Jr. High - History

HISTORY (WORLD)

GRADE 7

Seventh grade World History students discover connections between western history, non-western history, and contemporary American life. Class studies seek to assist students in developing an appreciation of specific events as related to emerging stories and historical themes.  While students grow as independent, critical thinkers, they also master study skills that may be relied upon throughout high school, college and adult life.    

Major units:

  • The “Fall of Rome” and Rise of Islam
  • Traditional Kingdoms of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Pre-Columbian Native America
  • Traditional Asian Empires
  • The Crusades and Emergence of the European Town
  • Protestant Reformation and Renaissance
  • Age of Revolution and Rise of the Victorians

World History class work consists of discussion, analysis of historic persons and events, PowerPoint presentations, historic map analysis, student projects (e.g. political cartoons and architectural renderings of historic building types), and evaluation of class and textual materials.    

During seventh grade, students will also be expected to regularly demonstrate mastery of political world geography.

 

HISTORY (UNITED STATES)

GRADE 8

In eighth grade U.S. History, we seek to develop effective analytical skills, while evaluating historical issues, and demonstrating understanding of major historical events in American history between the mid-18th century and early 19th century.  As part of our studies, students strive to appreciate, and preserve events, documents and institutions which preserve our freedom.

             

Major units include:

  • Colonial America     
  • The American War for Independence
  • History and Components of the U.S. Constitution
  • Early 19th Century America
  • The American Civil War
  • The American West, American Expansion and War with Spain
  • “Over There” (Yanks in the “Great War”)

Class work includes discussion, debate, PowerPoint presentations, document analysis, map memorization and analysis, and narrative presentation and analysis.  Our textbook is supplemented by historic documents, current news stories, and other scholarly texts.

Mastery of national and local geography (political and physical) is expected to be regularly demonstrated by eighth grade students throughout the school year.