Humanities

Through a unique program of integrated study, Humanities teachers co-instruct and collaborate to offer students differentiated learning opportunities in English and social studies. Exploring the humanities allows us to discover and construct our selves and our world. It allows us to grapple, simultaneously, with the ambiguities and the certainties encapsulated within literature, language, history, and society. It allows us to peer into windows of the past to focus upon present and future points of view. Ultimately, it demands that we create possibilities to develop empathy and action as readers, writers, thinkers, and global citizens.
Humanities (English and Social Studies) Mission Statement

Proficencies (English)

  1. READ: students effectively summarize, analyze, interpret, and evaluate to comprehend a variety of complex texts.
  2. WRITE: students produce clear and coherent writing for a variety of genres (narrative, informational, argumentative), purposes, and audiences.
  3. ENGAGE in INQUIRY & RESEARCH: students inquire independently to develop and respond to relevant questions and challenging questions about the past and present, in order to demonstrate ability to evaluate multiple sources of information for bias, reliability, and credibility; synthesize information from multiple sources; make a well-informed claim; and present findings in a coherent, engaging way.
  4. SPEAKING & LISTENING: students show ability to engage in a dialogue of ideas by listening actively and speaking with relevance and respect.
  5. CONSIDER CONVENTIONS & STYLE: students show an effective command of language and conventions.

Proficencies (Social Studies)

  1. READ: students effectively summarize, analyze, interpret, and evaluate to comprehend a variety of complex texts.
  2. WRITE: students produce clear and coherent writing for a variety of genres (narrative, informational, argumentative), purposes, and audiences.
  3. ENGAGE in INQUIRY & RESEARCH: students inquire independently to develop and respond to relevant questions and challenging questions about the past and present, in order to demonstrate ability to evaluate multiple sources of information for bias, reliability, and credibility; synthesize information from multiple sources; make a well-informed claim; and present findings in a coherent, engaging way.
  4. UNDERSTAND and APPLY CONTENT & CONCEPTS: students demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential topics in history, economics, geography, and civics and the patterns that emerge among them.
  5. IDENTIFY PATTERNS & PERSPECTIVES: students articulate an awareness and understanding of multiple perspectives, cultures, and social groups.
  6. ENACT CITIZENSHIP: students engage actively with others as global citizens to deepen their understanding of how structures of government impact them and how participating in civic life may shape government’s impact on their world.