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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 three-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:

  • 2020/21
    Modern American and World History
  • 2021/22
    Ancient World History
    American History
  • 2022/23
    Middle Ages and Renaissance History
    Early American History


  • Ancient World History 14+ T/TH 11:00 Rm #36
    Teacher: Joe Kozak
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    This year we'll be exploring the earliest foundations of Western civilization--from Mesopotamia and Egypt through the flourishing of Greek culture, to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. This class will make extensive use of free-form discussions, classroom activities, and strategy games that allow students to explore historical events interactively and dynamically.

    Ancient World History 14+ T/TH 1:00 Rm# 36
    Teacher: Joe Kozak
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    This year we'll be exploring the earliest foundations of Western civilization--from Mesopotamia and Egypt through the flourishing of Greek culture, to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. This class will make extensive use of free-form discussions, classroom activities, and strategy games that allow students to explore historical events interactively and dynamically.

    Ancient World History 14+ W/F Rm 36
    Teacher: Joe Kozak
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    This year we'll be exploring the earliest foundations of Western civilization--from Mesopotamia and Egypt through the flourishing of Greek culture, to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. This class will make extensive use of free-form discussions, classroom activities, and strategy games that allow students to explore historical events interactively and dynamically.

    Ancient World History 3/4 Rm 32
    Teacher: Julia Jackson
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 9 - 11
    1 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    This year we'll be exploring the earliest foundations of Western civilization--from Mesopotamia and Egypt through the flourishing of Greek culture, to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. This class will make extensive use of free-form discussions, classroom activities, and strategy games that allow students to explore historical events interactively and dynamically.

    Ancient World History 5/6 Rm #32
    Teacher: Julia Jackson
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 10 - 12
    1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    This year we'll be exploring the earliest foundations of Western civilization--from Mesopotamia and Egypt through the flourishing of Greek culture, to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. This class will make extensive use of free-form discussions, classroom activities, and strategy games that allow students to explore historical events interactively and dynamically.

    Ancient World History 6/7 Rm #36
    Teacher: Joe Kozak
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 11 - 13
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    This year we'll be exploring the earliest foundations of Western civilization--from Mesopotamia and Egypt through the flourishing of Greek culture, to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. This class will make extensive use of free-form discussions, classroom activities, and strategy games that allow students to explore historical events interactively and dynamically.

    Ancient World History 7/8 Rm #36
    Teacher: Joe Kozak
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 12 - 14
    1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    This year we'll be exploring the earliest foundations of Western civilization--from Mesopotamia and Egypt through the flourishing of Greek culture, to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. This class will make extensive use of free-form discussions, classroom activities, and strategy games that allow students to explore historical events interactively and dynamically.

    Around the World-Countries, Cultures..Rm. 11
    Teacher: Jennifer Deming
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 7 - 9
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
    Join us for a trip around the world in this Social Studies class. We will explore numerous countries, their geography, climate, cultures, and learn about kids just like you. Have you ever wondered what it looks like in Japan? What games do the kids in China play? Are there big cities in Norway? What do people eat in Germany? Are their laws like ours? Now is the time to have fun while we go on an adventure to learn about our Global Community.


    Community Builders 1/2 T/TH 11:00 Rm. 32
    Teacher: Julia Jackson
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 6 - 8
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
    What is a “community”? Our communities are made up of people, places, resources, and relationships. The Leaves of Learning Community Builders will focus on the various communities we each belong to, including our families and our school community, working to strengthen them and exploring the many roles we each play. We will learn about our physical and geographic environment, production, distribution and consumption of resources, the influence of science and technology, interdependence, family traditions and culture. We will also participate in decision making and develop good citizenship skills.


    History of Rock and Roll (14+) Rm #12
    Teacher: Donald Broerman
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    History of Rock and Roll:
    Stylistic Characteristics and Its Influences
    This course explores the roots of rock and roll through aural recognition and is meant to teach students a timeline of events, as well as, how to identify influential genres through listening. Covering rhythm, beat, song form and music theory basics.


    Music Theory & History (14+) Stage
    Teacher: Rick Sowash
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    How does music do what it does? What does music mean? What is greatness in music?
    Students will discover the basic elements of music (intervals, chords, harmony, melody, etc.) and how these have been employed by composers of Europe and America, through carefully prepared and guided in-class listenings. After listening, students will share what they noticed as the music played. Using the elements of music as ‘building blocks,’ students may compose short works. However, the emphasis will be on the development of listening skills. The course content will include music history, biographies of composers, and music as a humanity, ie., the ways in which music conveys the ideas and spirit of particular periods and peoples.
    It is not necessary to be able to read music or to play a musical instrument to succeed in this course. Students only need to be curious.
    Students will discern the tricks of the great composers, learning how to think like composers, anticipating what a given composer might do to express an idea or feeling, and then listening to what the composer actually did. Mr. Sowash, who is a composer of classical music, will also share some of his own works with the class.


