Brief Description of the Course:
Students in the sixth grade expand their understanding of history by studying the people and events that ushered in the dawn of the major Western and non-Western ancient civilizations. Geography is of special significance in the development of the human story. Continued emphasis is placed on the everyday lives, problems, and accomplishments of people, their role in developing social, economic, and political structures, as well as in establishing and spreading ideas that helped transform the world forever. Students develop higher levels of critical thinking by considering why civilizations developed where and when they did, why they became dominant, and why they declined. Students analyze the interactions among the various cultures, emphasizing their enduring contributions and the link, despite time, between the contemporary and ancient worlds.
Human beings are subjective. Therefore, most of what we know of history is taken from the viewpoint of the “victors.” What about the victims? What about the indigenous peoples? What about women? Aside from a few powerful women, females rarely receive credit from this period of history. History has a way of being slanted. Biases are inevitable, so we must do our best to seek other stories worth telling. We must find other points of view. This class will seek out and study primary documents in a quest to analyze different perspectives.
This is a well-rounded program that hopes to captivate, entertain, and stimulate, while developing an understanding of conceptual and factual historical knowledge. In addition, we will also focus on developing reading comprehension skills with expository text, formal reasoning, note-taking, research, collaborative work, oral presentations, technology-based projects, highlighting, outlining, concept mapping (graphic organizers), current events, debates, and simulations.
There are high expectations for every student in this class. Organization is a priority and a skill that we will develop and nurture within the scope of learning history.