Sunday, October 30, 2016

What's Happening in Humanities?!

Last year our 9th and 10th grade English Language Arts and Global Citizenship teachers took on the task of rethinking the proficiencies, content, and delivery of their courses. Have a look at this quick guest post from Kyle Behrsing:

The main goal in our Humanities planning this year is to blend learning of history and culture together. We want students to gain historical knowledge through studying culturally relevant literature, and think critically about problems posed to them. Students have studied the beginnings of history and civilization, and looked at the problems in decoding history and the lack thereof.

In the 9th grade, students have been tasked with deciphering the history about Ancient Greece. They are currently attempting to answer the question: What was the story of the Trojan War? Students have read some of the first historical writings from Herodotus, some of the epic poem The Odyssey, attributed to Homer, and are trying to piece together the evidence that they find into an explanation of the event. In the 10th grade, students have analyzed Plato’s allegory of the cave, Plato’s Theory of Forms, and incorporated philosophy into their historical context.

Students have been challenged with classic materials, and are being pushed to connect the material to modern skills and cultural ideas. Throughout the year we hope to continue with a theme based approach, and connect historical eras to modern culture.