Social Studies Curriculum

In the middle school social studies class we strive to closely examine current events and events of the past with awareness of cultural perspective and bias. In order to achieve these goals we closely review both primary and secondary resources.  One of the main objectives in middle school social studies is to lead each student in the development of strong research skills, documentation skills and non-fiction reading comprehension.  Through hands-on projects, students increase their working knowledge of place-based education and Geography on a global scale.

 

6th Grade

 

Regions:

Ancient Rome
China
North Africa
 

Themes:

Perception and Bias
Historian Motivation
Looking through the eyes of others

 

Topics:

Rise of Islam
Roman Legacy
Trans Sahara trade in Medieval North Africa
 

Skills:

Identify historical bias
Note taking
Research skills
Analytical writing
 

Major Projects:

Ancient Rome historical figure research project
Cultural diffusion through the silk road Mapping / Art Project
Trans-Sahara trade journal
 

Resources:

Mapping the World by Heart by David Smith
The Roman World by Peter Mantin & Richard Pulley

 

7th Grade

 

Regions:

Europe (Focus on 1000-1600 c.e.)
Central & South America (specifically Maya, Inca, Aztecs)
 

Themes:

Change: Catalyst, effects, groups/ individuals responsible, deciding good/bad or neutral, how do we know where the truth lies?
 

Topics:

Advances in technology, economic & political Structures
Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation
Age of Exploration
World Religions
Spanish conquest
Transatlantic slave trade

 

Skills:

Summarizing secondary sources
Reading & analyzing primary sources
Note taking & Research skills
 

Major Projects:

Middle Ages Historical figure research project
Transatlantic Slave Trade Map
Renaissance/Reformation Biographical Research Paper
Spanish Conquistador Journal
 

Resources:

Patterns of Interaction (online text)

 

8th Grade

 

Regions:

Europe
North America
(Focus on 16th-18th centuries)
 

Themes:

Revolution: in a metaphorical & literal sense, exploring different definitions of revolution.
 

Topics:

Scientific Revolution
Enlightenment
Colonization of North America
The American Revolution (subsequent government)
The French Revolution
 

Skills:

Identify Bias and Perspective
Identify causality & change over time
Note taking & Research skills
Reading for content of primary & secondary sources

 

Major Projects:

Scientific Revolution Historical figure research project
Enlightenment through the Eyes of an Artist
French Revolution Analytical Essay
N. America Colonization Map

 

Resources:

Patterns of Interaction (online text)
Mapping the World by Heart by David Smith


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