All core MVMMS social studies courses are considered core academic classes and meet every day. Common assessments, a common midyear and common 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 will review and reinforce the physical geographical concepts introduced in grades K5 and develop a broader understanding of cultural geographic concepts as outlined in the Massachusetts State Frameworks. This course will help 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 the Social Studies.
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.
6th Grade Geography Common Syllabus
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. 7th Grade Ancient Civ Common Syllabus
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. 8th Grade World History I Common Syllabus
Staff Contact Information
|6A Geography||Amy Dylengoski|
|6B Geography||Rob Mahoney|
|6C Geography||Hannah Reagan|
|7A Ancient Civilizations||Amanda Prouty|
|7B Ancient Civilizations||Kevin Tierney|
|7C Ancient Civilizations||Morgan Crooks|
|8A World History||Michelle Sewyck|
|8B World History||Jenna Carideo|
|8C World History||Maureen Connell|