Social Studies

The Social Studies Department focuses on the development of reading, writing, research, critical thinking and technology skills through the study of World and United States History.

The writing curriculum in the History and Social Science Department is part of a vertically and horizontally integrated curriculum that has been developed in conjunction with the English Department. The Social Studies Department emphasizes global education with an emphasis on studying and appreciating diverse world cultures, exploring the effects of cultural contact both historically and in contemporary times, and recognizing and understanding the increasing interconnectedness of the world.

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  • What a Grade 8 student will know and be able to do in social studies:

    • Geography: Students will be able to identify how geography affects the development of culture and history.
    • Diversity: Students will be able to compare and contrast cultural similarities and differences to demonstrate tolerance and respect in a diverse world.
    • Connections: Students will be able to analyze how past events affect the present and future.
    • Leadership: Students will be able to identify characteristics of effective leaders and governments and how they influence the greater community.
    • Skills: Students will use reading, writing, and research skills to examine and analyze historical events and contemporary issues.
    • Social Responsibility: Students will develop an interest in contemporary human rights and social justice issues and seek opportunities to engage these issues through individual commitment and action.

Social Studies Curriculum by Grade

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  • Grade 6

    The Geography, History and Culture 6 course provides a thematic overview of the development of complex civilizations throughout the world.  Students will examine the dynamic relationship between geography and culture in Central America, Southwest Asia, South Asia and early Europe by examining the ways in which people groups have adapted to lands with diverse climates and topography.  Students will master concrete information (landforms, location, vocabulary) in addition to acquiring the analytical skills necessary to become critical thinkers and global citizens throughout their lives.
  • Grade 7

    The seventh grade social studies course coordinates with the sixth grade curriculum to cover World Geography, History, and Cultures. Seventh grade considers the relationship between geography, history and cultures of specific regions around the world, including Africa, East Asia, Renaissance to Modern Europe, and South America. Students will develop and refine skills in critical reading, analytical writing, and evaluating sources. Together, the sixth and seventh grade courses lay a foundation for the study of Global History in ninth and tenth grades.
  • Grade 8

    The eighth grade social studies course covers early US History, from the founding period through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Reconstruction is used as a springboard to the Civil Right Movement and modern Human Rights issues. These themes are correlated with the eighth grade theme, which is “Global Awareness.” Essential skills will focus on writing, note-taking, craftsmanship, organization and planning, as well as research skills and public speaking.
Francis Parker School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School is located on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.

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