Humanities 6/7 B

Is liberty expanding or contracting worldwide? How can I use media to expand my own personal liberty and liberty worldwide?

Why Take This Course?

Humanities 6/7 B

In Humanities 6/7 B, students discover principles of liberty from Shakespeare and use them in modern day terms.

What lessons, patterns and major historical ideas have shaped who I am? Can I, in turn, have impact on the world? As students continue their study of World History, this course invites students to consider both of these questions and to apply what they learn through making a positive difference in the world.

This Middle School Humanities course also invites students to see the cause and effect relationship between consequences and actions and asks students to examine ideas in their historical context, and offer history-based interpretations and solutions. Through Liberty Pulse presentations and the summit project, students gain a greater understanding of how liberty impacts culture and human development. In this course, students continue to do country culture projects, and gain a greater appreciation for humanity and culture.

Expedition: Wave To The World

The previous semester’s Liberty Pulse expedition goes hand-in-hand with the Wave to the World expedition and summit project. In the Liberty Pulse expedition, we travel virtually from country-to-country, studying ancient and modern world history and conducting “Liberty Pulse” assessments. These assessments help us measure the degree of freedom in each country we visit. As we do so, we gather vital information and gain experience that will allow us to successfully complete our Summit Project: a “Wave to the World”!

This Wave to the World summit project involves students selecting an uplifting message they feel the world needs to hear and culminates in a live, online experience where students, mentors, family and friends work towards a common goal: using social media along with other tools to send an uplifting message to every country in the world in just 24 hours!

Course Framework

Unit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4
What can Europe's history teach me about liberty?What can East Africa's history teach me about liberty?How connected is today's world?How can our class use media to mobilize communities around shared values?
What can I learn from the history, people and customs of Europe?Why do Shakespeare's works still live on around 400 years after they were written?How is communication shaped by liberty?How has our Liberty Pulse project prepared us for the Wave to the world?
What can I learn from the cultures of other countries?What can we learn about Mercy and Justice from The Merchant of Venice?How are ideas powerful?Can Williamsburg students effectively reach a worldwide audience?
What can I learn about liberty from Germany?What perspectives and culture are unique to East Africa?What is a message worth spreading around the world?How can I share what I learned with my classmates?
How does learning about history shape my perspective about the present and the future?What have I learned about the world, and how can I share my knowledge?What kind of impact might the Wave to the World have on liberty?How can I spread a meaningful message around the world within 24 hours?

Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase

AuthorTitleRecommended ISBN
Marie McSwiganSnow Treasure0142402249
Frances Hodgson BurnettThe Lost Prince1491245018
Jean Lee LathamCarry on, Mr Bowditch0618250743
William ShakespeareMerchant of Venice

(Optional Purchase; student choice between online summaries or full text, both available online)


  • Recommended Grade: 6th, 7th
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: Classic: 5 Hours / Honors: 7 Hours
  • Format: Live
  • Credits: 0.5
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