"The revolution has always been in the hands of the young. The young always inherit the revolution."

                             

       -Huey P. Newton

IMPACT PREP - 8TH GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES

TEACHING CIVICS & HARD HISTORY

 METHODOLOGY

 

8th Grade Social Studies curriculum is primarily focused on the structure, features, and history of the United States and Massachusetts government, politics, and civics. However, students will learn about the topics through a lens that focuses on historical truths that represent multiple narratives beyond traditionally adopted storylines. 

As educators, we are responsible for presenting truth and facts to students that allows them to analyze and apply that information to their work in a thoughtful and meaningful way. Not only will students walk away from 8th grade more knowledgeable about their government and history, but they will also walk away empowered to challenge the status quo and look beyond the narratives of a biased power structure. 

CURRICULUM

 Unit 1: Social & Historical Thinking    

  • Historical Interpretation

  • Point of View & Marginalized Voices

Unit 2: Human Rights & Access 

  • Origins of Democracy

  • Influences on the American Political System

Unit 3: Independence and Political Freedom

  • Revolutions (US & Otherwise)

  • Path to the Constitution

Unit 4: Rights & Responsibilities

  • The Constitution: An Honest Look

  • American Civics: Rights, Responsibilities, & "Justice"

Unit 5: Structural Inequality

  • Government Structure & Features

  • Supreme Court: Friend & Foe

Unit 6: Action & Activism

  • Free Speech, Activism, & Media Literacy

  • The Influencers & the Silenced

     

 

WHY WE TEACH

ABOUT MR. JOHNSON

Mr. Johnson grew up in California along with his two older brothers. Upon graduating high school, he enlisted in the US Army, providing him ample opportunity to travel throughout the United States and the world, including three tours in Iraq. Beyond his experience in both the military and law enforcement, Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Master of Arts in History and holds Secondary Teaching Certifications in both Massachusetts and Arizona.

CONTACT MR. JOHNSON

Impact Prep Middle School

355 Plainfield Street, Springfield MA 01104

 

Email: johnsonk@springfieldpublicschools.com

Phone: (413) 351-9650

Email is my preferred method of communication. 

I will try to respond to all emails within one business day.  

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