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The Middle School Curriculum is designed to provide students with a fundamental extension of social studies skills and concepts. The database includes exploratory questions about American History, Government & Citizenship, Geography & Map Skills, and Economics.

 

Question types include drag-and-drop, drop down menu, multiple choice, multiple checkbox, and short answer to better assess students with various learning styles and abilities. Artwork, photos, political cartoons, diagrams, graphs, charts, graphic organizers, headlines, maps, outlines, quotations, reading selections, and timelines are included on many questions so students can learn how to use various stimuli to expand knowledge and information when answering question prompts.

 

Questions cover a range of Bloom’s Cognitive, Bloom’s Knowledge, and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge levels. Click on the tabs and links below to learn more about the Middle School Social Studies topical areas inside Castle Learning.

Basic Concepts & Skills

These introductory topics allow students to answer questions about basic social studies knowledge, like identifying types of sources, or understanding chronology and timelines.

  • Social Studies Tools
  • Culture & Civilization
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American History

From Native Americans to recent events, these topics span the history of the United States. Intermediate questions assess fundamental concepts and application of skills that students can build on in the future
  • Early America (Beginnings to 1492)
  • Exploration, Colonization & Settlement (1492-1763)
  • Revolutionary War (1763-1783)
  • The New Nation (1783-1815)
  • Expansion, Reform & Controversy (1815-1860)
  • Civil War & Reconstruction (1850-1877)
  • Rise of Industrial America (1860-1900)
  • Progressivism and War (1880-1920)
  • Between the Wars (1920-1939)
  • World War II (1930s-1945)
  • Cold War Era (1945-1970s)
  • Contemporary Era (1970s-Present)

World/Global History

From the first people to recent international events, these topics span the history of our world. Intermediate questions assess fundamental concepts and application of skills that students can build on in the future
  • The First People (Prehistory - 3500 BC)
  • Ancient Civilizations (4000 BC-250 BC)
  • Classical Civilizations (2100 BC-500 AD)
  • Comparative Religions
  • Cultures in Contact (100-1500)
  • The Middle Ages in Europe (800-1500)
  • New Asian Empires (1200-1800)
  • Renaissance & Reformation (1300-1650)
  • Exploration & Expansion (1400-1700)
  • Changes in Europe (1500-1800)
  • Industrialization, Nationalism & Imperialism (1700-1920)
  • The World at War (1914-1945)
  • The 20th Century and Beyond(1945-Present)
  • Moving Forward Globally

Government & Citizenship

Intermediate knowledge and application of skills about civic engagement, local and national governments, types of leadership across the world, elections, and significant documents are topics that are stressed at the middle school level
  • Citizenship Knowledge
  • United States Government
  • Global Government
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Geography & Map Skills

Students can apply skills to read and understand maps, and answer questions about geographic locations and features. Topics also include the five themes of geography and effects of human-environmental interactions
  • Basic Concepts
  • Map Skills
  • Human-Environmental Interactions
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Economics

Basic knowledge and application of economic concepts and systems are assessed at the middle school level
  • Basic Terms and Concepts
  • Economic Systems
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