Humanities (English and Socials)

Group work at the Middle School

In the Middle School, we integrate Social Studies and English so students connect these subjects in a meaningful way.

In Grades 6 and 7, Social Studies and English become Humanities and are taught by one teacher.

In Grade 8, students have one Social Studies and one English teacher, both of whom teach with a humanities approach. This means both the Social Studies and English teachers teach their students at the same time and are able to work collaboratively in delivering the learning outcomes for both subjects. This approach is used in the students' last year at Middle School before students make the transition to the Senior School.

English

In Middle School English classes, teachers help students develop:

  • comprehension;
  • critical analysis and thinking;
  • creativity; and
  • personal opinions.

Students expand their knowledge of language, composition, communication, presentation, evaluation, personal awareness, and collaboration. English classes focus on improving writing, reading and oral presentation skills through engaging activities.

Writing

  • genre writing
  • collaborative writing
  • author visits
  • peer editing
  • publishing
  • Poetry Café
  • literature circles

Reading

  • games
  • novel studies
  • drama
  • book talks
  • Socratic questioning
  • drama
  • discussion

Presentations

  • presentations
  • debate
  • speechmaking
  • videos
  • interviews
  • goal-setting

Social Studies

The Social Studies program encourages students to develop as thoughtful, responsible and active citizens who consider multiple perspectives and make reasoned judgments. The more we can learn about humanity and our world, the more we discover about ourselves.

Grade 6 Topics

  • Society and culture
  • Politics and law
  • The United Nations
  • Economy and technology
  • Environment

Grade 7 Topics

  • Creation and evolution
  • Early people
  • Mesopotamia
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Rome
  • Current events

Grade 8 Topics

  • The Fall of Rome
  • The Dark Ages
  • The Carolingians
  • The Age of Feudalism
  • The Hundred Years War
  • The Renaissance
  • Easter Island
  • Current events

Communication Skills

In this enriched language class, students enhance their speaking and listening skills. Grade 7 and 8 students can elect to take this course rather than continuing their studies in Japanese or Mandarin. The goals of the course include:

  • improve students' confidence in public speaking;
  • develop preparation and presentation skills;
  • create an atmosphere of risk-taking and trust; and
  • teach debate, discussion and performance.

Topics explored include debating, public speaking, media skills, discussion, presentation skills, drama and recitation.