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    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.

    Members of the Department What they teach
    Katie Goehring 8th Grade United States History
    Erin Johnson 7th Grade Medieval World History
    7th Grade Washington State History
    Alaina McCallum 8th Grade United States History
    6th Grade Ancient Civilizations
    Mary Whisenhunt 7th Grade Medieval World History
    7th Grade Washington State History
    6th Grade Ancient Civilizations

    Scope and Sequence of Grades/Programs


    8th Grade United States History: 1607-1914 Jamestown to Reconstruction
    This class is designed to increase and enrich your knowledge of the history of the United States from Colonization to the Civil War and Reconstruction.  To understand events happening today, it is imperative to know about the past.  To understand where and how you live, it helps to know about geographic regions and the diversity and culmination of cultures that have contributed to the United States.

    Units include: Colonization, The Revolution, The Constitution, Early America, The Civil War, and Reconstruction. 

    7th Grade World History: Medieval period 476-1500 C.E.
    This class is designed to increase and enrich your knowledge of the world’s peoples, cultures, history, geography, and resources in the “Medieval Period” or “Middle Ages”.  You will build on the critical thinking, reading, writing, deliberation, debate and group work skills developed in 6th grade social studies to gain increased proficiency and depth of knowledge as a historian, critical thinker, and world citizen. 

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

    7th Grade Washington State History
    This class is designed to increase and enrich students’ knowledge of the history of Washington state. Students will build on critical thinking, reading, writing, deliberation, debate, and group work skills developed in 6th and 7th grade world history. Students will gain new skills and content-knowledge in addition to increasing their proficiency and depth of knowledge as historians, critical thinkers, and world citizens.

    Units include: Indigenous peoples of WA state, Explorers/Colonizers of WA state, Politics & Economics of WA state, WWII & WA state, Social movements of WA state, and an OSPIDA project —Causes of Conflict [required state assessment]

    6th Grade Ancient Civilizations
    This class is designed to increase and enrich your knowledge of the history, archaeology, and geography of the Ancient World. You will learn about six major ancient civilizations: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, India, China, and Rome. In addition, you will develop skills in geography, history reading and writing, presentation, civics, and deliberation. You will build on the critical thinking, reading, writing, and group work skills you developed in elementary school to gain increased proficiency and depth of knowledge as a historian, critical thinker, and world citizen. 

    Units include: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, India, China, and Rome