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History & Social Studies

The goal of our history program is to help bring the past alive for our students. In the younger groups we do this by offering classes that actively involve students in reliving the past—-through play-acting, dressing up, stories, crafts, games and activities. At this age, children are fascinated by learning about the people of long ago: how they lived, what they ate, what they wore, where they slept, and how the children were raised.

For our teens, we strive to generate a fascination of history through lively discussions, compelling reading, and reports. By using "living books" as opposed to textbooks, our students are treated to the many "stay up late to finish" biographical, fiction and nonfiction books, stories and articles available. During class time, students are challenged to look at the past from many different angles, to share their opinions and findings with others, and to grow in their understanding of how the past continues to affect us today.

Sequence:
As part of our unit studies approach to history and language arts, we've developed a four-year rotation of history topics. This rotation will ensure that students enrolled in LOL on a long-term basis will cover a wide variety of historical periods as well as repeat topics, delving more deeply into more advanced concepts as they get older. Our sequence is as follows:

  • 2016/17 Early American History
  • 2017/18 Modern World and American History
  • 2018/19 Ancient World History
  • 2019/20 Middle Ages and Renaissance History


  • Communities Around the World 3/4 Rm #B3
    Teacher: Lisa Boys
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 8 - 10
    1 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    Students will take a trip through time and around the world to discover an exciting variety of communities. Students will learn to understand how different cultures developed and why that culture has persevered through the ages. Students will learn to become more thoughtful, knowledgeable and to value the differences and similarities of different cultures. Students will be actively engaged in projects, discussions, readings, games and more.



    Discover Japan 14+ Rm #
    Teacher: To be determined
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
    *Coming soon*

    Discover Japan 7-9 Rm #
    Teacher: To be determined
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 7 - 9
    1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
    *Coming soon*

    Gaming Through History 12-14 Rm #20
    Teacher: Dan Carlson
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 12 - 14
    1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    This class explores world history through games. We play boardgames that recreate the rise and decline of great ancient empires, the adventures of famous explorers and pirates, crucial battles of World War II, the cloak-and-dagger strategies of the Cold War, and more. Along the way we discuss the historical topics covered by each game, evaluating the accuracy of the game's historical content, and coming up with new rules and modifications for the games to better reflect our understanding of historical events and their consequences.

    Government & Civics 14+ Rm #36
    Teacher: Leslie Hamilton
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
    The president of the United States has the hardest job in the world -at least, that’s what people say. But what does the president have to do all day? Try your hand at running the military, averting an international crisis, and keeping 300 million citizens happy and well-cared for. Or, try a case as a justice of the Supreme Court –a decision that will effect American history for decades or even centuries. Do you have an idea for a national law? Could you get it past 534 other congressmen and congresswomen who all have their own ideas? Learn about the three branches of the United States government by doing their jobs.


    History Independent Study 14+ Rm #36
    Teacher: Leslie Hamilton
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 15 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    Design your history experience in this exciting new class! Through a series of units covering concepts like how to find and read primary sources, how to analyze human impact on the environment, and how to follow the spread of ideas across the globe or the decades, students will discover how to uncover the most important and engaging information from a wide variety of historical people, places, and events. Each unit will begin with a case study the entire class tackles, and then the students will take their work deeper into a topic of their own choosing, learning the research processes used in higher education classes as well. Turn this course into the US or World History class that you need, or take the opportunity to jump all around the world and in and out of years!

    Horrible History 9-11 Rm #20
    Teacher: Dan Carlson
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 9 - 11
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    This class focuses on different historical topics each year, allowing students who take this class for multiple consecutive years to explore a wide range of historical periods and topics.

    In this class students learn about all the horrible things that might have happened to us if we'd lived in various periods of world history. We learn what life would be like as a slave in ancient Sumeria, a laborer on the Great Wall of China, a gladiator in ancient Rome, a cathedral builder of the middle ages, an actor in Shakespeare's Globe Theater, or a spy in World War II. Each subject we explore is part storytelling and part game as students create alter-egos and make choices for them as they struggle to endure the hardships and dangers of life down through the ages.


