Course Selections and Descriptions
Humanities 1 is the interdisciplinary study of English Language Arts and Civics, the study of our rights and duties as citizens. Humanities is the study of what makes us an individual and what makes us a community. Using the 21st century innovation skills of critical thinking and problem-solving, collaboration across networks, leading by influence, agility and adaptability, initiative and entrepreneurship, effective oral and written communication, accessing and analyzing information, and curiosity and imagination, our students will explore what it means to be human. They will closely investigate and interact with complex texts and deepen their skills in writing common-core aligned narrative, information, and argument texts.
Humanities 2 is the interdisciplinary study of English Language Arts, and World History, which studies major turning points that shaped the modern world, from the late eighteenth century through the present. They trace the rise of democracy and come to realize that these ideals are often achieved at a high price and remain vulnerable. Students develop an insight into the historical roots of current world issues, informed by critically analyzing course content. By considering multiple accounts of events from a variety of perspectives, and relating them to their historical, geographic, political, economic, and cultural contexts, students will develop a greater understanding of their world.
This course is the interdisciplinary study of English Language Arts and U.S. History, which will examine the promise, fulfillment, and reimagining of the American Dream. Students will trace the foundations of the country, from revolutionaries to immigrants, and try to define what it means to be American. We will analyze not only primary sources of historical records, but also the literature and poetry inspired by historical events.