Welcome to Mrs. Taylor's Page - Where Social Studies Rules!
Welcome to Amerks Country!
Who is Mrs. Taylor?
Upon graduation from SUNY Geneseo in 1993, I was fortunate to be offered a position at the Middle School and have taught both seventh and eighth grade social studies here since 1993. By 1997 I had earned my Masters in Education while continuing to teach. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to "loop" with many of my students from seventh grade to eighth grade. This process is extremely beneficial as the students know what is expected of them in my classroom and when we review different topics we can rely on the "cues" we learned in seventh grade.
What will we study in Mrs. Taylor's class?
In seventh grade we travel the years from the early Native Americans migrating to the Americas, through the time period of colonization and exploration, continuing on through the Revolutionary War and the creation of our new government, ending with Westward Expansion and the Civil War.
In eighth grade we will begin our study with the years following the Civil War, known as Reconstruction, and continue through historical time periods such as Industrialization, World War I, Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, World War II and the Cold War. The year will culminate with the NYS 8th Grade Social Studies assessment that covers 7th and 8th grade material.
Why do we need to learn about social studies?
Social studies is important because if we want to know where to go as a country, we must know where we have been. Remember that "those who do not know history are doomed to repeat its mistakes." History gives us context for current events and enriches the lives of those who know the subject.