Humanities

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The Humanities Department at Webb Early College Prep integrates Social Studies with Language Arts, an approach that encourages students to develop an awareness of themselves, their community, and the world.

The humanities are the study of how people understand and record the human experience. Since the beginning of time, we have used literature, art, history, music, dance, theater, philosophy, religion, and language to understand and tell the story of our world. Access to humanity’s records fosters a connection between the past and present and provides an entry point for how we might understand and impact our future.

Language Arts Overview

The Webb Middle School Language Arts Team is dedicated to creating a community of students who see themselves as readers and writers.

 

During the school day, we believe that all students should have the chance to:

  • read texts that interest them and teach them something new

  • write about what matters to them and makes them feel proud

  • share ideas with confidence and ask questions without fear

  • listen and learn from other students' ideas

 

We also offer Pre-AP courses where students are pushed to be their best academic self, reaching beyond the provided curriculum to achieve a deeper understanding of literary works.

Through these strategies, the ELA department creates a positive learning environment that supports student leadership and student-centered learning. Our students are challenged daily to meet the high expectations given by their teachers.

We meet daily in a Professional Learning Community where we collaborate to ensure that the lessons are rigorous and aligned with state standards, and meet our students' needs.

Social Studies Overview

The goal of the Webb Social Studies Team is to provide students with a deep and relevant educational experience focusing on the duties and responsibilities of being an American and global citizen as well as gaining an understanding of local, national, and world history and its continuing effects on culture and government. Students engage in the study of history through critical historical inquiry, learning to evaluate the diversity of ideas that shape our global society.

Our team encourages students to foster habits that enable them to become engaged members within their global community.

Within each classroom, we provide the framework for our students to learn:

  • Key concepts and habits of thinking by engaging in historical inquiry;

  • Skills that build on historical analysis, persuasion, and use evidence in reasoning, writing, and discussing history in every unit of study;

  • Appropriate technology tools to investigate, examine, research and communicate findings;

  • Critical thinking and listening skills as they share interpretations of historical information; and

  • Skills to develop a growth mindset.