Units of Study Throughout Middle School

Grade 6:

The Eastern Hemisphere

Grade 7:

United States and New York State History

Grade 8:

United States and New York State History

U.S. History and Government (Grade 8)

Essential Questions:

Essential Questions:

Essential Questions:

Essential Questions:

  • Does Geography determine development?
  • To what degree does geography determine culture?
  • What role do belief systems play in society?
  • Why do civilizations rise and fall?
  • How can power, wealth, and religion influence change and development?
  • Did the American Revolution accomplish its goals?
  • How does a nation respond to economic, political, and social challenges?
  • How does a nation balance its own needs and interests with that of other nations?
  • What are a nation’s responsibilities to its citizens after major conflict (e.g., civil war…)?
  • How do people, policies, and technological advances shape a nation?
  • To what degree should a nation be involved in the affairs of other nations?
  • How does a nation respond to economic, political, and social challenges?
  • How does a nation balance its own needs and interests with that of other nations?
  • How do competing powers views of powers and morality lead to global conflict?
  • Has the United States lived up to the promise and potential of its history and status?
  • What are American foundations for liberty and freedom?
  • Was the Civil War inevitable?
  • How was America’s response to challenges of growth and progress aligned to its ideals of democracy?
  • How does a nation balance its own needs and interests with that of other nations?
  • Is there one America or many?