History Department Introduction

There is an old adage that says “Those who forget the past are bound to repeat it.”  Through the students study this year we will seek to give them a better understanding of the past so that the students will be able to live with a global historical perspective, which will make them conscientious history makers in their culture and our global society. We teach in a student oriented, interactive and flexible classroom setting. By making learning history enjoyable and fun for the students, we hope that they are better able to understand, retain and utilize what they learn in class. In enhancing our student’s understanding of the past, we hope to cultivate their minds in preparation for their futures.

6th Grade - Early Human Society to Ancient Rome

7th Grade - Fall of Rome and the  Middle Ages to the Renaissance.

8th Grade - Renaissance to the Industrial Revolution

9th Grade - Industrial Revolution to the Cold War

MHS History Learning Outcomes

The purpose of social studies at SMIC is to teach our students about interactions that humans have had with each other and with their environment in the past, how these interactions occur today, and how they may impact the future.  We do so by teaching our students history and geography to show perspective on who they are, where they live, the communities they are a part of and the world they inhabit.  We want to develop an understanding of the world based on the events, past peoples and societies, and see how our own actions are shaped by our history.  Finally, we teach social studies to develop essential thinking skills by improving reading analysis, evaluation and interpretation, and critical thinking and analytical skills through writing and debate.

The classes will also use historiography skills like finding causation and correlation between historical movements, reading graphs/charts/data, reading maps and understanding differences and bias in maps, comparing points of view of different historians, and finally by the end of the program, being able to evaluate a historian’s claim through historical evidence.

6th Grade

-Students will be able to understand how ancient civilizations, such as Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, or Rome, are responsible for many of the aspects of modern society, such as language, politics, or religion.

-Students will be able to compare and contrast the G.R.A.P.E.S (geography, religion, achievements, politics, economy, social structure) of ancient civilizations.

-Students will be able to differentiate between primary and secondary historical sources and how each is used for historical research.

-Students will be able to formulate a historically based opinion and support that opinion with facts and sources.

7th Grade

-Students will understand how events from the Middles Ages helped to shape the world we live in today. We will cover material ranging roughly from the fall of Rome to the early Renaissance. We will also cover China from the Han dynasty to the fall of the Song dynasty.

-Students will learn to be discerning pupils and begin to be able to identify bias in historical sources.

-Student's will hone essential classroom skills such as effective note taking, proper study techniques and how to work with peers in a group setting.

-Student's will learn to approach the study of history by viewing each bit of material as part of a larger whole. They will retain material not through memorization, but by understanding the story.

8th Grade

-Students will be able to identify the causes and effects of major historical movements such as the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, or the Age of Exploration.

-Students will be able to formulate an opinion by analyzing a variety of historical sources and synthesizing the facts to support their opinion.

-Students will be able to connect different eras of history to show how decisions or theories made in one era can affect how history is shaped.

-Students will understand the concepts of chronology, change, conflict, multiple perspectives, primary and secondary sources, and how they relate to history.

9th Grade

-Students will learn about the 20th century from the events leading to WWI to the Cold War. They will understand causal relationships between these historical events and  how they created our modern world.

-Students will be able to quickly and effectively analyze sources in order to determine potential bias.

-Students will learn how to write proper essays on historical content.

-Students will be able to identify cause and effect within our lessons for the purpose of retaining information and predicting future actions of people and states.

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