MS Social Studies – World Cultures and Societies

This is a 30 week, 1.5 hour, middle school social studies course focused on expanding students’ knowledge of other cultures and peoples. We will take an anthropological approach to exploring how other people live around the globe – their customs, languages, belief-systems, material culture, and everything in-between! Our discussion will be rooted in a basic understanding of regional history and geography. Our materials will be drawn from print sources, videos, short documentaries, and photos to provide students with visual examples of the way people live across our planet.

Our class will largely be discussion-based, with the majority of our course time spent examining and discussing evidence and synthesizing what we’ve learned through small group interaction and in-class writing assignments and short projects.

Supplies provided by the Instructor: In class materials, video sources, short reading assignments and hand-outs.

Provided by the Student: Geography of the World: The Essential Family Guide to Geography and Culture by DK Publishing

Class Homework Requirements and Grading:

Outside of class assignments will be minimal, with an average of 30 minutes of homework assigned weekly.


Time: 12:55 – 2:45
Grade: 6-8
Class Fees: $350
Supply fee:
Brittany Lyles

In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects our ability to meet in person in a classroom, I will make the following adjustments to this class. Tutor and students will meet at the scheduled class time via a video chat service. Assignments can be submitted electronically, and feedback will be provided electronically.  Our goal is to meet in person as soon as it is feasible. We may begin classroom meetings at any point during the school year as the COVID-19 situation resolves.