Unit 1:  Geography Matters 

 

Big Idea:  Readers analyze why geography matters and how it impacts the relationship of people living within a community. 

 Topics:

NY State Geography 

Native Americans of New York 

 

 

Essential Reading Question: How do we determine importance?   

Essential Social Studies Question: How were Native Americans impacted by the community?

 

Unit 2:  Change Occurs 

 

Big Idea:  Readers analyze people and communities to understand the nature of change. 

 Topics:

Colonization in New York 

American Revolution in New York 

 

Essential Reading Questions: How can we draw conclusions to understand a topic?

Essential Social Studies Question: How did Native Americans impact their surroundings?

Unit 3:  Forming Nations 

 

Big Idea:  Readers reason to analyze how the driving forces and events contribute to the formation of a nation. 

 

 Topic:

Constitution and Government

 

  

Essential Reading Questions: How can we use comparing and contrasting to understand a topic?

Essential Social Studies Question: What motivates people to explore and colonize lands?

Unit 4:  Global Impact 

 

Big Idea:  Readers understand the interdependent relationship between geography, people, and nations that influence our global community. 

 Topic:

Immigration and Industrial Revolution 

 

Essential Reading Question: How do we use cause and effect relationships to understand the text? 

Essential Social Studies Question: How did immigration impact nations?