Social Studies at Saint Thomas Academy.
Our students experience the past and learn about the present in social studies classes. Courses focus on the importance of being a responsible, successful citizen in an ever-changing global society.
Department Chair Overview
The Social Studies Department at Saint Thomas Academy designs its courses to provide a learning environment that promotes academic excellence and recognizes the uniqueness of each individual student. It is the objective of the Social Studies Department that the students will:
Acquire geographical skills and be able to identify geographically major areas of the world.
Acquire the ability to connect the past and the present by applying methods of historical research; use a variety of sources to demonstrate cause and effect relationships in history.
Acquire basic economic literacy of U.S. economic institutions in order to effectively pursue citizenship responsibilities and to enhance personal economic decision-making.
Acquire basic political literacy to enable students to effectively participate in the U.S. democratic process.
Understand controversial issues and develop thinking skills through the use of position papers and position statement analysis on tests and in debates.
Develop a multicultural awareness and sensitivity, recognizing that our judgments about people of different cultures are usually shaped and influenced by the standards and values of the culture in which we live.
Develop the competency to acquire, organize, evaluate, and report information for the purposes of solving problems and clarifying issues.
Emphasize study skills throughout the year in 6th-8th grades.
- Minnesota History - Grade Level: 6
- Geography - Grade Level: 7
- U.S. History- Grade Level: 8
- Elective-Chess Strategies/Quiz Bowl - Grade Level: 6-8, semester-based
- Elective-Introduction to Debate - Grade Level: 6-8, semester-based
- My Family Story: AN Introduction to History Through Your Own Family – Grade Level: 6-8 semester-based