Social Studies and History
The goal of the History Department is to empower young women to be critical thinkers, powerful writers and thoughtful citizens. Our students gain an understanding and appreciation of their own, and other, cultures by studying the past and its effects on the present and future. History is taught as an interdisciplinary subject, integrating art, literature, music and science. Instruction is enhanced through the use of primary sources, computer programs, classroom simulations, debates and field trips. Study and organizational skills are reinforced through research projects, written reports, and classroom presentations.
Fifth Grade: Social Studies
Fifth graders study American History, from the establishment of European colonies in North America to the westward movement and advent of the Industrial Revolution. They gain an understanding and appreciation of the diverse cultures that influenced this nation and the struggles that contributed to its formation.
Students read primary sources, secondary sources and historical fiction. They learn and apply the skills of note taking, outlining, summarizing and synthesizing. Study, research and organizational skills are reinforced through projects, written reports and classroom presentations. Instruction is enhanced through classroom simulations, computer programs and field trips.
Sixth Grade: Social Studies
The sixth grade social studies curriculum increases the student's awareness of the universality of human culture. Students examine seven ancient civilizations: Mesopotamia, India, China, Greece, Rome, African Kingdoms and Meso-American cultures. Before exploring these civilizations, the girls learn how to define civilization and culture in order to have the tools and vocabulary necessary to examine all civilizations - including our own. Students explore their world, past and present, by using appropriate maps, textbooks and many primary and secondary sources.
Seventh Grade: History
The seventh grade curriculum focuses on world geography and how a region's physical environment influences the people and culture in that area. Through reading, writing, mapping, discussion and reflection, students will immerse themselves in the religion, culture, government, politics and economics of the different regions and continents of the world. The year culminates in a "World's Fair" research project.
Eighth Grade: History
Eighth grade American History is taught from a thematic approach to help the students see the "big picture" as to how key events in American history are connected across time. The course is divided into four quarter-long units, each organized around several essential questions. These four units examine how the government has evolved in the country's history, compare and contrast various wars and military conflicts in American history, study how the discrimination against many groups in the United States has changed and finally research how the role of the federal government in the American economy has progressed over time. In order to approach history in an engaging way as free of bias as possible, much of the reading is done through the analysis of primary sources.