Parkway Social Studies is a three-year loop of all middle school social studies requirements. This year we are studying American History from the beginning of Westward Expansion up until the present. Next year, we will study World Geography, and the following year the history of Minnesota.
The mixed-level classroom provides a strong platform for multiple perspectives and opinions. Thinking and intelligently discussing issues both past and present are a main aim while the project-based focus of both Social Studies classrooms accommodates individual interests and ability levels.
School Year 2014-2015
The Social Studies Department will be focusing on World Geography for the 2014 - 2015 school year. The goal is to discover how the geography of a region directly reflects and shapes its culture. We will uncover the major regions around the world and look at how they are similar to where we live and are different. Students will understand why people have different beliefs and customs by learning about the different cultures around the world.
School Year 2015-2016
The history of Minnesota becomes the focus in the 2014-2015 school year. We will explore the history that took place beneath our feet through the use of document based questions, primary source analysis, seminars, and field studies to various historic sites around the state. It will also require a little imagination to go back to a time when the first Native Americans arrived in this and and left evidence of their beliefs at places like Jeffers Petroglyphs.
School Year 2016-2017
American History will be the focus of the 2016-2017 school year. We will trace the path of our country from the time of Westward Expansion, through the Civil War, World War II, the Cold War, Civil Rights, and up into the challenges of the 21st century. Great care will be taken to make sure the story of our country is one that our students feel connected to on a personal level. In turn, the course will insist that students have a stake in both the past, present and future of the country.