John Adams Middle School Santa Monica




Social Studies Teachers


Department Chair,
Letitia Murphy

Bailey Field

Cori Goldberg

Shannon Hale

Joseph Turrise

Joseph Whaley


Social Studies Department

7th Grade Course of Study

Geography
5 Themes: location, place, region, human-environment interaction, movement
Geographic Regions of the World: Major land forms and major bodies of water

Civilizations of the World
World Cultures: Islam, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asian Civilizations, Medieval Societies, The Americas
Cultural Concepts: Development of an empire, Belief systems, Political Systems, Traditions and customes, Achievements and contributions.

8th Grade Course of Study

In 8th Grade, students study the history of the United States from approximately 1600 until 1900. Our curriculum focuses on the changing nature of America, from its beginning as a colony of a wealthy nation to its rise as an industrial power. Throughout the year, students will produce a wide variety of work including research reports, analytical essays, creative writing, illustrations and oral reports. Students will produce a wide variety of work including research reports, analytical essays, creative writing, illustrations and oral reports.




Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District