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Humanities and History

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 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.

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