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Individuals & Societies (Social Studies)

In an MYP school, Social Studies is called Individual & Societies.  Please click the links on the right to learn more about each of our Individuals & Societies teachers.  

MYP Aims of Individuals & Societies: 

The aims of MYP individuals and societies are to encourage and enable students to:
  • appreciate human and environmental commonalities and diversity
  • understand the interactions and interdependence of individuals, societies and the environment
  • understand how both environmental and human systems operate and evolve
  • identify and develop concern for the well-being of human communities and the natural environment
  • act as responsible citizens of local and global communities
  • develop inquiry skills that lead towards conceptual understandings of the relationships between individuals, societies and the environments in which they live.

Assessment criteria
Each individuals and societies course has 4 objectives that correspond to one of four equally weighted assessment criteria. 
  • Criterion A: Knowing and understanding Students develop factual and conceptual knowledge about individuals and societies.
  • Criterion B: Investigating Students develop systematic research skills and processes associated with disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Students develop successful strategies for investigating independently and in collaboration with others.
  • Criterion C: Communicating Students develop skills to organize, document and communicate their learning using a variety of media and presentation formats.
  • Criterion D: Thinking critically Students use critical-thinking skills to develop and apply their understanding of individuals and societies and the process of investigation.
Our MPS Social Studies Vision:
All students, K-12, explore social studies disciplines in ways that are rooted in inquiry, culturally relevant and sustaining, and connected to the community, so they are prepared for college, career, and civic life.
What do MPS students learn in middle school social studies?
In middle school, our students continue to be exposed to foundational ideas in each of the core disciplines of social studies: economics, geography, history, and civics.  In grades 6 and 7 the emphasis is on history and in grade 8 the emphasis is on geography.

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