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Social Studies

All KMS social studies classes are grouped heterogeneously. This procedure allows classes to include students who have different social backgrounds, skill levels, and physical capabilities which mirror the real world on encountering, accepting, appreciating, and celebrating differences. All grade levels integrate the strands of civics and government, economics, geography and history. Current issues are an important component of the social studies curriculum. Grade 6 students learn about ancient and classical Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Students examine the government systems of the historical period under study and how governments address problems and needs of their people. This will include a focus on the classical origins of democracy and its relationship to modern American system of government. In 7th grade, students begin a two year study of American History that will continue in 8th grade. This 2-year course of study begins with an examination of Pre-Colombian Native American societies and concludes with Progress Era and 1920s. This is designed to help every student develop a firm understanding of the social and political history of the United States. Throughout 7th and 8th grade students will:
  • Use primary sources to make historical interpretations, analyze events, examine varied perspectives, make inferences, and evaluate for bias.
  • Develop the ability to think critically about historical events and movementsanalyze historical motives and catalysts and determine their effects.
  • Develop the ability to critically analyze historical materials to make reasoned judgments.
  • Gain understanding, perspective, and appreciation of American history and its applications in contemporary situations
  • Express understanding and interpretations through various forms of writing and research projects.
A recent DOE audit cited, "the instructors are relatively young, enthusiastic, and well-informed."