Social Studies
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The social studies department at Milton M. Somers Middle School is made up of the following faculty members:

Kristen Barrett This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Teresa Buckmaster This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Andrew Dutrow This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Allen Hopkins This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Chad Nelson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
April Thompson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Pete Wilt This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Charles County Middle School Social Studies Essential Curriculum is based on the Maryland Social Studies State Curriculum and Social Studies Content Standards as well as the Maryland College and Career Readiness Standards in Reading, Writing, and Literacy.  Sixth grade students study world history from prehistoric times to the Renaissance. Their assigned textbook is A Journey in Time. Seventh graders continue their global studies by examining contemporary world cultures and geography. Their assigned textbook is World Cultures and Geography. The focus for eighth graders is American history from the American Revolution through Civil War and Reconstruction. The assigned eighth grade textbook is American History: Beginnings through Reconstruction.

In all grade levels, teachers work to have students understand the many elements of our culture, which are deeply rooted in the past. Students are asked to make meaningful connections with the past and present by asking questions about historical topics.  Students engage with historical content through primary and secondary source analysis, development of historical argument, and through the completion of various short-term and long-term projects.

This school year promises to be an exciting and productive one for the Social Studies Department. In December students will participate in the National Geographic Bee which tests student knowledge of national and world geography. The National History Day Exhibition is scheduled for February (school level) and March (county level). Additional information can be found at http://www.nhd.org Students are strongly encouraged to participate in these enriching and meaningful activities.

If you have any questions regarding the social studies program you should contact your child's teacher or the department chairperson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..