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June 15–19 CANCELED
9:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Boys and girls, rising 8th through rising 10th graders
What to bring: Lunch with drink, snacks, water bottle, notebook, writing utensils
Arrival/dismissal zone: Red
This class surveys the complex landscape of our modern world by using current events to focus on world and local issues that affect students’ everyday lives - such as economics, government and conflict. This course uses newspapers, online media, cartoons, and newscasts to support class discussion.
Students will participate in group projects, presentations and work with primary source materials and opinion pieces in order to better understand the world around them. This class emphasizes reading comprehension, critical thinking, problem-solving, oral expression, and media literacy. The curriculum will not focus on specific facts and dates, but rather a project-based evaluation of the most impactful phenomena of today plus a field trip to the Smithsonian Museum of American History. The class will offer ideal opportunities to become informed citizens and learn to become lifelong newsreaders. Students will focus on such areas of study as national events, state events, local events, and foreign events.
Teacher bio: Thomas Pipoli is a Humanities instructor and History department chair at Landon School. He has taught courses such as U.S. history, World History, and European History and enjoys utilizing his role as an educator to allow students to enjoy the many major historical attractions of the greater D.C. area. Thomas’s straightforward and enjoyable approach to history, both one-on-one and in the larger classroom, has helped many students over the years learn to love the subject and prepare them effectively for major assessments such as the AP and SAT subject exams.
Fun fact: Thomas was given the superlative “Most Likely to be on a TV Show” in his high school yearbook.