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.
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 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 US; The 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.
M.Ed. English Language Arts, Wake Forest University
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M.A.T., Rivier University
M.A., Bowling Green State University
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M.Ed., Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
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