Social Studies Weekly

Year 3 Volume 28 ~ April 29, 2016

Welcome Michael Hayes!

The Social Studies Department would like to welcome Michael Hayes as the new Social Studies Program Manager. He comes to us from Morgan Elementary where he was principal. His administrative experience and background as a middle school social studies teacher will serve us well. Welcome to the best department in WSFCS!

Lisa Nakawatase

Congratulations to Lisa for being selected as WSFCS Teacher of the Week. She was featured in this week's "Keeping You Informed" news update. Lisa does an excellent job at Forsyth Middle College and is a spectacular representation of the Social Studies Department.

This Week in Social Studies

World History

Alright, we are moving out of the era of World Wars and heading into the Cold War. By the end of the week we should be in Unit 10. There are several graphic organizers in Haiku that were designed with the objectives in mind. Here is one for objective 8.3 on the new balance of power and one to help examine how social and economic conditions led to nationalism 7.4.

Special Civics Announcement.... First Vote

Next year, the WSFCS Social Studies Department will participate in First Vote's new program to engage students in civic action. First Vote, formally known as Kids Vote, has been working with the Civic Consortium and Ed NC to design the program and will have DPI's assistance in implementing it throughout the state. More information will be presented in August to all Civics teachers.

Civics and Economics

We will finish up Economics by the end of next week. Then, we will start with trade. Remember, Everfi is a great option for the PFL unit. If you need assistance registering for Everfi, please contact Brooke Yoder. Because computer access can be difficult, many teachers spread Everfi out over several weeks by having students work on it one or two days a week.

American 1

Alright, we have been working up to it all semester: the Civil War. The unit begins with an overview of slavery and life in the antebellum era with a focus on the lives of both slaves and free people. After examining the antebellum era, we look at sectional tensions and political conflicts. Here is a close reading on John Brown's speech. This was shared with WSFCS by Guilford County Schools.

American 2

Last week, we looked at Cold War issues in the 1960s. This week, we look at domestic issues. When looking at compromise and conflict, as part of Standard 4, this graphic organizer might be helpful. It can be used to focus on any of the 4 key topics in the standard: politics, economics, culture, and society.

Benchmark Information

With the benchmark window open next week, it might be helpful to compare the county averages from the Fall 12 week benchmark to the Spring 12 week benchmark. See the chart below:
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Holocaust survivor Peter Gorog will be speaking at Mount Tabor High School May 16th at 6:30 p.m. See the attached flier for more information.

Message from Melissa

Alright everyone, we have one month before testing. How are you doing? I know everyone is tired: students, teachers, administrators, etc. But, we can do this. One last push!

If there is anything you need, please let me know. Remember, there are a lot of review ideas in Haiku. Be sure to look at them.