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Grade 6 World Cultures

            An understanding of world cultures is vital for young people who will enter an adulthood characterized by complex problems, accelerating change, and increasingly global interconnections. Students of the 21st century who will identify with, care about, and meaningfully apply social sciences inquiry require academic encounters with diverse cultures that are stimulating enough to make astudy of the past and present meaningful, purposeful, and personally useful. A program of study for the new millennium must therefore be a creative, inviting, and interactive experience which clearly defines linkages between past events andthe present context in which cultural groups live. Students must be provided with a wide variety of experiences which develop knowledge, core values,skills, and attitudes that will help them effectively function politically,economically, socially, morally, and intellectually.

            The program of study must be based on reliable pedagogy and incorporate the most significant content using established and emerging approaches employed by historians and social scientists. Students will need to function in a global society that is constantly restructuring itself through changing culturalpatterns, newly emerging technologies, expanding frontiers, and rapidly developing interconnections. Most public policy questions today and in the future will have global implications. For students to be effective citizens and participants in this accelerating global transformation they must have an understanding of major historical patterns and issues and their implications for continuity and/or change, realizing that they share the world with diverse peoples whose beliefs and actions are different from their own.

            Spanning sixth and seventh grade, the Middle School World Cultures program provides students with opportunities to analyze cultures and nations from geographic, economic, social, political, and historical perspectives, to analyze issues confronting past and present peoples, and to evaluate key figures, decisions, and policies in terms of their local, regional, and global impact. Its major purpose is to contribute to students' perceptions ofthe world as a mosaic of diverse peoples, places, and cultures united by the basic commonality of mankind.  Accordingly,in the sixth grade, students study the cultural regions of LatinAmerica, South Asia, and East Asia. In Grade7 World Cultures, students will continue their study of the culturalregions of Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Central Eurasia.

            An additional purpose of both Grades 6 & 7  World Cultures is to prepare students for the challenges of future coursework,standardized testing, and entry into college, the workforce, or military.

 

            Grade 6 World Cultures is designed to provide all students a learning experience which integrates challenging subject matter and dynamic instruction. Approaches to learning will actively engage students, utilize their curiosity, and employ strategies appropriate for middleschool instruction.  

           

By addressing the challenges ofthe world in which we live, by applying the elements of effective instruction,by using the methodology of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation, and by adhering to the expectations of rigor, Grade6 World Cultures will continue to expand students’ worldview and prepare themfor success in the future.