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
- 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
- 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.
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
- 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
- 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.