Humanities Weekly Archives


Week 1:  August 28-September 1, 2017

August 28:  Introduction to Humanities, Searching for Dali, Open microphone

August 29: Preview of Coming Attractions, Book Pick Up (bring your student id!), Flies Skit Prep

August 30: Flies Skit

TED: Beau Lotto on How We See

Homework: Read "Specific Ways of Knowing"

August 31: Summer Reading Essay

Socratic Seminar: The Pledge

September 1: What is Civics?

Introduction to RLS and KQs

TED: Michael Shermer--Why People Believe Weird Things

Week 2:  September 4-8, 2017

September 4:  Labor Day

KQs, "Specific Ways of Knowing"

September 5: Perceiving Sensory Perception

Introduction to the Proofiness Great Debate

Great Proofiness Debate

September 6/7: How Do You Know in 4 Corners?

How do you Best Know? Introduction to Shared v. Personal Knowledge,

Brainstrom differences between shared v. personal knowledge

Homework: Read the Knowledge Framework

September 7: Behavorial Assembly

September 8: PGB Prep

Theater Games

Why People Believe Weird Things

The Allegory of the Den

Platonic Forms  Theory of Eternal Forms

St Anselm College: Theory of Forms

Week 3:  September 11-15, 2017

September 11: Introduction to the Extended Essay (see Google Classroom)

IB: Review EE and Plan

Great Books Prep

September 12: Building the Scaffold: C/C two areas of Knowledge

Knowledge Framework

September 13: Candide Test

GB Prep

September 14: TOK: Complete GAllery Walk C/C

September 15: GB Prep

Week 4:  September 18-22, 2017

September 18:  Great Books Prep

KQs, "Specific Ways of Knowing"

September 19/20: Constructing Knowledge

Complete AOK Gallery Walk

Introduction to TOK Prescribed Titles

Knowledge Framework

How do you Best Know? Introduction to Shared v. Personal Knowledge

Brainstrom differences between shared v. personal knowledge

September 20: Return of the Flies

Great Books

September 21: Fall Recess

September 22: Candide Essay

Great Books Teacher Role Play

Final GB Prep

Week 6:  September 25-29, 2017

September 25:  Counseling College Preparation

September 26: Josten's Visit

Potemkin Numbers/Fruit Packing


Homework: LOF Corrections due tomorrow!

Septermber 27: Casuistry/Risk Mismanagemet


Septmeber 28: Complete Jigsaw on TOK PTs

Complete AOK Gallery Walk


 Read the Knowledge Framework

September 29: Das Bus

Week 7:  October 2-6, 2017

October 2: Pressing the Peace

October 3: Shared V. Personal Knowledge

 TOK PTs and jigsaw

 Read the Knowledge Framework

October 4: WWI Essay

October 5: Minimum Day

How to Win an Election

October 6: Late Start Day

Reason and Art School Special

Week 7: October 9-13, 2017

October 9: History Prep

October 10: Complete the TOK PT jigsaw

October 11: TOK Reflections

Intro to Shared v Personal Knowledge Paragraph--rough draft due next Wednesday

October 12: Rabsolutism

October 13: Iron Constitution

Part Prep

Week 8:  October 16-20, 2017

October 16: Sartre's Ill'n

Party Prep

October 17: Introducing the Candidates

Deck the Halls

October 18: Shared V. Personal Knowledge Peer Response

October 19: Metamorphosis Essay

Party Prep

October 20: Republican/Democratic Conventions

3rd Party Infomercials

Week 9:  October 23-27, 2017

October 23: Peer Review in Active Voice

Party Prep

October 24: Socratic Seminar: Cognative Bias and Politics

October 25: PSAT Day

Shared V. Personal KnowledgeEssay due Thursday

October 26: Logically Thinking--A introduction to reason and Logic

October 27:Proposition Debates

Week 10:  October 30 - November 3, 2017

October 30: Voter Registration

Extended Essay Writing

October 31: Selecting the Supremes

Essay Revision

November 1: Faculty Inservice--student holiday

November 2: Guest Speaker: Liberatarian Party

VP Debates

November 3: Presidential Debates

Guest Speaker: Wendy Bucknam

Week 11:  November 6-10, 2017

November 6: Guest Speaker: Green Party

Political Commercials

Novermber 7: Logical Skit Prep

November 8: Guest Speaker "Tea Party"

The Truthiness of Math

The Prison of Mathematical Logic

Scare Tactic and Numbers

Novemeber 9: Voting Day

Logical Skit Prep

Week 12:  November 13-17, 2017

November 13: Communication Games

Novermber 14: Logic Skits

November 15: Logic Quiz and Math, Part 2

Scare Tactic and Numbers

Novemeber 16: Logic Quiz and Math, Part 2

Scare Tactic and Numbers

November 17: Guest Speaker: Democratic Party

Truth and History: The JFK Assassination

Week 14:  November 27-December 1, 2017

November 27: Read Morality Trap

Novermber 28: Human Sciences and Stats

November 29: Science!

 Novemeber 30: Socratic Seminar--Science

December 1: 1st 5 pages of EE due

Introduction to Ethics

Week 14:  December 4-8, 2017

December 4: You're So Goth

December 5: Common Good v. Ego

Review Logical Fallacy Skits

December 6: Logic Quiz

December 7: Intentinally Utilitarian

December: 8: Isms and Moderation

Week 15:  December 11-15, 2017

December 11: Hedonism

I Want My Baby back, baby, back, baby back

December 12: Finding Egg Mommy

List the ethical solution each philosophy would use in reponse to the sitution present in Law and Order: "Birthright"

Plato, Spinoza, Aristotle, Mill, Kant, Hedonism, Cyncism, Stoicsim

December 13: Field Trip--Something Rotten

December 14: Whose Life?

