in middle school complete an original historical research project according to National History Day guidelines. The projects are presented locally at Black River History Day, and students who qualify have the option of competing at Vermont History Day in Montpelier. Winners at the state level compete in Washington, DC in June!

Field Study
New for 2017-18! 
We live in an area rich with history, and there are many opportunities for students to enrich their studies outside the school building. This year, students will be visiting historical sites, and also working with local historians to examine maps, documents, and the now forested remnants of buildings and towns. 
Middle School Social Studies Proficiencies

SS-MS-INQ 1E - I can construct compelling and supporting questions and explain how a question reflects an important issue in the field.

SS-MS-INQ 2I - I can determine the kinds of sources that will be helpful in answering compelling and supporting questions taking into consideration the types of sources available and the potential use of the sources.

SS-MS-INQ 3S - I can explain points of agreement and disagreement experts have about interpretations of ideas associated with inquiry questions.

SS-MS-CIV 1E - I can distinguish and explain the roles, responsibilities and powers of citizens in civic and political institutions.

SS-MS-CIV 2I - I can examine and explain the role important institutions play in society.

SS-MS-CIV 3I - I can explain and apply the democratic principle and civic virtues citizens need to interact with each other on public matters.

SS-MS-CIV 4I - I can explain and analyze how rules, policies and laws allow groups to make decisions and govern themselves.

SS-MS-ECO 1I - I can explain the roles of buyers, sellers and competition in exchange and markets.

SS-MS-ECO 2S - I can explain how economic principles are used to make decisions about the use of scarce resources to maximize the well-being of individuals and society.

SS-MS-ECO 3S - I can explain the roles interest, inflation and standards of living play in the national economy.

SS-MS-GEO 1E - I can explain and analyze interactions between humans and their environment.

SS-MS-GEO 2I - I can create and use maps to represent and explain patterns of cultural and environmental relationships.

SS-MS-GEO 3S - I can explain and analyze the impact of history, economy and climate on human movement and settlement.

SS-MS-HIS 1E - I can classify historical events and analyze patterns of change to explain the significance of specific individuals, groups and developments.

SS-MS-HIS 2E - I can explain and evaluate multiple causes and effects and their influence on events and developments in the past.

SS-MS-HIS 3I - I can explain how perspectives have changed over time and analyze the factors that influence those perspectives.

SS-MS-HIS 4I - I can establish the context of historical sources and detect the possible limitations in the historical record.

SS-MS-EVA 1E - I can gather relevant information from multiple sources and evaluate credibility of the sources.

SS-MS-EVA 2E - I can develop claims and counter claims and use evidence to support those claims.

SS-MS-ACT 1I - I can apply a range of deliberative and democratic procedures to make decisions and take action in or out of school.

SS-MS-ACT 2I - I can assess individual and collective capacity to take action to address problems.

SS-MS-ACT 3S - I can draw on multiple disciplinary lenses to analyze how a specific problem can manifest itself.

SS-MS-LIT 1E - I can cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary & secondary sources.

SS-MS-LIT 2E - I can determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; determine the meaning of words & phrases as they are used in a text; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

SS-MS-LIT 3E - I can identify aspects of a text that reveal an authors's point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).

SS-MS-LIT 4S - I can identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised of lowered).