Category Archives: History

Just Draw, Art History (MS/HS) (TSam)

What is art? Is Art truly the expression of one’s true self?

This class is a space for art enthusiasts to come together and have a space to create. Art is an ever-important element in the nature of who people are and how stories are shaped through inspiration and imagination. We will meet as a class and discuss trends in art (Past and present) while using the space to expand on our artistic interpretations. Each day will be filled with creative energy and we will have a share out to celebrate your work.


World History, Heroes & Lesser Known Events (HS Only) (TSam)

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

World History is a subject that explores the key events and global historical developments since the 1200s that have shaped the world we live in today. The scope of Modern World History provides the latitude to range widely across all aspects of human experience: economics, science, religion, philosophy, politics & law, military conflict, literature & the arts. The class will illuminate connections between our lives and those of our ancestors around the world. We will also analyze people, groups, and important figures who have not been credited in history.

We will uncover patterns of behavior, identify historical trends and themes, explore historical movements and concepts, and test theories. Students will refine their ability to read for comprehension and critical analysis; summarize, categorize, compare, and evaluate information; write clearly and convincingly; express facts and opinions orally, and use technology appropriately to present information.


Indigenous Civilizations of the World (MS/HS) (TSam)

Often when we look at where people come from, we barely go back to a couple of generations. In that, we lose out on some much valuable information and key people who shaped us into who we are today. As a multicultural person, my family often struggles to have accurate updates on our family tree and other important figures in our complicated history.

This class will center on important developments, issues, accomplishments, and problems of World civilizations (pre-colonization),  including the study of African, Asian, European, Islamic, Native American, and Latin American civilizations, and discusses the relationships among these civilizations to the present day.




Diverse Voices & Yummy Things (MS/HS) (elizabeth ortega)

In this class, we’ll gather to consume and discuss media by and about diverse humans. We’ll hear from various voices on topics like identity, queerness, institutional racism and human rights, global issues and we’ll pull from assorted forms of media including podcasts and news sources.

Each class one of you will provide either a yummy treat or a yummy beverage for everyone to share and we will create a sign up!

I’ll provide 2 options each day, y’all will vote and bam! We listen and discuss.

Whiteness/straightness/cis-ness/patriarchal-ness etc. in media is the norm; this is an opportunity to approach important topics from different viewpoints and perspectives. 

No homework, just come ready to contribute to discussions each day and eat yummy things and THINK and PONDER and FEEL and DISCUSS.

Intersectional Sociology of Gender (2 terms) (HS) (elizabeth ortega)

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

In this class we will examine how gender, from an intersectional lens shapes the media, violence, sexuality, intimacy, education, the economy, different family structures, religion, government and society at large. We will explore how gender varies by race, class, ethnicity, global region, sexual orientation, why feminism and women’s liberation across the globe aim to improve the lives of women and men and everyone in-between. Emphasis will be on U.S. history and society, but comparisons to other countries will be made to examine how gender works and plays out.

Through this class students will be able to 1) analyze how social structure and culture shape gendered identities and experiences, apply sociological terms and concepts concerning gendered experiences and phenomena to their papers and presentations 2) Identify how race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality affect gender relations and experiences 3) Explain how gender creates power and control imbalances in people’s personal relationships

I will be pulling material from the Human Sexuality course I teach at Antioch to expand our lenses and knowledge context from the world of academia.