Our current unit is Geography and Early Societies of the Western Hemisphere. Essential Question: To what degree does geography determine culture? Focus Questions: What is the geological history of the Western Hemisphere? How is the geography of the Western Hemisphere unique? How did early people adapt to the environment? What were the accomplishments of early people? How did early people contribute to the development of the Western Hemisphere?
Social Studies Year at a Glance: Unit 1: Geography and Early Societies of the Western Hemisphere Unit 2 : European Exploration Unit 3: Comparative Case Studies Canada and the United States Unit 4: The Western Hemisphere Today Our current unit is European Exploration. Essential Question: How do issues of power, wealth and morality influence exploration and colonization? Key Learning Activities: Students will learn about motivations for European exploration. Students will learn about the Vikings. Students will learn about the impact of the Columbian Exchange. Students will learn about the conditions on the Middle Passage. Students will learn about the impact of European exploration on the Native people. Explorer Research Project: Students will choose an explorer to research. They will use the graphic organizer to organize their work. Research will be done in class and at home. This will count as a Social Studies and Writing grade. I will use the information writing rubric to grade this essay. This essay will be a minimum of five paragraphs. STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE A TASK, GRAPHIC ORGANIZER AND A STUDENT FACING CHECKLIST. ALL NEED TO BE HANDED IN WITH THE FINAL PROJECT. THIS ESSAY IS DUE NOVEMBER 19TH. Assessments: chapter tests document based questions classwork/quality of notebook, workbook and class discussions