Our social studies and language arts/reading curricula are mutually supportive; a good example of interdisciplinary teaching. Social studies classes provide a rich and varied background of historical and cultural knowledge. This, in turn, fosters a greater undertanding and appreciation for the literature we read.
We start with an overview of American prehistory, setting the stage for the exploration of the Americas. From exploration, we move to American colonization and then to immigration. Skills in reading, comprehension, and analysis of non fiction texts are explicitly taught. Research techniques are integrated into our studies beginning early in the fall term and culminating with a research project in the spring, The students participate in several interactive simulations which serve to bring a real excitement and personal involvement to the subject matter.