Grades 7 & 8 Social Studies



March 2020

7th Grade Social Studies

7th graders have been exploring the United States Constitution and how our government works.   We will continue with presidencies of Washington, Adams, continuing through Thomas Jefferson and James Madison’s eyes.  Students will debate Jefferson’s dilemma over the purchase of the Louisiana Territory. We will also witness Americans once again securing their independence from Britain during the War of 1812. Students will investigate Buffalo’s close ties to the war.

Following the War of 1812, students will explore the American Era of Good Feelings. During the era of Good Feelings, students will continue to watch the Nation grow in different directions. As the industrial North continues to focus on trade, divisions will arise between the North and agricultural South. Students will also experience Andrew Jackson’s presidency for the Common Man and how his leadership marked change for the Nation.

8th Grade Social Studies

In 8th grade Social Studies,students will also experience a change in American foreign policy, as our Nation moves away from an Isolationist country to complete with Imperialist nations. Students will see the U.S. theory of Manifest Destiny expand into the Pacific. We will discuss how America was able to emerge as a Super Power following the Spanish-American War, acquire territories in the Pacific, and police affairs in Latin America. They will discover the growth of Our Nation, moving from an isolationist nation to an Imperialistic nation following the Spanish-American War.  Students begin to see the country as a World Super Power and policeman of the Western Hemisphere. As the 20th Century begins, students are exploring the Nation’s new world role and economic success due to the Industrial Revolution. Students will analyze how events will pull the world into a Great War and the impact that the U.S. will have during this Great War. Students will then escape to an era of fun and fancy free times following the Great War. During the 1920s, students will enjoy an era of good times, and false financial security, only to experience the Great Depression. Students will continue to analyze current financial and economic events to see how it correlated to the Depression Era.

As World War I ended, the United States Congress was left to accept or deny U.S. membership into the League of Nations. As soldiers returned home from the war, life in the United States was changing.  Roles and opportunities for women began to expand with the passage of the 19th Amendment. Society also began to change and “Roar” as the country entered the 1920s. As the 1920s economy skyrocketed, students will explore the booming economy and stock market practices. Eventually these practices during the 1920s will lead to trouble and the start of the Great Depression 

Mr. Matthew Goehrig


History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.
John F. Kennedy

My 7th and 8th graders will begin a journey exploring our past in order to understand our future. The past needs to be examined in order to make the best possible future for ourselves and the world around us.

In 7th grade Social Studies, students will embark on a journey to understand our beginning. Students will begin the year reviewing geography and writing skills. Geography is an important part of Social Studies. As we progress, students will emerge themselves into the world of the 1500s.  Students will explore Native American cultures throughout North and South America. We will explore how these cultures were able to exist independently before European invaders arrived and shook up the world as they knew it. European exploration and colonization will be introduced to students, and they will question the intentions of the European explorers. Included in 7th grade Social Studies is the creation of the English 13 colonies and how colonial life has shaped American cultures and the need for democratic values in our society. Students will understand the value of government and question freedom not only in our country but other countries of the world.  The importance of freedom, choice, and individual liberties will be addressed throughout the year as well. Students will discover the evolving United States as it began, from 13 British colonies to Nation torn apart by a Civil War. The academic year will come to end as the Nation must heal itself following the Civil War.

8th grade Social Studies resumes where 7th grade has ended. The school year begins with a review of the Civil War, examining the chaos and destruction left within the South. As we discuss Reconstruction, students will emerge themselves in the politics and daily life of rebuilding the Nation. Students will understand the continual struggle that all Americans dealt with during this difficult time. 8th grade Social Studies focuses on more current events in American history. Students will discover how our Nation expanded to include 50 states.  They will analyze the shift from an Isolationist Nation to an Imperialist nation to the Super Power of a Nation that exists today.  Students will relive life during the good eras, the struggling eras and war time eras. Students will gain a better understanding of how and why we are the Nation that we have become. 


Mr. Matthew Goehrig




Mr. Matthew Goehrig - Grades 7 & 8 Social Studies