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 - The Birth of U.S. Democracy: Voices of the People, Perspectives, Identity and Struggles

This 7th grade course will focus on examining early American history and the conflicts that arose from a young country’s search for identity and the struggles the country faced in its pursuit of the ideals of 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 struggles for justice that the country has gone through, and continues to today. The perspectives and experiences of enslaved people, women, the poor, the indigenous, immigrants, and workers (groups who traditionally receive little attention in history books) will be brought to the forefront in our studies. We will examine the interactions and roles various groups of people have played in shaping the history and identity of the United States.

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, empires, revolutions, and global challenges that the world faces 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.