The humanities curriculum begins with fairy tales in the first grade and fables and legends in the second grade. Stories of the Old Testament in third grade, Norse mythology in fourth grade, and the ancient cultures of India, Egypt, Persia, Mesopotamia, and Greece in fifth grade are presented orally by the class teacher. Students also read excerpts from original texts, and literature of or about the period. By the end of eighth grade, the students have journeyed from the days of the Roman Empire through medieval history, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Age of Discovery, the French, and Industrial Revolutions, the World Wars, the economic upheavals of the 20th century, on into the present day. They have also explored in class the continents of Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America. Special emphasis is placed on the biographies of people who have altered the course of world history.