Davis Waldorf School
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History Curriculum
In the fifth grade, the study of mythology and history focuses on the ancient cultures of India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Babylonia, Chaldea, Assyria and Greece. The following stories are presented orally throughout the fifth grade -- The Ramayana, Stories of the Buddha, Zarathustra, Gilgamesh, Isis and Osiris, Prometheus, The Fall of Troy and Alexander the Great. The student engages in the study through listening skills and recall, main lesson work, dramatizations, and other artistic representations.

In the sixth grade, the study of history encompasses the Roman Empire with an emphasis on culture and the evolution toward government and laws. Any of the following subjects are included: Virgil’s Aeneid, Roman emperors, the Pax Romana and the legends of Christianity. The students examine the development of Western civilization from Rome through the Middle Ages through stories of Germanic tribes, including Charlemagne, the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. Biographies include St. Francis, Thomas Aquinas, Marco Polo and Henry the Second. The students also study the Crusades and the fall of Constantinople.

In the seventh grade, the study of history covers the Age of Discovery, the Renaissance and Reformation and Shakespearean England. This could include, but is not limited to, the biographies of: Marco Polo, Vasco da Gama, Columbus, Magellan, Cortez, Sir Walter Raleigh, Galileo, Tycho Brahe, Kepler, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Catherine de Medici, Vittoria Colonna, Lorenzo de Medici, William Shakespeare, Martin Luther and Queen Elizabeth. Also presented are biographies of Chinese explorers and reformists.

Finally, in the eighth grade, the study of history focuses on American history beginning with the European revolutions such as the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution, leading to American colonization and into modern times. Biographies of Americans that contributed to the birth and development of the United States are studied, such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The study of the Revolutionary War to the Civil War to the World Wars paints a picture of the struggles of the nation. People such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman, and Rosa Parks are presented as instrumental to the women’s rights movement. The Amendments and the US Constitution provide texts for the study of civil rights and government. Milton Hershey and the Industrial Revolution are studied to show the building up of the nation.

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