Course Overview:


The Humanities class, a joint effort sponsored by the English and Social Studies departments, offers instruction in reading, writing, and study skills. The social studies curriculum includes the study of government structures and economics and surveys world history from the Renaissance to the present, with attention paid to the stories of nations outside the United States and Europe. The English curriculum is tied to the Social Studies curriculum, ensuring that students have additional opportunities to develop a real understanding of the patterns that shape our world. Humanities reading activities help students to develop fluency and comprehension and build vocabulary. Writing instruction is offered throughout; students write in response to what they have read, citing evidence in support of their ideas. Structures built into the Humanities course support students in developing study strategies. Students learn to discuss big ideas, listen to their peers and present what they have learned. Research is a required component of the Humanities course as well. The goal is to provide students with ample opportunities to demonstrate their success in meeting Lake Region's Learning Expectations (in the LRfolio) while supporting their development as described in the English Department Proficiencies.


Required Reading in Humanities:

  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • Midnight Magic by Avi
  • Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Lyddie by Katherine Paterson
  • Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
  • Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  • Fire-Eaters by David Almond
  • Master Harold...and the boys by Athol Fugard
  • Diary of Ma Yan: Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese Schoolgirl
  • The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
  • The Pearl by John Steinbeck
  • Selected poems, short stories, essays and speeches

Students also participate in literature circles with group novel selection tied to topics in the Humanities program. Students have some opportunities to choose novels for independent reading, and they are encouraged to participate in the Green Mountain Book Award program.


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