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Social Studies plays an important role in the development of well-educated students. It prepares them to be personally and socially aware, promotes multiple perspectives, encourages intellectual curiosity, incorporates critical thinking skills, reinforces a broad range of communication skills, charges students to assume responsibility for positive change and civic action, and challenges them to imagine and create a better world.

The sixth grade curriculum focuses on geography. This is the study of people, places, and environment. Geographic literacy is essential to responsible participation in the social, political, and economic arenas of today's global society. This study is expanded to include patterns of human settlement, cultural influences of places and regions, and more.

The seventh grade curriculum focuses on Florida history, civics, and economics education. Students learn the roles of responsible citizens on a local, state, and nation wide level. Civics education includes the preservation and improvement of the United States constitutional democracy which depends on the active participation of a well educated citizenry. In the study of economics, the students learn about production, distribution, and consumption of products and resources. Florida history is also included in the curriculum at this grade level, focusing on the Indian tribes to the early pioneers.

The eighth grade curriculum highlights the events of time, continuity, and change throughout the years, better known as history. History opens for students the record of human experience. Students learn how the actions and decisions of those who came before them have resulted in consequences that reach into the present day.

In conclusion, Social Studies is a form of science that expands student's minds on a local, state, national, and internal level, helping students to become responsible citizens. The stories of the events that have taken place in the past through the present are known as history.


K. Chang , Social Studies Chairperson