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6th Grade History

World Cultural History is designed for our students to study the history, culture, regions, and physical geography of places around the globe.

World cultural history offers students a look at history around the world and its impact on humankind and their footprint on our world. Students will be exposed to everything from politics to economics and use multiple sources to examine events in history and its impact on the world we live in today.

7th Grade History

In Texas History, our students are exposed to material that will help them as they advance into future history courses.† We study the people, places and events of the past while making connections to the present.† Mr. Bergeron and Coach Wright lead the students on their journey through Texas.

We cover a wide array of topics from prehistoric times to the present:

  • Although history is our primary focus, we touch on many other disciplines along the way.†
  • We look at our stateís geography and how our location has shaped who we are as Texans.†
  • We cover the operation of our government and our civic duties.†
  • We examine the factors that influence our economy, both now and in the past.†
  • We study the individuals who have made great contributions to our state and nation.†
  • We also study the diverse groups that have made contributions to Texas over the years.†
  • We want our students to remember that those who donít understand history are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past.

In Texas History, we work hard to get our students prepared for 8th grade American History.† Students are required to take the STAAR test in history for the first time in 8th grade.† We work closely with the 8th grade history teachers to make sure that our students have the tools that they need to be successful when they get there.† There are many areas of Texas History and American History that overlap.† We touch on these areas in an introductory way so that our students will have some background knowledge when they see these topics again in 8th grade.†

Students will study the Native Americans who once called Texas home.† They will learn about Spanish exploration and missions here.† They will learn about the six flags that have flown over Texas.† They will learn about the Republic of Texas and the people who made Texas an independent nation.† They will see the Civil War, the Old West, the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, and the oil strike at Spindletop.† There is so much to tell and so little time to fit it all in.† We hope that our students will remember the Alamo and a whole lot more!†

8th Grade History

In Grade 8, students study the history of the United States from the early colonial period through Reconstruction. Historical content focuses on the political, economic, and social events and issues related to the colonial and revolutionary eras, the creation and ratification of the U.S. Constitution, challenges of the early Republic, westward expansion, sectionalism, Civil War, and Reconstruction. Students describe the physical characteristics of the United States and their impact on population distribution and settlement patterns in the past and present. Students analyze the various economic factors that influenced the development of colonial America and the early years of the Republic and identify the origins of the free enterprise system. Students examine the American beliefs and principles, including limited government, checks and balances, federalism, separation of powers, and individual rights, reflected in the U.S. Constitution and other historical documents. Students evaluate the impact of Supreme Court cases and major reform movements of the 19th century and examine the rights and responsibilities of citizens of the United States as well as the importance of effective leadership in a democratic society. Students evaluate the impact of scientific discoveries and technological innovations on the development of the United States. Students use critical-thinking skills, including the identification of bias in written, oral, and visual material.

To support the teaching of American History a variety of rich primary and secondary source material such as the complete text of the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence; landmark cases of the U.S. Supreme Court; biographies, speeches, letters, and diaries; and poetry, songs, and artworks are used. Selections may include excerpts from the letters of John and Abigail Adams, an excerpt from the Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, poems of the Civil War era; paintings, sculptures, architecture, and decorative arts though our permanent reproduction gallery provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities Picturing America program.

History Team

Peter Scott

Holly Shrieve

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