Examples of Subjects Taught

The Content is Deep and Specific

Examples of subjects taught by grade (K-8)


Visual Arts

  • Painting
  • Line and color in such work as Matisse’s The Purple Robe, Picasso’s Le Gourmet, Mary Cassatt’s The Bath, Henry O. Tanner’s The Banjo Lesson, and Diego Rivera’s Mother’s Helper
  • Statue of Liberty, mobiles of Alexander Calder, Northwest American Indian totem pole

First Grade:

World History

  • Early Civilizations: Ancient Egypt
    • Importance of the Nile River
    • Animal gods
    • Pharaohs, pyramids, and mummies
    • Hieroglyphics

Second Grade:

American History: Civil Rights

  • Susan B. Anthony and the right to vote
  • Rosa Parks and the bus boycott in Montgomery, AL
  • Eleanor Roosevelt and civil and human rights
  • Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream.”
  • Mary McLeod Bethune and educational opportunity
  • Cesar Chavez and the rights of migrant workers
  • Jackie Robinson and the integration of major league baseball

Third Grade:


  • Fractions
  • Recognize fractions to one-tenth
  • Identify numerator and denominator
  • Write mixed numbers
  • Recognize equivalent fractions (e.g. 1/2 = 3/6)
  • Compare fractions with like denominators using the signs <, > and =
  • Horizontal, vertical, perpendicular, parallel lines
  • Polygons: pentagon, hexagon, and octagon
  • Angles: right angle, four right angles in a square or rectangle
  • Compute area in square inches and square centimeters

Fourth Grade:

Science: Electricity

  • Simple circuit (battery, wire, bulb, filament, switch)
  • Electricity as the flow of electrons
  • Conductors and insulators
  • Static electricity
  • How electromagnets work
  • Electric current
  • Electric circuits: closed, open, and short
  • Using electricity safely

Fifth Grade:

American History and Geography: Westward Exploration and Expansion

  •  Daniel Boone: Cumberland Gap, Wilderness Trail
  • “Manifest Destiny” and conflict with Mexico
  • The Louisiana Purchase: Lewis and Clark, Sacagawea
  • American Indian resistance: Tecumseh attempts to unite tribes to defend their land
  •  Land routes: Santa Fe Trail and Oregon Trail

Sixth Grade:

Language Arts: Fiction and Drama

  • The Iliad and The Odyssey
  • Julius Caesar
  • The Prince and the Pauper

Writing and Research

  • Write a research essay, with attention to:
    • Asking open-ended questions
    • Gathering relevant data through library and field research
    • Summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting accurately
    • Defining a thesis
      • Organizing with an outline
    • Integrating quotations from sources
    • Acknowledging sources and avoiding plagiarism
    • Preparing a bibliography

Seventh Grade:

American History and Geography: America in the Twenties to World War II

  • Isolationism
  • Technological advances: mass production, pioneers of flight
  • The Great Depression: mass unemployment, dust bowl, Roosevelt and the New Deal
  • Rise of totalitarianism in Europe and Asia
    Issues and Problems of U.S. regions
  • Expansion of settlement
  • Middle West: Rust Belt, Corn Belt
  • Urbanization: New York City, Phoenix

Eighth Grade:

American History: Post World War II U.S.

  • Cold War: Truman doctrine, Korean War, Domino theory
  • Space exploration: Neil Armstrong, NASA
  • Civil Rights Movement: Brown vs. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall, “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, Malcom X, Robert Kennedy, race riots