Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Lynne Einbender

Abstract

The following curriculum is intended for sixth grade students in a general education, integrated English and social studies classroom. This curriculum is based on the foundational ideas of child-development, concept-based, constructivist learning, and the integration of the language arts and social studies curricula as a way to deepen students’ engagement with the curricular material. Through these central pillars the curriculum immerses students in a historical era while allowing them to develop their own understanding of the past and create connections to the world in which they live. The aim of this curriculum is for students to explore the world of Tokugawa Japan while developing the skills and thought processes to engage with contemporary ideas and challenges. In order to meet these aims, the students will read historical fiction novels set in this historical era, visit museums with relevant works of art, and delve into their own independent research projects. This curriculum examines the rationale for a developmental and concept-based unit, presents its learning objectives and finally provides lesson outlines and relevant resources to implement the study.

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