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Geography & Ancient History - Grade 6
Sixth graders will spend the first portion of the course learning about the unique geographical features of our planet. The major themes of this portion of the course are: Location, Place, Human-Environment Interaction, Movement and Region. While studying these themes, students will develop vocabulary specific to geography and foundational map skills. After this focused study of geography, students will apply this information as they are chronologically introduced to the rise of ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome. In addition to the newly acquired geography skills, students will investigate the economics, sociology, politics and history of the regions. This course is infused with technology; utilizing Wikispaces, streamed videos and on-line education.
Medieval World History - Grade 7
The seventh grade Medieval World History curriculum concentrates on the development of world history and geography from the Roman Empire to the Age of Exploration. The course includes the study of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. The disciplines of geography, economics, sociology and government are examined to emphasize the themes of history and the underlying concepts that unify historical events. The class will focus on reading, writing and map skills, which are integral parts of the curriculum. The course is infused with technology with teachers using Wikispaces, streamed videos, online educational programs and web quests, to further engage student in the learning process.
Honors American History - Grade 8
Honors American History is a course designed for students with stronger reading, writing and critical thinking skills. The course is intended to better prepare those students who are planning to take honors level classes in high school. Students in the Honors American History course will examine the forces and events from Pre-Columbian times through the Civil War that have shaped current day America by drawing upon historical, economic, social and political events. Although the breadth of content is similar to Academic American History, the content depth, process and product are different. There is a greater emphasis on analyzing primary source material and the utilization of critical thinking skills. Instructional technology will be infused throughout this course, including tools such as back channeling chats, Wikispaces, educational alternate reality games, online animations, Discovery Education™ assessments and streaming video to further engage students in the learning process.
American History - Grade 8
American History is designed to enhance the student’s awareness of the many forces that have shaped the patterns of American history from Pre-Columbian times through the Civil War. The course draws upon the disciplines of geography, economics, sociology and political science to emphasize the themes of history and the underlying concepts that unify historical events. It is organized on a chronological basis to help give the students a sense of time and continuity. Content reading, writing and map skills are an integral part of the curriculum. Instructional technology will be infused throughout this course, including tools such as back channeling chats, Wikispaces, educational alternate reality games, online animations, Discovery Education™ assessments and streaming video to further engage students in the learning process.