Quarter 2: Holocaust


    Essential Questions

    How do we remember the past?

    What are the costs of injustice, hatred and bigotry?

    How can individuals and societies remember and commemorate difficult histories?

    What choices do people make in the face of injustice?

    Enduring Understandings

    Injustice, hatred, and bigotry have had a damaging impact on individuals and societies.

    It is important to acknowledge how difficult events have shaped history and the world we live in today.

    In the face of injustice, individuals have the opportunity to act heroically or maintain the status quo.


    Trade Book: Boy in the Striped Pajamas



    Quarter 3: What Matters


    Essential Questions

    When is it right to make a stand?

    What would you be willing to do to achieve it?

    What sacrifices should people be expected to make to achieve what matters most?

    Enduring Understandings

    A person may be willing to work very hard and even sacrifice for something that is really important to him or her.


    Trade Book: Inside Out and Back Again 



    Quarter 4: Human Intelligence

    Essential Questions

    In what different ways can people be intelligent?

    How can a person’s age, culture, and/or personal beliefs affect how they views and measures intelligence?

    Enduring Understandings

    There are an infinite number of ways in which human’s express intelligence.

    Views on intelligence can change based on context.

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    Quarter 1: Rites of Passage


    Essential Questions

    What are some milestones on the path to growing up?

    How do individuals transform between childhood and their teenage years?

    How does one’s culture influence this transformation?

    Enduring Understandings

    Milestones and rites of passage impact the transformation from childhood to adulthood.

    Transformation is not simply physical, but also a mental transformation influencing the way in which you view the world.

    Cultural factors impact the way you experience and perceive your world

    Trade Book: The Giver