Middle School Social Studies 

Welcome back for the 2022-2023 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 school year is the beginning of the new Iowa Core Curriculum for K-12 schools, so we will be focusing on many new elements of curriculum in my classes this year as well.  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!


Week of September 5-9

Week of September 12-16

Week of September 19-23


6th Grade

America's Multicultural Society Iowa Core 6.13/ 6.14; history of American diversity, challenges of cultural diversity, America's multicultural future

"Coming to America" Iowa Core 6.20; trends in American immigration, past and present

50 U.S. states maps

North America maps (countries, landforms, bodies of water, resources)

7th Grade

War in Ukraine, European Union, NATO, Cold War Europe Iowa Core 7.24/ 7.26; analyze, discuss connections between modern events and historical events

"A Child of the Terror: Stalin's Soviet Union"

"Putin's Russia"

"The Fall of the Berlin Wall"


8th Grade

9/11 Unit; content notes in class for whole-class and small-group discussion, timeline of events, global/international impact of the tragic events of the September 11th attacks 

Module 3: The English Colonies Iowa Core 8.17/ 8.19/ 8.20/ 8.21/ 8.23

Lesson 1- The Southern Colonies

Lesson 2- The New England Colonies

Lesson 3- The Middle Colonies

Lesson 4- Life in the English Colonies



Junior Scholastic Current Events Magazine

Junior Scholastic classroom password: juniorscholastic2223

Horror at Jamestown

Africa's History of Colonialism

After Mandela (apartheid in South Africa)

A Child of the Terror (Stalin's Soviet Union)

The European Union

Putin's Russia

Russia: Turning Back the Clock?

World War 1 (European history)

"The Fall of the Berlin Wall" (Cold War)

Five Themes of Geography