United States History
Sixth graders study United States history, concentrating on the development of our country since 1850. Students develop historical thinking skills to interpret and analyze information taken from texts and various other materials. Although factual knowledge is critical, the focus is on historical themes, generalizations, and concepts that will make the factual knowledge more meaningful.
To assist them in acquiring the skills and knowledge they need to participate fully in a democratic society, seventh graders study civics. Learning the qualities of good citizenship enables students to put their knowledge into action. The course also focuses on contemporary issues facing our nation, helping students understand the context of current events and their impact. The structure of local, state, and national governments is studied, as well as the fundamentals of economics.
This course introduces and familiarizes the student to the range and diversity of people and places in the world. A study of the world’s continents, regions, and countries will enable the student’s understanding of the relationship among physical, economic, political and cultural elements that characterize the world today. Students will explore how human and physical elements define the world’s regions and investigate basic concepts related to the contrast between developed and underdeveloped areas of the world, the growth and change of human populations, and regional variations in economic systems.
Eighth graders begin their two-year study of world history (completed in the ninth grade). The eighth grade course spans the length of time from the beginning of recorded history through the period just before the Renaissance. The course helps provide students with an understanding of the dynamics of the world and how cultures have emerged. It provides them with an understanding of the foundations of Western thought. The course requires extensive writing and research. Critical thinking skills are emphasized through class discussions and group projects.