By the end of the Middle School cycle, students will be exposed to (WBETs): History Benchmark Timelines - Visual representations of time - Timeline of creation - Human ancestors - Timeline of humans - Personal timelines Migrations - Prehistoric migration out of Africa - Pre-modern migrations - Modern migrations - Resulting cultural transformation Progress, Contributions of Humanity - Heroes of history - Advancement of peace & equality Key Inventions & Discoveries - Precursors - Inventors/Discoverers - Societal/Historical Effects - Implications/ Consequences Biography/ Individual History - Oral history - Interview - Noteworthy figures from history - Ancestry, personal history Health and Wellness Benchmarks Self-Awareness/Self-Inventory - Identifying personal strengths & weaknesses - Learning styles & preferences - Dimensions of wellness - Successful habits of mind - Cultivating positive character traits Self-Awareness/Self-Inventory - Identifying personal strengths & weaknesses - Learning styles & preferences - Dimensions of wellness - Successful habits of mind - Cultivating positive character traits Teen Issues - Decision making & communication - Drugs & alcohol - Sexual activity - Healthy relationships - Financial Self Sufficiency - Self-Respect/Self-Regard - Body image - Care of self (diet, rest, exercise, hygiene, stress management) - Self-harm (eating disorders, mutilation, etc.) Peer Counseling - Active listening skills - Sending effective messages - Helping skills - Effective questioning - Values & decision making - Community resources Peer Counseling - Active listening skills - Sending effective messages - Helping skills - Effective questioning - Values & decision making - Community resources Self-Care - Nutrition - Hygiene - Exercise - Emotional, social & spiritual wellness Stages of Civilization - Patterns from history - Great eras of history - Analysis of specific cultures - Birth, expansion & decline Geography and Human Connection to the Land - Types of maps - Parts of maps - Map reading & making - Landforms - Effects of geography on civilization - Key historical shifts in humanity’s relationship to the land Production/Exchange - Progression of specialization - Historical shifts in modes of production & exchange - Trade routes - Trade and cultural transformation - Economics Study of Current Events - Analysis of resources - Political and cultural awareness - Discussion & debate 89