History 

The History Department provides students with a strong academic skill set and an introduction to numerous areas of historical study. There is a conscious effort within the department to make students globally aware and engaged citizens. This objective is achieved by making students think for themselves and encouraging them to learn about major national and world events as they are happening. The specific academic skills focused on are reading, source analysis, discussion, public speaking, and writing. The department emphasizes revision and peer-editing in the writing process. Our goal is to develop independent thinkers and strong writers who are prepared to excel in the Humanities in college. Each history course is supported by the use of technology and thoughtfully designed travel assignments that allow students to meet course objectives when they are away from the classroom for athletic contests and training.

7th Grade Humanities

A cross-curricular, English/Social Studies course designed to foster interdisciplinary thinking. Over the course of the year, students will examine the geography and history of various areas throughout the world.  Contemporary and classic works of literature will be selected and integrated into the historical and geographical discussions.  Weaved throughout each unit will be lessons in grammar and vocabulary.  In addition, students will hone their writing skills through the revision process and one to one conferencing with the teacher.  Students will be assessed in a variety of ways including nightly homework, class participation, quizzes, tests, presentations, and papers.  

8th Grade Humanities 

A cross-curricular, English/History/Civics course designed to foster interdisciplinary thinking. Over the course of the year, students will examine various times in US history with the integration of contemporary and classic works of literature into the historical discussions. Weaved throughout each unit will be lessons in grammar and vocabulary. In addition, students will hone their writing skills through the revision process and one-to-one conferencing with the teacher. Students will be assessed in a variety of ways including nightly homework, class participation, quizzes, tests, presentations, and papers.

World Cultures

Typically taken during 9th grade, World Cultures focuses on geography and covers the rise of river civilizations to the Middle Ages. The students examine how geography and religion shape each culture studied. The goal of this course is to familiarize students with aspects of history that are relevant to their lives today. Students examine all aspects of each culture through guided independent research and are tasked with not only presenting on their assigned topic, but creating a study guide for their peers as well. While collaboratively studying these civilizations, students will also be actively posting in social media platforms set up for each unit.

Western Civilization

Typically taken during 10th grade, this course examines Europe and its relationship to the rest of the world beginning with the Renaissance and ending with the Second World War. It is more of a global studies course than strictly a course examining Western Civilization. The course focuses on the relationships between cultures and power dynamics both within cultures and between them. The goal of this course is for students to understand how the origins of globalization, modern democratic thought, and industry shape the world we live in today.

United States History (honors option available)

Typically taken during 11th grade, U.S. History begins with the Civil War and ends with the The Vietnam War. During the Fall Term the course will examine how the US government works, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and The Civil Rights Movement. During the Winter Term the course will focus on The Gilded Age, World War I, The Great Depression, World War II, The Cold War, and the Vietnam War. Students will spend the Spring Trimester working on research papers. The course will be discussion-based and focus on developing strong speaking and writing skills.

Contemporary History

Typically taken as a senior elective, this course encourages students to become well informed citizens and voters. This is accomplished primarily by daily monitoring of domestic and international events through online media, specifically the New York Times, as well as others such as The Economist, NPR, Al Jazeera and other news outlets as students discover them. An emphasis is placed on students becoming critical consumers of the news, regardless of its origin. As a result of recent world events, the focus of this class has been the Middle East and sanctions in North Korea. However, this course is designed to be flexible enough to shift focus almost immediately to respond to whatever events or issues arise.

 

Academics

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