This is a broad course that dives deep into the history of our country from pre-colonial times to World War II. This course is focused on the acquisition of basic organizational and study skills as well as writing and research skills. Students also engage in presentations and larger projects to further their learning. In terms of content, there is a clear focus on conflicts both international and domestic, on unity and the organization of working systems of rule, and on societal and cultural development. The course uses several mediums to explore the fascinating history of our country including textbooks, personal stories, pictures, movies, art, and even music. In the tradition of the great political and philosophical salons, the classroom environment is one of social interaction, questioning, debates and discussions.
The eighth grade course provides students with a firm understanding of our contemporary world. Students begin the year by learning how geography, history, culture and politics can affect people in different ways. Then they use this knowledge to explore the economic powerhouses of today: the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China and India. Along with the study of the global communities, students will also gain an appreciation for the current events that shape our world today through various projects and presentations. Students will also be guided through researching and writing a major historical research paper. Throughout the year students will hone their skills in the following areas: public speaking, organization, writing, reading, analytical and critical thinking, and map analysis.