Unit 1: Geography
Big Idea: Readers analyze why geography matters and how it influences the relationships of people living within a community.
Topic: Geography Matters
Essential Reading Question: How we can analyze key details to determine the importance of the text?
Essential Social Studies Question: How can geography impact a community?
Unit 2: Change Occurs
Big Idea: Readers analyze people and communities to understand the nature of change.
Topic: European Exploration
Essential Reading Questions: How can we use cause and effect relationships to understand a topic?
Essential Social Studies Question: What motivated European exploration?
Unit 3: Formation
Big Idea: Readers reason to analyze how the driving forces and events contribute to the formation of a nation.
Topic: Westward Expansion
Essential Reading Questions: How can we use inferring skills to understand a topic?
Essential Social Studies Question: How do key forces and events shape a nation?
Unit 4: Global Impact
Big Idea: Readers understand the interdependent relationships between geography, people and nations that influence our global community.
Essential Reading Question: How can we compare and contrast to broaden our understanding of the world?
Essential Social Studies Question: How did culture, geography and history shape Canada?