Students in Ms. Murphy's AP U.S. History classes took on the identities of a Progressive-era figures and mixed and mingled with their contemporaries at a Valentine's Day-themed "dinner party." more
The goal of AMSA’s history curriculum is to expose students to the major developments of world history, promote inter-disciplinary learning in all AMSA humanities classes, and encourage the development of the knowledge and practices demanded of American citizens. Above all else, AMSA History teachers believe that the study of world history and American history in particular is essential to helping us maintain our nation’s most valued ideals and institutions. As historian and former U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett has stated, “Americans are heirs to a precious historical legacy. Let it never be said of us that we failed as a nation because we neglected to pass on this legacy to our children…. Let it be said that we told our children their story, and the whole story, the long record of our glories, of our failures, of our aspirations, our sins, our achievements and our victories. Then let us leave them to determine their own view of it all: America in the totality of its acts. If we can dedicate ourselves to that endeavor, I am confident that our students will discern in the story of their past the truth. And they will cherish that truth. And it will keep them free.”
AMSA’s current history curriculum is based on the ideas presented in AMSA’s founding charter – but departs from it in one major way. The original charter called for (p.6 and p.9) the continuous study of World history through high school. In other words, each year, students would learn about the history of the entire world – America, Europe, Asia, Africa, etc. – during a certain period of time. To enable the creation of AP courses, the curriculum has been revised so that students can take geographically discrete classes at the high school level with the option of taking the corresponding AP class – grade 10 European history (with two sections, honors and AP) and grade 11 U.S. history (also with two sections, honors and AP).
As part of their study of Greek culture, 6th graders participated in the annual Olympiad! They competed in events similar to the early Greeks including running, discus throw, shot put, javelin throw, chariot race (wheelbarrow race), long jump, and tug of war... as well as a quiz show. photos
In honor of Women's History Month 2023, Ms. Arteaga's AP Spanish students researched Hispanic American women who were trailblazers in their fields. Students wrote biographies in both Spanish and English. Click here to see webpage with bios.
Students in Mr. Proulx's Modern World History course displayed their research for World War I in the course's annual "Connect War" project. Students were given three weeks to research and create projects ranging from models and dioramas to battlefield medical guides and propaganda posters. Each scholar put forth a great effort and made the project-based assessment memorable. See photo gallery
As part of their study of Ancient Egypt, Ms. Kaufman’s 6th graders created “mummies” with oranges substituting as Pharaohs! Taking on the roles of priests, the students scooped the “organs” out of their Pharaoh, refilled it with natron to preserve the “body” and then wrapped it in linen. The mummies now lie in their tombs, and the students will see how they look after break! see photos
6th grade students in Mr. Proulx's Ancient History course researched the Egyptian gods and goddesses and presented their research on tissue boxes instead of the typical poster.
Mr. Proulx's 6th grade Ancient History class have been learning about the Roman legions and battle formations.
AMSA Class of 2016 Alumna Karen Zenteno stopped by Mr. Anderson’s History of Sports class to share her experiences working for the Boston Red Sox.
In honor of Women's History Month, Ms. Arteaga's AP Spanish students researched Hispanic American women who were trailblazers in their fields.
March is Women's History Month. To honor it, we are providing brief biographies of many women who have, through actions and ideas, made a difference.
The students became the teachers in Mr. Proulx’s freshman honors World History class!
To celebrate Black History Month, we highlighted the lives and work of great Black Americans who had major influences on our nation's history.
Today, we would like to highlight the life of a person who was the greatest sports figure of his era – Muhammed Ali.
Today, we would like to draw your attention to another great hero of the Civil Rights movement, Fannie Lou Hamer.
Today we would like to draw your attention to two people – Maria Stewart and Rosa Parks.
Each student took on the persona of a president, capitalist, reformer, or working class individual of the era.
Today, we would like to highlight the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The first person we would like to highlight is Thomas Sowell.
Livestreaming is one of the ways (though not the only way) that AMSA teachers are providing flexible learning opportunities for their students.
History Teacher Mr. Proulx is just one of our teachers adapting to remote learning.
The first recorded Viking raid was in the year 793. The most recent recorded Viking raid was... just the other day at AMSA.
Officers of AMSA’s Black Student Union share why Black History Month is important and why they celebrate it.
World War I came to life last week in Mr. Proulx’s freshman honors World History class!
Mr. Anderson’s 7th grade history students experienced life in the feudal system of the Middle Ages.
Make way for the Progressives! Students in Ms. Murphy’s AP US History class took on the identities of key Progressive Era figures
Students learn the history of soap and the chemical process of making soap.
Ms. Cloutman’s 9th-11th grade art students turned the campus into a Street Art gallery this week!
Ms. Bartolini has taken hundreds of historical people, places, and events from 8th grade history and brought them to life with her own unique version of Magic the Gathering.
Mr. Fuller lectured on a Church and its three layers of history underground before entering, as the AMSA Rome trip continued.
History students are visiting The International Museum of World War II in Natick today.