Middle School Social Studies 

Welcome back for the 2023-2024 school year at St. Augustin School!  The middle school students are off to a great start again this year, and we have been very busy in Social Studies class. I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with you and your children. During the course of the upcoming school year, the students will be learning more about many different topics in my class, such as American history, American government, world regions, world cultures, contemporary global studies, civic ideals, current events, global interdependence, and global crises. This is the second year of implementation of the new Iowa Core Curriculum for K-12 schools, so we will continue to focus on many new elements of curriculum in all my classes. Please use this website for information about class content, activities, events and assignments, curricula, and course enrichment. Please email or call me if you have any questions about Social Studies class.  Let's make it another successful year!



6th Grade 

Profile-A-Nation Project; group work, checklists, posters, project rubrics, research, and content applications of each theme of geography; Iowa Core 6.16, 6.17, 6.18, 6.19

"The Maui Fires Changed My Life" Junior Scholastic article work; connections between human populations and the physical world, natural disasters and recovery, cause and effect, legacy and cultural traits/history of the Hawaiian islands; Iowa Core 6.13, 6.17, 6.20, 6.21, 6.22

Chapter 6: CanadaLesson 1Physical Geography of Canada/Regions of Canada; Lesson 2- The History of Canada; Lesson 3- Life in Canada; Iowa Core 6.17, 6.20, 6.22, 6.13, 6.18

Canada maps (provinces, territories, major cities, landforms, bodies of water, rivers, resources)

"Just Like Us?" comparing U.S./Canada cultural features and history

Trace the Expansion of Canada (history of Canadian settlement); Iowa Core 6.20, 6.22The History of Canada Explained in 10 Minutes, "Canadian English" class activity, The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway System documentary, with questions

Comparing the governments of the U.S. and Canada


7th Grade 

Contemporary Global Studies: Asia- Past and Present 

Asia maps (countries, landforms, major cities, bodies of water, resources)

"Conquering Everest" Junior Scholastic article work

Asia Focus Nations Project; Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Japan, North Korea, Vietnam (collaborative group work and research assignment with daily work rubric expectations and guided questions sheets); students researched information, analyze data and content pertaining to these seven Asian nations in the areas of current events/issues, history, economics, government, and connections to the United States; Iowa Core 7.16, 7.18, 7.20, 7.21, 7.22, 7.23, 7.24, 7.26

Mt. Everest mini-unit; student research questions, details of the climbers and history of Everest, sherpas, contemporary concerns about negative human impact on the natural environment on Everest, documentary clips; Iowa Core 7.18, 7.26

Israel, recent crisis in Gaza; Israel and Palestine, Israel, West Bank, Gaza Strip (history)

World Population Unit; "Predicting the World's Population"; population density, geographic distributions and patterns, global population statistics, human migration, "push and pull" factors of migration, global resources; Iowa Core 7.21, 7.23Human Population Through Time


8th Grade   

Module 4: The American Revolution; Iowa Core 8.17, 8.19, 8.20, 8.21, 8.22, 8.23; Conflict in the Colonies, "Teen of the Revolution" (Boston Tea Party), interpreting the engraving of the Boston Massacre, The Revolution Begins, Declaring Independence, The Struggle for Liberty, Independence!; Animated Battle Map: The Revolutionary War (via YouTube and the Smithsonian Institute); leaders, generals, strategies, hardships, and results of several important battles

The History Channel Presents- AMERICA: The Story of Us (Revolution)

Veteran's Day Tribute Unit; National Geographic Presents- Arlington: Field of Honor documentary, Veteran's Day content, stories, class displays, and history

Module 5: Forming a GovernmentIowa Core 8.14, 8.17, 8.18, 8.19, 8.20, 8.21, 8.22, 8.23, 8.24; The Articles of Confederation, The New Nation Faces Challenges, Creating the Constitution, Ratifying the Constitution; "The Fight Over the Constitution", 10 Days that Changed America: Shay's Rebellion; Federalist or Antifederalist? class activity; Module 6: Citizenship and the Constitution; Structure of the Government; Iowa Core 8.14

The Patriot (edited for content)

Kids Discover Magazine: THE CONSTITUTION


Junior Scholastic Current Events Magazine

Junior Scholastic classroom password: jsmagazine2324 

I Just Wanna Talk to You for a Sec...........

The Fight Over the Constitution

Citizenship Handbook, Section 1: The Constitution

Citizenship Handbook, Section 2: The Federal Government

Citizenship Handbook, Section 3: Citizens' Rights and Responsibilities

Module 7, Lesson 1 textbook outline

Module 7, Lesson 2 textbook outline

Module 7, Lesson 3 textbook outline

Module 7, Lesson 4 textbook outline

Module 7, Lesson 5 textbook outline

Antarctic First

The Middle Class Squeeze

Central America/Caribbean Islands (blank maps)

Cuba After Fidel

Panama Canal

Jungle of Secrets (Maya)