MCMS Social Studies
"We make History every day"
Here are our Team Members
Dillan Enck 8th Grade American History Teacher
Travis Lenz 7th Grade World History Teacher
Brian Peters 7th Grade World History Teacher
Michele Stum Social Studies Grade 6
Michelle Rennix Social Studies Grade 6
Aaron Fry Social Studies Grade 5
Chris Hartl Social Studies Grade 5
Here is what is happening at the Middle School
8th Grade Students will be Discovering Our Past: A History of the United States, Early Years covers the history of the United States through the Civil War. It’s a part of McGraw-Hill Networks™, a dynamic student-centered program that helps teachers prepare students to be successful in college, careers, and civic life.
We are focusing on:
- The big ideas with an accessible print student text are built around Essential Questions, enduring ideas, and NCSS Standards.
- Put your social studies students in the middle of the action with The Story Matters chapter openers, Biography features, maps, and timelines.
- Maximize comprehension with the Reading Help Desk in each lesson to assist students with reading strategies, note-taking activities, graphic organizers, and vocabulary support.
- Build critical thinking and historical analysis skills with features such as Thinking Like a Historian, It Matters Because, What Do You Think, and Connections to Today.
7th grade In 7th-grade History we will be learning about the ancient world. We begin with some of the earliest known civilizations, the Mesopotamians and Egyptians. We continue with the Israelites, before turning our attention to ancient Greece and Rome. We wrap up our studies by exploring the Middle Ages through the Renaissance and Age of Exploration. Our goal is to learn about the past and understand how the successes of these civilizations have impacted our modern world.
6th Grade: In 6th-grade social studies, we explore the eastern hemisphere. There is a wealth of historical and cultural information that cannot all be covered, so we take snapshots of important eras in various countries. We start off the year reviewing general geography to familiarize students with map skills, different economic systems, governments, etc. Then we move on to Europe, focusing on the Vikings, the Black Death, and more recent history of World Wars I and II and the Berlin Wall. After that, we spend time in Asia, studying China’s past and how the country has been affected by communism, feudalism in Japan and modern-day Japan, and the history of the Korean peninsula. Our last unit focuses on Africa, including European colonization, apartheid in South Africa, and issues facing the Continent today. If there is time, we briefly review Australia and the various cultures of the indigenous people that live there.
5th Grade: Examining why European colonists settled America searching for financial gain and religious freedom. The colonists were unhappy with the taxation under British rule because they lacked representation in Parliament and they wanted to govern themselves. The colonists rebelled against the British and created a new country. The US Constitution and the role that it plays in our lives.