Individuals & Societies

Emily Anderson

6th Individuals and Societies

E: emily.anderson@dmschools.org

Patrick Brennan

7th Grade Individuals & Societies

P: 242-7250 | E: patrick.brennan@dmschools.org

Class Description

Course Purpose

“MYP individuals and societies encourages learners to respect and understand the world around them and equips them with the necessary skills to inquire into historical, contemporary, geographical, political, social, economic, religious, technological and cultural factors that have an impact on individuals, societies and environments. …The study of individuals and societies helps students develop their identities as individuals and as responsible members of local and global communities.”

from the MYP Individuals and Societies Guide, copyright 2014 (page 4)

 

Introduction: Identity- Who are you?                                      Semester: Fall             _

An inquiry into ourselves. Students will seek to answer the questions of “Who am I?” and “Who are we?” As they begin to understand their own identities, they will work towards understanding the identities of others. Students will then create a story that explains how identity influences their thoughts and actions.

 

Unit One:  __Black History__________________________Semester:_Fall   ____

An inquiry into Black history  from Mansa Musa through the continental slave trade and the middle passage into the systems of chattel slavery in the Western Hemisphere and colonialism.  From there we will look at the invention and roots of racism and its effects. Ending the unit with civil rights in the United States and Apartheid South Africa.

 

Unit Two:  ___Immigration__________________________Semester:  Fall_____

An inquiry into immigration. We will focus heavily on immigration from Mexico and Central and South America. We will also look at conflict in Africa as examples of a push-factor for migration/immigration. We will focus on current policies in the US and discuss the ethics and effectiveness of detention facilities and the separation of families.

 

Unit Three:  Globalization___________________Semester: Fall            _______

An inquiry into consumer voice and choice, sustainability and the social and environmental impact of consumerism.

 

Unit Four:  ___Inequality____________________Semester: Spring       _______

An inquiry into poverty and homelessness in America and the influence of systems such as Red Lining in perpetuating cycles of poverty. We will look at the Caste system in India and discuss if a caste system exists in the US.

 

Unit Five:  _____Human Rights________________Semester: Spring                 _

An inquiry into Human Rights. Students will look at the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and compare it to the Declaration of Independence. Students will look at human rights violations around the world both in the past and present as well as the purpose of the United Nations. Students will learn and compare genocides such as the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, and the current conflict/genocide in Myanmar against the Rohingya minority.  Students will also discuss human rights violations against the LGBTQ+ community and analyze the US prison system.

 

Adam Freese

7th Grade Individuals & Societies

E: adam.freese@dmschools.org

Class Description

Course Purpose

“MYP individuals and societies encourages learners to respect and understand the world around them and equips them with the necessary skills to inquire into historical, contemporary, geographical, political, social, economic, religious, technological and cultural factors that have an impact on individuals, societies and environments. …The study of individuals and societies helps students develop their identities as individuals and as responsible members of local and global communities.”

from the MYP Individuals and Societies Guide, copyright 2014 (page 4)

 

Introduction: Identity- Who are you?                                      Semester: Fall             _

An inquiry into ourselves. Students will seek to answer the questions of “Who am I?” and “Who are we?” As they begin to understand their own identities, they will work towards understanding the identities of others. Students will then create a story that explains how identity influences their thoughts and actions.

 

Unit One:  __Black History__________________________Semester:_Fall   ____

An inquiry into Black history  from Mansa Musa through the continental slave trade and the middle passage into the systems of chattel slavery in the Western Hemisphere and colonialism.  From there we will look at the invention and roots of racism and its effects. Ending the unit with civil rights in the United States and Apartheid South Africa.

 

Unit Two:  ___Immigration__________________________Semester:  Fall_____

An inquiry into immigration. We will focus heavily on immigration from Mexico and Central and South America. We will also look at conflict in Africa as examples of a push-factor for migration/immigration. We will focus on current policies in the US and discuss the ethics and effectiveness of detention facilities and the separation of families.

 

Unit Three:  Globalization___________________Semester: Fall            _______

An inquiry into consumer voice and choice, sustainability and the social and environmental impact of consumerism.

