As globalization accelerates and the United States becomes more involved with countries around the world, there is a need to educate better-informed, global citizens. The challenge is not only to understand the characteristics of civilizations and countries but also to recognize patterns of behavior. The more students are taught to recognize these patterns, the more history makes sense and the better students are able to identify possible outcomes and solutions. True global citizens must be informed in order to be engaged. WPS will provide a unique environment in which students and faculty benefit from interacting with one another.
Grade 6 World History This course explores how humans have created structure throughout history, covering the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Rome, India, and China, continuing through the Middle Ages in Europe. Students examine how these civilizations defined governmental and religious systems, as well as how those systems influence us today. Major themes include the achievements of societies, the origins and influence of religions, the development of political systems, how ideas spread, and how geography affects the development of civilizations and the growth of cities. Students begin developing proficiency in writing a research paper by gathering information from various sources while also learning note-taking, outlining, paraphrasing, summarizing, categorizing, paragraphing, bibliography writing, and citation. The National History Day www.nhd.com curriculum and the competition will play a significant part of the class.
Grade 7 World Geography is the study of the world’s peoples, places, and environments designed to build on students’ prior knowledge and skill sets in the application of geographic information and tools to understand complex relations between the physical environment and human existence. While focusing on each part of the world, students will use geographic resources, research, and technology in order to recognize characteristics distinguishing different regions. These regions will include the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. Each region will encompass an in-depth study of the physical geography, culture, economy, government, and social dynamics defining the land and people. The National History Day www.nhd.com curriculum and the competition will play a significant part of the class.
Grade 8 American History Students study the history of the United States from the early colonial period through Reconstruction. Historical content focuses on the political, economic, religious, and social events and issues related to the colonial and revolutionary eras, the creation and ratification of the U.S. Constitution, challenges of the early republic, the Age of Jackson, westward expansion, sectionalism, Civil War, and Reconstruction. The National History Day www.nhd.com curriculum and the competition will play a significant part of the class.
Grade 9 The United States and the World In this course, students explore U.S. history through the conceptual lenses of systems, change, and global relations. Students examine how ideologies shape government systems. They research varying perspectives on the role of government in the U.S. and current debates in politics, as well as historical trends dating back to the American Revolution. Students evaluate methods of change used in reform movements such as the abolitionist, women’s, labor, and civil rights movements. The study of global relationships fostered by the United States will be examined. Students explore how American foreign policy has changed over time, and debate how much the U.S. should intervene in foreign affairs. Students learn to critically analyze primary sources and develop organized and analytical essays. Students continue to develop key skills such as debating, cooperative group work, essay writing, public speaking and presentations, with an emphasis on research paper writing. The National History Day www.nhd.com curriculum and the competition will play a significant part of the class.