Social Studies:Unit 1 - Native Americans of North America:Essential Questions:* What motivated the Native Americans to choose where to build their village?*What factors determined what shelters they used?*What patterns are seen in how different groups obtain food, clothing, and tools?Theme: Systems.Think Like a Disciplinarian: ArchaeologistsUnit 2 - Age of Exploration:
Big Idea: The age of exploration was a result of a few countries’ leaders desire for wealth & power.Essential Questions*What technological developments aided in these explorations?
*What effects did these explorations have?*What countries were major players?* Who were the major historical figures during this period and why do historians consider them to be important?Theme: Exploration.Think Like a Disciplinarian: Political ScientistUnit 3 - The Establishment of Colonies:Big Idea: The forming of the colonies was influenced by economics and religion.Essential Questions:*What are the three regions and the basis of their economy?*What were the major religious groups in the colonies?*What was the Great Awakening and how did it influence the forming of the colonies?* What impact did the formation of the colonies have on the development of its Government?* What were the causes of introducing slavery in the colonies?* What early democratic ideas began to emerge in the late 1600's to early 1700's?Theme: Power.Think Like a Disciplinarian: EconomistUnit 4 - The American Revolution Begins:Big Idea: When a group's political, religious, and economics beliefs differ from its government, change is inevitable.Essential Questions:*What factors influenced the onset of the fight for independence?* What was the effect of the French and Indian war on the colonies?*What motivated individuals to migrate to the colonies?*Were all the colonists unhappy with King George? If not, who and why?* What was the status of religion during this time period?* What political ideals did the "patriots" wish to make a reality? Where did these ideas come from?Theme: Conflict.Think Like a Disciplinarian: SociologistsUnit 5 - A Nation is Born:Big Idea: Individuals, groups and countries had a direct and indirect impact on the outcome and consequences of the Revolution.Essential Questions:*What major factors influenced the outcome of the war?*What motivated other countries to become involved in the American Revolution?*What was the role of women in the fight for independence?* Did anyone profit from the war? If yes, who and how?* What impacted the creation of state governments during this period?* What were the three groups and their platforms?Theme: Order & Chaos.Think Like a Disciplinarian: EconomistUnit 6 - The Constitution of the United States of America:Big Idea: The Constitution is foundation upon which our nation is built and has evolved.Essential Questions:*What were the problems that faced our nation as it began to build its foundation?*Who were the major historical figures that impacted the development of our "new government"?*Why did the "Articles of Confederation" prove to be to weak?* Why was the "Bill of Rights" added to the Constitution?* Why is important that "we" in present day society, understand this document?Theme: Relationships.Think Like a Disciplinarian: SociologistUnit 7 - The United States of America's Political SystemBig Idea: The government of a nation can lead or be led.Essential Questions:* What are the three branches of Government. What is their structure and function within this system?* What are the political offices? What are the roles and responsibilities of the offices? How is each office position filled?* How are laws enacted?* What other political systems are in use today around the world?