Department of History & Social Sciences 8th Grade Orientation Program
“Names, facts and dates: this is what history has become for a lot of students. But the funny thing is that when you ask historians what they do, an entirely different picture emerges. They see themselves as detectives searching for clues to a puzzle that can never entirely be solved.” • Sam Wineburg, Professor of Education, Stanford University
Students as Historians What the classroom should look like
Analyzing Primary sources • All Levels: • What are the origins of this document? When was it written? What type of source is it? Who created it? • What is the purpose of this document? • What value does this document have for us as students of history? What are the limitations of this document?
Reading Levels Honors Level Text Advanced Level Text “On the Eve of A New World Order” 1700-1815 Questions to Guide Your Reading & Outline What caused the American Revolution, and what did it accomplish? What were the long-term and immediate causes of the French Revolution? What were the major events of the French Revolution from 1789 to 1799? End of Chapter: Section Review (locate, define, identify, recall, think critically) • “The West on the Eve of a New World Order” • Chapter Outline & Focus Questions • In what ways were the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and the seventeenth-century English Revolutions alike? In what ways were they different? End of Chapter: Conclusion & Suggested Readings
Reading Levels Academic Level Text Studies Level Text “A War For Independence” Read to Find Out Terms to Define People to Meet Places to Locate Time Line Storyteller -End of Chapter: Chapter Assessment includes self-check quiz online, using key terms, technology activity, reviewing facts, critical thinking, understanding themes, skill practice • “Revolutions of Society and State 1714-1815” • Understanding the Main Idea • Themes • Time Line • Section Focus • End of Chapter: Section Review includes vocabulary, main idea, writing exercise, and synthesis of material
Develop & defend a point of view. Develop a broad body of history knowledge. Do original research. Create effective argumentsin debate & in writing. Consider multiple points of view. Seek relevant evidence in research. Understand & use the habits of mind in history. Appreciate the tentative nature of history. Develop an appreciation for differences. Understand that history is a “foreign place.” They did things differently there. Use visuals, projects, & technology to demonstrate learning. Analyze primary sources.
IB Psychology IB Research Methods IB Economics IB European History AP American Government & Politics AP European History Western Civilization Economics American Government & Politics ************************* Semester Electives Sociology American Legal Systems Contemporary World Issues Anthropology American Government & Politics - Academic Level Electives