In middle school, students focus on specific areas of geography and history, studying in greater depth areas previously touched upon in the intermediate grades. In sixth grade students will analyze the shift from nomadic to agricultural societies. Students will study the development of civilizations, including the areas of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, Greece, and Rome. This study will include the impact of geography, early history, cultural development, and economic change. Sixth grade history will conclude with the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. In seventh grade students will study world geography with an emphasis on the cultures and geography of the modern world. This course will explore the impact of culture, economics, geography, and governance on the development of modern society. Students will explore the patterns of human settlement and how human factors influence a place. They will also develop an understanding of the impact of individual and group decisions on citizens and communities. In eighth grade students will study the European exploration of North America, along with the geographic features that influenced early settlements. The major events, outcomes and individuals of the Revolutionary War will be analyzed. Students will follow the development of the United States and its government through the early 19th century, including policies that affected the American Indians. The events leading up to the Civil War will be examined, along with the individuals and events that were significant during the war. The history, people, government, and geography of Tennessee will be emphasized in order to illustrate the role our state has played in American history. Eighth grade will conclude with Reconstruction and the development of the American West.
In middle school, beyond the content specified by the course, students will also develop research, analytic, and critical thinking skills through the evaluation of evidence, interpretation of primary sources, and writing in response to their historical study.