SOCIAL STUDIES

 

The social studies curriculum at St. Luke’s School follows the Diocesan curriculum guidelines.  The program is the compendium of knowledge, beliefs, attitudes and skills needed for productive and effective membership in our society and the Church:


Preschool, Kindergarten and 1st grade:  Self & Family

 

The focus is on understanding the specific roles in the family, school, community and church groups and how basic needs are met. Through hands-on activities, stories, and real-life experiences students learn about the family, simple geographic concepts, the need for laws and rules, and the values guiding our life and work.


2nd grade:  Neighborhood/Community

 

The theme of 2nd grade takes the study of relationships beyond the family into the neighborhood and small communities.  This focus includes economic and civic learnings, concepts relating to neighborhood life today and long ago, exposure to neighborhood life in rural, urban and suburban areas, as well as neighborhoods/communities in other countries and cultures.


3rd grade:  Towns and Cities

 

The study of towns and cities focuses on their civic, geographic, economic and political features.  The program promotes understanding of local government, regional geographic factors, and historical background for present day life and work.  This focus includes a study of towns and cities in Rhode Island.


4th and 5th grades:  The Regions of the United States

 

The regions of the United States is a two-year study of the geography, economy and resources of New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, North Central, South West, Mountain West, and Pacific West regions. The focus includes emphasis on the historical highlights and contributions of each region. In the spring each year students in 4th and 5th grades participate in our school’s United States Fair, a celebration of the 50 states.


6th grade:  A World View

 

The curriculum focuses on the early beginnings of civilization. The study of Eastern Hemisphere countries begins with ancient times, explores Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, India, Ancient Greece and Rome, the Muslim and Byzantine Civilizations and concludes with the highlights of the economic, intellectual, cultural and religious influences of the Middle Ages, the  Renaissance and the Age of Exploration. A year-long focus is on an understanding of world geography and map skills.

 

7th grade:  Ancient American Civilizations to Pre-Civil War

 

Driven by core essential questions, students begin a two-year exploration of American and U.S. history with consideration of the peoples of the Americas prior to European exploration.  Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of the experiences of the myriad stakeholders in our nation’s history through critical examination of primary and secondary source documents.  Students may consider the impact of geography on history, what it means to be an American, and the complexity of the causes and effects of defining historical events.  Emphasis is placed on understanding the role of local people, places, and events in the greater stories of our nation’s early history. The civics curriculum focuses on understanding the structure and function of the U.S. Constitution along with other seminal historical documents.  

 

8th grade :  The United States Civil War to the Twentieth Century

 
The second year of the U.S. history curriculum features an in-depth, multi-disciplinary simulation of the Civil War in which students explore the many dimensions of human conflict and war through historical documents, literature, data analysis, independent research, and experiential activities.  Students develop the ability to make meaning of varied resources using skills of inquiry, literacy, and data analysis.  The changing role and impact of the U.S. in the greater world arena is a focus of the year.  The civics curriculum includes consideration of key constitutional law cases in our civil rights history as well as understanding current local, regional, national, and international political events.
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