Middle School Social Studies
Middle School -
The middle school social studies classes at Fox Valley Christian Academy are structured to allow the students to explore history and the world we live in through the lens of a Christian worldview. God’s control extends to the whole universe and He is working out everything in conformity with the plan and purpose of His own will. Students will see God’s influence manifesting itself throughout the history of the world. Proverbs 14:34 says “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” This verse provides the foundation upon which our social studies classes are built. Our 6th grade social studies class focuses on the study of ancient civilizations. Our 7th graders study world geography, and our 8th graders learn about U.S. History.
As a part of the social studies curriculum, our middle school students participate in the National Geographic Bee each year. The first level of competition takes place in the classrooms. The top students from each grade level then compete at a school-wide bee. This is a very fun and exciting event where students have the opportunity to display their knowledge of geography in a competitive venue. There is also audience participation at the school-wide competition so everyone can enjoy the bee. The winner of the school-wide bee then has the opportunity to compete at the state level. We look forward to the National Geographic Bee every year because it is a unique opportunity for the students to learn about the Earth and its people as well as the diversity of God’s creation.
World History 6 is focused on Ancient civilizations. Students will learn the history of the ancient world, organize events into larger thematic movements, and develop an appreciation of the unique role that ancient civilizations have played in history. In each unit, students will analyze and discuss important events, compare and contrast these from a variety of viewpoints, and make predictions about the impact of these events in the future.
World Geography 7 is the study of the Earth and the people that live in it. Students will study the physical and cultural geography of the world that God created. Psalm 24:1 says “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” The students will learn how God’s creation is unique and diverse. In order to acquire a complete understanding of the world, students will study land resources, places, cultures, and people of various regions of the globe. Students will develop an understanding of world geography by studying it through the prism of a Christian worldview. They will have opportunities to be self-reflective, to see the role geography plays in shaping who we are, and to contemplate and appreciate their identity in Christ.
History 8 is the study of the history of the United States of America. The students will learn how the United States developed into the country it is today. By studying the events of the past, students will come to understand their relevance to the present and ultimately the future. Although the United States does not have a “special relationship” with God, like Israel, it has nonetheless benefitted from a tendency to acknowledge God’s Law and adhere to Biblical principles in its actions. As the students study United States history, they will continually evaluate events to see them through a Christian worldview, and discuss, as applicable, elements of a Christian heritage in America’s history.