As adolescents mature, they become less inwardly focused, and more able to consider the problems and patterns of society as a whole. Through our social studies curriculum, St. Michael’s seeks to nurture civic-minded students eager to scrutinize and discuss important issues of humanity’s past, present, and future. Hands-on activities, simulations, and Webquests encourage higher-level thinking skills while making history enjoyable and memorable.
Sixth Grade Social Studies
Sixth graders explore the broad arc of world history, from ancient times through the Enlightenment. Textbook readings and an array of hands-on projects shed light on the evolution of such institutions as governments, religion, economics, and social systems. Students trace trade and exploration routes, building map skills and connecting cultures across time and space.
Seventh Grade Social Studies
In seventh grade, the curriculum turns to American history from the Civil War through World War One. Students utilize primary and secondary sources to analyze the landmark events that shaped the young nation and the conflicts that threatened its very survival. Units delve into the roots and ramifications of slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Industrial Revolution, and the United States’ emergence as a world power.
Eighth Grade Social Studies
Building on the previous year’s study of early American history, eighth graders investigate our nation’s history from the 1920s to the present. Innovative online simulations, board game creations, and other class projects spark students’ curiosity about our country’s social and political systems—and their impact on students’ own lives. While studying the Cold War, students recreate a famous spy trial, visit the Titan Missile museum, and enjoy lunch at a diner while dressed in 1950s attire.
Connecting directly with the social studies curriculum, our middle school trips to Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in southwestern Colorado in sixth grade and to Washington, D.C. in eighth grade let students “live” history by examining first-hand the roots of prehistoric American civilization and our nation’s democratic institutions. Learn more about our Middle School Class Trips.