Welcome to the American Embassy School (AES) Grade 8 Humanities wiki!


Since our class does not rely on a single text this wiki will serve as a place for us to collect and access our collective intelligence related to our year long study of the concept of power. If you are looking for specific class materials or assignments please visit our class BLOG.

  • During first quarter we focus on the Industrial Revolution and its impact on power. From the assembly line to the digital divide, students will examine the history and effect of industrialization. Literary selections to highlight this theme include The Outsiders, The Jungle, How the Other Half Lives and a variety of short readings. We will begin to polish their reading, writing, speaking, and research skills through a variety of different activities including the industrial revolution newspaper.
  • During second quarter we focus on imperialism and its impact on power. From ancient Rome to globalization today, we will examine the causes, history, and disparity of imperialism. Literary selections to highlight these themes include Julius Caesar, A Girl Named Disaster, Waiting for the Rain, The Other Side of Truth, Chanda's Secret and Things Fall Apart. We will continue to polish our writing skills through the study of punctuation, sentence structure, sentence combining, and research paper writing.
  • During third quarter we focus on conflict and the struggle for power. From slavery to globalization today, students will examine the causes, history, and effects of conflict. Literary selections to highlight these themes include To Be A Slave, The Forty Third War and Animal Farm. We will continue to polish our writing skills through the study of punctuation, sentence structure, sentence combining, and writing WWI Poetry.
  • During fourth quarter we focus on technology and its impact on power. From the invention of television to the digital divide today, students will examine the history and net effect of technology. Literary selections to highlight these themes include The Giver, Welcome to the Monkey House and a variety of science fiction short stories. Students will continue to polish their reading, writing, speaking, and research skills through a variety of different activities including the ever-popular UbD. Formal Debates will take place between classes on a variety of current events.

It's a year packed with skills, new ideas and paradigm shifts, so hang on to your keyboards and away we go!