History Courses

History 5

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.

History 6

History 6 is a survey class of world history that will teach students fundamental skills that will enable them to be able to study history as scholars at the beginning of their secondary education careers. History 6 will encompass studies of geography, tools of the historian and a variety of units of study related to ancient civilizations including Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, Greece, Rome and the Islamic world. The units of study will include geography, vocabulary, reading activities, writing activities and assessments. Due to the nature of the class, students will also learn several reading and study skills that will enhance their learning. Students will use a variety of resources including a textbook, primary sources, maps, graphic organizers and writing materials to engage in the process of learning world history.  

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.  

History 7

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.

History 8

This course — titled "AMERICA TODAY: How the 20th Century Helped America Get Where It Is Today (and maybe help us understand where we'll be tomorrow) —covers the history of the U.S. in the 20th century. Beginning with the turn of the 20th century and the emergence of America as a world power, we examine the role of technology, industry, immigration and finance in helping America grow in global power and influence. From WWI and our reluctant entry into the war, we look at the impact that America had on the war itself and then, on the postwar happenings in Europe and the world. We shift our studies to the excitement of the Roaring 20s and learn how this period of social and economic growth contributed to the Great Depression. We examine the Great Depression from the standpoint of how the population of the US was affected by this severe economic downturn and how President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created and instituted his New Deal policies in an attempt to lead us back to economic stability. We examine the causes of WWII and the US’s (again reluctant) entry into this new, and more devastating and destructive, war. Our study of WWII follows both the Pacific and European theaters of war and some of the more significant events, battles or decisions made over the course of the war. Hitler’s "final solution" and the decision to drop the atomic bomb are two topics we examine, as they both have had a huge impact on the world today. The course then shifts to a study of the post-war years and the rising tensions between competing political systems (democracy and communism) and the emerging Cold War. We look at the fabulous 50s and their impact on American life, the tumultuous 60s, baby boomers, the counter-culture, Vietnam War, the groovy 70s, the 80s, examining shifts in our way of life. The Civil Rights movement is also studied as we look at the impact of this powerful movement on the decades following WWII. We end our study of the 20th century with an attempt to understand how terrorism, multiculturalism, immigration, and an awareness of growing civil rights for all peoples affects and impacts the America in which we live today.

Throughout the year, we continually revisit and think about the four overarching themes of this course and how each influenced the history of the 20th century: Political Systems, Conflict, Change and Justice.


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