5th Grade

History/Social Studies

Fifth graders at Moses Brown, as the oldest students in lower school, understand that they are capable of discussing complicated–and challenging–topics.  With this knowledge, they address serious matters, engaging as scholars and compassionate people.

Novels like Iqbal and Ajeemah and His Son ask children to think about issues like child labor and slavery, and the moral implications of economic choices.  These discussions are framed and guided by our Quaker values, which hold that every person has an Inner Light and is equally deserving of respect.

In studying the human and civil rights protected by our government, we invite expert speakers to share their perspectives in class.  Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea has visited for several years, and noted civil rights lawyer Malcolm Farmer III ’57 has shared his perspective on how the legal system can be used to address injustice.

While discussing the March on Washington, we have visited the John F. Kennedy Museum.  We culminate our intensive study of the civil rights movement (and ongoing civil rights work around the world) with a four-day trip to Washington, D.C. to visit historically significant places like the United States Institute of Peace, the Washington Memorial, and the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.



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