Grade 6 Social Studies

Course Description:

Grade 6 Social Studies explores the concept of ‘Global Citizenship’ by asking what it means to be an active participant at home, school and in our greater communities. Students learn to understand their place in the world and reflect on how to improve it. During the course of the year, students consider the following questions: What are Human Rights? How can individuals and societies uphold Human Rights? How will studying Human Rights help us prevent stereotyping others? Students also complete a Media Literacy unit and analyze how media messages can create stereotypes. This course allows students to express their thoughts and interpretations through projects, presentations and essays. The course concludes with a Service Learning Project in which students put their philosophies to use by developing a project to serve their local community.


Units:

  • Needs and Wants
  • Understanding Human Rights
  • Media Literacy
  • Social Activism Essay
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Service Learning Project

Skills and Understandings:

  • Students will understand the needs and wants of humans and how achieving them relates to human rights
  • Students will learn how to analyze several types of media through writing, discussions and group projects
  • Students will understand the basic components of an essay and will learn how to conduct research and write persuasive essays
  • Students will learn the basics of economics and how needs and wants contribute to the study of economics
Students will learn how to collaborate in large groups to develop a project as an extension of their learning.

This course upholds the KAS mission statement by:

  • Allowing students to develop a positive self-image through collaborative group work and self-reflection.
  • Empowering students to develop self-discipline by helping students to follow routine and schedules on a daily basis.
  • Allowing students to make positive changes worldwide through the development and implementation of a Service Learning Project.

 

 

Grade 7 Social Studies

Course Description:


This course allows students to develop their geography skills by understanding the components of maps, including scale, title, the compass rose, the key and the grid. Students illustrate their knowledge of these concepts by creating class maps. The highlight of this course is our trip to Meroe. Students learn about the history and culture of the ancient city and gain research and note-taking skills over the course of the unit as they acquire new information. Students then begin a study of the Water Cycle and Water Scarcity. The course concludes with a focus on Human Geography. Students study immigration trends and routes in the context of immigration from Sudan to Europe and the United States. The course concludes with an essay-writing unit in which students analyze elements of the film “God Grew Tired of Us” to draw connections between immigration stories of the Lost Boys and the immigrations trends they have studied in class.

Students also take time throughout the year to enhance their knowledge of geography through map work.

Units:

  • Understanding maps and perspective
  • The Nile and Meroe
  • Water Scarcity and PSA project
  • Immigration: Sudan to United States
  • Immigration Essay
  • Geography (full year unit)

 

Skills and Understandings:

  • Students will understand map terms and the concept of perspective when designing a map
  • Students will understand the cultural and geographic features of the Nile and will learn how to apply their map reading skills to archeological work in Meroe
  • Students will understand the causes and effects of Water Scarcity, and will learn how to collaborate with peers to design and edit Public Service Announcement videos through iMovie.
  • Students will learn how to conduct credible research and create citations.
  • Students will understand the causes and effects of immigration, specifically between the United States and Sudan.
  • Students will understand how to analyze documentary film.
  • Students will develop their knowledge of global geography including country and city locations.

 

This course upholds the KAS mission statement by:

  • Allowing students to develop a positive self-image through collaborative group work and self-reflection.
  • Empowering students to develop self-discipline by helping students to follow routine and schedules on a daily basis.
  • Allowing students to make positive changes worldwide through the development and creation of a Public Service Announcement.

 

 

 

Grade 8 Social Studies

Course Description:

The eighth grade Social Studies course focuses on the key concept of power (governance, influence and authority).  The main focus areas are on groups/societies and their identities, functioning and interactions such as culture, cooperation, governance and conflict. Students will begin by examining that concept of “groups”, including the role of individuals within groups, what makes a group “good “or “bad”, and what factors make a group succeed or fail.  In particular, students will look at groups they themselves a part of, and what role they play within these groups.   Students will also research several examples of conflict among different groups throughout history to determine the causes and the impacts of conflict. Students will develop skills in the areas of research inquiry, applying concepts to various contexts and developing and practicing communication (verbal and written) skills.  Students are encouraged to begin to think in critical and creative ways as they try to understand the world around them. Students will also use maps, graphs, mind maps and other visuals and models, as well as interpret various forms of historical evidence.

Units:

-        Groups and Societies

-        Culture

-        Societies in Conflict (Current events, intra/interpersonal conflicts such as bullying, and historical examples of the Crusades, World War 1 and World War 2)

-        “Conflict “Research Project

-        Laws and Government

 

Skills and Understandings:

Students will understand that:

  • Conflict is a fact of life. What are some positive and negative ways of resolving conflicts?
  • Historical conflict often repeats itself
  • Conflict has life-changing effects on individuals, groups, and countries; often a catalyst for change
  • There are connections between conflict in their everyday lives and larger events

Students will develop:

  • Strong verbal, written and co-operative (group work) skills
Conflict resolution skill

This course upholds the KAS Mission Statement by:

  • Allowing students to develop a rich and strong understanding of today’s world as global productive citizens
  • Engaging students to reflect upon their own world and embrace diversity
  • Encouraging curiosity and passion about the world by allowing them to select learning topics and projects independently