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6th Graders Explore Ancient History and Research Current Issues
Marquis Austin

Audrey Shalom’s sixth-grade history students have been hard at work as they construct timelines recounting man's early history up until the emergence of agriculture and subsequent diminishing of the Nomadic lifestyle. “The students loved creating timelines that chronicled early man from the discovery of ‘Lucy’ 2.7 million years ago to Neanderthals and their extinction 40,000 years ago,” said Ms. Shalom. In addition to ancient history, Ms. Shalom has been teaching sixth graders about the United States government and climate change in her Current Issues Research Seminar (CIRS). “We now meet four times a cycle and split the time between a civics class and a research class,” explained Ms. Shalom. The civics portion has so far covered the three branches of government, the significance of the First Amendment, the history of voting rights in the U.S. and a detailed look into the election. “All sixth graders seem so excited and engaged to learn about how our country works,” observed Ms. Shalom. To develop their research skills, students recently completed research papers on climate change. Each student’s research process consisted of reading articles and viewing videos centered on climate change and watching Chasing Ice, an award-winning documentary on the subject. Students then compiled this information into organized notes, drafted outlines and went to work on their papers. Ms. Shalom told The Weekly that the next research project invites students to select a topic of their choice and write another well-thought-out paper. As Ms. Shalom’s history and CIRS classes ramp up, many students have been eager and excited to learn more about the topics at hand. “I am thrilled at how engaged and motivated the sixth graders are,” Ms. Shalom remarked. Check out some "History of Man" timelines below!

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