Senior Humanities Honors
For Humanities 12, we are focusing the Honors curriculum on college level writing skills. This means that we will be working on taking your writing and reasoning to the next level with extended assignments, more difficult topics, more advanced assessment criteria, and feedback focusing on college level writing techniques and skills.
In the first semester, you will be required to write three essays. These will be related to topics we are covering in class, but you will receive more complex assignments, and more time to complete your essays out of class (you will not receive any additional in-class time to complete your essays).
In the second semester, you will be focusing all of your attention on the research and writing of your senior thesis, and will be held to higher expectations at all steps of the process.
Honors Writing Resources
Honors Writing Rubric: I will be using this rubric (with some assignment-specific modifications) to grade your Honors Essays in the fall semester.
Writing Support Groups: You should use these groups for idea generation, writing critiques, and proofreading. I will make my classroom available at lunch and during 7th period during weeks when you are writing essays for your groups to meet.
Semester 1: Precision, Focus, and Clarity
In the first semester, our writing focus will be on clarity, focus, and precision. This means that you will be focusing on crafting a focused and tight thesis statement, on writing using paragraph and sentence structure that promote concise and focused arguments, and on choosing words and arguments that are clear and tightly knit.
For this essay, you will be writing an essay in response to the opening text and seminar. This essay will focus on intertextuality--relating the ideas of the seminar text to another text. This will serve as your application to Senior Humanities Honors.
Length: 750-1000 words
Due Date: Friday, September 9, 8:15 am
Prompt(s): Address one of the following questions, using "The Habits of Highly Cynical People" and at least one other text below.
Additional Requirements: You must use at least one other text for this essay. See below for a list of options, or talk to me if you have another idea for a text.
In your second essay, you will write an extended response essay to the question, "Is Congress Broken," drawing upon resources in class and additional resources listed below. The focus of this essay is using evidence to construct a strong and complex argument.
Length: 1000-1500 words
Due Date: Monday, October 17 at the beginning of class
Prompt(s): To what extent is the US Congress broken?
Additional Requirements: Must include a correctly formatted MLA bibliography, and at least 4 reputable sources.
You may use any of the resources I provided you for your SAC and seminar research and/or draw on sources you find in your own research.
For your final honors essay of the fall semester, you will write an evaluative essay about the piece of legislation your subcommittee is debated for Model Senate. The focus of this essay is setting up clear evaluation criteria, and then thoughtfully applying them.
Length: 750-1000 words
Due Date: Monday, December 5, 8:15 am
Prompt(s): Is the piece of legislation being considered by your Model Senate Subcommittee a good piece of legislation?
Additional Requirements: None.
Semester 2: Advanced Argumentation
Senior Thesis Honors Resources