MYP Humanities Syllabus/Course Outline

MYP Level 1

I. Description of Course:

The Humanities MYP 1 curriculum covers the Earth and its peoples through the study of the ancient world focusing on the civilizations of Egypt, Ancient India, Ancient China, Greece, Rome, Islam and the Middle Ages. The curriculum will examine these civilizations by exploring the location, place, cultures, history, economy, governments, religions and spatial organization. Students will be given the opportunity to develop higher levels of critical thinking by considering why civilizations developed where and when they did and why they declined. Students will analyze the interactions among the various cultures, emphasizing their enduring contributions and the link between the contemporary and ancient worlds.
As a student of MYP 1, the student will join a collaborative community of bright young students who exemplify an unquenchable curiosity about world geography, government, and history of the Ancient Civilizations. To that end, the IB curriculum will provide a learning environment for Social Studies content through technological resources and critical thinking skills through project-based assessments and literacy. The student will experience rigor and character building through student presentations and public speaking while taking ownership of one’s learning.
II. MYP Aims/Objectives:
Due to the sequential nature of our content area, we will apply the MY Humanities aimes and objectives in each of the units of study.

  • Identify the location of places and regions in the world
  • Identify parts of maps (scale, direction, symbols, legends, projections) and continents
  • Construct and analyze maps using scale, direction, symbols, legends and projections to gather information
  • Explain the concept of city-state
  • Contrast governing of priest/kings
  • Examine the effect government had on farmers through taxes
  • Identify Mesopotamia as a region on a map
  • Compare ancient Mesopotamia to modern day Iraq
  • Evaluate the effect of irrigation on the ability of nomadic people to settle
  • Analyze different cultural measures of time
  • Discuss hierarchy of Mesopotamia social system
  • Engage in a discussion that clarifies and addresses multiple viewpoints on public issues.

Ancient Egypt
  • Identify the location of places and regions in the world and understand their physical and cultural characteristics
  • Explain the Egyptian impact o the Nile river and its impact on them.
  • Analyze the patterns of the rise of Mesopotamian and Egyptian civilizations
  • Analyzes and interprets historical materials from a variety of perspectives in ancient history.

Ancient Greece
  • Analyze multiple factors, compare two groups, generalize, and connect past to present to formulate a thesis in a paper or presentation
  • Explain the importance of trade to the ancient Greeks
  • Analyze multiple causal factors that shape major events in ancient history

Ancient Rome
  • Explain how Rome conquered Greece and how it impacted both societies
  • Explain how individuals like Julius Caesar and Augustus helped shape world history
  • Examine the impact of the aqueduct on today’s plumbing

Ancient India
  • Identify major geographic features of India and how the features affected history
  • Describe the development o Hinduism from ancient times
  • Identify the basic beliefs and duties of Hindus
  • Identify Buddha and describe his life and teachings
  • Summarize the main principles of Buddhism
  • Outline the development of Indian Empires
  • State the importance of the Empires in India’s history
Ancient China
  • Summarize the importance of the Silk Road to the distribution of supplies & information into Western Culture
  • Contrast government’s role in economy (e.g. common currency) with Mesopotamian economy (no common currency)
  • Construct and analyze maps using scale, direction, symbols, legends and projections to gather information.

Latin America

  • Physical Features of Latin America
  • The economics,achievements, beliefs and technology of the Olmec, Mayans, Aztecs and Incas.

Middle Ages

  • Feudalism and its structure in the Middle Ages
  • Impact of the Church
  • Hundred Years War
  • Renaissance and how it spread
  • The Reformation
  • Humanism and global exploration led to the Scientific Revolution

IB MYP Aims:
  • An inquiring mind
  • The skills necessary for the effective study of humanities
  • A sense of time and place
  • A respect for and understanding of others’ perspectives, values and attitudes
  • Awareness and understanding of people, cultures and events in a variety of places at different times
  • An understanding of the interactions and interdependence of individuals, societies, and their environments
  • An understanding of the causes and consequences of change through physical and human actions and processes
  • An understanding of contemporary humanities issues
  • A sense of internationalism and a desire to be proactive as a responsible global citizen
  • An awareness of the connections with other subjects
  • A lifelong interest in and enjoyment of humanities

III. Areas of Interaction:

The MYP Humanities level 1 curriculum is primarily focused on human ingenuity and environment. Students will use a variety of approaches to learning through the creation of thinking maps/graphic organizers and primary resources. Through the study of human interactions with the environment, warfare, and community service, students will apply each area of interaction.

IV. Texts and resources:
Primary resources and other selected texts

V. Methodology: primary resources ( document based question), simulations, graphic organizers, PowerPoint presentations, video clips, writing, research, and direct instruction

VI. Methods of assessment: Interactive notebook, quarterly projects, essays, multiple-choice summatives, oral and group presentations, and reflections

VII. Grading policy including the use of MYP criteria

  • A= 93-100% Criterion A- Knowledge (1-10)
  • B= 85-92% Criterion B- Concepts (1-10)
  • C=84-77% Criterion C- Skills (1-10)
  • D= 76-70% Criterion D- Organization and Presentation (1-8)
  • F= 69 and below

MYP Achievement Levels: Level 1= 0-7, Level 2= 8-12, Level 3= 13-18, Level 4= 19-23, Level 5= 24-28, Level 6= 29-33, Level 7 34-38