Unit 1: Geography

October- November

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

Topic: Native American Communities

Essential Reading Question: How do we determine importance?   

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

Unit 2: Change Occurs

December-January

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

Topic: Native American Culture  

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: Formation

 February– March

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

Topic: Colonial and Revolutionary Periods

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

April-June

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

Topic: Immigration

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

Essential Social Studies Question: How did immigration impact nations?