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Humanities

Course Descriptions

2011-2012

 

 

J.H. Workman Middle School

Humanities Grade 6

MYP level 1

Course Description

In this course, students will focus on geography and its effect on past, present, and future generations. Students will study how the physical world around them has changed over time to create the world they live in today.

Students will be introduced to the IB learner profiles.  They will identify the various people in time who demonstrate these profiles as they too grow to embody and demonstrate these characteristics daily. IB students are thinkers, knowledgeable, inquirers, communicators, open-minded, caring risk-takers, balanced, reflective, and principled.

MYP Aims and Objectives

In the 6th grade, our goal for Humanities/Geography program is developed to facilitate students to

            A. discover the environment and its impact on the Earth and its people

            B. categorize their spatial awareness at local, regional, national, and global levels through

                a variety of sources and assessments.

            C. examine, classify, calculate, explain and relate, to allow students to comprehend the

                role of space.

            D. appreciate and benefit from the study of geography in an increasingly co-dependent

                world.

Role of the 5 areas of Interaction

 

Students may answer the following questions like these as the teacher explores the various subject areas with students.

Human Ingenuity:How have technological innovations in geographical and cultural context impacted us?

Community and Service:How have social, environmental, and economic problems affected our communities?

Health and Social Education:How have societies reacted to and dealt with health and social issues in the past? What are the benefits and stresses caused by social and technological change?

Environments:What are the effects of human interactions with our environment? What are student interactions with the environment? Have these been negative or positive?

Approaches to Learning: This area will focus on developing organizational skills-working to deadlines and timelines, as well as managing projects.

Methodology

 Teachers will utilize many different teaching strategies to ensure the success of all students regardless of the familiarity with geography. Instructors will provide a variety of opportunities for team building to help ensure that students feel comfortable presenting projects in front of the classroom. Students will increase their reading strategies to aid in their fluency through a variety of text.

Methods of Assessment

Students will be assessed according to the MYP IB criteria which will follow the district policy for grading. There will be a variety of assessment both summative and formative. The assessment criteria for the Humanities course are as follows: knowledge, concepts, skills, organization and presentation

MYP Assessment Criteria

The IB assessment criteria includes the following four areas of interaction

Criterion A: Knowledge                       0-10

Criterion B: Concepts              0-10

Criterion C: Skills                    0-10

Criterion D: Organization and presentation 0-8

For an explanation of the grade level descriptors please look at the detailed explanation of the MYP assessment criteria, achievement level and grade level descriptors for each subject area on our school’s website.

EscambiaCounty School DistrictGrading Policy

90-100=A  80-89=B   70-79=C   60-69=D    0-59=F

Text and Resources

Students in the sixth grade will use The World and Its People textbook by McGraw Hill Publishing. Students will be required to complete a variety of projects both in class and at home. Hands on material may be utilized in this course through the year.

WorkmanMiddle School

Humanities Grade 7

MYP Level 2

Course Description

MYP humanities in the 7th grade focuses on civics, economics, and geography. Students will become informed citizens in regard to their local, state, and federal governments and learn fundamental economic principles relevant to a market economy.  Also, students will acquire and organize information about places, people, and culture in the Americas and Europe.  The IB learner profiles will educate the whole person for a life of active, responsible citizenship and enable students to develop intellectually, personally, emotionally, and socially through all domains of knowledge. This course will enable students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for active participation in a democratic society.  Students will develop a sense of where they are in time, space, and culture which will reinforce their own personal and social identity.  

Aims and Objectives

MYP Humanities aims to encourage students to respect and understand the world around them and to provide a skills base to facilitate further study. This is achieved through the study of individuals, societies and environments in a wide context: historical, contemporary, geographical, political, social, economic, religious, technological and cultural. Students gain and develop knowledge and conceptual understanding as well as the skills of research, analysis, interpretation and communication, contributing to the development of the students as a whole. 

Areas of Interaction 

Students may answer the following questions or questions like these as teachers explore humanities through the lenses of the Areas of Interaction.

Approaches to Learning:What skills and knowledge can I take from other subjects and use in my humanities learning?

Community and Service:How do humanities promote service in communities? How do humanities explain contemporary geopolitical issues?

Health and Social Education:How can my learning in humanities help me to make healthy choices? How do humanities help us to understand the relationships between societies?

