Middle School Social Studies Curriculum

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.

Social Studies (6th Grade)

In 6th grade, Social Studies students build upon foundations of basic geography vocabulary. This class is designed to help students integrate the study of cultures, historical events, and geography. Students 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 various 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.

Social Studies (7th Grade)

This course is designed to help students integrate the study of cultures, historical events, and geography. Students 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 various 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.

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.