Why Take This Course?
In what ways are all humans connected? In what ways are all humans similar and dissimilar? As we study the history of Latin America, students consider these questions and and others, and look at Latin American history and culture from the perspective of gaining understanding about the human experience. We learn about geography, political leadership, colonialism, and key events and people that shaped and continue to shape Latin American countries today. Through classes and projects that engage the students’ five senses we experience imaginative travel, and artistic, musical, and culinary elements.
Expedition: Neighbors To The South
This Middle School Humanities course is guided by the “Neighbors to the South” expedition topic, and leads up to a meaningful Summit Project where students are given the opportunity to impact the lives of some of our “neighbors to the South” for good. Students learn about what it means to give well and raise funds for a charity in Latin America that they select as a group. Through purposeful planning and preparation, students raise funds and present their donation to the chosen charity at the end of the semester. Students not only learn about the difficult living conditions in some Latin American countries, but they are empowered to help their neighbors to the South in life-changing ways.
|Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Unit 4|
|Why is it important to study history? How can a study of South and Central Americas history help me understand what it means to be human?||What does it mean to be a Citizen? What is "Rule of Law" and why is it important?||What are effective ways to help those in need? How does it feel to help others?||How has the history of the U.S. been shaped by its neighbors, and how has it shaped the history of its neighbors?|
|What South or Central American country would I like to learn more about?||How can I share what I have learned in a meaningful way?||What does it mean to be an immigrant?||How has the US been shaped by its neighbors to the south?|
|How are culture, religion and history connected?||What is colonization? Why did Spaniards want to colonize South America?||What are effective and ineffective ways to help those in need?||How has the US shaped its neighbors to the south?|
|How can timelines help me understand and learn more from history?||What languages are spoken in Central and South America, and what can be learned from the languages spoken there today?||How can I help others in need?||How do Central and South American countries differ from the USA?|
|Who are some of the most influential Hispanic leaders?||In what ways is language powerful? What happens when a language is lost?||How can I raise funds to help people in need?||What impact has our class had on our neighbors to the south?|
|What texts have influenced South and Central America?||How can I effectively work with a group?||How did communism affect Latin America?||What have I learned from my neighbors to the South?|
Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase
|D.K. Eyewitness Books||Aztec, Inca and Maya|
|Antoine de Saint-Exupery||The Little Prince|
|Richard Bach||Jonathan Livingstone Seagull|
|Pam Munoz Ryan||Esperanza Rising|
|Provided by Williamsburg||Selections Packet|
- Recommended Grade: 6th, 7th
- Prerequisites: None
- Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours: Classic: 5 Hours / Honors: 7 Hours
- Format: Live
- Credits: 0.5