Environments: How do humanities and environments interact?

Human Ingenuity:How are humanities evolving in my time and culture? How do humanities help us to develop strategies to solve conflicts?

 Methodology

Many strategies will be used to teach this course.  Student centered lessons using simulations, projects (individual and group), small group discussions, role-playing, problem solving, graphic organizers, synthesizing, audio-visual, brainstorming, service-learning, interviews, integrating technology, independent practice, and reflective inquiry will be utilized.            

Methods of Assessment

All MYP courses follow the school’s assessment policy which can be found on our school website. Teachers will use a balance of formative and summative assessments to provide ongoing feedback for student improvement. A class grade includes a variety of assessments, projects, oral presentations, essays, teacher observations, informal assessments, quizzes and class participation. Students will be assessed according to the Escambia County School District Grading Policy and the IB assessment criteria. 

MYP Assessment Criteria

The IB assessment criteria in humanities include 4 areas, as follows:

Criterion A: Knowledge

Criterion B: Concepts

Criterion C: Skills

Criterion D: Organization and presentation

The final levels for each criterion must then be added together to give a final criterion levels total for humanities for each student. In humanities, students have the opportunity to gain a maximum level of 10 for criteria A, B and C and 8 for criterion D. Therefore, the maximum final criterion levels total for humanities will be 38. 

EscambiaCounty School DistrictGrading Policy

90-100=A  80-89=B  70-79=C  60-69=D  0-59=F 

Texts and Resources

A variety of texts and resources will be used for this course.  We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution and The World and Its People will be used as supplemental texts as we are in the process of adopting a new textbook for this course. 

 

Workman Middle School

Humanities Grade 8

MYP Level 3

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 Course Description

The eighth grade social studies curriculum consists of the following content area strands:  American History, Geography, Economics and Civics.  Primary content emphasis for this course pertains to the study of American history from the Exploration and sociological events which influenced the development of the United States and the resulting impact on world history.  So that students can clearly see the relationship between cause and effect in historical events which occurred after Reconstruction.  The IB learner profiles will educate the whole person for a live of active, responsible citizenship and enable students to develop intellectually, personally, emotionally and socially through all domains of knowledge.

Aims and Objectives

MYP humanities aim is to increase student’s familiarity with American History from pre-Colombian through 1877.  Students will study events, but they will also learn how the concepts of time, space, change, and global awareness influence the changing face of this country.  This course will continue to emphasize general researching and presentation skills including how to ensure that your work meets the academic policy.

Areas of Interaction

 Students may answer the following questions or questions like these as teachers explore humanities through the lenses of the Area of Interaction.

Approaches to Learning:  How do I work collaboratively in humanities?  How can I distinguish between description and analysis?

Community Service:  How does the study of humanities help us understand the many different types of communities in today’s world?  How can one community support another?

Health and Social Education:  How does learning in humanities facilitate our understanding of ourselves and others?  How does the study of humanities help us to understand contemporary?

Environments:  How can my humanities knowledge and skills help me to improve my environments?

Human Ingenuity:  How does an understanding of the past and the evolution of modern society help us to improve the contemporary world?

Methodology

Many strategies will be used to teach this course.  Student centered lessons using simulations, projects (individual and group), small group discussions, role-playing, problem solving, graphic organizers, synthesizing, audio-visual, brainstorming, service-learning, interviews, integrating technology, independent practice, and reflective inquiry will be utilized.

Methods of Assessment

All MYP courses follow the school’s assessment policy which can be found on our school website.  Teachers will use a balance of formative and summative assessments to provide ongoing feedback for student improvement.  A class grade includes a variety of assessments, projects, oral presentations, essays, teacher observations, informal assessments, quizzes and class participation.  

MYP Assessment Criteria

The IB assessment criteria includes the following four areas of interaction

Criterion A: Knowledge                       0-10

Criterion B: Concepts              0-10

Criterion C: Skills                    0-10

Criterion D: Organization and presentation 0-8

For an explanation of the grade level descriptors please look at the detailed explanation of the MYP assessment criteria, achievement level and grade level descriptors for each subject area on our school’s website.

Escambia County School District Grading Policy

90-100=A  80-89=B   70-79=C   60-69=D    0-59=F

 Text and Resources

Resources include the “American Journey” and other supplemental materials such as maps, videos, reading materials and the internet.