The Global Structures class takes a holistic approach to evaluating American and British history, geography and civics. Students work together in a multiage classroom to compare and contrast as well as analyze and evaluate the differences between the economic, geographic, social, and political systems in the USA, UK, and France. Topics of study for the Global Structures class are aligned with the American Common Core Curriculum and also drawn from the British and French National Curricula.
Major Events in World History studied in Global Structures (with an emphasis on the USA, UK and France):
-Birth of the United States of American
In addition to major events in world history, the study of the structure of the earth’s physical geography will be expanded by examining population distribution/density, environmental sustainability, globalization, development and aid.
Students will also examine the major agreements, protocols and statements of purpose that have shaped our world, including government and political systems, world religions, declarations of rights, independence and revolution.
Through the study of the above content, students will acquire and develop skills in reading, speaking, writing and listening. (Though these skills are the focus of English/Language Arts, they are taught in every discipline.)
Key Skills developed in Global Structures:
-analyzing primary and secondary source documents
-employing research skills
-analyzing visual information (print and digital text, graphs, charts, maps, videos
-separating faction from fiction
Teachers of the Global Structures class will utilize a variety of teaching techniques and methodologies in order to best shape each student’s experience and build individual academic and team social skills.
Teaching Methodologies/Class Activities utilized in Global Structures:
Students will set their research goals, conduct individual research, assess the data and reflect on their discoveries.
Students will read fiction and non-fiction to enrich their vocabulary, idiomatic expressions and to learn to view the world from multiple perspectives.
Students will role-play different perspectives to deepen their understanding.
Students will work on individual and group projects, presentations, and learn to work with a wide variety of platforms and media.
Students will learn to value the collaborative work ethic and the sharing of ideas. Team work and empowering group dynamics are at the heart of the classroom experience.