Curriculum Content Areas - Wyckoff Public Schools
"No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy.
Rather, both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime.
Young people must be included from birth.
A society that cuts off from its youth severs its lifeline."
The Social Studies Program at Eisenhower Middle school is designed to educate our students in American and global citizenship. It is our hope that with a better understanding of the world in which they live, our students will in turn, grow to be active members not only in their communities and country, but the world as well.
6th Grade - Ancient Civilizations
Students in grade 6 study ancient civilizations starting from the Prehistory through the Byzantine Empire. Students focus on the different regions of the Ancient River Valleys, Classical Civilizations, and the Byzantine Empire. Each of these regions is studied by analyzing themes through essential questions and the big ideas of geography, civics, economics, government systems, and culture. Students focus on reading non-fiction text and using multiple sources of information to write, to inform and to persuade, as well as construct creative projects to express information. Sixth grade students in social studies have a one to one Chromebook environment that they use daily in class. Students utilize the technology in class to develop collaborative skills and prepare for debating and defending decisions made in class.
7th Grade - World Geography
Students in grade 7 will explore the four lenses of social studies including geography, government, culture, and economics. Using these four lenses, students will examine several regions of the world including East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and the Middle East. Students will be challenged to compare and contrast the religions, customs, governance, geography, and economic structures of these regions to our own American society in order to identify similarities and differences and build geo-political understanding. In looking at the societal comparisons students will spend significant time in studying genocide, holocaust, and human rights violations of both past and present that have devastated the dignity and rights of a free world. This course is designed to help shape our middle grade learners into productive and informed global citizens.
8th Grade - Civics
Students in grade 8 will develop an understanding of the structure of the United States government and the historical events that have shaped the American government. Students will also evaluate the rights and duties of American citizens, and the role that the government plays in American life. There is a strong emphasis on conceptual and critical thinking, and the development of skills that prepare students for high school, such as cause and effect, primary source analysis, and explanatory and argumentative writing. Connections re made through authentic learning experiences and project-based assessments. Formal writing assessments in 8th grade social studies are document based and require students to support their viewpoints using primary and secondary source materials. Students practice 21st century skills on a daily basis.