Synapse Humanities Program Highlights
Inquiry-based creative projects that allow students to draw on personal experiences.
Cross-curricular integration, inspiring connections and student-driven inquiry.
Opportunity to experience various perspectives and understand the driving factors of decisions (e.g. motivations, thoughts, feelings, etc) through simulation.
Exploration of ethical and moral dilemmas.
Explicit active reading strategies with an emphasis on analysis of primary and secondary sources as well as supporting literature for each topic.
Utilizing Synapse’s EQ language and SEL competencies to reflect on and communicate student experiences.
Middle School Program Overview
Humanities HEARTS: Investigating Core Moments or Periods in History
Grades 5/6 -- World History
- Global Migration, Resilient Change Maker (focused on the year’s change maker, ie Desmond Tutu in 2020-21), Student-Inspired Study
- Immigration in the Bay Area, Abolition of Slavery, Civil Rights
Grades 7/8 -- Contemporary World History and U.S. Government
- 20th Century Events and Globalization
- Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches
Writer’s Workshop: Integrating Cross-Curricular Writing
- Throughout the year, students focus on three types of writing: expository, persuasive, and narrative; with an additional unit on poetry.
- Electives for small-group, theme-based discussions around a shared text.