Middle School Social Studies Curriculum

ROOM 207 - Mrs. Brett Seick

Geography and early civilizations are introduced in grade 6; early U.S. history in grade 7; and the U.S. Constitution as well as later American history are the main areas of focus for grade 8.

Sixth grade social studies focuses on the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, Greece and Rome. The incorporation of geography skills are used throughout the year. 

Seventh grade Social Studies focuses on early American history. The Native Americans, the Age of Exploration and Colonization, the American Revolution, and the early Republic are studied. An introduction to the United States government is included.

Eighth grade Social Studies examines both the United States and the Illinois Constitutions in depth. The program continues the seventh grade study of American history, concentrating on the period of the Civil War through the World Wars. Many of the Social Studies lessons are observed first hand as the students participate in the class field trip to Washington D.C.

In addition to reading To Kill a Mockingbird and Night, the eighth grade curriculum uses the Prentice Hall literature book (silver level). Selections from this book include short stories, poems, essays and plays. Vocabulary development, literary terms and comprehension skills are emphasized. A literature anthology textbook as well as required literary novels are used. The eight graders are also encouraged to read over the summer, prior to high school, the required novels from their high schools. 

In All classes the use of the Promethean Board (a version of a Smart Board), Ipads and computers are used on a regular basis.  

Mrs. Seick received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a minor in history and an endorsement in Middle School Education from Northeastern Illinois University. She also received a Masters of Arts in Education degree from Olivet Nazarene University. This is her 9th year teaching at St. Al’s.