WELCOME TO HUMANITIES!


"The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of
government in the next." - Abraham Lincoln 
 
GET EXCITED ABOUT HUMANITIES
 
Monday-Thursday Schedule
Monday/Wednesday Schedule Tuesday/Thursday Schedule
Period 1 9/10 Humanities (L) Period 5 9/10 Humanities (L)
Period 2 PLANNING Period 6 PLANNING
Period 3 11/12 Civics (K) Period 7 11/12 Civics (K)
Period 4 11/12 Civics (K) Period 8 11/12 Civics (K)
 
Friday Schedule
Mentor Group (10:30 - 12:30)
Lunch (12:30 - 1:20)
Adventures & Applications: Starting February 17th (1:20 - 3:20)
 
 
9/10 Humanities - American History: The Science and Social Implications of Nuclear Weapons
 
Thursday, March 9: For homework, finish reading "The Radioactive Boy Scout" - the story of David Hahn and his backyard reactor. With the vocabulary word you chose today in class, find and record text evidence of Hahn's actions and words showing that he is the adjective you chose. Record the text evidence on the back of the article given in class.
Wednesday, March 8: We spent some time getting a beginning-level understanding of Albert Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity by acting out some of his "thought experiments" which influenced his understanding of the relationship between objects in motion and the energy created. For homework, read the article titled "Albert Einstein and the Atomic Bomb" which details the specifics of his famous equation E=mc2 and how it lead to the creation of atomic weapons, in addition to his letter written to President Roosevelt. Answer this prompt in your humanities notebook for homework in body paragraph form: Is Einstein responsible for the creation of nuclear weapons?
Tuesday: March 7: We read an article titled "Undark and the Radium Girls". We used this piece to further practice the development of quality thesis statements and claims which support the thesis. This was turned in as formative work.
Monday, March 6: Today, we debriefed the Becquerel article based from student annotation. This was turned in. We turned our attention to radioactivity itself, specifically gamma radiation, and how it is around us in Point Defiance Park. We will test the radioactivity of the rocks we collected Wednesday.
 
Thursday, March 2: For homework, finished reading and annotating the piece on Henri Becquerel and the unintentional action he made that changed the scope of human history.
Tuesday/Wednesday, February 28-March 1: We watched the documentary "Countdown to Zero" to determine essential questions for the scope of study of this course. We also contributed ideas for Humanities classes next year.
Monday, February 27: Every team did an excellent job in presenting Option Five! Our class decided on quadrilateral negotiations (US, Russia, China, North Korea), with the option of a "reverse Trojan Horse" - feigning withdrawl from South Korea to await an inevitable North Korean invasion, making them the aggressor in this conflict. Tomorrow, we will begin the documentary "Countdown to Zero."
 
Wednesday/Thursday, February 22/23: Tomorrow in class, we will finish our OPTION FIVE, solving the problem of North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Tonight, prepare yourself to aid your team in addressing the content of your poster.
 
On your poster, and as a team, you will:
- Provide a BRIEF BACKGROUND that frames your team's decision.
- List the concrete GOALS of your plan.
- State US POLICIES to achieve your goals.
- Record your underlying BELIEFS that justify your plan.
- Write down any ARGUMENTS against your plan (and be able to explain why these arguments are wrong - rebuttal).
 
 
Mon. February 13: For Homework, finish your short essay on the outcome of our Mock Jury. Bring a printed copy of what you have accomplished. Below are the assignment instructions.
 

Each member of the jury is responsible for writing an essay of no more than 2-pages explaining their judgment about the defendant Jeff “Ace” Johnson and the classification of this incident.

Using the best two examples, students should explain how their personal final decision meets the criteria in the type of killing charge they personally decided on. Then, students should explain, using examples, why they have not classified the action as either of the other two types. Lastly, students should write a conclusion reflecting on the jury session experience (both their personal performance and the jury as a whole) and how they feel about how the jury arrived at the majority decision of “Voluntary Manslaughter.”

 
 February 8: For Homework, prepare for tomorrow's mock jury by coming prepared with your annotation, summary, main idea, and thesis work finished, in addition to your Evidence For/Evidence Against organizer in your Humanities notebook.
 
 
11/12 Civics - The American Political Milieu
 
March 8/9: Continue working on the Bill of Rights vs. UN Declaration of Human Rights summative. This assignment is DUE THURSDAY, MARCH 16th for 7th & 8th Periods, and MONDAY, MARCH 20th for 3rd and 4th Periods (due to the Junior SAT schedule). The assignments and instructions are all in the Documents Section of this very SWIFT site!
 
March 2/March 6: For homework, finish reading and annotating the Bill of Rights. After discussing the document's language, we will determine whether or not the Bill of Rights protects the individual better than the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.
Wednesday, March 1: (SENIORS ONLY) In light of the juniors taking the SAT, we had an isolated day. We created an BAME scale rubric for the President of the United States and graded President Trump based off of the accomplishments he outlined in his first speech to Congress.
February 27/28: Thank you for your participation in our inquiry into the rights SAMI students should have at school. Please finish the chart in your notebooks, focusing on changing existing school rules that you find do not protect all students' rights to better do so. Modify the existing school code to better protect all SAMI students. We will share some of these modifications in class on Wednesday/Thursday.
 
February 22/23: DUE TODAY: Your INAUGURAL ADDRESS and TRUMP ANNOTATION. Thank you to those who volunteered to deliver their speeches in class for a workshop in public speaking skills and body language!
 
Next class, we will continue to explore the inalienable rights SAMI students should have, as we move into our individual rights unit.
 
 February 8/9: In your notebooks, construct a 7-8 sentence body paragraph answering our essential question - Does President Trump's Executive Order #13769 uphold the American political values of LIBERTY, EQUALITY, and DEMOCRACY? Relevant assignment documents can be found in the DOCUMENTS section.
 
Links to Videos:
Trump Interview w/CNN (from 2015) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fq0rbR5Ap3c
Post Travel Ban Update w/NBC Today Show - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xd7Dqe7F90
 
Words of Wisdom:

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