Shafer, Laura (Social Studies: 8th Grade History)

Mrs. Shafer: 7th Grade Humanities

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I moved from Tucson a year ago and joined the NPA family.  This will be my 15th year teaching middle school social studies. I have a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education in Social Studies from the University of Arizona and I am currently working on a Master’s Degree with a Specialization in Teaching American History and Government from Ashland University.  I’m also a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Social Studies-History Early Adolescence.  I love teaching young students and look forward to the adventures each day will bring.  When I’m not teaching I enjoy spending time with my husband, Nathan, and two dogs, Bailey and Forrest.  I also enjoy traveling as much as I can, scuba diving, reading, scrap-booking, and going to the lake. 

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Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year and 7th grade Humanities! In this class you will be learning about the diverse world in which we live. Through the study of humanities you will be engaged in learning about the world around you through many perspectives. You will build social studies skills such as analyzing primary and secondary sources, maps, charts, graphs and other forms of data through research. Using these skills you will gain a better understanding of the social, political and economic dynamics of the world. I encourage parents/guardians and families to get involved as humanities affects us all. Many of the assignments in this class will also connect to the literature studied in your 7th grade Language Arts class. I plan to make this an exciting and challenging year for students. Your success in my class will depend on your effort, a positive attitude and abiding by the syllabus.


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