Social Studies

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It is the goal of the Social Studies team that all students will acquire the habits of mind needed to become reflective and responsible citizens of our nation and world. The courses taught at Ocoee Middle are designed to encourage active learning among our students so that the students will:

  • Understand the significance of the past and its influence on the present.
  • Be mindful of both change and continuity in our lives.
  • Appreciate the challenge and opportunities created by an increasingly interdependent global community.
  • Recognize the personal character traits of people who have made a difference in history.
  • Read various types of information effectively while learning to ask appropriate questions to distinguish fact from conjecture.
  • Research information using a variety of sources and communicate effectively.


6th Grade World History:

In 6th grade World History we study the history of the ancient world. We begin with the understanding of what a historian does and explore the basics of geography, citizenship and economics. We then begin our exploration of Ancient Egypt, Early Civilization, and Ancient Greece. From there we explore the Israelites, Ancient China, and Ancient India. We end our year learning about Rome and the rise of Christianity. We are always learning reading and writing strategies to improve our understanding of history.

7th Grade Civics:

In 7th grade Civics we study U.S. Citizenship and Government. We begin with defining Citizenship and then explore the Declaration of Independence and the different forms of government. We then move on to Elections and Campaigns, historical documents, and the U.S. Constitution. Next, we examine the U.S. Court System and Global Policy. At the end of our year we learn about State and Local Government and Economics. We are always learning reading and writing strategies and how to improve citizenship in our community.

8th Grade U.S. History:

In 8th grade U.S. History we study the early history of the United States. We begin with what is history and what are primary sources. We then delve into the founding of the 13 original colonies by the British. From there we explore the Revolutionary War, the early Presidents, the formation of our government institutions and our documents by which we govern. We examine westward expansion, the Civil War and Reconstruction. We are always incorporating reading and writing strategies into our lessons and new ways to make history come alive for our 8th graders.