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Grade 9 Social Studies

Western Civilization

What we do:

Western Civilization begins with The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire; the Middle Ages; the Renaissance; and the Reformation. The course then dives into major themes and developments in Western history since 1600. Topics include the French Revolution, the emergence and development of the modern nation-state, industrialization, new ideologies such as Marxism, Imperialism, World War l, Russia at the time of the revolutions of 1917, the rise of totalitarianism, and World War II.

How we do it:

Direct Instruction

  • Structured Overview
  • Lecture- PowerPoint
  • Drill and Practice
  • Didactic Questions

Indirect Instruction

  • Case Studies
  • Reading for Meaning
  • Reflective Discussion
  • Writing to Inform

Experimental Learning

  • Narratives
  • Games
  • Storytelling
  • Focused Imaging

Independent Study

  • Essays
  • Computer Assisted Instruction
  • Assigned Question

Interactive Instruction

  • Debates
  • Role Playing
  • Brainstorming
  • Peer Partner Learning
  • Discussion
  • Think, Pair, Share
  • Cooperative Learning

Instructional Skills

  • Explaining
  • Questioning
  • Wait Time


  • Alternative Assessments
  • Graphic Organizers
  • KWL
  • Picture Word Inductive Model
  • Story Mapping