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Social Studies

Grade 6
World History and Geography:  The Ancient World Prehistory to 500 AD
This course begins with an examination of the anthropological evidence of human origins and it ends with the fall of the Roman Empire. Following the introductory anthropological unit, the historical scope of the sixth grade curriculum will have students studying the early civilizations of the Fertile Crescent, Israel, Egypt, India, China, Greece and Rome. During the study of all these ancient civilizations there will be integration of the arts, architecture, literature and thought of the period into the history of these classical civilizations. This course will introduce students to the major world religions originating during this time — Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Christianity.

Grade 7
World Geography
The seventh grade curriculum is a course in World Geography. Students do extensive work with various types of maps in order to learn the locations of places in all regions of the world, excluding the United States and Canada. This map work lays the foundation for a more in-depth exploration of these various places, including their cultural characteristics and the contemporary issues they may be facing.  Materials used during this course include atlases, desk maps, current and historical documents, web-based materials and guest speakers.

Grade 8
United States History, Geography and Government, 1750-1865
The study of Native American tribes and subsequent conflicts between these tribes and incoming Europeans from the beginning of this course. Students will then learn how the Americas were colonized and how the eventual United States came to be formed following the American Revolution. During this examination, the class reviews important early American documents including the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. For the remainder of the course, the focus is on the period of expansion, reform and economic growth in the 19th century that led to the strengthening of the country and a study of the Civil War, which laid the foundation for a new United States. The classes are not leveled (students are heterogeneously grouped) and meet every day in the cycle for the full year.

Students who wish to be recommended for Honors World History I must demonstrate high academic achievement in US History and score well on a qualifying exam in the spring. The exam is designed to assess the student’s critical reading and analytical writing skills. These skills are an important foundation for success in the Honors level World History I course. Students will be notified of the date and time of the exam in their US History class. A combination of demonstrated excellence in course work, the score on the qualifying exam and a recommendation from their US History teacher will be used to determine if placement in Honors World History I is appropriate.