Welcome to Humanities!!!
One of the important aspects of this class is the "challenge." Most weeks will contain a challenge which will require a few minutes of research on the internet. As a rule, they will not be given answers prior to the due date. For example, they need to learn how a sun-dial works. If they do not know what a sun-dial is, they should look it up. Once they look it up, they should look at how a sun-dial works. We can't build one without knowing how it works. The goal is to avoid "spoon-feeding" information and teach students how to find information on their own. This will ultimately make them better researchers and more confident at problem solving. Because of this approach, there are no penalties for mistakes. As long as they try, they will get full credit. The next challenge can be found at the bottom of this page.
In this class we are taking a humanities approach to looking at past events. Humanities is the study of culture and includes languages, literature, philosophy, religion, art and music that goes along with a culture. We are starting with the Ancient Greek culture and, more particularly, the Ancient Greek Olympics. The class will: investigate the development of Olympic sport events; read odes to athletes; explore Greek myths; calculate oval track distances; write songs and poems to honor modern athletes; draw Olympic events such as the one shown on the urn above. Students will be able to focus on their areas of interest.
We are reading Plato's The Allegory of the Cave. For Tuesday, everybody needs to read the first page - Part One: Setting the Scene: The Cave and the Fire. Also, we will not meet on Thursday, March 30th. Instead, we will meet on Friday, March 31st at our usual time.