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Social Studies Department


Meet the Social Studies Teachers

  • Hope Archambo
  • Alisa Hake
  • Richard Delgado
  • Katherine Owen
  • Daniela Harton
  • Kari Smith
  • Christopher Peterson
  • Brennan Williamson
  • Katie Thurber

Social Studies GRC Rubric

Consider the Following When Using These Rubrics

Gradebook Reporting Criteria (GRC) are based on the Colorado Academic Standards. GRCs are designed for reporting on student learning in student- and parent-friendly language. Most courses have four GRCs.

A student may receive a 3 or 4 at any point in time, provided that current work and performance of that student align with the descriptors at a Level 3 or 4.

The difference between Level 3 and Level 4 performance is generally based on student work that involves transfer, depth, and complexity.

When a student’s performance falls between two performance level descriptors on the rubric, a teacher should seek input from colleagues and use professional judgment in making a determination of performance.

In order to assess if a student is achieving at the “Advanced Understanding Level – 4” of performance, it is necessary to provide opportunities for students to work at the highest level of performance. To accomplish this goal, teachers will need to adjust instruction and assessment practices.

In each grade level, students will recieve scores in the following standards: History, Geography, Economics, Civics and Connected Literacy.  While these standards are common across 6th, 7th and 8th grade, the level of work and rigor increases as students progress to the next grade level.  

6th Grade Social Studies focuses on the following topics:

Sixth grade social studies is the study of history, geography, the economics and political makeup of the western hemisphere.  Students should be able to analyze, use primary sources and geographic tools to provide a base for future social studies curriculum exploration.



First Nations (Inuits and Native peoples in North America)

Ancient America (Aztec, Inca, and Maya)


27-30 days

10-13 days

37-40 days

2017/2018 Dates




Summary Statement

A study of the geographic tools used to evaluate people and systems of the Western Hemisphere.

A study of the universals of cultural through examination and perspective of the First Nations of North America.

A study of the key people, events, and ideas of the ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica and Peru.


Conquest and Colonization

Revolutions and Post Colonization

Contemporary study of the Western Hemisphere

PFL: Saving and Investing


27-30 days

17-20 days

22-25 days

6-8 days

2017/2018 Dates





Summary Statement

A study of the impact of European colonization on the indigenous people of the Western Hemisphere.

A study of the independence movements throughout the Western Hemisphere.

A study of current issues in the Western Hemisphere.

A study of how saving and investing are key contributors to financial well-being.

7th Grade Social Studies focuses on the following topics:

Seventh grade social studies is the study and analysis of history, geography, economics and civics of the Eastern Hemisphere.  Students should be able to interpret and evaluate a variety of perspectives, to construct own understanding using the tools of historians, geographers, economists and citizens.  


Geography of Human Settlement and Cultural Development

Foundations and Legacy

Trade and Cooperation


17-20 days if extension is taught (22-28 days)

21-25 days

21-25 days

2017-2018 Dates




Summary Statement

A study of human settlement through the analysis of geographic and cultural patterns  in Egypt and Mesopotamia.


Optional Extension Unit Neolithic Revolution guiding human development from nomads to civilization.

A study of the role (how the society enables the citizen to participate) and responsibilities (what the government expects citizens to contribute) of citizens in the ancient world (Greece, Rome and China) and their contributions to developing a foundation for political participation.

A study of how trade leads to cultural exchange: including the Silk Road and the Great Zimbabwe.


Middle Ages

Middle Ages in Asia

World Trade & Expansion

Modern Globalization


22-25 days

17-20 days

12-15 days if extension is taught (23-25 days)

17-20 days

2017-2018 Dates





Summary Statement

A study of how societies respond to civilizations collapse through Feudalism and the Crusades


A study of how societies respond to geographic changes in Japan and on the Steppe.


Changes brought on by the scientific, agricultural and industrial revolutions created a new demand for resources and goods, which led to European Imperialism in Africa. Actions in Africa were justified as a response to market forces in Europe and North America.


Optional Extension Unit Early Modernity and Age of Exploration. Possible topics to survey to help “bridge” the gap between the end of the Middle Ages and World Trade: The Plague, introduce economic motivations for Early European Colonization and the Industrial Revolution as well as European Imperialism

A study of how contemporary states/countries are interconnected.

