This course will begin with the formation of European colonies in the New World, the role of revolution in the establishment of American government, the quest to fulfill Manifest Destiny, and the role of slavery in the American Civil War.  Students will be asked to think critically about the perspectives of various groups in society and their role in American development. In order for students to become familiar with the United States and how it affects our life today, students will be active in class discussions, role playing activities, group work, document analysis, written responses, and map activity.

In this course, students will explore the strands of Social Studies (Geography, Behavioral Science, History, Political Science, and Economics),  building critical thinking skills that will facilitate global and local thinking. Students will do so by studying the world and its diverse regions through a contemporary lens that showcases  various cultures and how the layers of a society affect an individual’s life.

In sixth grade social studies, inquiry and research will drive students’ learning as they explore  ancient civilizations and the Middle Ages in Europe. Students will examine and compare ancient civilizations by using the aspects of culture (Geography, Religion, Achievements, Politics, Economy, and Social Structure), draw connections of how ideas from ancient civilizations impact our modern culture, and focus on the government and social structures of the middle ages. Throughout the year, students will also be introduced to the five major world religions and examine current events/ global issues in order to practice their skills in identifying main ideas, mapping, reading charts, graphs, maps, and diagrams, finding connections, and using evidence to support reasoning in nonfiction writing.