History

This year's social studies curriculum will begin with the Great Awakening in the 1740s and close with a study of the Civil War. We will look at everything in between, focusing on American history and touching briefly on significant world events and figures. In addition, students will examine government as a partial Civics credit. As part of our history program, we encourage students to ask big questions and connect the dots of the past and present to understand the lives and events that led right up to them.  We will focus on people and events, looking for answers to the questions of "What caused this?" and "What happened as a result?" 

 

Our curriculum is largely teacher built using various resources to create the most effective lessons and activities for a broad range of learners. Our goal is to act as facilitators and guides to help students better discover how to be curious thinkers and active learners. We will be learning through lecture, video, guest speakers, field work, reading, research, and most importantly, hands-on learning.  

 

​As part of our program, students will participate in living history volunteer opportunities with organizations like the Haycreek Valley Historical Association at Joanna Furnace, attending a multi-day camp out with the Lancaster County Longrifles Association Rendezvous where students will live like those who have gone before. A student noted while watching living historians, “When you watch people demonstrating [living history] you think, ‘That is how they lived’. But when you wear the garb and you participate you think, ‘this is how we lived.” Each year Pathways holds our very own Heritage Day in collaboration with Brecknock Township where students and volunteers demonstrate 18th-century life for visitors on our highschool campus in Brubaker Park. Immersing students in the past is an important part of Pathways’ educational model.