We believe a shared base of knowledge about American and world history will create a foundation for informed and engaged citizens. As such, history forms the backbone of our curriculum.

Every year, starting in kindergarten, all students learn United States and world history and geography. But the study of history doesn’t stop in the History classroom. At Monticello it is reinforced as they study the art, music, and literature from the same places and eras.

History Topics
Grade LevelAmerican History & GeographyWorld History & Geography
  • Native Americans
  • Early Exploration and Settlement
  • Major American presidents and symbols
  • Seven continents
  • Oceans
  • Early Exploration and Settlement: Columbus, Conquistadors, English Settlemen
  • From Colonies to Independence: The American Revolution
  • Early Exploration and the American West
  • Early World Civilizations: Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt
  • World Religions
  • Mexico
  • Early American Civilizations: Maya, Aztec, and Inca
  • The Constitution
  • War of 1812
  • Westward Expansion
  • Civil War
  • Immigration and Citizenship
  • Fighting for a Cause: Women’s Rights, Civil Rights
  • Geography of North and South America
  • Asia: India and China
  • Modern Japanese Civilization
  • Ancient Greece
  • Native Americans
  • Early Exploration of North America: American Southwest, Search for the Northwest Passage
  • The Thirteen Colonies
  • Canada
  • Important Rivers of the World
  • Ancient Rome
  • The Vikings
  • The American Revolution
  • Making a Constitutional Government
  • Early Presidents and Politics
  • Reformers: Abolitionists, Women’s Rights
  • Mountains and Mountain Ranges
  • Europe in the Middle Ages
  • Spread of Islam and “Holy wars”
  • Early and Medieval African Kingdoms
  • China: Dynasties and Conquerors
  • Westward Expansion
  • The Civil War
  • Native Americans: Cultures and Conflicts
  • U.S. Geography (including fifty states and capitals)
  • Great Lakes of the World
  • Maya, Aztec, and Inca Civilizations
  • European Exploration, Trade, and the Clash of Cultures
  • The Renaissance and the Reformation
  • England from the Golden Age to the Glorious Revolution
  • Russia: Early Growth and Expansion
  • Feudal Japan
  • Immigration, Industrialization, and Urbanization
  • Reform: Populism, Progressivism, Women’s Suffrage
  • Great Deserts of the World
  • Lasting Ideas from Ancient Civilizations: Judaism, Christiantiy, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome
  • The Enlightenment
  • The French Revolution
  • Romanticism
  • Industrialism, Capitalism, and Socialism
  • Latin American Independence Movements
7thU.S. and World History and Geography are combined startin in 7th grade:
  • American Becomes a World Power
  • World War I
  • The Russian Revolution
  • America from the Twenties to the New Deal
  • World War II
  • Geography of the US
  • The Decline of European Colonialism and the Creation of the People’s Republic of China
  • The Cold War
  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • The Vietnam War and the Rise of Social Activism
  • The Middle East and Oil Politics
  • The End of the Cold War
  • Civics: The Constitution--Principles and Structure of American Democracy
  • Geography of Canada and Mexico

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