In Humanities (HUM) class, we read different texts and analyze them in order to answer the underlying question: what does it mean to be human? We use our understanding of literature, history, psychology, and sociology in order to get deeper insight into texts. The course incorporates a variety of materials, including short stories, excerpts from books, and readings from scientific perspectives in order to produce a well rounded view of different themes and ideas.
We do a large amount of writing in our humanities class, ranging from small responses to full five-paragraph essays. We are able to fit in this writing by reading many small texts as opposed to a few large novels as is done in many public schools. I have found that the in-class group discussions are a great way to generate different ideas about the texts, and the numerous writing assignments have helped me build my essay skills.
This was one of our first essays of the year. In class, we read and discussed the Ray Bradbury texts "August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains" and "The Pedestrian." After, we wrote essays comparing the effectiveness of the two texts in conveying a common theme.
This essay was written during our satire unit. During this unit, we learned and analyzed different rhetorical devices used to build an argument such as imagery for an appeal to pathos. In addition, we learned about different satirical devices by observing their use in different satires. In this essay, we had freedom to choose whether we wanted to analyze the use of satirical and rhetorical devices in one satire, or compare the effectiveness of different devices in two different satires. I chose to do the first option with a "A Modest Proposal," a disturbing piece on eating babies.
This project was also done during the satire unit. In this project, we were tasked to create an original satire in some form of media that targeted some problem in society. My partner and I chose to write a story that targets those who do not believe in or understand the importance of climate change. We enjoyed writing this satire greatly. Though Juvenalian in topic, the piece has a Horatian feel for a light hearted but impactful story.