Humanities (Grade 6)
Medieval Global Studies
In grade 6, humanities is presented as an interdisciplinary course built from the areas of history, literary study and language arts and enriched by the integration of art, music and drama. The content is explored through a yearlong theme, Medieval Global Studies, through which students explore the medieval world.
During medieval studies, students undertake a comparative study of topics such as mythology, cultural values, religions, geography, art, political structures, technological and scientific discoveries and daily life in Europe, the Middle East and China. Cordoba, Spain is used as a case study through which students can gain a better understanding of the cultural and historical intersections of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. In addition, 6th graders follow the Silk Road in their exploration of China and the important interactions between East and West.
Students read a wide range of books, write analytically and creatively, learn new vocabulary and study the mechanics of English. They also study the work of historians, writers and literary critics as they draw inferences, pose questions and research, organize, summarize and sequence information. Discussion and collaborative group work are major features of this course. A variety of writing forms is practised throughout each year in a number of formats. Students use technology, including blogs, wikis and other social media to extend and enhance their learning.