Humanities

Humanities Department at The Founders Academy


History and English Language Arts


The Humanities Department at The Founders Academy encompasses two critical areas of learning: History and Language Arts. Scroll down for more information on each course discipline. 



History Faculty,  Syllabi, and Other Important Information

History is the cornerstone subject area at The Founders Academy. The most significant focus is on United States History, and the influences on the United States through the development of western civilization.

Students learn of the Ancient Greeks and Romans, Europe through the Dark Ages, Renaissance, and Enlightenment, and the United States from the Colonial Period to Modern History. 

The History classes focus on the country's founding documents, influences on those documents and the founding fathers, as the substructure for American exceptionalism.



History Teachers
Megan Brown
Michael Dupont
Audra Huffman
Christopher Kline
Andrew Mihaly
Josiah Weekley


Course Syllabi for History Classes in the Humanities Department
US History 1 Syllabus (Dupont)
US History 1 Syllabus (Huffman)
US History 1 Syllabus (Mihaly) 
US History 2 Syllabus
Ancient Cultures Level 1 Syllabus
History Skills Lab Level 1 Syllabus
History Level 2, World History Syllabus (Mihaly)
History Level 2, World History Syllabus (Weekley)
Modern World History Syllabus (Dupont)
Modern World History Syllabus (Huffman)
Athens and Sparta Syllabus
The Medieval World Syllabus
Civics and Leadership Syllabus (Weekly)
Civics and Leadership Syllabus (Dupont)
Liberty Syllabus
Holocost & Human Behavior Syllabus



Course Benchmarks for History Classes in the Humanities Department
History Department Benchmarks


English Language Arts Faculty,  Syllabi, and Other Important Information

The curriculum focuses on teaching and practicing the tools of communication. Our students work to develop their ability to express themselves eloquently, in both written and oral form, to analyze and respond to the ideas of others, and to organize their thoughts into a coherent, well-developed thesis.

Through the study of classical literature, our students enter the Great Conversation that has encouraged, illuminated, and demanded deep thinking and debate across the centuries. Our students are immersed in the study of the rich and meaningful heritage of stories in Western culture, with particular attention to the ways in which stories reflect and shape society. 

At this critical point in our students' academic development, we seek to nurture and expand their love of reading, encouraging them to broaden their reading horizons through exploration of a variety of genres. Reading, literary analysis, writing, poetry, spelling, grammar, vocabulary development, introductory logic, and listening, and speaking are integral components of the well-rounded program of middle school English studies. 

Students are expected to be able to read and write in cursive, in order to facilitate communication and independent study of source documents in middle school, high school, and beyond.


English Language Arts Teachers
John Deal
Stephen Fernandes

Jonathan Gracza
Gerrit Morse

Kate Mote
Stuart Ste. Croix


Course Syllabi for English Language Arts Classes in the Humanities Department
American Literature 1 Syllabus
English Level 1: Ancient Literature Syllabus (Morse)
English Level 1 (Ste. Croix)
Modern World Literature Syllabus
Logic Syllabus
Rhetoric Syllabus
Ethics Syllabus



Course Benchmarks for English Classes in the Humanities Department
English Department Benchmarks


Other Important Documents, Fact Sheets, and Forms
English Required Reading Material 
Grades 6, 7, and 8 Language Arts Book List
Ms. Mote's Language Arts Supply List
Language Arts Writing Rubric
Language Arts Writing Process Checklist
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