Middle School social studies students hold the world in their hands, or at least the history of it. The three year curriculum covers a vast span of time from before man to modern America. While we move through the ages, students become well-versed in the cultures and geography of the world.

We teach the academic skills to help students master content. Critical thinking skills are taught and honed. We practice active reading strategies and note-taking skills. All students are required to keep an interactive notebook
of the topics discussed in class. Research skills are built and developed
as students work on class presentations and creative projects. In order to augment our learning experiences,every other year, 7th and 8th grade take a trip to our nation's capital, Washington D.C. 

Sixth to Eighth Grade Social Studies


Ancient History
  • Toward Civilization- The Beginning of Human Society and the Fertile Crescent

  • Ancient Egypt, India, and China- Rulers and Religions of Ancient Egypt, The Indus and Ganges River Valleys, Hinduism and Buddhism, Confucius, and the achievements of ancient China

  • Ancient Greece and Rome- The rise of Greek Civilizations; Religion, Philosophy, and the Arts in Ancient Greece; Athens and Sparta, and the rise and fall of the Roman Empire

  • Early Regional Civilizations- Byzantine, Muslim, African, South American, and Asian Civilizations


World Geography
  • Map Skills- 5 Themes of Geography, Latitude and Longitude, Scale, Directions, Parts of a Map, and Types of Maps

  • The World’s People- Understanding Culture, Human Population and Growth, Resources and Trade, Influence of Technology

  • Regional Study- Political, Physical, Economic, and Cultural look at various places throughout the world including the United States, Canada, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Western Europe, Australia, and Africa

American History
  • Civics- Origins of the Constitution, The Constitution, American Government, and The Legal System

  • Road to Revolution- Colonial America, and the causes of the Revolutionary War

  • A House Divided- Slavery, State’s Rights, and The Civil War

  • Settling In- The American West, and the plight of the Native American

  • Rise of Industry- Steel, Rail, Oil and the Robber Barons

  • Century of Conflict- The Great Depression, the World Wars, the Cold War, and Vietnam and the 1960’s

Mrs. Dunn sees the reason she that became a teacher is because she fell in love with history in college and has always been an avid writer and reader. Using these skills and interests to mold young minds seemed like a perfect fit. She loves hiking, biking, reading and spending time with her family.

At St. Agatha since: 2008


Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education

Pennsylvania State University

State Certified in Library Science


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