Middle School History
At Boston Trinity Academy we study history because understanding the past helps us to navigate the present. Sailors do not get from one harbor to the next by watching the water as it passes beneath their bow. Rather, they look for lighthouses and fixed points on the horizon. Neither do good students of history navigate life by reacting on the spot to the flow of sensational news as it ricochets across the internet. They view current events and future possibilities in light of a discernible, relevant past. Our investment in learning how to think historically pays lifelong dividends, equipping us to be stronger and more enlightened citizens in a global community.
Ancient History traces the development and progress of human civilization from its origins in the Mesopotamian river valley to the rise of Christianity throughout the Roman Empire. The course delves into the records of four prominent ancient civilizations that surrounded the Mediterranean Sea: Sumer, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Students examine these cultures, paying close attention to their geographies, contributions, archeological remains, art, literature, and their cultural impacts on and implications for the modern world.
United States History and Government traces the flow of our nation’s history, focusing on how the Constitution shaped our past and continues to shape our present. The course is based on the active and critical reading of key texts, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Gettysburg Address, and video footage of the Civil Rights movement. The three day New York City trip provides an in-depth study of the immigration experience. Students engage in daily discussion and debate, learning to listen to others’ ideas and articulate their own. At the end of the year, students write a thesis-driven paper analyzing a current Supreme Court ruling, and defend it in front of a panel of upper school students and teachers.