The history curriculum instills an understanding of the complex factors that shape the rise and fall of civilizations. Each civilization is analyzed through a structural framework of six components: government, geography, economics, religion, social groups, and history. Each year also culminates with a research symposium where students exhibit the research skills they have worked on all year to explore a topic of interest that is related to the civilizations they have studied. To prepare for daily work and larger projects, all lessons in the history curriculum emphasize the following skills:
- Using evidence to construct and evaluate historical arguments.
- Using primary and secondary sources to analyze point of view and context, and to understand and interpret information.
- Assessing continuity and change over time and over different cultures and geographic regions.
- Understanding diversity of interpretations through analysis of context, point of view, and frame of reference.
- Considering human commonalities and differences.