8th Grade

History/Humanities

The eighth grade history course, which we call Global Thinking, gives students the chance to examine how the history of various regions of the world help us understand the events of the present.

For example, students study European colonialism in Africa in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and go on to examine the origins and legacy of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. They learn about the complex history of the Middle East and then explore the reasons why the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is so difficult to resolve. They look at modern China and try to weigh the pros and cons of that country’s rapid growth. Along the way, students participate in student-led discussions, stretch their research and writing skills, and sharpen their ability to think critically. This course is about helping students make sense of the world in which they live and giving them the tools to become informed and engaged global citizens.

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Singing history

MB Hamilton

This performance of two sections from the musical Hamilton was the finale of the 2016 Middle School Talent Show. Original music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Faculty

Graham Holland

Middle School History and Academic Team Leader

About

Graham Holland

Brown University – B.A.
Lesley University – M.Ed.

Jonathan Gold

Middle School History, Academic Team Leader, Expert Thinking Tri-Clerk

About

Jonathan Gold

Brown University – B.A.
Columbia University – M.A.

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