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Upper School Expedition

 “By Sea, Land, and Air, With All Our Might:” The Experience and Impact of the World Wars

Monday, July 17 – Friday, July 21, Hillsborough, CA (World War One)
Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28, Hillsborough, CA (World War Two)

 

Program Overview:

This July, Nueva Summer will host our first-ever program aimed at students entering ninth through twelfth grades. Three Nueva Upper School history teachers will host two week-long intensive courses on World War I and World War II. Students can attend for either the first or second week, or both weeks.

In order to understand the epochal transformations that produced — and were produced by — the wars, we will adopt a global and interdisciplinary perspective to explore the historical, military, cultural, literary, artistic, philosophical, cartographic, and medical aspects of the conflicts.

The students will be divided into two separate sections — ninth paired with tenth graders, and eleventh paired with twelfth graders. The mornings and afternoons will be divided topically and thematically, with each section switching classes. For example, one morning 9s and 10s will take a first-period class about the Western Front while 11s and 12s cover the Eastern Front, and then they will switch classes and topics during the second period. On some days, including during the Friday final projects, all grades will meet together in a single class.

Each week has a unique final project. During week one, students will be divided into small groups to develop a presentation about a historical question, which they will share with their peers on Friday. At the end of week two, students will choose to participate in two of three debates with their peers and teachers about the legacy of World War II.

Classes will variously be taught by a single teacher, by two co-teachers, or by all three teachers at once. This program will be meeting at our Hillsborough campus.

 

Application Process for Upper School Expedition:

For those interested in applying to the program, please follow the links below.  Students applying from outside Nueva will be required to submit a teacher recommendation form to complete your application.

New to Nueva Summer? To register for Upper School Expedition please click here:

https://nuevasummer.campmanagement.com/enroll

Returning to Nueva Summer in 2017? Please follow this link to the Parent Dashboard:

https://nuevasummer.campmanagement.com/campers

 

The following calendars reflect our current plan for each week:

Nueva Summer  - Upper School Expedition: World War I (7/17--7/21)

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

9:00-10:10

Overview  of Program

(9-12)

The Fighting Front:


The Western Front (9-10)


The Eastern Front (11-12)

The Home Front:


The Social Changes: Women, Non-Whites, and Youth (9-10)


The Economic and Political Changes: the Impact of War Socialism (11-12)

The End of the War:


The Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations

(9-12)

Round Table Discussion:


Why Wasn’t This the “War to End All Wars?”


Why did World War II happen 20 years later?

(9-12 small groups)

10:20-11:30

The Eastern Front (9-10)


The Western Front (11-12)

The Economic and Political Changes: the Impact of War Socialism (9-10)


The Social Changes: Women, Non-Whites, and Youth (11-12)

*First Work Period for Final Projects

Round Table Share-out of  Conclusions (9-12)


*Second Work Period for Final Projects

11:30-12:30

Lunch/Reading Time

Lunch/Reading Time

Lunch/Reading Time

Lunch/Reading Time

Lunch/Reading Time

12:30-1:30

Lit Club:

All Quiet on the Western Front (9-12)

Lit Club:

All Quiet on the Western Front (9-12)

Lit Club:

All Quiet on the Western Front (9-12)

Lit Club:

All Quiet on the Western Front (9-12)

Final Projects: Group Presentations (9-12)

1:30-2:40

The World Before the War


Imperialism, Nationalism, and Alliances (9-10)


Culture and Society (11-12)

The Technology of War


Living and Dying in the Trenches (9-10)


Living and Dying in the Sky and the Sea (11-12)

Trench Life — Creation and Destruction


Art, Literature (9-10)


Medicine, the Sick, and the Dead (11-12)

Ideological and National Implications of the War


Age of Anxiety (9-10)


The New Shape of the World (11-12)

Continuation of Final Projects (9-12)


Closing Circle (9-12)

2:50-4:00

Culture and Society (9-10)


Imperialism, Nationalism, and Alliances (11-12)

Living and Dying in the Sky and the Sea (9-10)


Living and Dying in the Trenches (11-12)

Medicine, the Sick, and the Dead (9-10)


Art, Literature (11-12)

The New Shape of the World (9-10)


Age of Anxiety (11-12)

Nueva Summer  - Upper School Expedition: World War II (7/24--7/28)

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

9:00-10:10

Overview of

Program

(9-12)

Galvanizing for War


Propaganda, the Draft, and Mobilization (9-10)


Maintaining Morale (11-12)

Home Front


Allies (9-10)


Axis (11-12)

Ready, Aim, Fire!


The Making of the Bomb (9-12)

Postwar Workshops


Each teacher has different workshop: students choose their preference (9-12 small groups)

10:20-11:30

Maintaining Morale (9-10)


Propaganda, the Draft, and Mobilization (11-12)

Axis (9-10)


Allies (11-12)


The Dropping of the Bomb (9-12)

Continuation of Postwar Workshops (9-12 small groups)

11:30-12:30

Lunch/Reading Time

Lunch/Reading Time

Lunch/Reading Time

Lunch/Reading Time

Lunch/Reading Time

12:30-1:30

Lit Club:

Maus (9-12)

Lit Club:

Maus (9-12)

Lit Club:

Maus (9-12)

Lit Club:

Maus (9-12)

Prep for Final Debates (9-12)

1:30-2:40

War Ideology


The Concept of “Total War” (9-10)


Hitler’s Racial Ideology (11-12)

Major Battles


1940--1943 (9-10)


1940--1943 (11-12)

The Resistance


Western Front (9-10)


Pacific Front (11-12)

The Political and International Implications


Decolonization (9-10)


The New Superpowers (11-12)

Final Debates (9-12 small groups)

1) The Dropping of the Bomb

2.) Germany’s War Guilt (The Nuremberg Trials)

3.) A Tale of Two Superpowers (Russia v U.S.)

2:50-4:00

Hitler’s Racial Ideology (9-10)


The Concept of “Total War” (11-12)

1943--1945 (9-10)


1943--1945 (11-12)

Pacific Front (9-10)


Western Front (11-12)

The New Superpowers (9-10)

Decolonization (11-12)

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Teacher Bios:

Ali McLafferty got her PhD in history at UC Berkeley and has been a history instructor for grades 9–12 at the Nueva Upper School for 3 years. Her particular areas of expertise are the technology, ideology, art and literature of the World Wars, as well as the role of women and the experience of the soldiers.

Brian Cropper is an Upper School history teacher and Nueva alum. He has degrees from Harvard University and Occidental College in Comparative Religions and International Relations, which fed his interests in cultural history and effects of wars on the psychological and spiritual fabric of communities around the globe.

Arta Khakpour has taught courses in world history, international relations, and political philosophy at the Nueva Upper School since 2015. He earned a PhD in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University, is an aviation buff, and is keenly interested in the intertwined relationships among technology, art, and politics during the World Wars.