Academics > Curriculum > Middle School Social Studies

The curriculum for sixth grade focuses on the world outside of the United States and North America. Students begin with an introduction to geography. Throughout the year students will identify, describe and explain how geographic features, climate, natural resources, economy and population affect life in the regions of the world.

Unit Pacing Highlights

Map Skills

September - November

  • Thematic and special purpose maps. 
  • Map essentials (key, legend, scale, time zones, compass rose)
  • Landform Research


November - January

  • Mapping: Regions of Africa 
  • Long Walk To Water - novel 
  • Expository Writing Prompt - Desertification 
  • Technology based research activity


January - April

  • Mapping: Regions of Asia 
  • Literature Circles using Asian based novels. 
  • Technology based research activity



  • Mapping: Regions of Australia and New Zealand: 
  • Creation of a hands-on resource map


May - June

  • Mapping: Regions of Europe 
  • Border Activity

South America


  • Mapping: Regions of South America 
  • Amazon Imax video


This course is primarily a study of America's recorded history. Content of the course begins with the study of the American Revolution, the Constitution and the framework of American democracy. It continues with the Westward expansion and the critical developments leading up to the Civil War. The Essential Standards of Chronology, Cause and Effect (Writing), Analysis of Primary and Secondary Resources (Reading Comprehension), Geographic Placement, and Government are implemented in all curriculum units and
relentlessly focused on throughout the academic year.

Unit Pacing Highlights

US Geography


  • Regions, states and capitals



  • Roanoke Colony, Virginia Colony. Plymouth Colony, House of Burgesses
  • Mayflower Compact
  • Influences of Ancient Civilizations
  • Great Britain and the Enlightenment on the US Government/ Political System

French and Indian War

Causes of the American Revolution


  • Albany Congress
  • Proclamation of 1763
  • The Boston Massacre
  • Battle of Lexington and Concord

American Revolution

November - December

  • The Battle of Bunker Hill
  • The Declaration of Independence

US Civics

December - March

  • The Bill of Rights
  • US Constitution
  • Amendment process
  • Responsibilities of Citizenship

First US Government

Westward Expansion

Civil War

March - June

  • Emergence of Political Parties
  • The Louisiana Purchase
  • The War of 1812
  • Jacksonian Democracy
  • Causes of the Civil War
The seventh grade Social Studies curriculum involves a comprehensive study of Ancient and Classical civilizations in the Mediterranean region and Southwest Asia. Our students will study the religions, governments, trade, philosophies, and art of these civilizations as well as the powerful ideas that arose in the ancient world and profoundly shaped the course of world history. During the year we will study the ancient civilizations that arose in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, Phoenicia, Greece, and finally Rome.

Unit Pacing Highlights

Early Humans

September - October

  • Classic and modern archaeology, and early humans

Early Lifestyles


  • Compare and contrast Paleolithic and Neolithic lifestyles


November - December

  • The Seven Characteristics of Civilization

Ancient Egypt

December - January

  • Ancient Egypt civilization 
  • Gifts of the Nile 
  • The pharaohs

Ancient Israel 


  • Origins of Christianity


January - February

  • The development of the Phoenicians trade

Ancient Greece


  • Government systems 
  • Religion and culture

Classical Greece


  • Causes and effects of the Golden Age of Athens 
  • Peloponnesian Wars 
  • Greek thinkers.

Rise of Rome


  • Italian peninsula 
  • The Roman Republic and its connections to modern American government

Roman Empire


  • The causes and effects of the change in government from republic to the Roman empire.

Christianity and the Fall of Rome


  • The legacy of ancient Rome