Social Studies – curriculum involves dynamic lessons that integrate hands-on learning, history,
geography and language arts.
It encourages students to engage in dramatization, discussions, debates and analysis that leads them to become intelligent and compassionate participants in the world. It aims to produce active citizens as well as thinkers—reflective and analytical young people who apply the habits and the insights they develop to their own decision-making. The Social Studies curriculum integrates history, literature and, geography. By reading both non-fiction and fiction content related to the topics and periods studied, students are made to ask meaningful questions and make connections between what they study and what they experience. Additionally, the curriculum demands various types of writing—such as research papers, analytical essays, and creative pieces including poetry, drama, journals, and personal narrative— which further develop the critical thinking and self-expression skills of the student.
Grade 5 – Students learn America’s history from the first migrations into the America’s through the 20 century. Interactions with personalities, places and events that structured our nation are studied, dramatized, analyzed, discussed and debated. Students are led to become keen observers and informed participants in US History and made to understand the significance of the era in the context of today’s United States.
Grade 6 – Students are introduced to the beginning of the human story. As they explore the great early civilizations of Egypt, India, China, Greece and Rome students discover the secrets of these ancient cultures that continue to influence the modern world.
Grade 7 – Students learn the medieval world and beyond. They explore the legacy of civilizations from Europe, Africa and the middle-east to Asia and the Americas. From the decline of feudalism to the revolutions in science, exploration and thought, which form the foundations of our modern world.
Grade 8 – Students learn World Cultures. They examine people, places and societies of the contemporary world through the lens of geography, history and culture. In-depth lessons make students feel like they actually have their passports in a tour of countries across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.
Cedar Hill Prep Debate Wins Again! On December 7th, Cedar Hill Prep participated in the Garden State Debate Meet at Bridgeton Middle School. The topics for the debate were - (a) The President should serve a single six year term, (b) Banning neonic pesticides does more harm than good, (c) The green new deal is bad for America, (d) End NJ Bear Hunt. Once again, Cedar Hill Prep finished first with the highest overall points. Three teams finished in the top 10, and Arnav Upadhyay won the Top Speaker Award for Cedar Hill Prep School.
The Multiple Advantages of a Multilingual CurriculumThere have been a number of studies in recent years that suggest people who speak more than one language are in fact more intelligent. An article written by the New York Times highlights that learning multiple languages could improve cognitive skills beyond those related to language, which is a considerably different viewpoint than previously thought.