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Middle School: Social Studies

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COURSE CATALOG

Prepare to travel the world on a journey through the history of civilization. Students will study the influence of geography, culture and religion on the world. They will traverse the ancient cultures of Asia and Europe from Mesopotamia to ancient Rome. Students will discover how exploration, trade, scientific discoveries and new philosophies changed the course of human history. Finally, students will assess these religious, scientific, philosophical and political breakthroughs. Through this course, students will begin to understand how concepts from the past continue to influence our society today.

Suggested Grade Level: 6
Prerequisite: None

Social Studies B covers the Islamic Empires through the Enlightenment period. A current events component is featured. Through this course, students will begin to understand how concepts and philosophies from the past continue to influence our society today.

Suggested Grade Level: 6
Prerequisite: Social Studies 6A

Medieval and Early Modern Times. This is a course that will take students on a historical journey to Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas from about the first to the fifteenth century. After reviewing the ancient world and the ways in which archaeologists and historians uncover the past, they study the history and geography of great civilizations that were developing at the same time throughout the world during medieval and early modern times.

Suggested Grade Level: 7
Prerequisite: Social Studies 6B

In this second segment of the course, students will study the Renaissance, Reformation, and the Age of Exploration, examining the growing economic interaction among civilizations. Students will learn about the exchange of ideas, beliefs, technologies, and commodities. They learn about the resulting growth of Enlightenment philosophy and the new examination of the concepts of reason and authority, the natural rights of human beings and the divine right of kings, experimentalism in science, and the dogma of belief. Finally, students assess the political forces let loose by the Enlightenment, particularly the rise of democratic ideas, and they learn about the continuing influence of these ideas in the world today.

Suggested Grade Level: 7
Suggested Prerequisite: Social Studies 7A

In this course, students will learn about the history of American Indian cultures before the arrival of Europeans through the presidency of Andrew Jackson. They will also study the development of the British colonies, democracy, the American Revolution, the Constitution, social and political developments during the early period of the United States, and economic changes of the early Industrial Revolution.

Suggested Grade Level: 8
Prerequisite: Social Studies 7B

In Early American History, students will work with materials that show the problems and issues America experienced as a young nation and their solutions. Students will explore the diverse challenges facing Americans from the 1800s to the early-1900s. The causes, events, and consequences of the Civil War and the abolition of slavery are a special focus of the class. Throughout the course, students will study primary and secondary sources, textbook readings, biographies, period literature, and related materials that will paint a picture of American history. Each lesson has several activities that will encourage students to explore American history. Activities and discussions will challenge students to think creatively and critically about each topic. In addition, the class includes two projects designed to develop and sharpen students’ research and writing skills.

Suggested Grade Level: 8
Suggested Prerequisite: Social Studies 8A