8th Grade Social Studies focuses on the following topics: 

Eighth grade social studies is the study, analysis and evaluation of history, geography, economics, and civics of American History from the Revolution through the Reconstruction period.  Students should be able to evaluate the continuity, change and impact of different factors over time.



Revolutionary War




20-25 days

12-15 days

25-30 days

10-12 Days

2017-2018 Dates





Summary Statement

The study of English settlements in North America and the lead up to the conflict with Britain from multiple perspectives.

The study of the conflict between the colonies and the British government, the key figures and major battles.

The study of the historical and contemporary role of the US government and the role of citizen.


The study of managing personal credit and debt.



Westward Expansion

Pre-Civil War

Civil War



29-32 days

14-17 days

17-20 days

10-15 days

2017-2018 Dates





Summary Statement

The study of challenges and success of a growing country from multiple perspectives.

The study of the economic, social, and political factors that lead up to the conflict between the Union and the Confederacy.  

The study of the conflict between the Union and the Confederacy, the key figures and major battles.

The study of the economic and political struggles of a reunified nation.


Grading Policy for all grade levels:

This course assesses on common district criteria aligned to state standards. The rubric achievement levels are each 1 - 4. I will grade all summative assessments with rubrics. In all courses, the higher the rubric score on a summative assessment, the better the student’s demonstration of knowledge. At the end of the semester and year, I will issue a final trend mark for each criterion. I will determine the final trend mark by the knowledge the student demonstrates throughout the semester and year in each criterion. As your teacher, I will consider summative assessments, formative assessments, observations, and student circumstances when giving a final trend mark.

Missing assignments for a student that has not completed any work, has not turned in a project, or has not attempted an assessment will become part of the overall demonstration of knowledge that I will consider for a final trend mark. Every student has the right to take a summative assessment once. However, re-takes/re-dos will not be permitted until all classwork has been completed and a study session attended. I will evaluate exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Students who complete 95% of classwork will be allowed to re-take/re-do assessments provided that the student attends a help/study session with the teacher. The study session requirements will be an agreement between the teacher and the student. Re-takes/re-dos of assessments must be completed by the end of the next unit. In addition, all make-up work must be completed by the end of the next unit. Students will always receive the highest grade they achieve on a test regardless of the number of times attempted.

Social Studies Department Classrooms

Ms. Hake's Class

Subject: Social-Studies
Updated 08/26/2020 Welcome to online learning!  I am so excited to be able to start this chapter with you!  Online learning in this format is new for all of us.  Please ask questions when you're not sure of something and, if I don't know the...

Ms. Harton's Class

Subject: Language Arts, Social-Studies
Teacher: Ms. Harton Email Address: Class Period(s) Taught Social Studies 1st period; 2nd period Language Arts 6th period; 7th period Welcome to 7th grade, and to my...

Ms. Jacobsen's Class

Subject: Language Arts, Social-Studies
Hello students and families! Welcome back to a new school year. I am so thrilled to be back and teaching your student in person. This is my 6th year teaching and my first year at Northglenn. I am coming from down the street at Thornton Middle...

Ms. Owen's Class

Subject: Social-Studies
Mrs. Owen's 7th Grade Social Studies Calendar  2018-2019 7th Grade Social Studies Syllabus Teacher Phone# Email Address Katherine Owen 720-972-8293...

Ms. Smith's Class

World History
Subject: Social-Studies
Smith - 7th Social Studies Class Calendar Welcome back to school! This should be a new adventure for us all. I will use this website to explain the nuts and bolts of class expectations.  Our Online Classroom This year, our home base will be...

Ms. Thurber's Class

Subject: English, Social-Studies
Ms. Thurber's Class All updates and assignments will be posted on Schoology. Use this link for help navigating Schoology. Please email me at if you have questions. I'm here to help!

Mr. Williamson's Class

Social Studies
Subject: Social-Studies
8th Grade Social Studies Syllabus 2020-2021 Course Description This yearlong course presents Historical content knowledge that explores United States History from the Colonial Period to Civil War Reconstruction. We will integrate this...