Humanities 6/7 D

What are my personal academic strengths and weaknesses, and how can I prepare for greater academic challenge? What does it mean to be a citizen scholar? How can I share what I have learned in a meaningful way?

Why Take This Course?

Working through some points of US History, learn how to be a responsible citizen scholar.

Working through pivotal points in US History, learn how to be a responsible citizen scholar.

In this Middle School Humanities course students embark on an interactive study of US history through considering the questions of, “How are citizenship and scholarship connected?” and “Why was scholarship so key in enabling the US founders to accomplish what they did?” In Humanities 6/7 D students study US history from the founding period up through current events. They travel back in time through projects, simulations and debate, experiencing some of the key events that have shaped the United States. Writing, art, and memorization are also woven into the semester through a variety of projects and experiences.

Expedition: Citizen Scholar Challenge

This expedition first introduces students to the US founders, showing how their scholarship contributed to their citizenship and ability to shape the US in dramatic, positive ways. It then invites students to consider what meaningful scholar-related goal might best help them be “citizen scholars” in their own way, and asks them to set a goal and work towards it throughout the term. The semester ends with a Summit Project where students present in a live event, with classmates, parents and guests. Students share their overall accomplishment, the challenges they faced, what was learned through the process, and connections they have seen between citizenship and scholarship.

Course Framework

Unit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4
What is a Citizen Scholar, and why is Citizen Scholarship important?What key US events from the 1800s shaped the course of the US?Why are local histories important to US history, and to my own history?What current events should I be aware of, and what do they teach about the future of the US?
How can citizens do their duty to their country, and how is public virtue related to liberty?What important events happened in the 1800s?What can I learn from the 1900s?What kind of world do we live in now compared to the past?
What does Citizen Scholarship mean to me?Why was the Lewis and Clark Expedition important to the history of the US?When and why did the stock market crash in the 1900s? How was my hometown impacted by that crash?Why are local histories important to US history, and to my own history?
What does it take to make a personal transformation?What do the Lincoln-Douglas debates teach about American history?How did communism impact the US?What have I and my classmates learned, and how have we grown, from the Citizen Scholar Challenge?
How can learning about the history of my hometown help me be a better citizen scholar?How can timelining help me to understand the lessons of the Civil War more deeply?Are national politics shaped by local politics?How can my classmates and I celebrate our accomplishments this term?

Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase

Laura Ingalls WilderLittle House on the Prairie
(or your choice from the series)
Harold Keith

Patricia Beatty
Rifles for Watie OR

Turn Homeward, Hannalee
Carol Ryrie BrinkCaddie Woodlawn


  • 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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