Humanitas: It’s How We Learn

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Congratulations to all of our Humanitas students who have just completed their first fall semester thematic units and design challenges. Special recognition goes to our Humanitas ninth graders who have just completed their first “perfect paragraph” essay exam. We hope all of our students enjoy their well-deserved field trips in the coming weeks!

This semester, Humanitas students have been working on the following:

  • 9th Grade- Freshmen have completed their first thematic unit, Thinking Outside the Box: Creative Solutions for the Problems We Face, developing  creative commercials and public service announcements performed live in front of an audience.
  • 10th Grade- While studying the Enlightenment thinkers and the Scientific Revolution, sophomores investigated the power of new ideas in their curricular unit, The Rise of Reason: Transforming Social, Political, and Scientific Paradigms through the Ages. Students presented revolutionary TED Talk ideas at the 6th annual Humanitas Salon event.
  • 11th Grade- In the thematic unit, Becoming Politically Conscious, Humanitas Juniors learn the history of political parties, turning point elections, and the electoral college, dissect the platforms of the major parties, and evaluate their own political alignment. Student teams examine the arguments of both the Republican and Democratic positions on hot topics, and prepare to defend both arguments in the debate using a standard debate format. 
  • 12th Grade- Seniors examine the impact unrestrained, unregulated capitalism can have on communities through the unit, Ethics and Capitalism: The Struggles of a Modern Global Economy. Students explore the impact modern, capitalist economic systems have on small, traditional, local economies and cultures by analyzing key thematic ideas in Kamala Markandaya’s Nectar in a Sieve, while analyzing various economic structures in their Economics class. As certain economic structures create a society of the haves and have nots, students further explore the health impacts of poverty, malnutrition and starvation on the immune system in their Physiology class.