Mrs. Marsala – 1st Trimester 2020-2021

Social Studies
6th Grade – 1st Trimester

2020 – 2021 School Year

Early Civilizations

  • The First Civilizations
  • Early Humans
  • Mesopotamian Civilization
  • The First Empires
  • Ancient Egypt
  • The Nile Valley
  • Egypt’s Old Kingdom
  • The Egyptian Empire
  • The Civilization of Kush

The Ancient World

  • The Ancient Greeks
  • The Early Greeks
  • Sparta and Athens
  • Persia Attacks the Greeks
  • The Age of Pericles
  • The Culture of Ancient Greece
  • Greek Philosophy and History
  • Alexander the Great
  • The Spread of Greek Culture


Social Studies

7th Grade 

First Trimester 2020-21

Mrs. Patricia Marsala

The Americas:  Worlds Meet

  • Migration to the Americas
  • Cities and Empires
  • North American Peoples
  • Exploring the America
  • A Changing World
  • Early Exploration
  • Spain in America
  • Exploring North America
  • Colonial America
  • Early English Settlements
  • New England Colonies
  • Middle Colonies
  • Southern Colonies
  • Growth of the Thirteen Colonies
  • Life in the Colonies
  • Government, Religion, Culture
  • France and Britain Clash
  • The French and Indian War

Creating a Nation

  • The Spirit of Independence
  • Taxation Without Representation
  • Building Colonial Unity
  • A Call to Arms
  • Working Toward Independence

The Mayflower Compact

The Declaration of Independence


Social Studies

8th Grade

First Trimester 2020-2021

Mrs. Patricia Marsala

The Reconstruction Era

  • Planning Reconstruction
  • The Radicals take Control
  • The South During Reconstruction
  • The Post-Reconstruction Era

Opening the West

  • Mining and Railroads in the west
  • Ranchers and Farmers
  • Native American Struggles
  • Farmers – A New Political Force

The Industrial Age

  • Railroads lead the Way
  • Inventions Change Society
  • An age of Big Business
  • Workers in the Industrial Age

An Urban Society

  • The New Immigrants
  • Moving to the City
  • A Changing Culture

The Progressive Era

  • The Movement Begins
  • Women and Progressives
  • Presidents of the Progressive Era
  • Excluded from Reform

Rise to World Power

  • Seeking New Frontiers   
  • Imperialism in the Pacific
  • War with Spain
  • Latin American Policies

World War I

  • War in Europe
  • America’s Road to War
  • Americans Join the Allies
  • The War at Home
  • Searching for Peace


8th Grade

Third Trimester 2020-2021

Mrs. Patricia Marsala

How do We Nourish God’s Gift of Faith?

  • We Respond to God’s Love
  • We Follow God’s Laws
  • We Love God and Others
  • We Honor Life and Creation
  • We Respect All People

Who Are Our Ancestors in Faith?

  • The Early Church
  • Christians of the Roman Empire
  • Christians of the Early Middle Ages


  • The Liturgical Year
  • Ordinary Time
  • All Saints Day – November 1
  • Advent


8th Grade Saint

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Partners in Faith

  • Sister Thea Bowman
  • Saint Catherine of Siena
  • Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
  • The Sisters of Life
  • Saint Amato Ronconi
  • Women of the Early Church
  • Saint Ambrose
  • Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta

The Beatitudes

The Ten Commandments

Finding Your Way Through the Bible

7  Themes of Catholic Identity

  1.     Life and Dignity of the Human Person
  2.     Call to Family, Community, and Participation
  3.     Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  4.     Rights and Responsibilities of the Human Person
  5.     The Dignity of Work and the Rights of the Workers
  6.     Care for God’s Creation
  7.     Solidarity of the Human Family


8th Grade – 1st Trimester

2020 – 2021 School Year


  • Analyze Stories:  Plot
  • Analyze Science Fiction
  • Identify Main Idea and Details
  • Analyze Organization
  • Analyze Claim and Evidence
  • Analyze Graphic Features
  • Evaluate Evidence
  • Analyze Rhetoric and Reasoning


  • Write a Summary
  • Write an Informational Essay
  • Write a Persuasive Essay
  • Create a Public Service Announcement


  • Context Clues
  • Synonyms and Antonyms

Language Conventions

  • The Structure of Sentences
    • Simple sentences
    • Compound sentences
    • Complex sentences
    • Compound-complex sentences
  • Subjects and Predicates
    • Identifying Subjects and Predicates
    • Compound Subjects and Compound Predicates
  • Sentence Fragments
  • Conjunctions
  • Commonly Confused Words
  • Transitional Words and Phrases
    • Compare or contrast ideas
    • Indicate degree of importance
    • Show time or sequence
    • Add information
    • Introduce an example
    • Indicate cause or effect
    • Indicate a conclusion
  • Active and Passive Voice