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Social Studies Middle School

The Middle School Social Studies Department has developed a program with high expectations in the areas of history, culture, and geography of the Eastern and Western Hemispheres and Ancient World History.

Social Studies Curriculum

The Sixth Grade curriculum at EA is a survey course to familiarize the student with the geographic details of the different continents in the Western Hemisphere, as well as their respective history, culture and geography. The students will develop skills for historical and geographical analysis. In this course students will take a journey through the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America, The Caribbean Islands, and Europe. Through case studies of geographic issues, this course leads students to explore the physical and human characteristics of each of the regions.

The Seventh Grade Social Studies class will explore Geography and Ancient world history and their effects on our world. This course includes the five basic themes of Geography. We will take a look at how our surroundings affect our way of life. We will also study Northern Africa, South Asia (India), East Asia, and Australia. The study of Ancient World history will help students understand the past and how it has shaped today’s world. We will start looking at the origins and development of humankind and its society. We will also study the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Kush, India, China, Greece and Rome. We will look at Judaism and Hebrews both as a culture and a religion. At the end of the course, students will be able to apply the Five Themes of Geography to the study of Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania, and Australia. They will also be able to define culture and apply it to the regions under study and analyze the effects of physical geography on countries and regions. Students will be able to depict major events in the ancient world.

The Eight Grade World History course covers the history from the time of the Roman Empire until about the year 1400. Units studied include the Romans, Early Japan and China, and Russia, West Africa, The Middle Ages in Europe, and the rise of Islam. For each unit we will be covering the geography, history, and culture of the society we are studying. A special emphasis will be placed on geography, specifically the location and capital of every major country in the region we are studying, which includes Asia, Africa, and Europe. This class will have a special focus on writing, helping students prepare for the course work to come in the 9th Grade. Students will have multiple writing assignments to complete during the year, including dialogues weaving in historical content, poetry, and also learning how to form and write a proper research paper.

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