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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 the geography and history of six ancient civilizations: Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, Greece, Rome, and China. By the end of this year, students will be able to discuss in general the geography, history, and culture of each of these civilizations. Students will also begin to develop familiarity with a basic vocabulary of Social Studies concepts, like government, social hierarchy, and religion.

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 three civilizations both before and after their encounters with Europeans: Mesoamerican civilization, West African civilization, and Japan. By the end of the year, students 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 follows the history of the United States through eight major units. While these units tackle American history chronologically, the curriculum is primarily thematic. For each unit, students will be asked to assess how major events and ideas in American history affected or were effected by members of six different groups. These Six Perspectives in American History represent the unifying theme of eighth grade Social Studies, and are: wealthy white males, women, the poor, ethnic minorities, religious minorities, and foreign governments.