Middle School Program Course Descriptions
SOCIAL STUDIES AND WORLD HISTORY
At the core of all New School Preparatory Social Studies programs are the ten thematic strands of Social Studies as outlined by the National Council of Social Studies [here].
Grade Six Social Studies
Global Developments in Ancient Times
This survey course examines global developments from the beginning
of human development through ancient times in Oriental and Occidental
cultures. Through in-depth case studies, students will gain a better
understanding of how past global developments have helped shape the
world we live in today.
Grade Seven Social Studies
Using geography as a lens, students explore the international
workings of the world. Case studies relating to governments and social
systems assist students in understanding the importance of location
in today's interconnected world. Topics include interpretation and
formulation of charts, graphs, and Venn Diagrams; Internet, newspaper,
and news publications as research for class reports and debate; and
the use of advanced language skills to examine political and philosophical
topics via discussion and written assignments.
Grade Eight Social Studies
America and the World
Students examine the role of the United States in world history
through World War II. After gaining a solid understanding of the factors
behind World War II, students are guided into Holocaust Studies. An
integral part of Holocaust Studies includes realizing "The Power of
One" and "Civil Courage".
Grade Six World History (Honors)
This course provides Grade Six students a basic understanding
of the history of mankind and the development of civilization. HIS-0601H
has three components: history, geography, and current events. Topics
include the history of mankind from early man through the great civilizations
of Africa and Asia and up to the decline of the Roman Empire. Students
will learn the basics of geography as well as the specific geographic
regions of early man and the onset of civilization. Current events
are also emphasized and this study is designed to give students an
appreciation of the importance of being informed and connecting past
events with current conditions.
Grade Seven World History (Honors)
This course provides Grade Seven students a basic understanding of
the history of mankind and the development of civilization. HIS-0601H
has three components: history, environmental studies, and current
events. Topics include the history of the Middle Ages through modern
times, with a strong emphasis on the development of Western thought.
Environmental studies emphasize local issues and encourage students
to be actively involved within the local community. Current event
studies foster an appreciation of the importance of being informed
and connecting past events with current conditions.
Grade Eight American History (Honors)
This course provides a chronological study of United States history
from 1845 to the present day in order to foster a basic understanding
of the events that shaped our nation. Students concentrate on research
and reporting skills as a vehicle to understand the timeline of events
in America during this time period. Environmental studies, current
events, debating skills, and community service are emphasized as
well. Students are required to contribute to a school history magazine.