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Units of Study: geography and the human experience with an emphasis on current world geography. Middle Ages in England, China, Middle East, North Africa, and Japan with an emphasis on mapping of culture, impact of religion, and development of political systems. Revolutions in science, Enlightenment, America, France, Estonia. Planning a trip to a country in the Eastern Hemisphere with an emphasis on studying the culture of a country through travel. The final unit of study involves the history of Mt. St Helens.
Reading: for different purposes; reading for the main point; active reading; vocabulary.
Writing: managing information, outlining, paragraphing; different purposes in writing; mechanically sound final drafts; writing clearly organized, well supported factual essays; extending depth and detail of writing; writing in OWN words.
Study Skills: using and creating graphics (timelines, charts, tables, graphs); interpreting and responding to illustration (photos, paintings, cartoons); locating, selecting and collecting information (interview, reference use); note-taking; storing and recalling information; making convincing oral and written presentations.
Research: interviewing; reading for specific information; print and electronic research; primary/secondary sources.
Speaking: exchanging ideas; debating; honoring ideas.
Critical thinking: defining and clarifying problems/issues/ideas; identifying main idea and supporting details; evaluating and judging information; solving problems; drawing conclusions; distinguishing between fact and opinion.
Social Participation: developing interpersonal skills; working in groups; entertaining unfamiliar ideas; offering opportunities for reflection.