Social Studies

7th Grade - One Year

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

Holt California Social Studies World History: Medieval to Early Modern Times ©2006

Teachers: Mrs. Auer, Mr. Bluma, Mr. Hwang, Ms. Jennings, Mr. Ray, Mrs. Valenti

“History is not was, it is.”―William Faulkner 


8th Grade - One Year

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

Holt California Social Studies United States History: Independence to 1914 ©2006

Teachers: Mr. Hwang, Ms. Jennings, Mrs. Lee, Mr. Pine, Mr. Sheak

"The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future." – Theodore Roosevelt

English/History Honors Program

7th and 8th Grades - One Year

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.