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Elementary Humanities - History and Literature of the Ancient World

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Elementary Class, English Language Arts, History, Literature and Media

Would you like to walk alongside Pharaoh as the Pyramids are being built? Have you ever been interested in the gods of Ancient Greece or the religion practiced by Mesopotamians? Perhaps you’d like to follow the Israelites through the desert or learn more about the daily life of Ancient Romans? In this course, we will study the world’s most well known civilizations, including the first nomads, Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Israel, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome. Rather than just memorizing facts from the past, we’ll dive in together to explore themes and cultural universals from each period of time. What foods did they eat? What myths and stories provided a foundation for their religious beliefs? How were families structured? What were the governments like? Our study of the Ancient world will be enhanced by considering art and music from each period, and especially the stories and writings from each civilization. We’ll explore perspective, narrative, theme, imagery and how these enhance our knowledge of the ancient world. Essays, creative projects, and discussion will accompany each unit as a way for students to engage in the impact that these civilizations have on our lives even today!

Grade Levels*:
4, 5, 6
* Enrollment restricted based on Date of Birth and Grad Year (whichever is more limiting). Enrollment outside these levels requires written concurrence from TPS Support.
• Successful completion (75% or higher) of any other TPS Elementary Humanities course
━ OR ━
• Successful completion (75% or higher) of TPS Writing 5 Adventures or TPS Writing 6 Exploration
━ OR ━
• Concurrent enrollment in TPS Writing 5 Adventures or TPS Writing 6 Exploration
━ OR ━
• Successful completion of Readiness Test
Notes and Conditions

Suggested Pairing: This humanities course includes some writing. To better prepare students for writing, we recommend students also take TPS Writing 5 Adventures or Writing 6 Exploration while taking Elementary Humanities.

注意: 本课程并未专门为学生准备其他 TPS 课程,也不满足任何 TPS 课程的英语先决条件。寻求提高学术英语水平的学生应按照学生当前的学术英语水平和背景参加写作基础课程或 EFL-I 课程。

“This course was so much fun! The teacher is awesome and it felt like I was really touring the ancient world! I loved this course and I think other people who like this type of history would love it too!”

Gabriella C

“This course really teaches a lot! This remarkable class taught me about important people, kingdoms and empires. We also learned a lot of new vocabulary! The class gave me a full picture of life in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, Greece, and Rome. Sometimes, we even played review games to go over our last unit! People might say history is boring, but in reality it can be fun.”

Benjamin W

“There are many wonderful units, including Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, Greece, and Rome. The books I had to read were super cool. I learned about how early people in these areas lived. I also learned about significant wars and events that occurred in these parts of the ancient world. I really liked the final projects and honestly the whole class. I would certainly suggest this class to anyone who might consider it.”

Katrina H

“The teacher is nice, there are fun assignments, and you learn a lot about the ancient world. You also get to meet friends at TPS and do assignments with them if you would like. The textbook is thorough and helpful.”

Beatrice B

“I would recommend this course since it is incredibly interesting.”

Daniel R
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