    Introduction to World Religions 15+ Rm # 20
    Teacher: Dan Carlson
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 15 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
    In this class, we will explore the history, beliefs, and practices of the world’s oldest and largest faith traditions: Hinduism, Taoism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. Our goal is to familiarize students with these major faiths in a way that will aid students’ understanding of history, literature, and global culture.


    Mock Trial 15+ Rm #35
    Teacher: Leslie Hamilton
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 15 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    Students may take one or two sections of this class.

    Experience the thrill of tense courtroom action with Mock Trial! Learn the proper procedures to prosecute and defend a case; act out roles as attorneys, witnesses, and judge; and work with actual judicial professionals to develop a better, richer understanding of the entire system. Take field trips to watch court cases in action, including a potential trip to Columbus to see the State Supreme Court, and experience all aspects of the judicial system as it applies to your life. Try small cases in class, from fairy tales gone wrong to re-enactments of Supreme Court cases dealing with your rights as a student and as a citizen. And the culminating project: we get to work with the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education's Mock Trial program to produce and showcase a significant trial experience. The 11-13s will get to work with a case based on a great work of literature; past cases have included Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, The Giver, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, and Lord of the Flies!


    Mock Trial 15+ Rm #36
    Teacher: Leslie Hamilton
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 15 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    Students may take one or two sections of this class.

    Experience the thrill of tense courtroom action with Mock Trial! Learn the proper procedures to prosecute and defend a case; act out roles as attorneys, witnesses, and judge; and work with actual judicial professionals to develop a better, richer understanding of the entire system. Take field trips to watch court cases in action, including a potential trip to Columbus to see the State Supreme Court, and experience all aspects of the judicial system as it applies to your life. Try small cases in class, from fairy tales gone wrong to re-enactments of Supreme Court cases dealing with your rights as a student and as a citizen. And the culminating project: we get to work with the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education's Mock Trial program to produce and showcase a significant trial experience. The 11-13s will get to work with a case based on a great work of literature; past cases have included Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, The Giver, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, and Lord of the Flies!


    Modern American History (1860- 1960) 5/6 Rm # 37
    Teacher: Adi Nelson
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 10 - 12
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    *coming soon*

    Modern American History 1860-1960 6/7 Rm #37
    Teacher: Adi Nelson
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 11 - 13
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    *coming soon*

    Modern History 14+ Rm #20
    Teacher: To be determined
    Outside Work: Significant
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    *coming home*

    Modern World & Am. History 14+ (Meets W & F) Rm 20
    Teacher: New Teacher
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    coming soon

    Modern World & Am. History 8/9 (Meets W & F)
    Teacher: New Teacher
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 12 - 14
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    coming soon

    Modern World & American History 14+ Rm #20
    Teacher: New Teacher
    Outside Work: Significant
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    *coming soon*

    Modern World & American History 14+ Rm #20
    Teacher: New Teacher
    Outside Work: Significant
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    *coming soon*

    Modern World & American History 7/8 Rm #20
    Teacher: New Teacher
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 12 - 14
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    *coming soon*

    Modern World & American History 8/9 Rm #20
    Teacher: New Teacher
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 13 - 15
    1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    *coming soon*

    My Family, My Community & Me 1/2 Rm #B3
    Teacher: Lisa Boys
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 6 - 8
    1 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    *This class may be taken for 2 years without repeating curriculum.
    This interactive social studies course focuses on the student and how he/she is valued and functions as a member of a family and the community. Students will develop an early understanding of how communities and the world are organized spatially through beginning map skills. They will also learn about the jobs of today and long ago as well as how we spend, save and earn money. Students will be introduced to exciting biographies and primary sources while deepening their knowledge of many diverse cultures as well as their own roles as citizens of their community. This course will satisfy your student’s social studies curriculum for the 1st and 2nd grades.


    Outside the Law 14+ Rm #36
    Teacher: Leslie Hamilton
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    What do Blackbeard, Mata Hasi, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have in common? They all lived outside the law! In this course we will study legal systems and how they have changed over several millennia. We will look at good laws, bad laws, and downright strange laws – and also figure out how to make these distinctions. We will also cover groups who lived outside the law: pirates, historical and modern, spies and even social justice movements as they battled to change the laws.

