Humanities 6 A

Why This Class

As a parent, you see value in helping your kids appreciate and be aware of the liberties they have as members of a free society. With that in mind, this course takes your student on a whirlwind journey through the history of freedom in countries around the world.

Students begin this course by learning about key sectors and systems that make up their own and other societies. Through a series of hands-on projects that introduce them not only to politics, but also music, cuisine, and entertainment from countries around the world, students gain a sense of how civilizations have grown and changed over time.

By the end of this course, students are confident discussing and presenting on world events (past and present) and can describe the key ingredients needed for freedom to flourish in society—as well as their roles in maintaining that freedom.

Overarching Questions

What is liberty and why is it important?

What are the types of government?

What are fundamental human rights? Why protect them?

When does a government have a right to force its people to do something?

Who decides who rules whom?

Reading List

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai

Red Scarf Girl by Ji-li Jiang

Course Details

Recommended Grade: 6th

Prerequisites: None

Estimated Weekly Hours: 5 (Classic)*, 7 (Honors)*

Format: Live

Credits: 0.5

*Help from parents will be necessary to complete some of these projects. All classes will include supplemental projects and optional readings.

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