This course begins with a unit on geography, then shifts to a survey of American history — beginning with the first peoples of North America & Native American cultural regions, explorers of the "New World,” settlement and colonization of the east coast, the Revolutionary War, Declaration of Independence, foundations of American government, expansion into the west (with special attention to the journey of Lewis and Clark), the Civil War, and concluding with a brief overview of major events of the 20th century. Throughout the year, students are exposed to current events, ongoing geography skills, and awareness of the diversity of cultures that forms America. Skills emphasized include note taking, creative and analytical writing, reading comprehension, following directions, integration of technology, and critical thinking — in particular, how to study history objectively. Student assessment is based on a combination of homework completion, projects, tests, quizzes, class participation and preparation.
As students work within the units related to the ancient civilizations, we will explore the various facets of ancient civilizations. For example, while studying Mesopotamia, we will examine the beginnings of civilization, understand the first forms of government, and apply those ideas to our world today. Our studies of ancient Egypt will enable us to learn about one of the most storied civilizations in history. We will gain an understanding of the meaning of “dynasty” as we study pharaohs, the pyramids and the many interesting facts about Egypt. The unit that discusses Israel will address the introduction of monotheism to the world as well as the overlaying of civilizations and their interactions with one another. The units on Greece and Rome will engage students in understanding mythology as a part of history, Mediterranean geography, and concentrate on the period of Classical Antiquity.
History 6 will transition to the Medieval Period following our studies of the ancient civilizations. During these studies, the focus will turn to Medieval Europe wherein we will embark upon our studies of the time of courts, monarchs, knights, ladies and castles. We will gain an understanding of the feudal system that controlled Europe for centuries. As part of our studies of medieval history, we will learn about the world of Islam, medieval Africa and Asian cultures.
This course examines the concepts of revolution, conflict and social change in China, the Dominican Republic and East Africa. The first semester will focus on ancient and contemporary Chinese history and culture. The third quarter will examine the founding of La Hispaniola and the developing countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The fourth quarter will focus on ancient and contemporary East African history and culture with an emphasis on the Swahili coast, British Kenya, and the independence of Kenya.
Students can expect to strengthen their academic skills through daily readings, frequent writing assignments, various research projects and class activities.