MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES
To enrich the social studies curriculum, Holy Nativity Episcopal School added History Alive! for 6th grade Ancient History and Government Alive! to teach Civics, Geography and Economics to 7th graders. These researched-based active methods of teaching have transformed these two subjects into multifaceted learning experiences.
World History is a year-long 6th grade course including hands-on projects such as excavating Terra Cotta Warriors as well as utilizing our recently added classroom set of Chromebooks to take a tour of Ancient Rome. All 6th graders are required to complete a History Fair Project.
The 7th grade social studies curriculum in the state of Florida includes a semester of geography, nine weeks of economics and nine weeks of civics. Government Alive! helps bring learning alive in these sometimes challenging-to-engage areas of study. With the ability to engage students with a variety of learning styles with this active instruction, the students are working in groups, learning graphic note taking and enjoying step by step discovery of the subject matter—and loving it! To finish out the year, the 7th graders canoe Econfina Creek for a combined geography and science study.
Early American History is the basis of 8th grade social studies. Annually our 8th grade students, and many of their parents, travel to Washington DC and New York City for what has become an HNES tradition, the 8th grade trip. Beginning the first day of 8th grade, students know that what they are learning is important for their trip. Integrating the curriculum, there is a Holocaust book club unit in English class to coordinate with the visit to the Holocaust Museum as well as a writing contest with outside judges to choose the 4 students who will participate in the wreath ceremony at Arlington Cemetery. In addition, all 8th graders are required to prepare a History Fair Project. Recent classroom visitors have included a World War II veteran, who was there to liberate Buchenwald, a Vietnam veteran and a Marine who was involved in the Tet Offensive.