The Hickman County School System provides instruction in the area of social studies in grades K-12.  During their tenure in our system, students experience history from the beginning of the world through current events.

Students will examine the causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution and America’s growing role in world diplomatic relations, including the Spanish-American War and World War I. Students will study the goals and accomplishments of the Progressive movement and the New Deal. Students will also learn about the various factors that led to America’s entry into World War II, as well as its consequences for American life. Students will explore the causes and course of the Cold War. Students will study the important social, cultural, economic, and political changes resulting from the Civil Rights Movement, the Cold War, and recent events and trends that have shaped modern-day America. Additionally, students will learn the causes and consequences of contemporary issues impacting their world today. Students will continue to use skills for historical and geographical analysis as they examine American history since Reconstruction with special attention to Tennessee connections in history, geography, politics, and people. Students will continue to learn fundamental concepts in civics, economics, and geography within the context of United States history. The reading of primary source documents is a key feature of United States history standards. Finally, students will focus on current human and physical geographic issues important in contemporary America and the global society.

Literature studies of The Great Gatsby and Grapes of Wrath may accompany this course.

Fourth Grade Social Studies

The History of America (to 1850)

Fourth grade students will learn about native civilizations in North America, European explorations to the New World during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and the political, economic, and social development of the British colonies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.  They will also study the early development of democratic institutions, including the ideas and events that led to the independence of the original thirteen colonies and the formation of a national government under the Constitution.  In addition, they will examine the history of Tennessee parallel to the development of the United States and how our state impacted our nation and the world.  The purpose of fourth grade social studies is to give students their first concentrated study of the formative years of United States and Tennessee history, utilizing primary source documents, geographic tools, research, analysis, and critical thinking.

Fourth Grade Social Studies Book

Settling the Colonies to the 1700s

Students describe the cooperation and conflict that existed among American Indians and between the Indian nations and the new settlers.  Students understand the political, religious, social, and economic institutions that evolved in the colonial era.

“The Starving Time” by John Smith
The Starving Time LessonThe Starving Time (with pictures)“Of Plymouth Plantation” by William Bradford (full text)
“Of Plymouth Plantation” excerpts and text-dependent questions
The Mayflower Compact (video and song)
Mayflower Compact Activity (Would you Sign?)
Mayflower Compact (text)
Mayflower Compact Unit
Mayflower Compact Primary Source Lesson
Fundamental Orders of Connecticut Flashcards

The War for Independence (1760-1789)

Students explain the causes, course, and consequences of the American Revolution and the foundations of the future state of Tennessee.

Declaration of Independence
Declaration of Independence (text, audio, and pictures)
“Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” Speech (text)
Letters from Abigail Adams
Phillis Wheatley (biography and poems)
Poems by Phillis Wheatley (text and text dependent questions)
Poems of Mercy Otis Warren
John Donelson’s Journal (full transcript)
John Donelson’s Journal (TN History for Kids)

Creating a New Government

Students describe the people and events asociated with the development of the Constitution.

US Constitution (Preamble, Articles I,II,III)
The Constitution for Kids
School House Rock–The Preamble
First Amendment Activity Book
Branch-o-Mania (branches of government game)

The New Nation’s Westward Expansion (1790-1830)

Students trace the colonization, immigration, and settlement patterns of the American people from 1789 to the mid-1800’s.

Pierre Charles L’Enfant
Southwest Territory
Southwest Territory–William Blount
John Sevier
The Star Spangled Banner (interactive site)
The Star Spangled Banner (resources for teachers)
Corp of Discovery Lewis and Clark Primary Source Set
Lewis and Clark Primary Source Analysis Toolkit (to use with primary source set)
Lewis and Clark Primary Source Teacher Guide
Eliza Bryan eyewitness account of New Madrid Earthquakes
New Madrid Earthquakes

The Growth of the Republic

Students describe the emergence of a fledgling industrial economy.  Students describe rapid growth of slavery in the South after 1800, and the abolition movement to end slavery.

The Plantation System
Life in the North and life in the South
Sam Houston and the Battle for Texas Independence
Sam Houston (TN History for Kids)
David Crockett and the Battle for Texas Independence
James K. Polk
James K. Polk “Dark Horse”
The Presidency of James K Polk
The Mexican War (resources and activities for teachers)
Mid 19th Century Reform Movement Flashcards (people and movements)
Impact of California Gold Rush
Compromise of 1850 Map
Compromise of 1850
Three Speeches of Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass (mini-biography video)
Autobiography of David Crockett (full text)
Excerpt from Autobiography of David Crockett
Remember the Tennesseans! video from the Alamo (TN history for Kids)

Fifth Grade Social Studies

Prior to the Civil War – Students summarize the events leading up to the Civil War.

US History and Geography

The Rise of the Industrial America 1877-1914

Students analyze the various causes of the Industrial Revolution, the transformation of the American economy, and the changing social and political conditions in the United States in response to the Industrial Revolution. Students will also examine the relationship among the rise of industrialization, large-scale rural-to-urban migration, and massive immigration from Southern and Eastern Europe and Asia.

Cross of Gold Speech
Cross of Gold
Cross of Gold Speech Activities
Twenty Years at Hull House
Hull House Museum
The Gospel of Wealth (text and audio)
The Gospel of Wealth-PBS
The New Colossus
The Gospel of Wealth Classroom Resources

The Progressive Era 1890-1920

Students analyze the changing landscape, including the growth of cities and the demand for political, economic, and social reforms. Students trace the rise of the United States to its role as a world power in the twentieth century.

