Syllabus : Sciences Humaines 8 (Printemps 2015)

Note: Parce que la plupart des parents des éleves dans cette classes sont anglophones, les renseignments les plus essentiels sur ce site web (comme ce plan du cours) seront écrits en anglais.  Les travaux quotidiens, par contre, seront d’habitude écrits en francais. 


Social Studies 8 is a very exciting course which covers over 1000 years of human history, with a focus on Eurasia but also including Africa and the Americas. The course is designed around the concept of “civilization,” which is reinforced by having students gradually develop their own imaginary civilizations following the real-world themes that they study.  Current events are regularly added to the historical content, and connections between the past and today’s world are emphasized whenever possible.

During the semester, students will research chosen topics in teams and on their own.  They will share the results of their research through written work and oral presentations.

Smaller assignments (reading, note taking, worksheets, mapping, current event presentations, etc.) will be given throughout the semester.  Most assignments are done in class, but students should expect to do some reading and complete unfinished assignments at home.

Welcome, and good luck!


  • Be on time for every class, with all necessary materials ready.
  • Be polite and respectful to each other, to me, and especially to guests.
  • Take notes, and keep your binder organized and up-to-date.  This webpage can help you.
  • Hand in homework and projects on time.  Most projects will be completed in class, but sudents should expect to do some reading and complete unfinished assignments at home. Late projects will suffer a grade penalty.
  • Produce quality work. (Explain your work, write legibly, include organized calculations, include units).
  • Study for tests. Students who have unexcused absences on test days will suffer a grade penalty on that test.
  • Use electronic devices only for classwork and music during individual work time.  No texting – not even to your grown-ups (they can call the school if they need to get in touch with you).  And definitely no games. The less time you spend on screens, the more fully human you will feel.
  • Always speak in French during class. Part of your grade reflects your effort to speak French.


  • Cranny, Michael. Les Sentiers de la Civilisation. Cheneliere, 2012.


  • Module 1: Civilisations en eveil
    • Chapitre 1: Les debuts de la civilisation Chinoise
    • Chaptire 3: La civilisation Islamique
    • Chapitre 2: Le haut Moyen Age europeen
  • Module 2: Le monde medieval
    • Chapitre 5/6: Le Moyen Age europeen
    • Chapitre 4/7/8/12/etc. (projet de groupe): L’Inde/Le Japon/l’Afrique/La Chine Classique/Les Maya/Les Inca
    • Chapitre 9/10: La Renaissance europeen

Thinking Skills

  • Non-fiction reading comprehension.
  • Historical imagination.
  • Primary source analysis.
  • French-language writing.
  • Oral French.

Assessment & Evaluation

All marks (including homework records) will be made available 24/7 to students and parents at You can see the schedule of due dates on the calendar at  You can add this calendar to your device by copying and pasting the following iCal link:

  • Assignments/Homework: 15%
  • Participation (includes speaking French in class): 15%
  • Projects: 30%
  • Tests and quizzes: 20%
  • Final exam: 20%