Humanities

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The Humanities courses are writing intensive at each grade level, building sequentially on reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills through the exploration of literature and the study of ancient civilizations and world and U.S. history. All middle school students read and write in a variety of genres, with writing skills taught through a workshop approach, emphasizing process equally with product. At each grade level, critical thinking skills and cooperative learning are central. 

Courses

Humanities 6

Humanities 6 focuses on ancient civilizations and the Middle Ages. Mythology and historical fiction are used to build critical reading skills and enhance the study of history. Students gain mastery of world geography.

Humanities 7

Humanities 7 integrates Language Arts with a survey of early U.S. History that examines Native American issues, the U.S. Constitution, the origins of our founding principles, the industrial revolution, and the divisive conflict over slavery. Students develop critical reading skills through daily independent reading coupled with shared reading that enriches the history curriculum. The writing workshop reinforces and enhances basic composition skills and immerses students in the process approach to writing in a variety of genres, from free-verse poetry to book reviews to the five-paragraph essay.

Humanities 8

Humanities 8 studies U.S. History from the Civil War through the present. Classic U.S. literature of the time reinforces historical understanding as well as providing a basis for studying the elements of fiction. Writing exercises continue to emphasize a process approach. Students work in a variety of genres with an emphasis on the essay. The course is writing intensive. Required texts include Joy Hakim’s series, A History of USThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain; Animal Farm by George Orwell; and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Articles, short stories, and primary sources supplement these and readings of the students’ own choosing.

History & Humanities Faculty

Michael Short

Michael Short

Titles: Humanities Department Chair, Outdoor Education Coordinator, Humanities 6, Adventure Education, Outdoor Adventure, Mountain Biking, House Parent (Warner/St. Mary's), 6th Grade Class Coordinator
Degrees: B.A. English and Environmental Studies, Furman University
M.Ed. English Language Arts, Wake Forest University
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School: 931.598.5651 ext. 1019
Geoffrey Smith

Geoffrey Smith

Titles: Interim Dean of Students, Fort Chair in Writing, History Department Chair, Middle School Boys' Soccer (Head), Freshman Class Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Studies
Degrees: B.A. History, The University of the South
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School: 931.463.2134
Christine Monahan

Christine Monahan

Titles: History, House Parent (Colmore), Yearbook
Degrees: B.A., College of the Holy Cross
M.A.T., Rivier University
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Kinion Pond

Kinion Pond

Titles: Humanities 8, English, 8th Grade Class Coordinator, Yearbook & Lit Mag, Art History
Degrees: B.A., Sewanee: The University of the South
M.A., Bowling Green State University
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School: 931.598.5651 ext. 1017
David Prehn

David Prehn

Titles: English, History, Cross Country (Head), Tennis, Turkington House Program Leader, Honor Council
Degrees: B.A., The University of the South
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School: 931.598.5651 ext. 4122
Tracy Randolph

Tracy Randolph

Titles: Humanities 7, English, 7th Grade Class Coordinator, House Parent (Warner/St. Mary's), Afternoon Supervision
Degrees: B.S. Public Relations, Middle Tennessee State University
M.Ed., Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
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School: 931.598.5651 ext. 1018