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SOCIAL STUDIES

Social Studies

Social Studies 6

Social Studies is the study of human society past and present. In this class, we will learn about the world and the peoples who live in it by studying three major areas: geography, history, and world Religions. Our main focus will be on history, which we will study by looking at five major civilizations: Fertile Crescent civilizations, India, Greece, Rome, and China. We will also devote time to the study of five major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. By the end of this year, you will be able to discuss in general the geography, history, and culture of each of these civilizations and religions.

Social Studies 7

The seventh grade Social Studies curriculum focuses on colonialism and imperialism by looking at Medieval Europe and the transition to colonialism, as well as by examining four civilizations both before and after their encounters with Europeans: Mesoamerican civilizations, West and Central African civilizations, India, and Japan. By the end of the year, you will be able to discuss in general the geography, history, and culture of these civilizations, as well as describe how they both resisted and adapted to European rule.

Social Studies 8

The eighth grade Social Studies curriculum focuses on the geographic, economic, social, and political history of the United States of America. By examining different periods in U.S. history, we will explore how concepts central to the American identity – democracy, freedom, and rugged individualism, to name a few – changed and developed from our country’s founding to the modern era. By the end of the year, you will be able to discuss these concepts in reference to the seminal events and periods in United States history, from the perspectives of individuals from different socio-economic, ethnic, and gender groups.