Mr. Piper - 6th Grade World Cultures & Reading

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
 
BA from UNK, Elementary & Middle School Education
MA from UNK, Curriculum & Instruction/Social Sciences
22nd year teaching at Horizon Middle School
WORLD CULTURES
 
Sixth grade history students examine the development and characteristics of early world cultures. The approach is a chronological study of African, European, and Middle Eastern regions. Students become actively involved in learning scenarios intent on exploring the life, times, and influences of these early, regional cultures. Specific civilizations of study include ancient Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, and medieval Europe. The connecting of past phenomena and cultural influences to current world events is also an important aspect of the course.
READING
 
Students will apply a variety of vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension strategies empowering them to become independent, strategic readers. This literature-based class promotes the development of reading skills through the use of a balanced literacy approach. Emphasis is given to story elements, vocabulary development, and comprehension strategies. Students will be placed in classes according to their reading level.