Honors Humans and the Environment
Semester 2 2012 - Williams
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.
Silent Spring, Our Stolen Future, Omnivore’s Dilema, Two Old Women, Walden, Twilight in the Desert and excerpts from a variety of literature.
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.
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.
Reading assignment: TBD
Essay Prompt: TBD