Eighth Grade Humanities Course Outline

 

 

Modern History/Global Studies

 

Course Description

Welcome to humanities class! This course is designed to develop the following skills in our students:

Inquiry Skills Critical Thinking Skills
Active Reading Skills Academic and Creative Writing Skills

 

Year Long Activities

Inquiry Projects The Writer’s Craft (Grammar instruction and reinforcement)
Selected novels Current Events
Library

 

Topics of Investigation

 

September/October/November

Students investigate:

Italian Renaissance Northern Renaissance
Protestant Reformation Spread of Protestantism
Catholic Reformation Inquisition

Students read:  A Midsummer Night’s Dream

European Exploration of Africa European Exploration of the Americas
Impacts on Indigenous Peoples Colonization of the Americas

 

Summative Assessment: Inquiry Project

January/February

Students investigate:

Enlightenment Thinkers English and American Revolution
French Revolution English Revolution
Commercial Revolution Scientific Revolution
Industrial Revolution The Rise of Nationalism

Summative Assessment: Essay on Political Philosophy

April/May

Students investigate:

US Constitution SCOTUS cases
US Government Current Events

Summative AssessmentCreating a bill and the process of legislation and adjudication.

May/June

Students investigate: Systems

Slavery
Civil Rights Movement

Summative Assessment: Inquiry Project