The Hommocks Social Studies Department prepares students to make informed decisions as citizens of our democracy and our interconnected world. Students view the social studies curriculum through the multidisciplinary lenses of history, geography, political science, economics, and anthropology. Students in Hommocks social studies classrooms learn a complete history that highlights the contributions and experiences of groups that have traditionally been marginalized. Students are taught to examine history through an analytical lens that empowers critical thinking about the past and how it has shaped the present.
Through the inquiry process, students formulate and address questions, analyze sources, develop claims, share evidence-based conclusions, and take informed action. Students learn that the past is not static, but instead woven into the present through the actions and decisions of individuals and groups across time and place. By understanding the connection between the present and the past, our students are prepared to contribute to the future.
Curriculum Guides by Grade Level
Grade 6 Social Studies [click button above] is based on the geography and history of the Eastern Hemisphere, including the development of cultures, civilizations, and empires; interactions between societies; belief systems; and the comparison of trends in government and economics. The course covers a time span from prehistory through the 1300s. (NYS K-8 SS Framework)
Grade 7 Social Studies [click button above] is arranged chronologically and incorporates geography as well as economic, social, and political trends in a study of the history of the United States and New York. The course covers a time span from the pre-Columbian period through Reconstruction, roughly 1491-1877, with a focus on the people events, and places in New York State where applicable. (NYS K-8 SS Framework)
Grade 8 Social Studies [click button above] is arranged chronologically, and incorporates geography as well as economic, social and political trends in a study of the history of United States and New York. The course covers a time span beginning with the post-Reconstruction period and ending at the present, providing the opportunity to explore contemporary issues. (NYS K-8 SS Framework)