Teacher of the gifted-6th grade World History and 8th grade U.S. History

  • Greetings and welcome to the 2015-2016 school year at Fort King Middle School (FKMS)! My name is Mr. McGuire and it is with great pleasure that I begin this new year of teaching Advanced Social Studies. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts and a Master’s Degree in Social Studies Education from the University of Florida in Gainesville.


    I consider it a great privilege to be able to teach your sons and daughters.


    I have approximately 20 years teaching experience and I have taught children and adults of all ages, from pre-kinder garden through high school, including dual enrollment college classes. About one third of my teaching experience has been at American International Schools overseas. Starting in 1994, my wife and I taught in Lahore, Pakistan, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Yaounde, Cameroon. My wife and I also taught summer school at Shanghai American School in Shanghai, China during the summer of 2005, and I taught there (solo) during the summer of 2006.


    This year I will be teaching the 6th and 8th grade gifted and other advanced students in their content based Social Studies classes. Although, I will try to include as many projects and other more in depth curricular ideas, I will also have to follow all the standard curriculum requirements required by the county and the state. Plus, they will be getting regular grades for the classes. I will be seeing the 7th graders in their Civics classes as a support facilitator for their regular Civics teacher.


    In the 6th grade Social Studies class, we will be studying World History. Our primary focus will be ancient World History beginning with the civilizations of Southwest Asia. Some of the civilizations we will be studying are Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, Greece and Rome. Eighth graders will be studying U.S. History – starting with the early settlement of North America and continuing until the period of reconstruction following the U.S. Civil War. We will be discussing many topics, including religious and cultural diversity, colonial rule and influence, global interdependence, nationalism, imperialism, environmental issues, cultural diffusion, migrations of people in modern times as well as the past, ethnic conflict, current events and many more.


    Hopefully, we will have a great year of learning and fun. One requirement for all the Social Studies classes will be having and accurately maintaining an interactive notebook. How we will set-up and use this notebook will be thoroughly explained in class. Students will need a spiral notebook for this task.