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
- Iraq starts anti-IS Anbar offensive Pro-government forces in Iraq launch an operation to drive Islamic State out of the western province of Anbar, days after the fall of Ramadi.
- India heatwave toll passes 1,000 The death toll in the heatwave sweeping India passes 1,000, with temperatures nearing 50C (122F) in some areas.
- Volcano erupts on Galapagos island A volcanic eruption on one of the Galapagos Islands potentially puts Charles Darwin's evolution ecosystem at risk.
- Libya PM 'escapes assassination bid' Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni says he has survived an assassination attempt after his car was attacked by gunmen in the eastern city of Tobruk.
- Gunmen target guesthouse in Kabul Gunmen have unsuccessfully tried to storm a guesthouse in a diplomatic area of the Afghan capital, Kabul, police say.
- Strict oversight for Cleveland police The Cleveland police department, which has been criticised for aggressive tactics against African Americans, agrees to strict US reforms.