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Ms. Pearson's Class

Individuals & Societies

Welcome to 8th Grade and the Cyclones Core! 
We will be working together all year and we are so excited to have you join us. We are lucky to have Mr. Cardenas with us as well from Metropolitan State University of Denver who will be co-teaching with us. We really do live by the motto:  "Where the world is open to our exploration."

Link to course syllabus

Course Overview: 

The Individuals and Societies course is based in four root standards in Geography, History, Civics, and Economics. This course will rely heavily on primary sources  and key thinking skills in analysis, synthesis, application of learning and reflection. You can plan on exploring and learning about these eras throughout the year:

  • Events Leading to the American Revolution

  • American Revolution

  • The Constitution

  • Westward Expansion

  • Civil War

  • Reconstruction

  • Personal Finance

  • Historic Places (in relation to the eras above)

8th grade American History students should be able to :

● Seek out and evaluate multiple historical sources (both primary and secondary) with different points of view to investigate a historical question and to formulate and defend a thesis with evidence. ● Analyze the historical eras, individuals, groups, ideas and themes within regions of the Eastern Hemisphere and compare and contrast their relationships with one another. ● Use and manipulate geographic tools to gather data and make geographic inferences and predictions. With that should come the understanding that regions have different issues and perspectives. ● Distinguish elements of continuity and change in the United States government and how the role of its citizens over time has changed and evolved.● Understand the place and uses of law within a constitutional system. ● Understand how supply and demand influence price and profit in a market economy and begin their understanding of managing personal credit and debt.

Additionally, MYP students should master the key Individuals and Societies concepts of Change; Time, Place, & Space; Global Interactions; and Systems. While in the course of the study of American History, MYP students are expected to strive to be Open-Minded, Balanced, Knowledgeable, Communicators, Reflective, Principled, Risk-Takers, Inquirers, Thinkers, and Caring.  These 10 traits make up the MYP Learner Profile.

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