(One year at each grade level)

The Humanities Department at Turner includes classes with a variety of interesting and educationally sound offerings. Seventh grade students investigate their community, county, and state via the topics of history, economic and governmental development. A walking historic tour of the city of Jacksonville, guest speakers, visual aids, and projects enhance the learning activities. Geography skills are done on an ongoing basis at both levels. Their study of early American History, covers the French and Indian War through the Civil War. Students will learn of their basic freedoms and rights during the seven-week in-depth study of the U.S. Constitution and experience a Colonial High Tea. After the Constitution Unit students study westward expansion in the 18th and 19th Centuries. The last unit will be the American Civil War and include a Civil War Day with outside presenters.
Students proceed through the eighth grade curriculum with a continuing emphasis on ties to Jacksonville, Illinois and the world. The eighth grade experience begins with a mini-unit on the flag and Illinois government. Students then focus on local history and take a field trip to the Woodlawn Farm to connect Jacksonville with the Underground Railroad. Then 8th grade students learn about their country's development starting with the Civil War Reconstruction to the Cold War! Students will develop an appreciation for how the United States has evolved into an economic and military world power. Projects include World War I Front Page Newspaper, stock market simulation, and World War II Nose Art.

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