The major outcomes of the social studies department are:Minnesota Studies 6
United States Studies 7
- Students study Minnesota history and its government, placing the state and its people within the context of the national story.
- They engage in historical inquiry and study events, issues and individuals significant to Minnesota history, beginning with the early indigenous people of the upper Mississippi River region to the present day.
- They examine the relationship between levels of government, and how the concept of sovereignty affects the exercise of treaty rights.
- They analyze how the state’s physical features and location of resources affected settlement patterns and the growth of cities.
- Drawing on their knowledge of economics, students analyze the influence of a market-based economy at the local and national levels.
- They learn about the unique role Minnesota played, and continues to play, in regional, national and global politics.
- Current Events
- Grade seven features history as the lead discipline with a strong secondary emphasis on citizenship and government.
- The interdisciplinary “Studies” approach is further enhanced with important economics and geography content that round out the study of United States history.
- Students learn about people, issues and events of significance to this nation’s history from 1800 to the current era of globalization.
- Students examine the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and Supreme Court decisions for their lasting impact on the American people, economy and governance structure.
- Students study civics and economic principles in depth, drawing connections between these disciplines and history to explain the impact of various policies on how people lived, worked and functioned in society.
- Understand the relationship between physical and human geography throughout each region of the world.
- Create and interpret geographic tools, calculate and estimate distance, scale, density and spatial distribution patterns around the world.
- Demonstrate basic knowledge of economic principles.
- Study current events and analyze their global impact.