New History Course is Rich and Engaging

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A new college-level course at Amityville Memorial High School is giving students a deeper understanding of history through engaging discussions and activities.

Advanced Placement European History was added as a social studies elective for the 2017-18 school year, and 17 juniors and seniors enrolled in the course with teacher Matthew Tomasi. Students have an opportunity to earn college credit if they score a 3 or higher on the end-of-year AP exam.

During a unit on the Renaissance, which focused on the art and cultural achievements in Europe and particularly Italy, students from the class gathered in front of the school and drew famous art pieces and landmarks with chalk on the sidewalk. The drawings included the Mona Lisa and the Sistine Chapel. 

To study the Protestant reformation, students engaged in a mock speed dating activity. The boys were assigned men from the time period like Martin Luther and Henry VIII, and the girls portrayed women such as Queen Elizabeth and Catherine the Great. Each student had to research their character and then find people with common points of view during the exercise. 

Mr. Tomasi explained that the class is focused on Europe from 1450 to the present and explores how historical events from the past influence today’s society. He said the class promotes college and career readiness and affords students the opportunity to improve their writing, research and public speaking skills. 

“Students really get a feel for what it was like during these time periods,” Mr. Tomasi said of the class. “They’re really engaged in the content. The papers that they’re writing are preparing them for the rigors of college.”