 

Unit Four:  ___Inequality____________________Semester: Spring       _______

An inquiry into poverty and homelessness in America and the influence of systems such as Red Lining in perpetuating cycles of poverty. We will look at the Caste system in India and discuss if a caste system exists in the US.

 

Unit Five:  _____Human Rights________________Semester: Spring                 _

An inquiry into Human Rights. Students will look at the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and compare it to the Declaration of Independence. Students will look at human rights violations around the world both in the past and present as well as the purpose of the United Nations. Students will learn and compare genocides such as the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, and the current conflict/genocide in Myanmar against the Rohingya minority.  Students will also discuss human rights violations against the LGBTQ+ community and analyze the US prison system.

 

Links

Classroom Website: https://sites.google.com/view/meredithglobalstudies/home

Steven Gade

8th Grade Civics

E: steven.gade@dmschools.org

Class Description

Course Purpose

“MYP individuals and societies encourages learners to respect and understand the world around them and equips them with the necessary skills to inquire into historical, contemporary, geographical, political, social, economic, religious, technological and cultural factors that have an impact on individuals, societies and environments. …The study of individuals and societies helps students develop their identities as individuals and as responsible members of local and global communities.”

                                    from the MYP Individuals and Societies Guide, copyright 2014 (page 4)

 Unit One: Civic Identity                                                              Semester One

An inquiry into the meaning of being an American. We will explore the values that provide the foundation for the United States as well as examine what values are important to current day Americans.

Unit Two:  Foundations of Government                                 Semester One

An inquiry into the events that caused the American colonists to declare independence. Where do our ideas and beliefs about government come from? Was America’s Declaration of Independence avoidable?

 

Unit Three:  We the People: The Constitution                     Semester One

An inquiry into the Constitution and how it helps frame the structure and function of the U.S. government.

 

Unit Four: Levels of Government                                         Semester Two

An inquiry into how our government is organized at the state and local levels.

 

Unit Five: Rights                                                                      Semester Two

An inquiry into the development of individual rights and their impact on citizens.

 

Unit Six: Civic Action                                                              Semester Two

 An inquiry into the ways that our political views are shaped.

 

Jeremy Lord

6th grade Global Studies

E: jeremy.lord@dmschools.org

Biography

 

Name: Jeremy Lord

Subject Area: Global Studies

Grade: 6th

College(s) attended: University of Northern Iowa BA, Viterbo University MA

Years teaching: 11

Years at Meredith: 2

What I enjoy about teaching here: I enjoy being able to work with students with various diverse backgrounds.

Greatest hope for my students: They are open-minded about the world around them.

Learner profile trait that motivates me: Open-minded

Jim Tegeler

7th Global Studies

E: james.tegeler@dmschools.org

Class Description

Course Purpose

“MYP individuals and societies encourages learners to respect and understand the world around them and equips them with the necessary skills to inquire into historical, contemporary, geographical, political, social, economic, religious, technological and cultural factors that have an impact on individuals, societies and environments. …The study of individuals and societies helps students develop their identities as individuals and as responsible members of local and global communities.”

                                    from the MYP Individuals and Societies Guide, copyright 2014 (page 4)

 Unit One: Civic Identity                                                              Semester One

An inquiry into the meaning of being an American. We will explore the values that provide the foundation for the United States as well as examine what values are important to current day Americans.

Unit Two:  Foundations of Government                                 Semester One

An inquiry into the events that caused the American colonists to declare independence. Where do our ideas and beliefs about government come from? Was America’s Declaration of Independence avoidable?

 

Unit Three:  We the People: The Constitution                     Semester One

An inquiry into the Constitution and how it helps frame the structure and function of the U.S. government.

 

Unit Four: Levels of Government                                         Semester Two

An inquiry into how our government is organized at the state and local levels.

 

Unit Five: Rights                                                                      Semester Two

An inquiry into the development of individual rights and their impact on citizens.

 

Unit Six: Civic Action                                                              Semester Two

 An inquiry into the ways that our political views are shaped.

 

Biography

I have been a teacher in Des Moines since 1987 and at Meredith for 16 years. It is exciting to see the transformation that is taking place at our school! I am married and have lived in Des Moines all my life.