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Integrated Ancient Civilizations and Language Arts

Teacher: Shabrayle Setliff

While students learn about civilizations spanning from Ancient Mesopotamia to the early European explorers, they will build a solid foundation in grammar, the writing process, thinking critically, and reading with focus and engagement. All reading and writing exercises, assignments, and projects are tied to the history curriculum. Much of the content in this class is adapted from Waldorf-based curricula that incorporates ample opportunities for writing, an abundance of reading selections, and the integration of drawing and art. In addition, this class will include discussion strategies to help students build towards scholarly discourse, inquiry-based activities, language and grammar study, and writing workshops.

Because of limited classroom time, it is important for students to incorporate coursework into their homeschool schedules throughout the week. Depending on the student’s pace, the student should expect to complete several hours of work at home. At-home work may include reading and writing assignments, vocabulary work, map work, and the completion of projects. I will also suggest extra writing activities and texts for students who would like to extend their learning beyond the in-class curriculum.

Although students will not receive a numerical grade on papers or tests, I will provide them with written feedback. Students always have the option to revise and resubmit their work. This is, in fact, encouraged. For parents who would like progress reports, I will keep data, and I am happy to print or email these reports when requested. Parents are welcome to email me with questions and concerns at any time.

Semester I:

We will wind our way from Mesopotamia to the fall of the Roman Empire. Students will begin their writing portfolio with five writing assignments: three mini-research papers, an expository essay, and a short story.

Semester II:

We will begin the second half of the year studying the Middle Ages and end learning about the First Peoples of the Americas and early European explorers. Students will complete their portfolio with five more writing assignments: two research papers, an expository essay, a short play, and a speech.

Book List

Generally, from week to week, students will have the freedom to choose which books they would like to read to explore historical topics in more detail. I will provide a list of suggestions, but they should peruse the library for other options as well.

In addition to their own reading, we will read four books as a class. Please plan to purchase or borrow the following books:

Semester I

The Rainbow People by Laurence Yep

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

Semester II

The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green

The Corn Grows Ripe by Dorothy Rhoads

 Students should bring the following to each class:

  • Scissors
  • Sticky notes
  • A high lighter
  • A pencil
  • A glue stick
  • A three-ring binder with a divider
  • Two notebooks

Instructor: Shabrayle S

Minimum enrollment requirement: 6

Course Length:  1.5-hr per week /14 weeks / 21 hours / semester

Cost: $231 per quarter + $18 material fee = $249 per semester


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