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Sept. 07, 2015

8th Grade History - Course Description

from:Tillotson, Michael

to:History, 8th Grade

8th Grade World History:  History of the United States of America

• We define History and Historiography and examine their associated methodology.
• We will review the European exploration of the North American continent and European interaction with Native Americans with particular attention to geographical features and climate.
• We will investigate early colonial America as a foundation for the later development of of American institutions and track the evolution of political and economic relations with Europe.
• We will examine the forces leading to the War of Independence and carefully analyze the making of the U.S. Constitution, its provisions and its implementation in the context of the crises of American history.
• We will analyze the economic and social tensions that have characterized the American experience with particular attention to the lead-up to and aftermath of the Civil War, the effects of industrialization and the development of the nation as a global power.
• We will always be concerned with the implications our study of the past has for our present social and political concerns.

• We will make use of the textbook A More Perfect Union (Houghton Mifflin Social Studies) as guide for  our exploration of the past, but our principal concern will be to develop a classroom conversation between teacher and students about our studies, supplementing the textbook with material provided by the teacher in the form of lectures, handouts and research assignments.
• Students will be expected to take notes in class and on assigned readings and maintain a binder containing these notes and all other materials associated with the course.
• There will be periodic quizzes/tests announced and prepared for well in advance.
• There will be opportunities provided each student for classroom presentations based on research after consultation with the teacher.

• Grades will be based not only on quiz or test results, but also on an assessment of the individual student's engagement with and mastery of the material as demonstrated in participation in classroom discussion and in the precision and thoroughness of classroom notes.
• The ultimate determinant of the student's success will be:  what in the end the student has achieved, given the resources and opportunities afforded in the class.

Sept. 07, 2015

6th Grade History - Course Description

from:Tillotson, Michael

to:History, 6th Grade

6th Grade World History:  Prehistory and Antiquity

• We define History and Historiography and examine their associated methodology.
• We consider the origin of human culture and civilization with particular interest in technological and economic development.
• We study the first major civilizations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia, focusing on social, economic, political and cultural structures and their evolution.
• Particular cultures to be studied are those of Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Israelites, India, China, and especially, Greece and Rome.  In all cases, we will try to foster an appreciation for the physical, geographical and social conditions under which these cultures evolved.
• We will always be concerned with the implications our study of the past has for our present social and political concerns.

• We will make use of the textbook A Message of Ancient Days (Houghton Mifflin Social Studies) as guide for  our exploration of the past, but our principal concern will be to develop a classroom conversation between teacher and students about our studies, supplementing the textbook with material provided by the teacher in the form of lectures, handouts and research assignments.
• Students will be expected to take notes in class and on assigned readings and maintain a binder containing these notes and all other materials associated with the course.
• There will be periodic quizzes/tests announced and prepared for well in advance.
• There will be opportunities provided each student for classroom presentations based on research after consultation with the teacher.

• Grades will be based not only on quiz or test results, but also on an assessment of the individual student's engagement with and mastery of the material as demonstrated in participation in classroom discussion and in the precision and thoroughness of classroom notes.
• The ultimate determinant of the student's success will be:  what in the end the student has achieved, given the resources and opportunities afforded in the class.

Sept. 07, 2015

7th Grade History - Course Description

from:Tillotson, Michael

to:History, 7th Grade

7th Grade World History:  Medieval and Early Modern Societies

• We define History and Historiography and examine their associated methodology.
• We will study the development of political and social institutions in civilizations across the globe in the aftermath of the waning of the ancient world and in the emerging modern world of Africa, Asia and especially Europe.
• In particular, we will examine the rise and expansion of Islamic civilization in Asia and Africa and its interaction with evolving nations in Europe; the development of empires in the Far East and Sub-Saharan Africa; and in Europe, the transition from medieval feudalism through the Renaissance and Reformation to the Age of Enlightenment.
• We will give special consideration to relations between religious and scientific trends and the impact of technological progress and the development of political concepts and their implementation.
• We will always be concerned with the implications our study of the past has for our present social and political concerns.

• We will make use of the textbook Across The Centuries (Houghton Mifflin Social Studies) as guide for  our exploration of the past, but our principal concern will be to develop a classroom conversation between teacher and students about our studies, supplementing the textbook with material provided by the teacher in the form of lectures, handouts and research assignments.
• Students will be expected to take notes in class and on assigned readings and maintain a binder containing these notes and all other materials associated with the course.
• There will be periodic quizzes/tests announced and prepared for well in advance.
• There will be opportunities provided each student for classroom presentations based on research after consultation with the teacher.

• Grades will be based not only on quiz or test results, but also on an assessment of the individual student's engagement with and mastery of the material as demonstrated in participation in classroom discussion and in the precision and thoroughness of classroom notes.
• The ultimate determinant of the student's success will be:  what in the end the student has achieved, given the resources and opportunities afforded in the class.

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