History

In the Middle School, students learn about ancient and classical civilizations; world geography, including in-depth units on Western and non-Western cultures; and American history, with a focus on the Constitution. In every course, heavy emphasis is placed upon reading and writing skills, and students learn the step-by-step process involved in writing research papers. Hands-on projects as well as opportunities for debating and role-playing tap into students’ creativity and imagination. Students use computers in a wide variety of ways in support of their work. The entire program is geared to the Middle School child but also serves as an excellent springboard for the Upper School curriculum that follows.

History - Grade 6

The Ancient World

This course is a year-long study of ancient cultures including Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece. Within each segment of study, students examine the themes of politics, economics, art, architecture, and daily life, while being introduced to artifacts as primary sources that tell the stories of a culture. Study skills are embedded in the content with the focus on linear note taking and seven-sentence expository paragraphs. The year concludes with a short research paper and interactive project on a topic of choice from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome.

History - Grade 7

Cultural Geography

This course is designed to introduce seventh grade students to a variety of cultures around the world, focusing in particular on the ways in which the physical environment affects the human experience. Students begin the year with a detailed study of North America, during which they write research papers about the cultural expressions of individual American Indian nations. In the spring semester, students explore the geography, history, culture, and current events of Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East. Throughout the course, students practice skills such as active reading and note taking, the development of thesis statements, and essay writing. By studying world geography and cultures, students gain a greater appreciation of diversity and its connection to global issues.

History - Grade 8

In the Middle School, students learn about ancient and classical civilizations; world geography, including in-depth units on Western and non-Western cultures; and American history, with a focus on the Constitution. In every course, heavy emphasis is placed upon reading and writing skills, and students learn the step-by-step process involved in writing research papers. Hands-on projects as well as opportunities for debating and role-playing tap into students’ creativity and imagination. Students use computers in a wide variety of ways in support of their work. The entire program is geared to the Middle School child but also serves as an excellent springboard for the Upper School curriculum that follows.

American History Through Primary Sources

The purpose of this course is to help students understand American history through a study of primary source documents, with a particular focus on New England and issues involving constitutional law. Beginning with the early colonial period and continuing through the American Revolution, students read the letters and journal entries of people such as Captain John Smith, William Bradford, William Penn,Patrick Henry, George III, Thomas Paine, and George Washington. Students study the Constitution and analyze such documents as the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, and the Articles of Confederation. Cases focusing on guarantees in the Bill of Rights introduce contemporary issues, with a special emphasis on thecivil rights of students in school. A formal research paper is required.

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