    Mythology II (10-13) W 1:00 Rm. 36
    Teacher: Joe Kozak
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 10 - 13
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    A continuation of the concepts and themes that students learned from Mythology I, Mythology II will focus on (but not be limited to) myths, legends and folktales from the Australian, African, and Asian regions. Students will continue to explore how myths are alive and well today in the movies we see, the books we read, the songs we sing and the lessons we learn. While it is true that ancient myths were first created to explain humanity’s questions about creation and nature, over time they evolved into so much more. They became a way of life for societies both ancient and modern; influencing history, religion, and art. Myths also provided the formula and foundation for modern day storytelling. Through examination of the age-old concept of the “Hero’s Journey”, students will discover what Hermione Granger has in common with Baba Yaga. Using various approaches to the material such as reading, writing, Reader’s Theatre, analysis, and interactive activities, this course will explore the greatest stories ever told!



    Selected Resources and Materials

    Books

    Ashkenazi, Michael. (2008). Handbook of Japanese Mythology
    Oxford University Press

    Chandler, Robert. (2012) Russian Magic Tales from Pushkin to Platonov
    New York: Penguin Books Ltd.

    Smith, W. Ramsay (2003) Myths and Legends of the Australian Aborigines
    New York: Puffin Books

    Woodson, Carter Godwin (2009) African Myths and Folktales
    New York: Dover Publications, Inc.


    Materials. Students will be expected to bring writing utensils and a notebook to class each day. Additionally, each student should have a folder or binder for keeping track of the reading materials, homework assignments, and handouts received in class each day. Finally, students are encouraged to bring their computers to class as there will be circumstances where they will need them to take notes or do research for projects.


    Mythology II (14+) F 1:00 Rm. 36
    Teacher: Joe Kozak
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    A continuation of the concepts and themes that students learned from Mythology I, Mythology II will focus on (but not be limited to) myths, legends and folktales from the Australian, African, and Asian regions. Students will continue to explore how myths are alive and well today in the movies we see, the books we read, the songs we sing and the lessons we learn. While it is true that ancient myths were first created to explain humanity’s questions about creation and nature, over time they evolved into so much more. They became a way of life for societies both ancient and modern; influencing history, religion, and art. Myths also provided the formula and foundation for modern day storytelling. Through examination of the age-old concept of the “Hero’s Journey”, students will discover what Hermione Granger has in common with Baba Yaga. Using various approaches to the material such as reading, writing, Reader’s Theatre, analysis, and interactive activities, this course will explore the greatest stories ever told!



    Selected Resources and Materials

    Books

    Ashkenazi, Michael. (2008). Handbook of Japanese Mythology
    Oxford University Press

    Chandler, Robert. (2012) Russian Magic Tales from Pushkin to Platonov
    New York: Penguin Books Ltd.

    Smith, W. Ramsay (2003) Myths and Legends of the Australian Aborigines
    New York: Puffin Books

    Woodson, Carter Godwin (2009) African Myths and Folktales
    New York: Dover Publications, Inc.


    Materials. Students will be expected to bring writing utensils and a notebook to class each day. Additionally, each student should have a folder or binder for keeping track of the reading materials, homework assignments, and handouts received in class each day. Finally, students are encouraged to bring their computers to class as there will be circumstances where they will need them to take notes or do research for projects.


    Peace Jam Ambassadors 14+ Fri. 2:15 Rm. 33
    Teacher: Leslie Hamilton
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 13 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    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 Juniors (8-10) Fri. 2:30 Rm. 33
    Teacher: Elizabeth Tillis-Gilland
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 8 - 10
    1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    PeaceJam Juniors is a standards-based curriculum for ages 8-11 that explores the childhood stories of 10 Nobel Peace Laureates and the character traits they embody. Youth study the personal experiences of these inspiring world leaders and then engage in service-learning projects that address needs in their local community. As a result, youth gain academic and social skills including leadership, conflict resolution, problem solving, and character development.

