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 World History

Ideologies are the set of ideas and principles people hold. In this class students will look at some of the most dominant ideologies that have and continue to shape the world. Ideologies influence the world in both negative and positive ways. Ideologies have been used to impose their views and beliefs on others, overthrow governments and oppress populations, but ideologies have also encouraged others to fight for freedom and a better life for the marginalized. The objective of the course is to engage students in thinking critically about how ideologies impact political, economic, social and cultural aspects of society. This class will provide diverse perspectives on history and current events, with the goal of bringing awareness to our interdependence and shared humanity.