The social studies curriculum at Monsignor Haddad Middle School is designed to teach students about their world's history and geography. Students learn about themselves in relation to other citizens of the world and the country. Students study human experiences from the past and the present, which enable them to wisely prepare for the future. They are taught the skills necessary for them to become responsible, intelligent, and caring citizens.
A variety of teaching activities are utilized in the Social Studies program, including lecture, oral presentation, projects, group work, research, and exploration of the internet.
The sixth grade curriculum is combination of geography and ancient civilizations. Students study the five themes of geography and apply them to real world issues. In the second half of the year, students research early civilizations from the first known humans to the fall of ancient Rome. Throughout the year, emphasis is placed on mapping and geography skills. During the second and third trimesters, sixth graders also embark on their first major research project, the Country Report. During this five month long project, students research and write about a country of their choosing. They examine many aspects of their country, including the history, geography, culture and wildlife. Upon completion, students are experts in their respective countries. They have the opportunity to publish and present their findings to their classmates through oral presentations.
The eighth grade course of study is the second half of a two year progression which begins in seventh grade. Students explore American political and social movements from the time of the Civil War to the present. Emphasis is placed on changes in American political life and the examination of the government’s role in protecting life, liberty, and property. Throughout the year, eighth graders continually scrutinize America’s place in the world. The week long Exploratory Week trip to Washington, D.C. is the culmination of years of study of United States history. Our nation’s capital becomes our walking classroom.