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Honors Literature is a class that prepares literature students to read, analyze, discuss, and write about great works of literature.  Students read Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice with it's challenging ending that seems fitting to some and unfair to others.

During this project, students will research concepts of justice.  They will relate their research to the outcome of the trial in the play for both Shylock and Antonio.  Using their research, students will take a position on the play outcome and argue for the legal decision presented or another more just outcome. 

Students will also look at a current event that showcases some form of justice or injustice.  They will relate modern concepts of justice to those of the Renaissance and conduct a final presentation for the History Day Exhibit regarding the changing concepts of justice over time.

Students will have to present analytical arguments that employ critical thinking about the concepts of justice as well as the themes presented in the play.