2021 VSP 人文周
Every Fall, VSP students participate in Humanity Week where they are given the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity and confidence while doing independent research to gain knowledge of some historical theme. In past years, students have studied the themes of geography and technology. This year’s Humanity Week theme was “society and identity.” Students selected an influential historical figure and created a presentation about how that individual has made an impact on society and the world.
Although the event is labelled as “Humanity Week,” students began their preparation for the event long beforehand. During the days and weeks leading up the event, students were busy in their Humanity classes working closely with their classmates to prepare excellent presentations. The project required students to be communicative, respectful, and responsible teammates. Students worked hard conducting independent research, selecting relevant information, preparing scripts, and creating visually stimulating poster boards. After several weeks of hard work, presentation day finally arrived.
On the day of the big presentations, students assembled on the playground to display their posters and deliver their presentations to primary students and parents. As I watched the students share their knowledge with their audiences, it was obvious that all their hard work over the prior weeks had paid off. Looking around the playground, I saw attentive primary students and proud parents eagerly listening to the presentations.
If you had been given the opportunity to attend the presentations, you could have seen historical figures from all over the world and different times. Sixth graders presented ancient figures like Alexander the Great, Confucius, and Cleopatra. Seventh graders selected historical figures from the Middle Ages like Genghis Khan, Charlamagne, and Zheng He. Eighth graders meanwhile tackled the Renaissance era, and selected historical figures such as Queen Elizabeth I, George Washington, and Isaac Newton. Finally, our ninth graders did an excellent job of representing the modern era presenting figures such as Stalin and Mahatma Gandhi.
As a Humanity teacher, I was very pleased to see our students do such a terrific job with their presentations. They worked very hard and should feel proud of what they were able to accomplish. I’m already looking forward to next year!