All core MVMMS social studies courses are considered core academic classes and meet every day. Common assessments, including trimester exams and a final exam, are given throughout the year. All courses emphasize reading, the use of primary source documents, and require students to actively complete research and writing.
6th Grade Geography – Geography students review and reinforce the physical geographical concepts introduced in grades K-5 and develop a broader understanding of cultural geographic concepts as outlined in the Massachusetts State Frameworks. This course helps students discern the global patterns of physical and cultural characteristics such as landforms, climate, population, transportation and communication, economic systems and types of governments, and cultural diffusion. Ultimately, the course provides a strong foundation for continuing an education in history, culture, government, and other areas in the Humanities.
The primary focus of study is on human and cultural geography that deals with how the activities of different cultural groups affect the use and form of the landscape. Students explore a variety of themes including the human use of the habitat and its resources, the human impact on the ecology of the earth, the origin and spread of cultures, environmental perception or the geography of settlement forms. Throughout the course, students will work on skills to analyze, draw conclusions, and make inferences using a variety of primary and secondary sources, including but not limited to maps, graphs, charts, images, and articles. Regions selected for study will vary, but will primarily focus on the physical and cultural geographies of Africa, the Middle East, South and East Asia, Oceania, South America, and Europe. These studies are set in their regional context and exemplify important geographic concepts or problems.
7th Grade Ancient Civilizations – The course covers the early history of humanity from the dawn of prehistory to the height of the Roman Empire. Topics include the origin of civilization in the river valley societies, the development of written language, the continuity and change of cultures of the Ancient World, as well as Classical Greece and its influence on Rome. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition and mastery of critical reasoning and writing skills as well as an introduction to primary source documents. Students use the skills they developed in geography to examine content and consider the important developments that paved the way for modern society. They complete research and projects related to the eras they study and develop an appreciation of artifacts and archaeology.
8th Grade World History – This course examines the development of world civilizations after the fall of the Roman Empire. Students study the history of the major empires and political entities of this period: the Islamic Empire, the Byzantine Empire, Medieval Europe and the major pre-Columbian civilizations that existed in Central and South America. Students examine the important political, economic, and religious developments of this period, including the development of Christianity and Islam, the conflicts between them in different parts of the world, and the beginnings of European influence on the Western Hemisphere. Finally, students study the development of democratic, scientific, and secular thought in European history. To the extent practical, students study the origins and development of major civilizations in Africa, India and East Asia.Staff Contacts
|Jon Babula||6A Geography|
|Rob Mahoney||6B Geography|
|Hannah Reagan||6C Geography|
|Nancy Fowke||7A Ancient Civilizations|
|Brian Donovan||7B Ancient Civilizations|
|Morgan Crooks||7C Ancient Civilizations|
|Michelle Sewyck||8A World History|
|Jenna Duncan||8B World History|
|Maureen Connell||8C World History|