    Peace Jam Leaders (11-13) Fri. 11:00 Rm. 33
    Teacher: Elizabeth Tillis-Gilland
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 11 - 13
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    PeaceJam Leaders is a standards-based curriculum for young people between the ages of 11 and 14. It explores the adolescent stories of 10 Nobel Peace Laureates and the strategies they used to overcome problems in their lives and their communities. Through this age-appropriate curriculum, youth explore their own identities and reexamine the choices they make including their role models and the peer groups to which they belong. Youth also develop leadership and problem-solving skills while engaging in service-learning activities that address local needs.



    Psychology & the Law (13+) Rm #36
    Teacher: Joe Kozak
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 13 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    “Not guilty by reason of insanity.” “In your expert opinion, could this person have committed this crime?” Chances are, if one has watched any law and order television shows or movies during their lifetime, they’ve heard those phrases uttered more than once. But what do they truly mean? Find out the answer to those questions and more! This course will examine the issues involved in applying the science of psychology to the field of law. Among the topics to be covered are:
    reliability/fallibility, jury perceptions and decisions, absolute truth vs. absolute justice, the various roles of psychologists in law (as advisors, evaluators and reformers) the role of expert testimony in law, and how competency to stand trial is determined. Using various approaches to the material (including, but not limited to, reading, reenactment, court case precedents, debate, discussion, research) students will examine the role of psychology in law today as well as its trending future.


    Psychology 14+ T/TH 2:15 Rm. 21
    Teacher: Sarah Skeggs
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    Learn about heredity and environment, problem solving, intelligence, perception, conflict psychotherapies, social behavior and more using mind stimulating activities that encourage critical and creative thinking. Based on science and sound psychological concepts and research, the tests and experiments done in this class make it fun and interesting for students to learn about their families, friends, classmates and themselves.

    Self-Expression Through Art 13+ Fri. 11:00 Rm. 30
    Teacher: Trelan Jones
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 13 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
    This is a nonjudgmental, free-thinking and upbeat self-reflective art class. Self-reflection is looking in the mirror and allowing yourself to describe what you see. Self-reflection empowers students to better understand their strengths and weaknesses which will translate into better life presence. You are welcome to take Wed. & Fri. together.

    Students will discuss self-awareness, feelings about themselves, views on what's going on in the world today, and give power toward being the best they can be. The objective is to think about the process to better understand yourself and others around you. Students will have opportunities to create self-reflective art projects using many different mixed media mediums such as drawing, collage, glazes, use of color, installation art, and more.


    Self-Expression Through Art 13+ Wed. 11:00 Rm 30
    Teacher: Trelan Jones
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 12 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
    This is a nonjudgmental, free-thinking and upbeat self-reflective art class. Self-reflection is looking in the mirror and allowing yourself to describe what you see. Self-reflection empowers students to better understand their strengths and weaknesses which will translate into better life presence. You are welcome to take Wednesday and Friday together.

    Students will discuss self-awareness, feelings about themselves, views on what's going on in the world today, and give power toward being the best they can be. The objective is to think about the process to better understand yourself and others around you. Students will have opportunities to create self-reflective art projects using many different mixed media mediums such as drawing, collage, glazes, use of color, installation art, and more.


    US Government (14+) Wed. 11:00 Rm #36
    Teacher: Joe Kozak
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    U.S. Government incorporates the structure, organization and function of the American political system. Topics studied include: foundations of United States government, the three major branches of government, and the Constitution. Students will study the details of the political system at the national, state, and local levels. Comparisons will be made between American government and other political systems.

    US Government (14+) Wed. 9:30 Rm#36
    Teacher: Joe Kozak
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    U.S. Government incorporates the structure, organization and function of the American political system. Topics studied include: foundations of United States government, the three major branches of government, and the Constitution. Students will study the details of the political system at the national, state, and local levels. Comparisons will be made between American government and other political systems.

    Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) Rm. 13
    Teacher: To be determined
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) authentically engages students in problems, programs and policies that directly affect them. It is a systematic and scientific way for students to identify a problem, gather data about it, and make recommendations for improvement. The process fosters an environment where youth can become agents of change in their communities.

    This is a teacher-facilitated but student-led project-based class. Students will learn about research and the scientific method by conducting a research project on a topic selected by the class.

    Students will:

    ·Apply the scientific method in a real research project

    ·Learn about research paradigms and ethics

    ·Research what is already known about the chosen topic

    -Explore data collection methods (survey, interview, Photovoice, focus groups, participatory mapping, etc.) and choose the best methods for their question.

    ·Participate in data analysis and interpretation

    ·Develop action plans based on findings

    · Create written and graphic presentations of their findings and action plans


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