Welcome to 12th Grade Honors Humanities!
In order to provide access to diverse learners while also provide enriching and challenging learning experiences for all students seeking that extra bit of huzzah, Honors will consist of two different pathways, the "Academia" and the "Experiential" path. Students seeking to enroll in Honors will choose ONE path each semester. Read on for more information!
About the Academia Path
The Academia path allows students to hone their reading and writing skills, and will prepare students for more traditional college Humanities coursework. Thus, this path will focus on college-level reading and writing skills. This means we'll be taking your writing and reasoning to the next level with extended assignments ,more difficult topics, more advanced assessment criteria, and feedback focused on college-level writing.
In the first semester, you will have additional (and often more difficult) texts to read, and your writing will have extended requirements and be graded on a higher standard. You will have one additional writing assignment than the rest of the class, and your writing for the final assignment will have additional requirements and be graded on an harder rubric.
Additionally, you will be asked to take on a TEACHING role in the class by becoming a writing coach for a small group of students. In this role, you will be expected to help other students both with understanding the course content as well as providing feedback on their writing.
In the second semester, you will be focusing all of your attention on the senior project and will be held to higher expectations with the senior thesis AND will continue in your work as a peer writing coach.
Who should enroll?
Students with a strong reading and writing foundation who wants extra challenge, and/or students who are eager to be better prepared for college level reading and writing. Also, students should have above average writing skills so they can be effective peer writing coaches. If this is not you, consider the "Experiential" path for Honors.
About the Experiential Path
The Experiential path allows students who want to challenge themselves by taking their learning outside the classroom in meaningful ways. This path will challenge students to develop real-world skills necessary to be successful in the work place and college. For example, you will develop more skills with connecting with community members to answer research questions, understand multiple perspectives, and engage in hands-on work that will help you apply your learning and enrich your learning in the classroom.
You will also be asked to share your experiences with the rest of the class.
Who Should Enroll?
Students who want extra challenge and are excited about more hands-on learning experiences and/or are eager to develop interpersonal skills, learn how to make more community connections relevant to the curriculum, etc...
Honors Writing Resources
- Honors Writing Rubric: I will be using this rubric 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.
Semester 2: Advanced Argumentation
Senior Thesis Honors Resources