Middle School Social Studies

Grade 6 Social Science
This course covers a variety of big topics where students become researchers, cartographers, journalists, adventurers, reporters and museum tour guides. Students also continue to develop their critical thinking, writing, reading and verbal/listening skills in correlation with their English class. This course will focus on cross-curricular connections with the below units that also allow students to immerse themselves in multiple formats. Social Studies has typically been concerned with location, the forces that act upon and which have and will continue to shape that location; as well as humanity as a force for change on the Earth.  However, the global economy, technological advances, ease of mobility and networking have all led to an ever increasing interdependent world. It is a world that now finds itself poised precipitously on the verge of collapse. It is self-evident that the consequences of humanity’s consumption based economy cannot continue unrestrained. We now face a world that must deal with pollution, depletion of vital resources, global pandemics, and a sharp divide between rich and poor. Global Issues takes a critical look at the most pressing issues facing the world today and seeks to examine possible solutions. The Grade 6 section leads the way for the Grade 7 Social Studies course, as the two years works together to solve world issues.

Grade 7 Social Science
World Cultures and Geography will prepare students to see the meaning of the arrangement of things in space, relations between people, places and environment, using geographic skills and by applying special and ecological perspectives to real-life situations. Discovery-based activities will help students explore the cultural and natural landscapes of the world to develop a true multicultural understanding of human society. Students will learn how to and then be able to think critically as they collect and analyze social, political and economic facts about their physical world. Students will be asked to keep the themes of political, economic and geographic interdependence, nationalism, resource exploitation, industrialization, technological advancements and human rights in mind. The content of the course will be organized into the following areas: physical geography, cultural geography and history, and pertinent skills to be covered in the course.
Grade 8 Social Science
This course will examine the rise and decline of the major civilizations of the ancient world, including Africa, Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East, and the rise of Medieval Europe.  The first unit that students will encounter will explore the earliest human origins and will consider the questions: What is history? How do we know what we know? As students explore each successive civilization they will focus on the important political, social, and economic institutions associated with that civilization and their influence on Western thought and experience.  In depth analysis, through project work and written assessments, will see students explore the process of mummification, Greek philosophy, Roman Empires, African Society and Culture, and Europe in the middle ages.