    Peace Jam Ambassadors 13+ Fri. Rm #36
    Teacher: Leslie Hamilton
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 13 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    You can take one or both days (offered Wed. and Fri.) of PJ Ambassadors!!! Both days will offer stand-alone activities that will complement each other. Designed for high school students, PeaceJam Ambassadors explores issues related to peace, violence, social justice and oppression. Youth study the lives and works of a Nobel Peace Laureate and the strategies he or she uses to address pressing global issues. Participating youth create and implement their own Global Call to Action Projects, becoming creative leaders who are committed to solving the most difficult problems facing our world. This program also includes an annual PeaceJam Youth Conference where youth spend a weekend with that Nobel Peace Laureate, giving them an unprecedented opportunity to share with, learn from, and be inspired by a world leader for peace. Based on the quality and scope of our work, our club has been chosen as one of only 5 groups in the world to pilot an equality and inclusivity addendum to the curriculum, and our projects have been recognized by the leaders of PeaceJam and our regional affiliate, Great Lakes PeaceJam.

    Peace Jam Ambassadors 13+ Wed. Rm #36
    Teacher: Leslie Hamilton
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 13 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    You can take one or both days (offered Wed.and Fri.) of PJ Ambassadors!!! Both days offer stand-alone activities that will complement each other. Designed for high school students, PeaceJam Ambassadors explores issues related to peace, violence, social justice and oppression. Youth study the lives and works of a Nobel Peace Laureate and the strategies he or she uses to address pressing global issues. Students create and implement their own Global Call to Action Projects, becoming creative leaders who are committed to solving the most difficult problems facing our world. This program also includes an annual PeaceJam Youth Conference where youth spend a weekend with that Nobel Peace Laureate, giving them an unprecedented opportunity to share with, learn from, and be inspired by a world leader for peace. Based on the quality and scope of our work, our club has been chosen as one of only five groups in the world to pilot an equality and inclusivity addendum to the curriculum, and our projects have been recognized by the leaders of PeaceJam and our regional affiliate, Great Lakes PeaceJam.

    Peace Jam Juniors 8-10 Rm #36
    Teacher: Leslie Hamilton
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 8 - 10
    1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
    PeaceJam Juniors uses the stories of the childhoods of 12 Nobel Peace Prize winners to help youth become passionate and informed advocates for themselves and their world. Focusing on creating peacemakers from the earliest age, PJ Juniors allows students to explore the ideas of peace, justice, community, feelings, identity, and self-expression in a safe, inclusive environment. Students create many small projects throughout the year to put into practice their leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills, and at the end of the year create a major Global Call to Action project to be showcased for lawmakers and other active students at the Youth For Justice Summit in Columbus. Using art, history, science, math, literature, and writing, we become great peacemakers!

    Peace Jam Leaders 10-12 Rm #36
    Teacher: Leslie Hamilton
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 10 - 12
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
    Designed for 10-12 year olds, PeaceJam Leaders uses the stories of the lives of 12 Nobel Peace Prize winners to help youth become passionate and informed advocates for themselves and their world. Focusing on the need to help young people find their identities, express themselves in positive ways, and learn how to make a positive impact on the people around them, PJ Leaders inspires youth to truly become leaders. Through art, social sciences, video, literature, writing, and any other means the students choose, we can become better communicators and collaborators as we work together to create meaningful projects addressing serious issues at the root causes. We will have a chance to show off our amazing work in Columbus at either the Youth For Justice Summit or the Project Citizen showcase, the latter of which will allow us to actually change laws or public policies, and both of which will allow us to speak directly to our state and local lawmakers. This is an amazing, inspiring, and really fun class!

    Psychology 15+ Rm #21
    Teacher: Sarah Skeggs
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 15 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    This course provides an introduction to the study of psychology. This class will focus on the following core areas of psychology: cognitive, abnormal, personality, social, psychophysiology, psychological research, behavioral psychology, and psychoanalysis. Students will learn the history and progression of the field along with major concepts, theories, and theorists. This course will also offer an introduction to sociology.

    Students will learn about social science experiments and will conduct and participate in each other’s studies. Students will learn how to run statistical analyses of their data and how to interpret the results. Each student will write their own scientific report presenting their study, data, analysis, and conclusions. Outside of class work expectations: moderate (2+ hours per week).


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