WORLD GEOGRAPHY & GLOBAL STUDIES
Students in 7th grade Social Studies will be introduced to a comprehensive study of the world. Through an introduction to the basic skills of geography, students will become familiar with reading physical and political maps, charts, and pictures, and explaining how locations, physical characteristics, climate, and natural resources have influenced the development of countries. Students will gain a foundation in these basics that will serve them throughout the year. Utilizing these skills, students will build their global perspective in the examination of culture, population, language, religion, and current events.
Students can expect to develop a number of skills that will be essential for them as they continue to study Social Studies during their time at Saint John’s, including note-taking, working with primary, secondary, and tertiary sources, and recognizing and analyzing cause and effect, as well as utilizing evidence to write and speak clearly and effectively to a group.
Students in 8th grade Social Studies will learn foundational civic knowledge of the United States and use it to become active, thoughtful citizens. Building on prior knowledge from the 5th grade, students will look at political documents that influenced the founding of the United States along with important documents, texts, and court cases throughout the history of our country. Through primary source analysis, students will learn how to look for bias and arguments in writing while also learning how these sources affect us in the modern-day. These skills will translate over to working with secondary and tertiary sources and help them develop their ability to write persuasively and analyze bias in modern documents. Students will also work on connecting the lessons and precedents set in these documents to the modern-day and how that can help make them active, responsible citizens in our country who work for freedom and justice for all.Skills Developed
- Writing clearly and effectively, using arguments and evidence
- Speaking clearly and effectively to a group, using arguments and evidence
- Effective note-taking
- Identifying primary, secondary, and tertiary sources
- Analyzing a primary source for point of view/bias
- Analyzing the claims of a primary source in light of its evident bias
- Identifying and breaking down arguments and evidence in a secondary or tertiary source
- Framing useful and appropriate historical questions
- Developing effective strategies for seeking answers to historical questions
- Recognizing and analyzing cause and effect
- Recognizing and analyzing continuity and change over time