Nashville Classical Charter School
New Fourth Grade Curriculum Unit: The Renaissance
Nashville Classical Charter School is a K-8 School in Nashville Tennessee that uses the Core Knowledge Foundation’s history and geography curriculum. They like the curriculum’s rich content, but found that lessons did not engage students in thinking about the history they were learning. We worked with school leaders and a fourth grade teacher to create a 4QM unit based on Core Knowledge materials. Feedback was excellent: students were much more engaged, and the lessons and assessment were more intellectually demanding. We’re continuing our work with Nashville Classical, writing 4QM units for grades three and five this year, and training all the social studies teachers in the method.
"Having something different to do every day was really exciting and engaging for the kids… It was more than just fun; they learned a lot every day."