Middle School Global History and Social Studies

What is History? How does History help us understand today’s world? Whose History are we studying? The Global History and Social Studies curriculum provides students with the opportunity to learn about History from global perspectives, looking at, analyzing, and thinking critically about primary and non-U.S. sources. The global dimension of the curriculum demonstrates the wide variety of themes students will deal with in each course. The Global History and Social Studies student is a critical thinker with an awareness and understanding of religious, political, social and economic issues. Differentiation and the use of technology are also important parts of the curriculum.

History 7 - Evolution of Democracy: Voices of the People, Perspectives, Identity and Struggles

All kinds of people have sought to shape the course of United States history.  Using a thematic approach, this 7th grade course will focus on U.S. history from the viewpoint of those who receive little attention in history books, such as slaves, women, the poor, the disenfranchised, American Indians, immigrants, and workers.  The curriculum will examine the interactions and roles everyday people have had in shaping the history of the United States, and explore the conflicts arising from a young country’s search for identity domestically and internationally, and the struggles to create a country fully invested in justice and equality for all.  The objectives of the course are to engage students in critically thinking about the identity of the United States as a nation, to present various perspectives on history and to highlight the historical struggle for justice that the country has gone through, and still fights for today.

History 8 - Ideologies

In the name of their ideologies, people and nations have changed the world, imposed their views and beliefs on other people, overthrown governments and subjugated populations. At other times, ideologies have encouraged others to fight for freedom and a better life for the marginalized. This class will look at some of the major ideas that shaped the world and the role people played in advancing their own beliefs. Using a thematic approach, students will learn about systems of beliefs, quests for power and empires, revolutions and global challenges that the world face today. The objectives of the course are to engage students in critical thinking on political, economic, and socio-cultural changes, to provide diverse perspectives on history, and to bring awareness of interdependence and shared humanity.