History (5th-8th)(4th Period)


This history class is intended to be a bridge from enrichment classes (grades 1-4) to middle school academic history classes. Families will be able to study the same lessons and historical time period, but class time and assignments will be age-appropriate. The time period to be studied will be the Renaissance, Reformation and Age of Exploration from @1450- 1700. Two to three lessons, usually biographical, will be read at home and then reviewed in class each week with class discussion, games, crafts and other activities. This will be a review / activity-based class. Discussions will begin with the “5 W’s and an H” questions but then dig deeper into worldview questions. Our goal is to teach students to see history as His-Story, and to look for his hand and his plan for mankind being carried out– with or without man’s knowledge or cooperation. Class time will include some timeline and map activities and well as class discussions and review games. Most class times will also include a fun “living history” activity– either active or creative.

Arrow Program: Arrow Primer 
Class Day: Friday
Teacher: Rhonda Wesselius
Curriculum: Mystery of History.Vol 3 by Linda Hobar.  Six optional family read-alouds that correspond with the period being studied will also be listed and scheduled in the syllabus for your family’s enrichment and convenience, but not covered in class.
Prerequisites: None
Expectations: Reading assignments will be mainly from Mystery of History, and will usually include 2-3 chapters per week.  Students/ families should read for meaning and retention, which will take about 1 ½ hours per week.  Optional family read-alouds will take additional time.

There will be quarterly audio/visual projects assigned to each student to be presented in class, one will be a book report, based on reading a history or historical fiction book form the time period. There will also be 2 class celebrations which will require some student preparation or family participation.  Occasionally students will be asked to bring in a “show & tell” item to enhance our class discussion.
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