At Helios, humanities and science are integrated into our cohesive and highly engaging expeditions.
Activities woven throughout the themes provide the depth, complexity and relevance that gifted children need to fully and joyfully learn.
The Humanities curriculum at Helios prepares students for high school and beyond by training them to be careful, critical readers, effective researchers, and persuasive communicators.
We integrate the language arts and social studies skills and content into our themed expeditions, which provide the context and real-world relevance that gifted students seek. We cover the Common Core Standards for Language Arts and Literacy for grades 5 - 8 but practice skills that are appropriate for each theme or project, rather than the strict chronological grade sequence defined by the Common Core.
In one expedition, 7th and 8th grade students spent several weeks exploring the debate around the Iroquois contribution to the US Constitution. They researched primary and secondary documents such as the US Constitution and Johansen and Grinde’s Exemplar of Liberty: Native America and the Evolution of Democracy. They then crafted a persuasive essay taking either a pro or con position on the Iroquois Influence Theory, supporting their thesis with evidence from their reading. They examined the issue from diverse perspectives, critiqued the arguments of professional historians, and drew their own original conclusions.
These projects address the need gifted adolescents have for depth and complexity and meets their interest in social justice and fairness.