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Middle School

In Grades 6-8, we will explore essential questions, such as:

  • What are my obligations and responsibilities as a global citizen?
  • How can I understand my worldview and the worldview of others?
  • What must be done to create a more just and compassionate world?
  • What strategies do we need to use to bring about the change we wish to see in the world?
  • How can human-centered design be a strategy to create an equitable world?

In Grades 6-8, Innovators will:

  • Learn annotation and note-taking skills
  • Develop close reading skills by learning strategies to understand and critically analyze complex texts and move from concrete to inferential interpretations
  • Develop analytical writing skills, with a focus on creating clear, concise thesis statements, developing coherent paragraphs, and using textual evidence to support arguments
  • Interpret, analyze, and synthesize primary and secondary sources materials
  • Develop oral presentation and discussion skills to foster class participation and practice public speaking
  • Develop research skills in both collaborative and independent projects
  • Foster historical thinking skills and understanding of literary genres

Course Offerings

Grade 6 Humanities

Grade 6 Humanities begins with an investigation of our school-wide topic: belonging and place. NEIA Innovators will learn the importance of the writing process, including pre-writing, drafting, revision, and editing. The course will also integrate literature, current events, and geography as Innovators seek to develop a deeper understanding of place and connect new ideas across different sources: nonfiction, biography, primary sources, and fiction. Topics covered will include a sense of place and NEIA’s geography, Ancient Civilizations, West Africa, and the slave trade.

Grade 7/8 Humanities

Grade 7/8 Humanities begins by engaging Innovators in the concept of democracy and investigating primary sources that are the foundation of the US government. They will work on close reading, vocabulary acquisition, and critical thinking skills. NEIA Innovators will have the opportunity to practice writing across many genres and connect the importance of revision as a core skill connected to strong communication skills. Innovators will also be empowered to integrate their learning across disciplines and look at a variety of civic dilemmas through a variety of perspectives.

Upper School

In Humanities 9, 10, and 11, Innovators will study both U.S. and global cultures and societies through essential questions, such as:

  • How do societies and individuals initiate, structure, and maintain power systems?
  • Why and how do societies create hierarchies based on gender, race/ethnicity, and class?
  • How do humans make sense of the world around them?
  • How do societies produce, value, and distribute wealth?
  • What effects do contacts between different cultures (war, trade, diffusion) have on the societies involved?
  • What is social justice, and why does it matter?
  • How might we develop a social justice mindset?
  • Why is identity important to learning about social justice and engaging in social impact work?

In Grade 12, Innovators will select from Humanities electives that support their interest and inform their passion projects.

In Grades 9-12, Innovators will:

  • Actively read, engage with, and respond to a text
  • Target key elements of the text and connect them to greater concepts or questions
  • Read and recognize the formal structures of a variety of literary genres
  • Read and critically assess primary and secondary source materials
  • Critically evaluate and construct arguments based on various forms of evidence
  • Develop historical knowledge, understanding, and thinking
  • Situate texts within literary traditions and/or historical contexts
  • Build media literacy
  • Hone writing skills by focusing on writing concisely, clearly, and creatively
  • Participate in and lead class discussions
  • Develop research skills
  • Ask good questions
  • Use discussion and group analysis to enrich understanding of a text
  • Give and use feedback productively
  • Work independently and collaboratively
  • Use HCD to immerse themselves in various social environments to understand their experiences, challenges, and beauty intimately.

Course Offerings

Humanities 9

To engage in the Human-Centered Design process and apply effective strategies for community impact, Innovators need to understand why and how humans communicate through literacy. Humanities 9 develops competent writers, readers, and communicators as the Innovators consider the value of those in the human experience. As writers, Innovators will understand why writing is an important life skill while following the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. They will hone their skills by responding to a variety of rhetorical situations, including integrated writing tasks in NEIA’s other subject areas. The Innovators will actively read, engage with, and respond to an array of texts. The texts (which include literature, nonfiction, media, art) will be drawn from I.D.E.A.S., literary, historical, global, and social justice lenses. Innovators will target key elements of the texts and connect them to greater concepts and questions.

Humanities 10

For effective use of the Human-Centered Design and positive impact on others, Innovators must nurture and deepen their capacity for empathy. Humanities 10 examines the impact on human lives of decisions made in societal systems. The overarching themes will be colonialism, rebellion, activism, and personal, purposeful action. Each theme will be viewed through a spectrum of lenses through history, including examining varied mediums of expression. Perspective-taking, as well as individual and collective responsibility, will be core to the course in writing, projects, and communications. Innovators will follow the writing process and develop clarity, organization, word choice, and style. Writing tasks will include integration with NEIA’s other subject areas as part of emphasizing writing as a life skill.