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Geography Standards/Targets; Recommended Reading List

Geography Standards & Learning Targets:

Key for Performance Levels (The goal is for all students to reach Level 3, Proficient, by the end of the year.)



Exceeds the required/expected performance for this reporting period.



Consistently demonstrates an understanding of concepts/skills taught this reporting period.



Not yet consistent in demonstrating understanding of concepts/skills taught this reporting period.



Does not demonstrate an understanding of concepts/skills taught this reporting period.  


Not assessed

Not assessed this reporting period.

Social Studies Standards    

Reporting Period

Learning Targets Created Using Kentucky State Standards





LT:1- Compare purposes of power in common forms of government.


LT:2- Compare sources of power in common forms of government.


LT:3- Describe how present day democratic governments protects the rights of



LT:4- Explain how elements of culture define groups of people today


LT:5- Explain how elements of culture may result in unique perspectives of people



LT:6- Explain how conflict and competition occur among groups


LT:7- Explain how compromise and cooperation resolve conflict among groups


LT:8- Explain & give examples how scarcity causes governments to make decisions

on how resources are used


LT:9- Compare present day economic systems


LT:10- Explain how prices of goods and services are determined by supply & demand.


LT:11- Describe how new knowledge has increased human productivity


LT:12- Explain how international economic activities are interdependent


LT:13- Use a variety of geographic tools to interpret patterns and locations


LT:14- Describe how the physical characteristics of a region create advantages & disadvantages


LT:15- Describe how the human characteristics of a region create advantages & disadvantages


LT:16- Describe & give examples of how places & regions change over time as

resources become available


LT:17- Describe patterns of human settlement


LT:18- Describe & explain how human settlement patterns are influenced by needs.


LT:19- Explain the reasons & give examples for changes/migrations of human



LT:20- Explain how technology supports human changes of the physical environment.


LT:21- Describe ways the physical environment promotes & limits human activities.


Grades 6-8 Literacy in History/Social Studies

W-Working on      C-Complete      M-Mastered





Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.



Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary

source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from

prior knowledge or opinions.



Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to

history/social studies

(e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).



Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text,

including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.



Describe how a text presents information

(e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).



Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author's point of view or purpose

(e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).



Integrate visual information

(e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps)

with other information in print and digital texts.



Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.



Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source

on the same topic.



Recommended Reading List:

Author Title
Corbett, Sue 12 Again
Blos, Joan W. A Gathering of Days
Hunt, Irene Across Five Aprils
Peck, Richard A Long Way from Chicago
Cousins, Margret Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia
Ryan, Pam Munoz Becoming Naomi Leon
Sheinkin, Steve Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon
Rosen, Michael Classic Poetry
Voigt, Cynthia Dicey’s Song
Paul, Donita K. DragonQuest
Horvath, Polly Everything on a Waffle
Bradbury, Ray Fahrenheit 451
Paterson, Katherine Jacob Have I Loved
Forbes, Esther Johnny Tremain
George, Jean Craighead Julie of the Wolves
Took, Wes King of the Mound: My Summer with Satchel Paige
Spinelli, Jerry Maniac Magee
Cushman, Karen Midwife’s Apprentice
Levine, Ellen If Your Name was changed at Ellis Island
Burnford, Sheila Incredible Journey, The
O’Reilly,Bill Last Days of Jesus, The
Fox, Paula One-Eyed Cat
Byars, Betsy Pinballs, The
Henkes, Kevin Protecting Marie
House, Silas Same Sun Here
Staples, Suzanne Fisher Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind
Flake, Sharon Skin I’m In, The
Korman, Gordon Swindle
Taylor, Mildred D. Road to Memphis, The
Clements, Andrew School Story, The
Soto, Gary Taking Sides
Curtis, Christopher Paul Watsons Go to Birmingham, The
Speare, Elizabeth George Witch of Blackbird Pond, The
Lawrence, Iain Wreckers, The
Bearce, Stephanie The Civil War: Spies, Secret Missions, and Hidden Facts from the Civil War (Top Secret Files)
Holt, Kimberly Willis When Zachary Beaver Came to Town

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