Sixth Grade Humanities
What causes a group of people to become a community?
Our goal in Humanities 6 is to build a supportive learning space in which we explore the question, what causes a group of people to become a community? In the words of Paul Fleischman, author of Seedfolks, “a sense of community [helps us to feel] that we are known, that we care, that we will be cared for.” We develop a deeper sense of community through investigating diverse perspectives in texts, asking thoughtful questions of each other, and connecting the human experience through writing.
Unit One: Storytelling and Community
Essential question: How do storytelling and listening help to form community?
Primary text: The Tequila Worm by Viola Canales
Unit Two: Membership and Community
Essential question: What can happen when individuals share their identities with communities?
Primary text: Poetry selections, picture book selections
Unit Three: Diversity and Community
Essential question: How can a diverse group of individuals become a community?
Primary text: Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman
Unit Four: Struggle and Community
Essential question: Why do communities form in times of struggle?
Primary text: A Long Walk To Water by Linda Sue Park
Unit Five: Leadership and Community
Essential question: What is the relationship between leadership and community?
Primary text: Outcasts United by Warren St. John