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Humanities ultimately focuses on the key question of “what does it mean to be human?”. The class ties together topics in history, literature, art, and more. We investigate the aspects of humanity, and how its characteristics have developed and altered over time. The class is very discussion based, and throughout the year, we develop effective writing and articulation.
Before this essay, we also covered Henry David Thoreau’s novel Walden. Over the summer students read the book and wrote entries regarding their thoughts on each chapter. It was a nice experience being able to discuss the novel, though it was also enjoyable to create a Walden-based play that incorporated themes and topics from the novel to convey a message relating to the book. My group chose to do a play that was Thoreau based spinoff of Back to the Future. In it Thoreau accidently travels with Marty and Doc to future. His distaste for that generation’s technology leads him to changing the course of time. The script for the play is shown to the side.