HISTORY Rocks! 

Mrs. Chiappe's History Classes 

All HISTORY Rocks! class emphasize collaboration through Socratic discussion and hands-on, creative activities designed to foster critical thinking and problem solving.

US History

Students study the ideas, issues, and events from the framing of the Constitution (beginning with colonization) up to reconstruction following the Civil War.  After reviewing the development of America's democratic institutions, particularly the shaping of the Constitution, students trace the development of American politics, society, culture, and economy and relate them to the emergence of major regional differences. They learn about the challenges facing the new nation, with an emphasis on the causes, course, and consequences of the Civil War. They make connections between the rise of industrialization and contemporary social and economic conditions.

World History in the Modern Era

It's been said, that now more than ever, other countries and customs affect our everyday lives―and our children need to learn about the people who live all around the world. Students will study the major historical events in the years A.D.1850-2000; from the Middle East and China to Africa and the Americas, discovering what happened all around the world in the last century and a half. 

World History in the Middle Ages  

Through hands on project based learning, students study the social, cultural, and technological changes that occurred in Europe, Africa, and Asia in the years A.D. 500-1789. After reviewing the ancient world and the ways in which archaeologists and historians uncover the past, students study the history and geography of great civilizations that were developing concurrently throughout the world during medieval and early modern times. They learn to think critical and work collaboratively through hands on project...such as building replicas of castles and creating medieval shields. Finally, students assess the political forces let loose by the Enlightenment, particularly the rise of democratic ideas, and they learn about the continuing influence of these ideas in the world today.

Hands-on Ancient History 

Students will explore the ancient history through hands-on, creative activities designed to foster critical thinking and problem solving. For example, the students sculpt terracotta army soldiers while learning about ancient China. Other project based learned include Aztec calendars, creation of Greek pillars and Roman mosaics. Students MAKE the history they study!

 

California History

Through hands-on, project based learning, students learn the story of their home state, unique in American history in terms of its vast and varied geography, its many waves of immigration beginning with pre-Columbian societies, its continuous diversity, economic energy, and rapid growth. In addition to the specific treatment of milestones in California history, students examine the state in the context of the rest of the nation, with an emphasis on the U.S. Constitution and the relationship between state and federal government.

America the Beautiful: People, Places, and Ideas that make America Unique
Through hands-on project based learning,  games, and songs,  students explore the meaning of good citizenship, national symbols, influential leaders, geography, time and chronology, and life in the past. This is a standards based class that is intended to spark a love for HISTORY in K-3 graders! 
 

World Geography

Students will explore the importance of geography and the world in which they live. Geographers use five themes to study the world around us; these five geographical themes will be explored throughout the class: Location, Place, Human-Environment Interactions, Movement, and Regions. Additionally, the classroom study of geography will include map work and vocabulary. The class will conclude with a Global Summit Activity where each student investigates a specific country and determines what the conditions are for a child who lives in that country.  

Hip Hop Civics: Hamilton, An American Musical
The smash-hit musical "Hamilton" has ignited students' interest in history, creating a ready-made opportunity for teachers. The Broadway musical tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, the "Ten dollar founding father without a father,” in rap and hip-hop songs. This class capitalizes on students' interest in pop culture by using the show as a teaching tool—in terms of learning about history, language arts, and diversity in pop culture. WARNING: The uncensored Hamilton Broadway soundtrack contains mature language. Every effort will be made to assure that all classroom material will be censored. Additionally, the story of Alexander Hamilton’s life includes mature themes, such as illigitmacy and infidelity.