Our challenging standards-based curriculum emphasizes the development of essential skills, the understanding of important concepts, and the ability to apply learning to real-world problems.
Our curriculum includes courses of study for all students in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, world languages, music, visual arts, physical education, and health. In addition, students take grade-specific trimester courses in technology, research, and study skills which are designed to support their integrated learning experience.
The Social Studies curriculum at ASMS is a comprehensive and thought-provoking program that teaches students about their world: past, present, and preparation for the future. The courses are aligned to the learning standards established by the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS).
In all of the middle school courses, students learn to research, analyze, explore, and connect with social, political, economic, cultural, and historical texts and media. They use critical thinking to determine the value and validity of historical evidence, and they learn to present their work in written, digital, and creative formats. Students also learn to illustrate the connections and interactions of people and events across time from a variety of perspectives.
Social Studies 8
United States History
During 8th-grade U.S.History, students explore topics and events in U.S. history that apply directly to their lives and the world we live in today. The year is divided into 14 units beginning with an investigation of U.S. Geography, and concluding with a choice-based research project in which students will work inter-discplinarily with ELA to construct a thesis statement and research paper supported by credible and accurate sources. In every unit, students will be required to consider multiple perspectives as they analyze specific events from each historical period. Questions of social justice, conflict resolution, and the role of the individual and government in influencing societal change from a new nation to a world superpower underpin the course.
Throughout the year, students will develop critical thinking skills that will benefit them in high school and beyond. Students will be able to analyze primary sources, including historical documents, images, speeches, and personal letters. They will delve into the concept of identity, studying the experiences of different groups to gain an appreciation for the complexities of the past and present. They develop an understanding of the range of human responses to difference, and they formulate their own views on the role they play as citizens. Ultimately, students learn to analyze bias and perspective to gain a more full understanding of what is going on in the world around them, and they draw connections to their own personal choices today.