Southwest Junior High

Southwest Junior High

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SOCIAL STUDIES COURSES
 
 

7th Grade Social Studies Courses

 

World Geography (Social Studies, 1 semester)
World Geography, will employ a three-step process, and the five factors of geography: Place, Location, Environment, Movement, and Regions) to study the people and geography of Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, the Middle East, and Canada. Students will first examine the physical aspects (topography, land and water forms, climate, vegetation, and natural resources) of each region. The second step will be to examine the political aspects (cultural universals, ethnic groups, country boundaries, major cities). The third step will be to research economic systems, identify standard of living, analyze how resources are used, identify historical influences, and suggest barriers to economic improvement. The geographic tools of maps and globes, charts and graphs, along with text and internet will be used to support learning.

United States History (Social Studies, 1 semester)
United States History, will, in chronological order, examine the Civil War and its causes, Reconstruction, United States Immigration, and the Emergence of Modern America. Each of these topics will be studied with respect to the (entire) United States with corresponding focus on how each related specifically to the State of Minnesota.



8th Grade Social Studies Courses

 

American History 8 A & B (Social Studies, full year)
This course examines the critical issues that have shaped America. Topic areas to be covered will be exploration and colonization of North America, the American Revolution, westward expansion, slavery, the Civil War, immigration, and the study of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination and how it plays a role in the lives of the diverse groups of people who live in America.

Accelerated American History 8 A & B (Social Studies, full year)
Students in this section would cover the same curriculum but in greater depth, using more varied materials and at a quicker pace. Students in this section need to possess good written and verbal communication skills. Students will be selected based on NWEA scores and subsequent teacher recommendation.



9th Grade Social Studies Courses

 

Social Studies 9A (Social Studies, semester)
This course looks at the why and how of the U.S. government and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. A close look at the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government is tied in with a study of the U.S. legal system.

Social Studies 9B (Social Studies, semester)
This course is an examination of individual abilities, interests and potential, with an exploration of career and educational opportunities.

Accelerated Social Studies 9A (Social Studies, semester)
This course looks at the why and how of the U.S. government and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. A close look at the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government is tied in with a study of the U.S. legal system.

  • Students in this section would cover the same curriculum, but in more depth, using more varied materials, and at a quicker pace. Students in this section would need to possess good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Students will be selected based on teacher recommendation.


Accelerated Social Studies 9B (Social Studies, semester)
This course is an examination of individual abilities, interests and potential, with an exploration of career and educational opportunities.

  • Students in this section would cover the same curriculum, but in more depth, using more varied materials, and at a quicker pace. Students in this section would need to possess good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Students will be selected based on teacher recommendation.

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