Social Studies Courses & Faculty


Below are descriptions of the social studies courses offered at Elm Middle School during the 2020-21 school year. To see a list of our social studies faculty, please click here or scroll down.


Courses


ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS

Grade Level: 6

In 6th-grade social studies, students will practice skills and gain knowledge in the following categories, with an emphasis on ancient world civilizations:

  • Constructing questions to guide inquiry
  • Gathering and evaluating sources
  • Developing claims and using evidence to critique and communicate conclusions
  • Taking informed action
  • Geography
  • History
  • Economics
  • Civics

UNITED STATES HISTORY

Grade Level: 7

In 7th-grade social studies, students will practice skills and gain knowledge in the following categories, with an emphasis on American history:

  • Constructing questions to guide inquiry
  • Gathering and evaluating sources
  • Developing claims and using evidence to critique and communicate conclusions
  • Taking informed action
  • Geography
  • History
  • Economics
  • Civics

CIVICS 

Grade Level: 8

In 8th-grade social studies, students will practice skills and gain knowledge in the following categories, with an emphasis on civics (understanding political systems, institutions and citizenship, especially in the United States):

  • Constructing questions to guide inquiry
  • Gathering and evaluating sources
  • Developing claims and using evidence to critique and communicate conclusions
  • Taking informed action
  • Civic and political institutions
  • Participation and deliberation — applying civic virtues and democratic principles
  • Processes, rules and laws

Although Civics is not an accelerated course, this is a high school-level class that will earn high school credit for Elm students upon successful completion.


Faculty


Stacey Blair

Teacher | Social Studies | Elm

Ms. Blair is a Google Certified Educator, Level 1. 

Kathy Demas

Teacher | Social Studies | Elm

Christian Hartwig

Teacher | Social Studies | Elm

Mr. Hartwig is a Google Certified Educator, Level 1.

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Susan Hawes

Teacher | Social Studies | Elm

Ms. Hawes is a Google Certified Educator, Level 1.

Matthew Rivera

Teacher | Social Studies | Elm

Michelle Thibodeau

Teacher | Social Studies | Elm