Sixth grade Humanities (Language Arts and Social Studies are combined) focuses on the elements of culture by studying societies within the United States and across the globe. This class studies the geographical, economical, and cultural influences within a society and looks at the impact of change on a society. Students first look at themselves to help them identify specific aspects that are common to all cultures before making comparisons between people from different cultural backgrounds. As budding anthropologists, students explore the concept of multiple perspectives as they turn their attention to cultures outside of the United States. Embedded in the curriculum are the five major concepts of geography: location, place, human/environment interactions, movement, and regions. Using a thematic approach, students learn how people’s identities can be positively and negatively influenced by a society’s beliefs and its laws as well as how individuals who challenge and organize against unjust actions become upstanders in their community.
All the while, students will tend to the mechanics of reading and writing. Students study the tactics of great readers, learning to be aware of their thought process while they read. Students will work hard on sentence structure, grammar, vocabulary, and supporting ideas with adequate details when they write. At the same time, a wide variety of innovative projects that encourage creative problem solving and often use cutting edge applications allow them to demonstrate understanding in unique and exciting ways. Humanities provides a collaborative, challenging, and dynamic introduction to a Beaver education.
Possible Texts: George by Alex Gino; The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis; Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani; Refugee by Alan Gratz; King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender; March: Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; The Boy at the End of the World by Greg van Eekhout.