Social Studies

Social Studies

Social Studies teachers: Tristan Ginanni (Instructional Supervisor), Ingrid Diether, Deborah Giden,Victoria Blockhus , Nicole Bliss, Joanne Maher, Shari McDaniel, and Suganthi Subramanian

6th Grade:

Students in grade six expand their understanding of history by studying the people and events that ushered in the dawn of the major Western and non-Western ancient civilizations. Their curriculum begins with what is known through archaeological studies of the early physical and cultural development of humankind. Students analyze the geographical, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, India, China through the Ming Dynasty, and Greece.Discovering Our Past: Ancient Civilizations, published by McGraw Hill Glencoe, 2006, is the textbook used.

7th Grade: History / Social Science

Students study selected major culture groups in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas from approximately 500 B.C.E. through 1500 C.E. They will learn about social, political, and economic systems, and how various societies have developed these systems in order to meet their particular needs and wants. Students will learn that contemporary cultures are the descendants of earlier civilizations and are influenced by historical events. They will learn why we should appreciate and value the ethnic and cultural diversity in our own society.

8th Grade: History / Social Science

Students connect their past learnings of Colonial and Revolutionary War America to studies of United States geography, the Constitution and the beginning of the new Republic, and the social, economic, and political growth of the new nation. Students will learn about the conflicting forces which led to events such as the War of 1812, the growth of political parties and sectionalism, the Westward Movement (“Manifest Destiny”), and the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Industrial Revolution, and the Progressive Era. They will learn about the diverse groups that immigrated to America, and how they influenced America’s development. By studying the ethical, social, political, and economic questions which Americans have dealt with historically, they will be more aware of, and sensitive to, the social issues facing Americans today.