Atlanta Exposition
The Souls of Black Folks by W.E.B. Dubois
The New Nationalism
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Activities for The Jungle
March of the Flag
The History of Standard Oil
The Shame of the Cities
Peace without Victory
Fourteen Points
Activities for Fourteen Points

The 1920s

Students describe how the battle between traditionalism and modernism manifested itself in the major historical trends and events after World War I and throughout the 1920s.

Crusade for Justice
Grand Ole Opry History
1920s Pop Culture
The Lost Generation

The Great Depression

Students analyze the causes and effects of the Great Depression and how the New Deal fundamentally changed the role of the Federal Government..

Rugged Individualism
First Inaugural Address-Franklin Delano Roosevelt
TVA History
TVA Heritage
Eminent Domain–Norris Dam Controversy
New Deal Political Cartoons

Contemporary United States (1980-Today)

Students describe important events and trends since 1980.  Students analyze the important foreign policies of and events that took place during the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

Speech at Brandenburg Gate
Address to the Nation, September 11, 2011
Acceptance Speech at the 2008 Democratic Convention
First Inaugural Address, Ronald Reagan
First Inaugural Address, Bill Clinton

Eight Grade Social Studies

Eighth grade students will study the European exploration of North America, along with the geographic features that influenced early settlements and colonies.  This course will emphasize the development and maturation of the British colonies, and the political, cultural, and economic influences that led to the American Revolution.  The major events and outcomes of the American Revolution will be analyzed, along with the individuals that played influential roles in the development of the new nation.  Students will follow the development of the United States and its government, continuing through the early 19th century.  The impact of the expansion of the United States will be analyzed, including implications on domestic and foreign policy.  Policies that affected the American Indians will also be studied.  The events leading up to the Civil War will be examined, along with the individuals and events that were significant during the war.  The history, people, government, and geography of Tennessee will be emphasized in order to illustrate the role our state has played in American history.  Reconstruction and the development of the American West will conclude this course.  Appropriate primary sources and informational texts will be included in order to enhance understanding of the content.

Colonialism (1600-1750)

Students will understand the social, political, and economic reasons for the movement of people from Europe to the Americas, and they will describe the impact of colonization by Europeans on American Indians and on the development of the land that eventually became the United States of America.

The First Virginia Charter
The Mayflower Compact
Charter of Massachusetts Bay Colony
Fundamental Orders of Connecticut
The Maryland Toleration Act
The New England Articles of Confederation
A Historie of Virginia by John Smith
Plimoth Plantation Teacher Resources
Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford
Mayflower Compact (video)
Colonial House Teacher Activities

Growth of the Young Nation (1789-1849)

Students analyze the aspirations and ideals of the people of the new nation.

Expansion Into Tennessee

American Renaissance (art, music, literature)
Influence of John Marshall
Election of Thomas Jefferson
Louisiana Purchase
Marbury v. Madison Lesson Plan and Resources
Journals of Lewis and Clark
Gibbons v. Ogden
McCullough v. Maryland
“Rip Van Winkle”
“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”
The Deerslayer

Seventh Grade Social Studies

World History and Geography:  
The Middle Ages to the Exploration of the Americas

Seventh grade students will explore the social, cultural, geographical,
political and technological changes that occurred after the fall of the Roman Empire and in Medieval Europe. Students will also study the period from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century, including the Islamic world, Africa, China, and Japan, but with a heavier emphasis on western civilization in Europe during the Renaissance and Reformation. Students will compare and contrast the history and geography of civilizations that were developing concurrently throughout these continents during medieval times. They will examine the growth in economic interactions among civilizations as well as the exchange of ideas, beliefs, technologies, and commodities. Students will learn about the resulting spread of Enlightenment philosophies and the examination of new concepts of reasoning toward religion, government, and science that continue to influence our world today. Students will analyze geography’s influence on the development of these civilizations as they continue their study of world history and geography. Seventh grade students will end the year by examining the Meso-American and Andean civilizations, and the age of European explorations. Appropriate informational texts and primary sources will be used in order to deepen the understanding of how these civilizations influence the modern world.

The Renaissance and Reformation

The legacy of the Roman Empire and the consequences of the fall of the Roman Empire.

Ecclesiastical History
Constantine in Ecclesiastical History

The Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution

Students analyze the historical developments of the Scientific Revolution and its lasting effect on religious, political, and cultural institutions.  Students analyze political, social, and economic change as a result of the Age of Enlightenment in Europe.

Galileo Discovers Jupiter’s Moons (materials and videos)
Galileo Discovers Jupiter’s Moons (text)
Galileo Galilei
Sir Isaac Newton
Roots of the Scientific Revolution
Two Treatises of Government

The Age of Exploration

Students compare and contrast the geographic, political, religious, social, and economic structures of the Mesoamerican and Andean civilizations.  Students analyze reasons for movement of people from Europe to the Americas, describing the impact of exploration by Europeans and American Indians.

Mayan Political and Social Structure
Olmec civilization
Aztec Civilization
The Incan Empire
North American Exploration
Exploration of North America (interactive map)
Journal of Christopher Columbus (first voyage)
Journals of Christopher Columbus
Common Core Social Studies Companion–Why Exploration?