Monday, September 01, 2014
Welcome to Sixth-Grade Humanities
Sixth-grade humanities integrates learning in language arts with the study of geography, archaeology, anthropology and ancient civilizations. Language Arts studies are often linked with the social studies curriculum and run concurrently to those explorations. Categories of language arts study include creative and expository writing using a Writer's Workshop model, vocabulary and word origin, conventions/mechanics, literature and genre studies, and thinking skills. Particular emphasis is placed on essay writing. Students will develop skills in writing style and conventions and focus on information gathering and synthesis. The ability to analyze literature is developed through regular reading, reflection and response. Students will learn about the elements of culture, the technological developments required to build civilization, and the events that cause civilizations to collapse by studying the cultural traits and history of several ancient peoples. The year begins with an archaeology primer that prepares students to study the cultures to come. It includes the 5 themes of geography, elements and nature of culture and the role of archaeology in our knowledge of the ancient world. Prehistoric humans, the agricultural revolution and the birth of civilization is next. Units on Sumeria and Mesopotamia, the Egyptians, and ancient Chinese and Indus civilizations follow. The beginnings of western civilization are explored through study of the Greeks and Romans. The survey of ancient cultures ends with the civilizations of Mesoamerica. For those of you who just can't wait to get a piece of paper about the course that reiterates the outline and describes basic expectations and policy, you can access it here—Dubois Humanities. I distribute a hard copy during the first week of school and review it with students.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Let the good times roll!
Ready for another year!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
an Artful Renditon of yours truly.
BBC World News
- Hundreds feared dead in Med sinking Hundreds of people are feared to have drowned after a boat carrying up to 700 migrants capsized in the Mediterranean Sea, the Italian coastguard says.
- Hundreds held over S Africa violence More than 300 people have been arrested in South Africa in connection with the wave of violence against immigrants, the home affairs minister says.
- IS releases new 'killing' video Islamic State militants release a video purportedly showing the killing of up to 30 Ethiopian Christians seized in Libya.
- Pesticides 'behind 18 Nigeria deaths' Pesticide is the probable cause of 18 mysterious deaths in south-western Nigeria, the World Health Organisation says.
- Turin Shroud goes back on display The Turin Shroud, which some believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, returns to public display in Italy after a break of five years.
- Cuban dissidents stand in local vote For the first time in Cuba, at least two government opponents will be standing in municipal elections in Havana on Sunday.