10 CN Globalization 1920px CN Globalization IMG 7679Pouring over maps and immersing themselves in complex readings, seventh and eighth graders are in the early stages of their interdisciplinary work at this point in the school year.

Students have many choices to make as they begin their study of globalization in their humanities, science, and writing classes. Both seventh and eighth graders will soon delve into projects driven by their personal interests and curiosities, the culmination of which will be December’s World’s Fair.

In considering the goals for the upcoming projects, humanities teacher Colin Tribble notes that “the key to the globalization curriculum is for students to leave, not only understanding that the world is an interconnected and interdependent place, but also the deeper implications of those connections.”

Seventh graders will explore this interconnectedness by examining world history and contemporary issues through a single commodity of their choice. Students will need to bring in knowledge from multiple disciplines as they consider the chemical properties of their commodities as well as any social context. As part of this effort, eighth graders have just begun the “Eat a Species” project, selecting a species to research in their biology classes. The project will soon merge with their humanities and writing classes more explicitly.

To illustrate our inquiry-based teaching model, humanities teacher Cynthia Kosut shares some of the big questions of the eighth-grade globalization curriculum: “How have geography, plants, and animals affected humans, and how have humans affected geography, plants, and animals?” In considering both natural systems and human-engineered systems, students will work towards December’s World’s Fair culmination with these questions in mind.


 September 29, 2017

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