Social Studies

Our mission is to facilitate the social, emotional, and academic development of every McClure student.  We cultivate positive relationships and provide engaging curriculum, promoting independence through opportunities to self-advocate, think critically, and build community.


Social Studies

Members of the Department What they teach (2016-2017)
Natasha Boswell 8th Grade Social Studies
Adam Brickett 7th Grade Social Studies
Maggie Fish 6th Grade Social Studies
Erin Johnson 7th & 8th Grade Social Studies
Mary Whisenhunt 6th & 7th Grade Social Studies


Overview of Social Studies at McClure

Social studies classes at McClure focus on both social studies content and skills.  Each grade level covers specific content, while also teaching students skills in reading, writing, and other areas important to social studies.  We work on geography and visual literacy skills, like interpreting and analyzing maps, charts, timelines, and graphics.  Students learn study skills, note-taking, and research skills.  Students write argument, expository, informational, analytical, and research essays, as well as produce a variety of small and large projects.  Students read a variety of texts from many types of sources, both print and digital.  Finally, we focus on citizenship and group skills, like cooperative learning.


Scope and Sequence of Grades/Programs

6th Grade Social Studies:  Ancient World History

Areas of Study:

Paleolithic/Neolithic Age, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, India, China, and Rome

6th Grade Essential Questions:

  • How does the study of ancient civilization help us to understand and appreciate the time in which we live?
  • What connections can we make with ancient cultures to our lives today?

7th Grade Social Studies:  1 semester each of Medieval World History and Washington State History

Medieval World History (First Semester)

Areas of Study:

Fall of Rome/Byzantine empire, Rise of Islamic Civilization, Early West African Civilizations, Mesoamerican civilizations: Maya and Aztecs, Medieval Britain

7th Grade Essential Questions:

  • How does the study of medieval civilizations help us to understand and appreciate the time in which we live?
  • What connections can we make with medieval cultures to our lives today?
  • How can historical and geographical knowledge help us solve today’s problems and improve conditions in the world around us?
  • How can young people create positive change in their communities/world?

Washington State History (Second Semester)

Areas of Study:

Politics & Power, Economics, History, Geography of Washington State

7th Grade Essential Questions:

  • What is the purpose of politics?
  • How does economics impact our lives?
  • How does history inform our present and future?
  • How does Washington’s geography shape our destiny?
  • What have been the essential life experiences and personal narratives of the various Native American sovereign nations that inhabit Washington State?

8th Grade Social Studies:  United States History

Areas of Study:

History of the United States from colonization through the Civil War and Reconstruction

8th Grade Essential Questions:

  • Why is it important to approach the study of history from a variety of perspectives?
  • How did geography and the environment influence the social, political, economic, and cultural development of the people in North America?
  • What is the role of a citizen in a representative government?
  • How have economic factors influenced the growth of the U.S. and its involvement in world affairs?
  • What have been the essential life experiences and personal narratives of the various cultural groups make up America?

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