Social Studies

Middle School Social Studies Curriculum


The National Council for the Social Studies states that “the primary purpose of social studies is to help young people make informed and reasoned decisions ...as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society.”  It is with this in mind that the Edmonds School District’s middle school social studies program is aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), as well as the Washington Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) which focus on Civics, Economics, Geography,History, and Social Studies skills.  The goal is to prepare students to become responsible and respectful global citizens, to contribute to their economic well-being and that of their families and communities, to explore and understand different perspectives, and to enjoy productive and satisfying lives.  With these guiding standards, the Edmonds School District provides opportunities for every student to be college and career ready by developing the knowledge and skills essential for success in the 21st century.

7th Grade Social Studies - In seventh grade, students will continue to develop their historical literacy skills: analyzing primary sources; evaluating and citing sources; formulating and supporting claims; analyzing multiple perspectives to understand how bias contributes to the creation of history, by studying both Washington State history between 1854 and the present and Medieval History through 1450 C.E.  Throughout the year, students will study how both Washington and Medieval societies were shaped by political, cultural, and economic influences with a special emphasis on Washington Constitution and key treaties. Successfully passing the WA State History portion is a High School graduation requirement.  

8th Grade Social Studies- In eighth grade, students will continue to develop their historical literacy skills: analyzing primary sources; evaluating and citing sources; formulating and supporting claims; analyzing multiple perspectives to understand how bias contributes to the creation of history, by studying key US history events between 1776 and 1900.  Students explore the ideas, issues, themes and events from the framing of the Constitution up through Reconstruction and industrialization. After reviewing the founding of the United States, particularly the Constitution, students explore the development of politics, society, culture, and economy in the United States to deepen conceptual understandings in civics, geography, and economics.


For a brief overview of what topics are covered in Social Studies by grade level please review the Middle and High School Social Studies Overview.


For a brief description of each Board Adopted curriculum material by grade level please review the District Social Studies Adoption


For more information about social studies, please contact Jeff Stone, (425) 431-73141.

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