This literature-based history class integrates the study of world history with English for middle school students, a “two-for-one” approach that fulfills requirements for both English and social studies in one class.
Students will use both historical fiction and nonfiction in this class, along with completing several writing and creative projects. English grammar and vocabulary will also be included. The honors level of this section designates that it will have more required reading and writing assignments, including writing analytical essays about the novels read.
- Learn about famous people, places, and events during ancient times: Fertile Crescent, Ancient Egypt, the Far East, the Indus Valley, Ancient Greece, Ancient Europe including Rome, the Middle East, Ancient Africa, and the ancient Americas.
- Learn about famous people, places, and events during the Middle Ages including the Dark Ages, the Crusades, nobility, feudalism, cities, castles, life in the Middle Ages, and the Hundred Years’ War.
- Write multi-paragraph essays, analytical essays, a creative story, a research paper, and speech with much focus on how to revise and edit writing.
- Demonstrate an understanding of English grammar including: parts of speech, sentence structure, punctuation, and common sentence errors.
- Identify the elements of fiction through novels read as well as common techniques of literature such as figurative language.
- Read poetry related to people, places, and events studied, and write poems.
- Learn new words in context related to history and geography.
Class assignments are as follows:
- Read at least 14 books (historical fiction, biography, nonfiction)
- Write 4 multi-paragraph essays (descriptive, expository, narrative, persuasive)
- Write 4 analytical essays
- Review questions for all history lessons
- Write a creative story, research paper, and informative speech
- Create 2 visual or creative projects
- Complete grammar and vocabulary exercises
Who should enroll?
The honors section of this class is for 7th-8th grade students who have previously shown themselves to be strong in English skills including comprehension, writing, and grammar. Students should easily be able to read a novel in less than two weeks (on top of the other assignments).
This is a rigorous course covering both English and history, so students should expect to spend more than an hour each day completing work for the class. If there is concern about whether or not a student should take the honors level or the “regular” level of this class, please feel free to email Mrs. Graybill about your situation.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Headset and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
- Microsoft Word and Power Point are very helpful. If a different word processing program is used, students will need to save or export documents to a pdf.
Evaluation and Feedback
Separate grades are given for history and English, with an average of both. Writing assignments receive much feedback during the grading process using a rubric with the effective traits of writing. Grammar and vocabulary exercises are usually graded automatically by Canvas.
Parents are welcome to contact me with any questions before registering their student. Once I know a student has registered, the family will receive a welcome packet with additional information about the course. I will contact parents if there is a concern with students not keeping up with the work or frequently turning in late assignments.