Humanities is a unique class that integrates materials from both English and social studies to answer the essential question: “What does it mean to be human?” We analyze a variety of media about and relating to humanities topics in the form of essays, conversations, projects, and more. This class focuses heavily on discussions, both in large and small groups. I enjoy being able to learn these crucial topics through sharing ideas with my peers and being exposed to so many unique perspectives in a format that is different from my past English and social studies classes.

Satirical Analysis

As part of the unit on rhetoric, we completed a Satirical Analysis Essay. In my essay, I decided to compare a traditional argument ("Save the Animals: Stop Animal Testing") with a satirical piece ("Lab Rabbit Strongly Recommends Cover Girl Waterproof Mascara For Sensitive Eyes") arguing the same message. I researched and selected two pieces arguing against the practice of animal testing and analyzed their effectiveness and use of rhetorical techniques.

Walden Skit

During the summer prior to eleventh grade, we read Walden by Henry David Thoreau. When school began, we started working on skits based on ideas presented in Walden in groups. My group’s skit was inspired by the concept of a good and bad conscience influencing Thoreau to demonstrate the contradictory messages found in his book. These skits were performed for our peers and teachers at Camp Bournedale in September.