A semester-long exploration into some of the world's major religious traditions.
- Teacher: Joseph Hal Juster
The course surveys the political, social, cultural, and diplomatic / international developments of modern European History from circa 1450 to the present day. First semester areas of study include but are not limited to: the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Wars of Religion, Constitutionalism, Absolutism, the Enlightenment, and the French Revolution. Second semester areas of study consist mostly of: liberalism, socialism, imperialism, World War I, the Russian Revolution, World War II, and the Cold War eras. The textbook for the course is A History of Western Society (11thEdition ) by John P. McKay.
- Teacher: William Ballenger
The course surveys the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic / international developments shaping United States history from its original contact with the European settlers to the present day. First semester areas of study include but are not limited to: colonial America, the American Revolution and Revolutionary War, The Constitutional Convention and Founding Father presidencies, westward expansion, antebellum sectionalism, and culminating with the Civil War and Reconstruction time periods. The Second semester areas of study consist mostly of: the Gilded Age, imperialism, progressivism, the World Wars and interwar isolationism, the Cold War, and the Civil Rights movement. The textbook for the course is Give Me Liberty (5thEdition ) by Eric Foner.
- Teacher: William Ballenger
What is Islam? What is modernity? What does one have to do with the other? What are the ways in which Muslim thinkers and activists have responded (and continue to respond) to the challenges presented by modernity and modernism? What has been the experience of different Muslim communities and intellectuals? This course focuses on reinforcing the foundation built in previous courses as well as providing answer to the broad question of how societies, predominantly influenced by Islamic traditions, might find a home in the modern world on their own terms. It also explores Muslim voices in Europe and North America and tracks new trajectories of renewal and reform in the West, where Muslims live as small but increasingly significant minority communities.
- Teacher: Halima Begum
This course serves as a gateway to scientific discovery in the field of psychology. Youwill be equipped to debunk psychological myths, wade through the nature vs. nurture debate, and explain how World War II contributed to the field of human experimentation. You will learn about how you learn, how your brain can help or hinder your learning, and what atypical development actually means. We will also discuss how parents, peers, and the extended society contributes to building character. By the end of this course, you will be able to establish connections between psychology and every area of your life.
- Teacher: Juman Dairanieh
تتناول هذه المادة تعريف الطالب على المفاهيم الدينية وتطبيقاتها في حياتنا اليومية مع فهم محتوى النصوص الدينية (القرآن والحديث) مع ترجمتها إلى الحياة الواقعية. كذلك يتعرف الطالب على معاني سلسلة من المفردات الدينية، ويستعملها استعمالاً صحيحاً. من خلال هذه المادة سيمتلك الطالب – بإذن الله الميزان الشرعي طبقاً للمعايير الدينية التي تعلمها، وكذا طرح أسئلته التي تدور في ذهنه للتعلم مع تنمية المهارات الكتابية العامة لدى الطالب كالتركيز على التهجئة وعلامات الترقيم وترتيب الجمل والفقرات وتماسكها وطريقة طرح الموضوع.
يتعرف الطلاب على مقدمة عامة في مفهوم العقائد في ضوء المفردات اللغوية والاصطلاحية ثم يعرجون على مفهوم العقل في الإسلام وطريقة استعماله لإثبات وجود الله. بعد ذلك يشرعون في قراءة السيرة النبوية لمناقشة حياة نبي الرحمة محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم من منظار إسلامي. ثم يبنون على ما درسوا في وحدة العقل من خلال دراسة قصة إبراهيم الخليل وحياته. وللأخلاق كذلك حظ من المنهج الدراسي حيث يتعلم الطلاب من جملة من الأحاديث النبوية التي لها أثر مباشر على الفرد والمجتمع ليكونوا بذلك أمثلة أخلاقية يُقتدى بها.
- Teacher: Bakir Mohammad
This course surveys the early history of Islamic and Arabic civilizations, between the sixth and fourteenth centuries, concentrating on religious, political, social, and cultural trends. Although the emphasis will be on Middle Eastern societies, we will occasionally consider developments in other parts of the world, such as sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, and Spain, where Middle Eastern cultures are or have been influential. Our goal is to understand the shared features that have distinguished Middle Eastern societies under the of Islamic civilization, as well as the varieties of experience that have endowed the region with so much cultural diversity. We will bring our study up to the present in order to understand the political and social strains that are affecting the Middle East today.
- Teacher: Bakir Mohammad
The Ninth Grade World History course surveys highlights in the human experience from the birth of civilization to the Golden Age of the Islamic Caliphates while equipping students with many of the tools historians use to interrogate, analyze and debate the past. As freshmen at King’s Academy, you will engage closely with an array of primary and secondary sources and exercise your gifts of historical imagination, curiosity and empathy as you produce and hone your own historical scholarship. You will weigh multiple perspectives on historical questions so that you may confidently assert your own arguments supported by evidence. As young historians, you will develop critical writing skills as you learn to craft sound sentences, coherent paragraphs and compelling theses. You will participate in lively class discussions, collaborate on projects in pairs and teams, develop your public speaking abilities in presentations and formal debates and reflect on your learning and growth as scholars and young people with a stake in the unfolding drama of human history.
- Teacher: Noah Hastings
What role has the Middle East played in shaping the world today? How does studying the past help us understand the world around us? How does studying our past help us understand who we are? Students in this 10th grade history course tackle these questions through the lens of Middle Eastern scholars and theorists and focus their studies on understanding both larger themes and events in world history and the Middle East and its relationship to the world. Students begin by solidifying the skills needed to delve into the world of historical knowledge; they learn how to recognize bias in primary sources, how to find main points in difficult texts, and how to connect facts and information to larger historical timelines and questions. The course uses essential questions to connect the past to the present, and to tackle large thematic concepts such as cultural relativism, identity, nationalism, westernization and global politics. Beginning with Ibn Khaldun’s philosophies of history, the course moves from the Renaissance to the Ottoman Golden Age, the Enlightenment and the French Revolution to the rise of nationalism under Muhammad Ali’s reign of Egypt. We travel beyond the two Great Wars, the Cold War, and finally arrive in the modern Arab world and what it means to be a citizen in today’s complex society. Students read a multitude of primary and secondary sources, study artistic works by European and Ottoman masters in order to achieve a holistic understanding of social movements and how they are affected by political and industrial movements of the times, and these historical sources help students make connections between historical periods and across cultural disciplines. Projects include a multi-step comparative research paper and a live role play of the Paris Peace Conference. By the end of the course, students will have a deeper understanding of world history as a whole and the Middle East’s role in shaping global politics. Finally, they will be equipped with the analytical and writing skills necessary to tackle larger questions about the modern identities at play in the 21st century’s worldwide stage.
- Teacher: Eliza Jimenez