Notre Dame Upper School follows California Standards in the exploration of Social Studies (History). Students are given opportunities to travel through history to find out the “why” of our world and the connection that our past has to our present. Student learning is accomplished in many ways including reading primary sources, reading and analyzing the research of experts and producing projects to highlight mastery of subject areas. Understanding how to do research and how to cite sources is a strength that our students have.
Researching for appropriate content is a skill that is taught and reinforced with a partnership with NDB High School. We use the High School’s library and the online resources that are available. Appropriate field trips are scheduled for all classes.
In the 6th Grade, students focus on Ancient History. Students will:
Explore the beginnings of civilizations, Ancient Egypt, Ancient India, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome.
Learn how to research topics of personal interest, using appropriate sources from the internet as well as print.
Learn how to read for information and to apply critical thinking skills to analyze probing questions about our past.
Begin to make the connection that our past history is important to understand so that our current lives may be improved for all people.
Multi-media projects, tests and homework are used to assess mastery.
In the 7th Grade, students focus on Medieval History. Students will:
Travel the world from Constantinople, to China, Japan, Korea, Africa, Central & South America and finally landing in Renaissance Europe.
Make connections from the Medieval past to our current society, understanding that past mistakes are lessons learned.
Demonstrate mastery of content through choice based projects and some group work. Tests and homework are ongoing.
Write a research paper with a well-developed thesis statement and verifiable sources.
In the 8th grade, students focus on American History. Students will:
Gain a better understanding of American History from the beginnings of colonization to the end of the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Understand our connection to other world democracies and global markets.
Understand and appreciate the strength of the individual voice in the democratic process.
Understand the value of the American work ethic from both past histories to present day entrepreneurship.
Mastery is demonstrated through multiple individual and group projects as well as ongoing research-based projects. Tests and homework are on-going.