Mrs. Marsala – 2nd Trimester 2020-2021

Social Studies
6th Grade – 2nd Trimester
2020 – 2021 School Year

The Ancient World

Ancient India

  • Early Civilizations
  • Religions of Ancient India
  • The Mauryan Empire

Early China

  • The Birth of the Chinese Civilization
  • Society and Culture in Ancient China
  • The Qin and Han Dynasties

New Empires and New Faiths

Rome:  Republic to Empire

  • The Founding of Rome
  • Rome as a Republic
  • The End of the Republic
  • Rome Builds an Empire

Roman Civilization

  • The Roman Way of Life
  • Rome’s Decline
  • The Byzantine Empire

Islamic Civilization

  • A New Faith
  • The Spread of Islam
  • Life in the Islamic World


Social Studies
7th Grade – 2nd  Trimester
2020-2021 School Year

Creating a Nation

A More Perfect Union

  • The Articles of Confederation
  • Forging a New Constitution
  • A New Plan of Government

The Constitution

  • Principles of the Constitution
  • Government and the People

Launching the Republic

The Federalist Era

  • The First President
  • Early Challenges
  • The First Political Parties

The Jefferson Era

  • A New Party in Power
  • The Louisiana Purchase
  • A Time of Conflict
  • The War of 1812

Growth and Expansion

  • A Growing Economy
  • Moving West
  • Unity and Sectionalis

The Constitution


8th Grade – 2nd Trimester
2020 – 2021 School Year


  • Analyze Stories:  Plot
  • Analyze Realistic Fiction
  • Analyze Theme
  • Analyze Characters
  • Analyze Documentary
  • Analyze Organization
  • Analyze Narrative Structure
  • Analyze Graphic Features
  • Understand Point of View
  • Understand Characterization
  • Identify Setting


  • Informative / Explanatory Writing
  • Persuasive Writing


  • Context Clues
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Word Gaps

Language Conventions

  • Pronouns – all types
  • Antecedents
  • Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
  • Semicolons, Colons, and Parentheses
  • Quotations
  • Run-On Sentences
  • 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

Social Studies
8th Grade – 2nd  Trimester
2020-2021 School Year

Change and Conflict

The Jazz Age

  • Time of Turmoil
  • Desire for Normalcy
  • A Booming Economy
  • The Roaring Twenties

The Depression and the New Deal

  • The Great Depression
  • The New Deal
  • Living Through the Depression
  • Effects of the New Deal

America and World War II

  • War Clouds Gather
  • World War II Begins
  • On the Homefront
  • The European Theater of War
  • The War in the Pacific


8th Grade – 2nd Trimester
2020-2021 School Year

 Who Are Our Ancestors in Faith?

  • The Early Church
  • Christians of the Roman Empire
  • Christians of the Early Middle Ages
  • Christians of the High Middle Ages
  • The Church in Crisis and Change

How Can the Church’s Heritage Give Us Hope?

  • Keeping Faith in a Changing World
  • Depending on God in Times of Fear
  • Teaching Others About Christ


  • The Liturgical Year
  • Ordinary Time
  • Advent
  • Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
  • Saint Juan Diego
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Ash Wednesday
  • Lent

8th Grade Saint

Saint Thomas Aquinas


Partners in Faith

  • Saints Francis and Dominic
  • Saint Hildegard of Bingen
  • Women of Renewal
  • Saint Pedro de San Jose Betancur
  • Blessed Noel Pinot
  • Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman

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