Grade Seven – World History and Geography: Medieval and Early Modern Times
The medieval and early modern periods provide students with opportunities to study the rise and fall of empires, the diffusion of religions and languages, and significant movements of people, ideas, and products. Over this period, the regions of the world became more and more interconnected. Although societies were quite distinct from each other, there were more exchanges of people, products, and ideas in every century. (History–Social Science Framework Adopted by the State Board of Education on July 14, 2016)
7th Grade Text:
History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond explores the legacy of civilizations from Europe, Africa, and the Middle East to Asia and the Americas.
Grade Eight – United States History and Geography: Growth and Conflict
The eighth grade course of study begins with an intensive review of the major ideas, issues, and events that shaped the founding of the nation. In their study of this era, students will view American history through the lens of a people who were trying—and are still trying—to fulfill the promise of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Throughout their eighth grade United States history and geography course, students will confront the themes of freedom, equality, and liberty and their changing definitions over time. This course will also explore the geography of place, movement, and region, starting with the Atlantic Seaboard and then exploring American westward expansion and economic development, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and finally, industrialization. (History–Social Science Framework Adopted by the State Board of Education on July 14, 2016)
8th Grade Text
History Alive! The United States Through Industrialism immerses students in a powerful journey through the history of the United States from its earliest foundations to the age of industrialism.
English and history honors students must be skilled writers with an extensive vocabulary. Students are expected to be intrinsically motivated, focused, and comfortable in a fast-paced, rigorous learning environment. The program is a rigorous course designed for advanced students who want to combine writing skills with the study of history and the humanities. Advanced reading, writing, and time management skills required. Students are considered for placement in the Honors Program based on the following criteria: teacher recommendation, a grade of “A” in sixth-grade/seventh-grade English and history, 90% or higher on current State Standardized Tests (or equivalent testing) and a passing score on the Honors Placement Test administered at Serrano Intermediate School. Seventh grade students earning an A or B in honors courses will be placed in eighth grade honors. All other eighth grade students must meet the requirements listed above.