Middle School History


Department Philosophy

The goal of the History Department is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and informed young adults who are also critical thinkers, critical readers, and effective communicators. Along these lines, our vision is to provide students with both the knowledge and skills needed to prepare them for the academic rigors of college and their futures as life-long learners. By creating connections between past and present, the department also aims to develop within our students a greater awareness of their place and role in local, national and global communities.

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Grade 6

    Ancient World History
    Students in sixth grade study the Ancient Civilizations. The overarching theme is Interactions and Changes. An in-depth unit on geography which addresses topics such as the ways in which people interact with the land, the environment's influence on human societies and adaptations to the physical world. Following a geography overview, the course next examines the historical changes that have occurred as societies shifted from nomadic lifestyle to settled agrarian communities and the specialization of labor that follows. Students will focus on the civilizations of Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome. Finally, the cumulative unit of study explores comparative philosophies, incorporating elements from the year's studies. The Ancient Civilizations course also provides opportunities for students to develop skills in the areas of comprehensive reading, critical thinking, evaluating different sources, communicating ideas formally and informally, and writing analytical essays.
    Grade Level: 6
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of previous history class
  • Grade 7

    Medieval World History
    Students will learn about the social, cultural, religious and political changes that occurred across the continents (Asia and Europe) from approximately 500 to 1400 CE. Students learn about the history and geography of great civilizations that were developing concurrently throughout the world during medieval times. We will examine the growing economic interaction among societies, as well as the exchange of ideas, customs and inventions. Students will practice reading for comprehension and learn how to take efficient notes while reading. The exploration of current global issues and the evolution of students' social consciousness are also discussed.
    Grade Level: 7
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of previous history class
  • Grade 8

    Early United States History
    This course is a survey course of American History. The overarching theme is Independence and Growth. Students will chronologically study the story of the United States and its people. The course begins with Colonization and culminates with the Reconstruction Era following the American Civil War. The course strives to use anecdotes and first-person accounts and simulations to bring history alive. The core approach to the study of history is to show the connection between public events and ordinary peoples' experiences. The course will use current events to augment the study of the past and present.
    Grade Level: 8
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of previous history class
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