Humanities 8 A

Why This Class

Your student is still young—but when they grow up, you want them to be an informed, responsible citizen. This course lays the groundwork for informed citizenship by taking your student on an in-depth tour of the inner workings of the U.S. government.

Students in this course learn that freedom, although almost universally desired, isn’t always easy to maintain. Through simulations, biography discussions, original document readings, and debates, mentors help students identify the principles that have made liberty possible in the United States. Mentors also introduce students to basic principles of economics and help students study current events. Finally, students work together to tackle an issue of their choice in a simulated “Situation Room,” and present their learnings to parents and guests.

By completing this course, students gain practical knowledge of and experience in taking responsibility for their liberty. They are better prepared to be active, informed citizens.

Overarching Questions

What principles are at the root of American liberty?

Why is it important to stay current on events happening around the world?

What powers does the U.S. Constitution give to the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government?

What can I do when the government oversteps its bounds?

Reading List

Whatever Happened to Justice by Richard Maybury

Selections of The Federalist Papers by Hamilton, Madison, and Jay*

The Constitution of The United States of America & The Declaration of Independence by The Founding Fathers*

Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau (Honors only)*

*Provided by Williamsburg or free online version available

Course Details

Recommended Grade: 8th

Prerequisites: None

Estimated Weekly Hours: 6 (Classic), 8 (Honors)

Format: Live

Credits: 0.5

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