10th Grade

Subjects/ Teachers:

Unit 1- The Rise of Reason: Transforming Social, Political, and Scientific Paradigms through the Ages

Description: The Scientific Revolution, and the subsequent Age of Enlightenment are pivotal periods in human history, that included a range of ideas and advancements fundamentally rooted in reason and logic. Influenced by the work of early philosophers, the thinkers and ideas of this new era reveal the cumulative nature of human thought and progress. They transformed society in their time, and serve as pillars of modern social, governmental, and scientific institutions. Philosophical inquiry continues today as modern philosophers, inventors, and experts in their fields challenge intellectual paradigms to meet the demands of a future that evolves in increasingly complex ways.

Field Trip: The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, San Marino

Design Challenge: In a modern interpretation of the salons of the Enlightenment, students will attend the Humanitas Salon event and present a TED Talk idea in a small group setting, with each student sharing a TED Talk that has the potential to create positive change in society today. Student evaluation forms are completed for each speaker, by all members of the group. Students are required to use notecards and prepare a visual display board to assist them in their presentation.


Unit 2- Pushing the Envelope: Technological Change and Its Consequences

Description: The Eighteenth, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries have been a period of unprecedented technological change. New technologies have brought great wealth and power to nations, but have also wrought many consequences and caused a great deal of human suffering. The human desire to push the boundaries of science and technology has had tremendous political, societal, and ethical implications that continue to define our existence and shape our world.

Design Challenge: Student teams develop an imaginative nonprofit organization (NPO) to inform the public about an emerging technology that has positive social and/or environmental implications for our future. Students will represent their NPO and market a current transformative technology at the Humanitas Technology Expo. Each team is provided a booth at the technology expo to market their transformative technology to the visiting public. Teams are responsible for the development of a model informative brochure, booth display materials, and an informative presentation. Each of these required components must address the environmental, economic, and/or social equity issues that are central to the technology they are marketing.


Unit 3- The Courage of our Convictions: Challenging the Status Quo for Change

Description: Great transformations in society are often the result of a single voice that challenges our way of thinking. This curricular unit focuses on the ways in which personal transformations, societal changes, and scientific revolutions have been brought about by unlikely individuals, through great risk and sacrifice, because of the clarity of their convictions.

Field Trip: The Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena

Design Challenge: Students explore the styles and subject matters of influential artists in order to create their own unique work of fine art that will raise public awareness about a current environmental or social injustice of their own choosing. Student artwork and the accompanying informative gallery cards will be put on display at the spring semester Power to the Artist and Earth Day art events.

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