Global Humanities is a 30-week world geography, history, and literature course for 6th-9th graders (age 11-15). We will progress through six 5-week unit studies organized by geography to learn about the history, cultures, religions, and literature of the world. Our units will emphasize current events and culture in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia & Australia, Europe & Russia, East Asia, and Central and South America.
Many “World History” classes offered in the homeschool world are actually western civilization classes with a very limited look at the eastern hemisphere and Africa. This class attempts to take a different approach. Classes will emphasize projects, role plays, and interactive group-based learning. Homework will include reading, online research, current events, and map memorization. During each unit, students will select a “major” area of study to focus their learning on that geographical area. Students will be able to label an ENTIRE world map by the end of class. At the final class of each unit, students will present unit projects based on their major, and we will have a “feast” featuring food from the country of study brought by the class. This is a content-based class.
We will meet once a week for 1.5/1.75 hours. The Level 1 6th & 7th graders class will meet Tuesdays from 10:30-12:00. Level II 8th & 9th graders will meet Thursdays from 10:30-12:15. Both classes will have a stretch break in the middle.
Q. Can my older/ younger child come to this class?
A. No. Sorry. Even if your child is capable to handle this material, the overall environment is meant to be for junior high students. My 7th and 9th grader will be in this class, so frankly, the parameters are to keep the class at an appropriate social level for them. There are many great local co-op and high school tutorials that cover the same material, which I am happy to recommend.
Q. How much does this class cost?
Q. Can we just pay for and take some, but not all units of this class?
A. Yes. If space allows, students may attend class for a 5-week unit study of a particular region. While there may be some missed understanding and continuity lost by not taking the whole class, each unit can stand alone.
Q. What books are required? What curriculum are you using?
A. My intention is to use MOSTLY online resources with the exception of our living books, but I am still looking at curriculum options for world history that aren’t so heavily western civilization based. It may also behoove you to buy a world map or globe. Each week they will have a study guide to complete by conducting research obtained from books and/or the internet. This will support my intention to have them learn to find good reliable sources. You may certainly have them complete their study guides using a history or geography texts of your choosing. If (and when) we find a discrepancy of information between information, we will discuss it in class.
Q. Does this fulfill their yearly History and English requirement?
A. Yes and No. This course will fully cover social studies and literature, but it will not explicitly develop their language arts, grammar, and writing. While they will certainly have written assignments, those will be graded primarily on content, not skill. They need a writing class to have a full English credit, which this course doesn’t satisfy. Incidentally, I am also teaching a brand new class called Writing for Muggles, which contains the necessary writing component, but it doesn’t have extra literature, so it’s PERFECT. Take that!
Q. What does the course calendar look like?
A. Just click here to view the schedule.
Q. Can you tell me a bit more about yourself and your teaching philosophy?
A. Sure. Just click over to the FAQ about Mrs. Ryder page.
Q. I’m interested! What do I do next?