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Welcome to Humanities II World History

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Humanities II Course Description – blocked, interdisciplinary

Humanities II features world history and literature in an integrated format. Meeting daily for two periods, teachers will acquaint students with world cultures from a thematic viewpoint, melding the studies of humanity into a seamless whole, incorporating art, music, literature, history, geography, and philosophy.

The interdisciplinary Humanities program was central to the unique Valhalla vision when the school opened in 1974, and we continue to support this vision because research shows that students learn better in context. 

Humanities II is about skills, not just content, and will encourage all students to attain their highest achievement level through skill acquisition and personal growth.

Humanities II is directed by a variety of guiding principles. First and foremost is the teacher's professional judgment and knowledge of content. Second are the school's Expected School wide Learning Results, which pilot the entire school in carrying out our mission.  In addition, the California state standards in both English-Language Arts and History-Social Science, determine the content/scope and therefore the pacing of the class.

Humanities II Course Objectives

At the completion of the course, all students will be able to perform the following:

1.    Think, read, listen, write, and communicate with understanding at a higher academic and personal level.

2.    Dissect a document and analyze text and use the information to assess and articulate rhetorical strategies used by the author.   

3.    Flesh out a series of questions that challenges a text's meaning and shows understanding of the document.

4.    Prepare and execute multiple paragraphed writing tasks, timed and not.

5.    Organize and implement a response to literature, expository essay (including DBQ), persuasive essay, and rhetorical response.

6.    Coordinate and perform oral presentations.

7.    Utilize a variety of resources in planning and directing research for a mixture of projects, essays, and activities. 

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