Middle School


Ellis Middle School students immerse themselves in the cultures of the past. Through a variety of teaching methods and practices, Ellis girls bring history to life by:
  • Building models of Greek City-states
  • Acting as lords, ladies, and peasants during a Medieval Faire
  • Blogging as Patriots and Loyalists during the American Revolution
  • Becoming Supreme Court Justices to decide Bill of Rights cases
  • Researching and reporting on important 20th Century events
Ellis girls gain confidence and independence, empowering them to act rather than observe. Our challenging, cumulative, and sequential curriculum promotes honest academic inquiry. Students analyze, evaluate, and synthesize historical evidence in order to understand the complexities of the modern interconnected world.

History Curriculum

List of 5 items.

  • Ancient History

    Required Course | Grade 5

    In this course, students learn about archaeology, democracy, and religion through a focus on the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Students learn about the daily life and workers in Egyptian society, as well as learning about their belief system, pyramids, and mummification. This is followed by a study of ancient Greece. In this unit, students learn about the land and sea surrounding Greece and how both shaped the Greek culture. Democracy, religion, and the Greek contributions to our world today are explored, and the unit culminates with a project where students build a model of a Greek city-state. Students look at the rise of the Roman Empire, the Roman army and its government, famous Roman figures, along with gladiator fighting and chariot racing.The course ends with students completing a research paper on the role of women in ancient civilizations.
  • Medieval History

    Required Course | Grade 6

    In this course, students learn about culture, geography, and economics during the medieval times. Students focus on civilizations in Africa, Asia, and Europe. The course focuses on how humankind adapts to and alters geographical landscapes and how this affects modern times. Specific activities focus on skill development such as note taking, critical reading, synthesis of information, map reading, and geo-literacy skills. Students develop these skills through independent work as well as group work in order to build their problem solving and communication skills.
  • United States History

    Required Course | Grade 7

    This course focuses on the early history of the United States and the roots of American government. Students explore the impact of the American Revolution, the U.S. Constitution, the American Civil War, Reconstruction, and the role of immigration in the Industrial Revolution.  Additionally, the course examines the function of government, and the students' own rights and responsibilities as citizens. Students work on several research projects which incorporate information literacy skills.
  • Twentieth Century History

    Required Course | Grade 8

    This course examines world developments throughout the 1900s and the role of the United States during this century of change and conflict. Topics include the Great Depression, Dictators, World War II, Japanese American Internment, the Holocaust, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and Watergate. Students investigate the effects of such events on the world relative to various areas of history, including economics, politics, geography, and culture. This course culminates in a research paper on a twentieth century topic.  
  • Global Citizenship

    Elective Course | Grades 7-8

    Global Citizenship is an interdisciplinary course devoted to the study of current global issues. This course focuses on defining global citizenship, researching the requirements for American citizenship, and analyzing global issues identified by students in a geographical, social, political, scientific, and cultural context. Students gain multicultural perspectives through research, discussion, guest speakers, field trips and collaborative projects.