Social Studies Department
Sixth Grade Social Studies: Ancient World History
In Ancient World History, students do an in-depth exploration of ancient world cultures. Sixth-graders start the year reviewing fundamental concepts of geography, then merge into a focus on early humans, Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, Greece, Rome, African Kingdoms, and Pre-Columbian Civilizations. They spend several weeks studying each unit. Sixth grade teachers use a variety of instructional methods including hands-on projects, small group work, and research assignments. Sixth grade teachers use an interdisciplinary approach to teaching history, incorporating art, literature, science and other disciplines into lessons. Students will learn how to use a variety of resources to produce several different types of projects and prepare them for future learning.
Seventh Grade Social Studies: American History Through 1877
Seventh grade American History introduces students to an in-depth historical exploration through research and inquiry. The course covers the time period from the Age of Exploration through Reconstruction. Students will begin the year by studying European exploration and colonization of the Americas. The focus will then shift to the American Revolution and the Constitution. The U.S. Constitution unit will include both historical and current events in its content. Upon completion of the U.S. Constitution unit, students will be required to pass a test about the rights and responsibilities of American citizens and the structure and function of the U.S. government. Students will then finish the year learning about slavery in the Antebellum South, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.
Eighth Grade Social Studies: American History 1877 – Present
Eighth grade American History picks up where seventh grade leaves off. This course will trace the development of the United States from the turn of the century industrial period through major events in modern American society. Major areas of study will include [westward expansion removed] industrialization, World War I, the Roaring 20s, the Great Depression, World War II, the Holocaust, the Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement. Students will end the year learning about issues in contemporary American society that have arisen in the last fifty years such as environmentalism, foreign relations and immigration. Throughout the year students will connect what they learn to the nature of our country today and how that will affect the direction we take as a nation. When possible, topics will be explored in a multi-cultural approach in which the effects of events are examined from the viewpoint of several cultural and ethnic groups.