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Social Studies - Middle School

In all of the Middle School Social Studies classes, though to different degrees and levels in each, the following are practiced in conjunction with the curriculum studied:

  • Geography skills
  • Chronological and spatial thinking
  • Research skills
  • Note-taking skills
  • Test taking skills
  • Writing short answers, paragraphs and essays
  • Creative writing
  • Identifying and using evidence
  • Identifying cause and effect
  • Indentifying points of view
  • Creative oral presentation as individuals and groups
  • Large and small group discussion
  • Creation of visuals and artistic displays

Grade 6

Students in sixth grade are developing their understanding of history through the study of the emergence of the major Western and non-Western world civilizations.Students begin the year with an examination of how archaeologists and anthropologists and historians gather evidence and draw conclusions about the earliest human societies.Then they begin a focused study of the people and event of each ancient civilization, examining their geographic, political, economic, religious and social structures.Students learn what is necessary for the successful development of any civilization, and what pressures can lead to the collapse of an empire. Students learn about the incredible diversity of unique traditions and accomplishments of each civilization, in particular those developments which have benefitted humans even to our own day.The civilizations the students will study include Mesopotamia, Egypt, Kush, the Ancient Hebrews, Ancient Greece, Ancient India, Ancient China, and Rome.

Grade 7

Students in the seventh grade continue their study of World History from the ancient civilizations of their sixth grade studies to examine more recent world civilizations and cultures.Beginning with a review of the expansion of Rome, students go on to study the fall of Rome, and then the geographic, political, economic, religious and social structures of the societies and empires that emerged from A.D. 500-1789.The regions of the world the students will examine are the Middle East, China, Japan, West Africa, Europe, Meso-America and Andean Civilizations.During the latter part of the year, students study the European movements which will prepare them to understand modern history of both Europe and the United States in their studies in eighth grade and beyond.These movements include the Renaissance, the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, and the Scientific Revolution.The students will then go on to study the movements which will lead directly to the events that lay a direct foundation for our own nation’s history, through the Age of Exploration, the Enlightenment, and the Age of Reason.

Grade 8

Students in eighth grade study the ideas, issues and events from the Era of Exploration and American colonial history up to the U.S. involvement in World War I.There is a special emphasis on the development of American democratic institutions, particularly on the establishment of American ideals through the Revolution, the creation of the Constitution and the development of American politics, society, culture, economy and religion.Students will study the movement of the American people to the west, and the growth of the regional differences which will ultimately result in the Civil War.Their study will then take them to the emergence of the U.S. as an industrial world power, allowing them to see the foundations which lead to our modern political, economic and social conditions.

The research paper for the eighth grade is in their U.S. History class.Students will expand on the research and writing skills they practiced last year in their science class.