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Middle School Social Studies will prepare students for their role as informed, responsible Catholic citizens in a democratic society. Using technology, students will explore historical content, as well as current events to understand how it pertains to their lives and to all global citizens.


Grade 6

The emphasis is on an understanding of geography, including map skills, as well as an intricate look at the components of Ancient and Middle Age Civilizations' governments, cultures and basic life-sustaining needs.  Small group collaboration is often used for discussion, analysis of facts, and projects. 


Grade 7

Students will learn the origin and foundation of a republic by looking at U.S. history from Colonization to the Civil War as well as hone in on geography and mapping skills. In seventh grade the students will prepare and take both the US Constitution Test and the Illinois Constitution Test.  Small group collaboration is used with discussion, problem solving, and projects. 


Grade 8

Students will focus on United States' political, social, and economic systems starting with the Reconstruction up to present day. They will focus on Reconstruction following the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, Immigration, the Depression, and the wars of the 20th Century. Students will work on both individual and group projects on Immigration and Ellis Island as well as the decades leading to current day. Group collaboration is used with issues and concepts that are discussed and studied throughout the curriculum.  They will also work on geography and mapping skills.

 

Academic Information
The curriculum stresses achievement within a Catholic community.
The Diocesan curricular guidelines, consistent with the Illinois guidelines, are followed.

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