6th grade Humanities is a survey course of geography, history, civics and economics. The first semester begins with the establishment of fundamental geography
skills that serve as a foundation for the exploration of the globe. Once students have gained a spatial awareness of the world, students discover the ancient histories of the western hemisphere, specifically the Maya, Aztec and Inca. Second semester starts with a focus on literacy skills with a study of the novel Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver.
Upon completion, students will move through basic economic and civic understanding of global issues. The semester ends with an in-depth look at the North American Native population and the cultural clash of European Exploration. Overall, Humanities will provide students with an understanding of the world around them so that they may make a positive impact in our community and beyond.
7th Grade Humanities is a course where students learn about the history, geography, economics and governments of early histories of the Eastern Hemisphere. Specifically, students learn about Mesopotamia and the beginnings of history, Egypt, Greece, Rome, The Middle Ages, India and Asia, and Islam and Europe. Skills focused on in the class include reading comprehension, writing and critical thinking as well as map reading, how to interpret primary and secondary sources, how to interpret graphs and charts and how to persuade, summarize and problem solve. The goal is to develop critical thinking and writing communication skills that will help the student become a successful and contributing member of society.
In 8th grade Humanities students will become more proficient readers, writers and thinkers. Students will study American History from the American Revolution through the Reconstruction period after the Civil War. Throughout these units, students will parallel the experience of those in the past with the struggles that people endure throughout the world today. Included in the curriculum is a novel study, a focus on analyzing primary and secondary sources and developing the skill to make a judgment or argument and to support that using evidence.