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Middle School English & Social Studies Curriculum

Humanities is an integrated approach to studying the concepts and skills from the social studies and English disciplines. The core skills of reading and writing are thematically integrated with social studies curriculum as students make cross-curricular connections. Linking literature to its historical period and understanding the culture and geography behind world and American history, for example, creates a deeper understanding and brings both history and literature alive for students.

An emphasis on the writing process, coupled with detailed feedback only possible in small classes, develops students’ grammatical, vocabulary, and research skills. Middle School students are challenged daily to participate in in-depth discussion of literature and take creative risks with writing.

The Middle School social studies curriculum encourages students to ask probing questions and to view contemporary issues through a historical lens. Students develop a global understanding of the past and present, an appreciation for our diverse society, and become informed, engaged citizens.

7th Grade students prepare a Living Biography performance on an influential person of their choice for the annual Academic Fair. For more information on the Academic Fair, click here.

Humanities (6th Grade)

Humanities combines the study of English and social studies building upon foundations of grammar and basic geography vocabulary. This cross-curricular class, which meets for a double period once a week, is designed to help students integrate the study of cultures, historical events, and geography with literature and the craft of writing. Students will build on the foundation established in Lower School to refine skills needed for Middle School writing and analytical thinking. Special emphasis is placed on: cause and effect relationships, reading in different genres and for different purposes, cultural understanding, the use of literary techniques, and recognizing universal themes. Assessment of these and other skills important to academic and personal growth will be analyzed in a variety of ways.

Humanities (7th Grade)

Humanities joins the study of English and social studies into a cross-curricular class, which meets for double periods twice a week. This course is designed to help students integrate the study of cultures, historical events, and geography with literature and the craft of writing. Students will build on the foundation established in sixth grade to refine skills needed for middle school writing and analytical thinking. Special emphasis is placed on: cause and effect relationships, reading in different genres and for different purposes, cultural understanding, the use of literary techniques, and recognizing universal themes. Assessment of these and other skills important to academic and personal growth will be analyzed in a variety of ways.
 

 

English (8th Grade)

English 8 students focus on thinking abstractly, and making meaningful connections between what they are learning and what they already know. The curriculum also emphasizes writing and analysis. The goal is for students to read with excellent comprehension, to synthesize information, and to write clearly. In addition to the required works, there is an independent reading component which helps to promote a lifelong interest and appreciation for literature. Writing assignments include academic writing and personal responses to literary themes, as well as creative pieces.

United States History (8th Grade)

In United States History, students develop an understanding of the current issues facing the U.S. through a survey of the nation’s past, from early colonization to the present. While U.S. history provides the foundation, subjects are explored within a global context. Geography skills are enhanced through analysis of maps, graphs, charts, and diagrams linking people, places, and events in history. The course also examines the African-American experience, women’s issues, and the history of Native Americans.