Middle School Social Studies
The Middle School Social Studies program is designed to help students develop a better understanding of both the past and the world in which they live today. History is the story of human experiences which includes social, economic, and political developments and interactions. It provides opportunities that promote critical and creative thinking as well as the ability to solve authentic, complex, cross-disciplinary problems. Students develop the intellectual, technological, and advocacy skills needed to excel in society so that they may become effective citizens in an interdependent world. Equipped with these skills and a solid base of knowledge that comes with a careful examination of the values and decisions made by those who came before us, we believe that students will be prepared to deal with the critical issues of their time.
The sixth grade curriculum focuses on geography, the development and achievements of prehistoric people, early civilization, classical civilization and the European Middle Ages. The seventh grade curriculum begins with the study of our global heritage prior to 1500, and traces the emerging American culture topically from Colonization to Reconstruction. In eighth grade, students examine the transformation of the nation to a world power in the 20th century, as well as the impact of technology.
Social Studies Learning Outcomes
- analyze primary and secondary sources
- synthesize research and content into an extended writing piece which makes meaning, conveys a message, or persuades an audience
- use technology to demonstrate content knowledge
- communicate information orally
- demonstrate effective study and test-taking skills
- develop research strategies and note-taking skills
- persevere when faced with a challenge
- display empathy and participate in a service learning project
Grade 6 - Emphasizes the interdependence of all people, primarily in the Eastern Hemisphere. It provides students with a basic understanding of the economic, political, and social developments of the Eastern Hemisphere from Early Man to the Age of Exploration. Among the civilizations and time periods highlighted are: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, traditional China, and the Middle Ages. Students will also learn historical thinking skills, including how to analyze historical primary sources appropriate for this course.
Grade 7- This first year of a two-year study of American History provides students with an understanding of the economic, political and social events and movements from pre-Columbian times through the Civil War and Reconstruction periods in US History. While emphasizing the development of the United States and tracing its early history, parallel trends and time frames in New York State history are also considered.
Grade 8- This second year of a two-year study of American History provides students with an in-depth understanding of the economic, political and social events and movements of the United States from Industrialization to the present. While emphasizing the development of the United States and in these time periods, parallel trends and time frames in New York State history are also included.