December 15: Whose Life Part Deux

Week 17:  December 18-22, 2017

December 18:  Outlining the TOK Essay

Planning the TOK Essay

TOK Prescribed Titles May 2018

TOK Essay Structure

December 19: Ethical Speed Dating: We Need A Little Ethics

December 20: Ethical Speed Dating

December 21: Jane Eyre

December 22: PBS and Bumblebees

Humanities Fesitvus: Talent Show

Week 18: January 8-12, 2018

January 8: Jane Eyre

Planning the TOK Essay

TOK Prescribed Titles May 2018

TOK Essay Structure

January 9/10: Art, Science, and Skepticism

Janaury 11: Artistic Ethics

January 12: Pickled Ethics

Week 19: January 15-19, 2018

January 15: School Holiday

Janaury 16: Planning the TOK Essay

TOK Prescribed Titles May 2018

TOK Essay Structure

 Up on the Catwalk with TOK Models: Read and score models using TOK rubrics

(See samples in Google Docs)

Janaury 17/18: Bring a laptop: Begin writing an argument/counteragrument papragraph for the TOK essay

Contrast Crunching and Drawing TOK Continued

Planning the TOK Essay

January 19: Planning and Progress Form Reflection

Week 1: January 29 -February 2, 2018

January 29: Faculty Inservice Day

January 30/31: Plato's Republic

Homework:  Make certain you have read pages 16-40 in The Story of Philosophy  (or you can follow the lnk above)

February 1: EE Development--Bring your laptop

February 2: Dictator's Party

Planning and Progress Form Reflection

Week 2: February 5-9, 2018

February 5/6: Plato's Republic

Debate Prep

February 6: Introduction to the TOK Presentation and Rubric

Info from the TOK Guide

Help with Knowledge Questions

Common Sense Presentation

Politics Presentation

Homework Presentation

February 7: TOK Essay Revision

February 8: Plato's Republic Debate

Week 3: February 12-16, 2018

February 12/13: TOK Storyboarding

TOK Presentation and Rubric

Info from the TOK Guide

February 14: EE Revision

February 15: Hamlet

February 16: School Holiday

Week 4: February 19-23, 2018

February 19: School Holiday

February 20/21 TOK Rewrites

TOK Presentation and Rubric

Info from the TOK Guide

February 21/22: Final TOK Reflections

TOK Storyboarding

February 23:  EE Drafts

Week 5: February 26 - March 2, 2018

February 26: Walcott

February 27/28: Final TOK Revisions/TOK Presentation Prep

March 1: EE Revisions and Rubric Check

March 2: TOK Presentation Prep and E-Coursework Uploads

Week 6: March 5-9, 2018

March 5: Tales from the Islands and John Donne

March 6:/7:  Touching up the EE

March 8: Develop TOK presentations

March 9: A Walk for Fresh Air

Week 7: March 12-16, 2018

March 12: TOK Presentation Prep and EE Reflections

March 13:  The Long and Winding Tongue--(From Omeros 28)

March 14: Non-IB--Finalizing the EE

March 15: Muttering Griots and presentation prep

March 16: World War II Test

Presentation Prep

Week 8: March 19-23, 2018

March 19: We're on the Road to Mecca

March 21:  TOK Presentation

TOK Presentation and Rubric

Info from the TOK Guide

Help with Knowledge Questions

March 22: TOK Presentation

March 23:TOK Presentation

Week 9: March 26-30, 2018

March 26/27: TOK Presentation and Final Reflection

March 28: TOK Presentation Due

Into the Great Wide Open:

Elsa's Visit and Mecca Predictions

March 29: The Spud Abides

March 30: Minimum Day

R&G Final Test

Week 11: April 9-13, 2018

April 9: The Mecca

April 10: Special Guest:  Mr. Vargish

April 11: We're on the Road to Nowhere

April 12: Special Schedule

And  That's the Way iIt Is

April 13: Streetcar Test

Week 12: April 16-20, 2018

April 16: Streetcar Test

April 17: Mother's Little Helper: Mecca Act 1

April18/19: Mecca: Act 2

Imagery, Symbols, and character

April 20: Cold War Test

Week 13: April 23-27, 2018

April 23:  Mecca: Act 2 --It's Lit

Imagery, Symbols, and character

April 24/25 The Journey's End

April 25/26: Putting the Pieces Together-- Art of Drama Graphic Organizer

April 27: Paper 2 Essay


Week 14: April 30 - May 4, 2018

April 30: Introduction to Metaphysics

May 1: The Ontological Argument

May 2: Death of a Salesman

May 3. Streetcar!

IB only: Introduction to English Paper #1

"Passed On"



Focus on the details and devices in the passage

Analyze the passage to show how the author created tone, character, theme, etc

Make a distinction between the author's tone and the speaker's tone

Consider sound devices in a prose or poetic passage
Link your DIDLS to larger literary devices.

Discuss how the image creates a metaphor, allusion, irony, symbolism, etc. and link these concepts to the creation of tone, character, or theme.

Discuss how exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, or resolution help create meaning

Explain the author's purpose in a prose or poem passage.

Create an introductory paragraph with a clear hook, statement of situation, theme, and thesis

Take 15-25 minutes to read carefully, brainstorm, and plan the essay

Decipher the literal meaning of the poem or passage before you analyze meaning

Do not

Focus on the reader's response to an image or word--these sentences offer literal repetitions of a quotation and do not help you build an argument.

Rush through the essay or dismiss your brainstorming plans

Use generalizations such as "The true meaning of the character is revealed through the use of diction." (What is the true meaning of the character???)

Quote line numbers (1-5) as a replacement for integration of quotation and commentary

Judge whether a poem or passage is "great" or "poor"--analyze how meaning is created in the passage

May  4: Relationship Special