Sixth Grade Humanities

Sixth-grade Humanities builds the foundation for students to cultivate strong interpersonal and community-minded connections. Our curriculum actively examines the ideas of “justice” when approaching a piece of text, audio, or visual work by bringing in a historical/contemporary context and using theoretical knowledge to frame discussions. In particular, we aim to use critical literary lenses (eg. race, class, gender) alongside each primary text we read to tackle major themes. Students will be challenged to think deeply about multiple and overlapping perspectives, to ask thoughtful questions of one another, and reflect through writing about why our learning matters to our own lives and the communities/world around us. 

Our first semester’s themes and topics will center heavily on the ideas of storytelling and community; concurrently, students will work on foundational skills that include, but are not limited to, communication, collaboration, and self-advocacy as relevant to their academic as well as social and emotional development. The second semester’s focus will continue to build on these foundational skills through a more global perspective as well as additional opportunities for research and action within their communities.

Pre-Unit Kickoff: Community and Storytelling
Essential Question: What is a community? How do storytelling and listening help to form community?
Unit One: Community and Memory
Essential Question: What is the value of passing down stories about different communities throughout generations?
Primary text: Various fiction and nonfiction texts
Unit Two: Community and Identity
Essential Question: Why is it important to make space for different identities and cultures in our communities?
Primary text: The Moon Within by Aida Salazar
Unit Three: Community and Membership
Essential Questions: What may cause individuals or groups to be included in or excluded from a community, and how can we create a sense of belonging?
Primary text: Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Unit Four: Community and Justice
Essential Question: What kinds of communities based on justice can we imagine and then work to embody?
Primary text: On the Air with Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
Community Action Project - Yearlong
Semester 1 Essential Question: How do the shared spaces in your community resist injustice, inform and educate, add beauty back to the community, or nurture joy?

Semester 2 Essential Question: How can students find and/or create opportunities to take action in their community?