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English Department

Middle School Humanities 8

For Middles School students in 8th grade, Humanities 8 is built around the theme of community. The class examines the factors that contribute positively or negatively to a culture’s ability to flourish. In doing so, the class moves through a series of units that each include an individual research project and a literary text from different historical cultures around the world, presented chronologically. Teachers select texts and units that consider the female perspective as a way to frame the students’ own experiences. The length of each class is ninety minutes; each period is divided into smaller segments whose format ranges from classroom discussion to vocabulary and grammar review to small group work to independent study.

MS Humanities 8 Instructor: Karen Suchenski

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