The study of how people live & organize themselves in society.
The whole course of human history may depend on a change of heart in one solitary and even humble individual - for it is in the solitary mind and soul of the individual that the battle between good and evil is waged and ultimately won or lost.
- M. Scott Peck
1) Where the Heck Am I?
4) If You Build It, They will Come: Origins of Civilizations
Why do we have to learn social studies?
Social studies is about us & how we got to where we are now. Social studies influences where we will go.
Exploring other people's ways of doing things can help us understand ourselves better. Perhaps it will even help us realize our way is not necessarily the best way. Think of the ramifications of this.
This year we will investigate the development of civilization from the first people through to the Middle Ages. We will be looking at this development by exploring the following aspects of a culture:
An archaeologist always has lots of questions about the culture he/she is excavating. Cultural questions serve as a guide. If the archaeologist can answer these, he/she probably has a lot of knowledge of the culture being studied. We use the acronym G.R.A.P.E.S. to help us remember our cultural questions.