Welcome to HNMS Advanced Social Studies! I am looking forward to a great 2017-2018 academic year at Harrisburg North Middle School! This website will serve as a general overview for advanced social studies. It will also be a repository for references and resources. For the most part, however, students will rely on the learning management system for their grade level, such as Google Classroom (6th grade) or Empower Learning (7th and 8th grades).
Advanced Social Studies provides a inquiry-oriented environment to facilitate the academic and social growth of learners and prepare them for future advanced classes and civic participation through persistent questioning, deep thinking, clear reasoning and effective communication.
Inquiry Learning In response to guidelines from the South Dakota Department of Education, social studies education is moving towards the inquiry model of learning. During the 2016-2017, students who were in 7th and 8th grade experienced small parts of the inquiry model. This year it will be a much more significant part of our curriculum. The emphasis is less on facts and more on depth of knowledge and creating arguments that are backed by emphasis.
Homework Students will have assigned readings, videos and assessments that will require work outside of class time. The inquiry model involves significant class time devoted to research and writing. If learners use this time wisely, they should have less homework than in prior years.