Pudong Middle School Humanities is an exploration of the human experience. We encourage students to investigate, communicate, effect change, and inspire others through their words and actions. The Humanities curriculum offers students opportunities to practice reading, writing, critical thinking, and presentation skills in real-world contexts. This model creates natural connections between social studies and language arts by developing thematic units that align directly with the schools standards and benchmarks. Each Humanities unit engages students in meaningful curriculum based on essential questions and enduring understandings. This student-centered curriculum helps connect subject-specific content to developmentally appropriate learning experiences. PDMS is in alignment with the standards from the National Council for the Social Studies and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies. The Humanities is delivered in one integrated block that meets daily. In Humanities units, students use a wide variety of resources to investigate important and relevant themes and topics, make personal connections between the past and their own lives, and communicate their findings in a variety of formats. Students explore different genres of literature and create original pieces of writing evaluated using the Six Traits of Writing. Humanities curriculum is designed and presented in a scope and sequence that supports student learning, skill mastery, knowledge acquisition, and thematic understanding. Our goal is to empower students to become responsible global citizens who understand the world and their role in it.