Camden Hills Regional High School

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Honors Humans and the Environment
Mr. Williams
Room 121 - Period w2
 
Syllabus
Description:

Honors Humans and the Environment

(Literature Based)

Semester 2 2012 - Williams

Course Description:

Humans and the Environment uses literature from the past and the present to explore the complex choices humans have to make in regards to the environment.  Readings include literature and current articles and scientific studies; activities include discussions research projects and problem solving challenges related to specific environmental challenges. Past and current films, both dramatic and documentary are also used, as is art, music, poetry to give students the background they need to become independent thinkers about environmental problems and solutions.

 

Literature Covered:

Silent Spring,  Our Stolen Future, Omnivore’s Dilema,  Two Old Women, Walden, Twilight in the Desert and excerpts from a variety of literature.

 

Grading:

Major grades on Writing and projects: 30%

Class Participation and journals 50%

Quizzes /small assignments: 20%

 

Honors Level Students: Students taking Honors Humans and the Environment will have one outside reading book a quarter, and one additional writing assignment for each quarter. In addition, journal assignments will be longer.

1st quarter:

Reading assignment: Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

Essay Prompt: Daniel Quinn carefully constructs his point chapter by chapter throughout the novel Ishmael. Illustrate his overall message from the novel and then support or refute its application to our society.

 

2nd quarter:

Reading assignment: TBD

Essay Prompt: TBD

 
Expectations:

Expectations: This course is an elective class, and hence students are expected to bring with them an interest in the course field, and that interest must transfer to enthusiasm in both class participation and homework completion. Much of the reading is nonfiction, and students will need to draw upon all of their course work from other subjects to analyze the material covered. There will be some research involved. Most classwork will involve discussion, supplemental readings and written reflection on material presented.

 

 
Grading Policy:

Grading:

Major grades on Writing and projects: 30%

Class Participation and journals 50%

Quizzes /small assignments: 20%

 
Assignments:

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