Category Archives: History

Contemporary World Problems (HS) (Sam)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Contemporary World Problems

The study of Contemporary World Issues is a class designed to engage and prepare students to analyze governments, people, and cultures from around the world. We will begin with some basic knowledge and understanding of past history. It will then emphasize the structures and policies of the United States and how they compare to other systems in the international community. Then we will apply critical thinking and research skills to examine current events and contemporary issues, including human rights, globalization, America’s role in the international economy, environmental issues in different regions, religion(s), and how it is often used to facilitate and justify violence and behavior, “War on Terror” and more.

Some class activities to expect:

Note Taking

Vocabulary 

Short Answer quizzes

Writing Assignments

Research Paper

Queer History and More! (elizabeth ortega)

This class is going to be a mash up of queer history, biographies, queer theory and queer identity, queer as a verb and current issues surrounding being queer and how to navigate it all. My goal is for you to walk out of class with a fistful of information, deep perplexing possibilities and even bigger love and gratitude.

Every week I will provide a reading or a piece of media related to one of these areas. We will unpack, repack and wrap our minds and hearts around the content with deep discussion, writing, a personal interview and I am committed to bringing at least 1 guest speaker.

Join the class at any level of knowledge and NO you DO NOT need to identify as queer/LGBTQQIAA2s.

We will ALL be learning new ideas and information and deepening our awareness of self and others.

In this class we’ll be learning about key historical moments and people who shaped queer life and history in this country. We will dive into some queer theory,

 

High school only unless you are an 8th grader and feel up to the challenge and come to discuss with me.

Indigenous People’s History (Cont) (HS) (Sam)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Indigenous People’s History (Cont) (HS)

 

When we hear about the start of this country, it always begins with the landing on the East Coast (Plymouth Rock). We all know by now that much more was going on way before then. This class will read and analyze the book, An Indigenous Peoples’ History Of The United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. We will talk about the many people groups and nations that were a part of this land before the invasion of British settlers. We will be learning about groups that lived in many regions and how they survived and thrived. Also, we will learn about the similarities that we come across in our state that reflect Native cultures, practices, and ideas.

Note: You are welcome to join this class if you were not a part of the class last term.

Some class activities to expect:

Note Taking

Vocabulary 

Short Answer quizzes

Short Writing Assignments