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Dr. Benjamin Markus
Interim Program Coordinator ELA

Welcome to the Humanities program page.

Our mission is to instill a capacity for communication, empathy, and citizenship through critical thinking, reflection, and appreciation of diverse viewpoints. We aim to foster life-long learners, thinkers, collaborators and communicators. 

The Humanities Program consists of Literacy, English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) and Social Studies. Through the Humanities program, all GPS students will successfully master literacy, reading, writing, listening, speaking, and Social Studies learning standards and will be able to effectively study and critically think about how people process and document the human experience. 

In the Humanities, GPS students study contemporary and historical writers and thinkers in order to develop their own abilities to critically read, write, speak, and think, ultimately preparing them to excel in today’s global society. Together, these areas of study prepare students for success in college and career, while also ensuring students are informed, engaged participants in civic life.

In Reading, Writing, and Social Studies, GPS students study other writers and thinkers, contemporary and historical, in order to develop their own abilities to read, write, speak, and think critically and globally.

The GPS Humanities Program is grounded in the workshop model and inquiry.  The workshop model includes explicit strategy instruction through mini-lessons and conferring, an emphasis on providing student choice and the time for independent application of skills alongside peers, consistent conferring time in one-on-one or small group settings, and a structured “share” time to highlight student progress and products.   Students also participate in inquiry-based learning as well as thematic studies which focus on incorporating and applying knowledge of civics, economics, geography and history to particular concepts, events, or topics.

The English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) curriculum is aligned to the Connecticut Core Standards as delineated in each of the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards: Reading: Literature, Reading: Informational Texts, Reading: Foundational Skills, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language. 

The Social Studies Curriculum is aligned to the Connecticut Elementary and Secondary Social Studies Frameworks and College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework. 

To see more about Humanities assessments, click here.


Curriculum Overviews


For Elementary and Middle School Humanities Program questions and/or information, please reach out to:

Dr. Benjamin Markus
Interim K-8 ELA Program Coordinator
Central Office

For high school Humanities Program questions and/or information, please reach out to:

Brigid Barry
GHS ELA Program Administrator

Lucy Arecco
GHS Social Studies Program Administrator