Students in RAN social studies
courses will develop and grow as students of history and as readers and
writers. They will learn to critically evaluate historical events and to
develop opinions based on evidence. They will develop, practice, and
master a wide range of skills including evaluating sources, reading
maps, identifying cause and effect, and drawing logical conclusions.
They will also learn and practice important study skills including note
taking, paraphrasing, researching and referencing.
Students will follow a
progression from the study of world geography (grade 6) to ancient
civilizations (grade 7) to the foundations of American democracy (grade
8). At each grade level, students will be taught to use a variety of
sources to understand history and geography. By the end of grade 8, our
students will have a basic understanding of the places of the world, the
development of civilizations over time, and the foundations of our