Special Topics in the Humanities

Special Topics in the Humanities is an engaging course in research in which seventh- and eighth-graders study topics that range from the disappearance of Amelia Earhart to the debate over whether or not students should be allowed to use their cellphones in school.  In each unit of the course, students learn how to apply criteria to determine the reliability and validity of print and electronic sources, use data to support their arguments, write research papers, and use rubrics to guide their authorship of presentations that they deliver to their peers.  The curriculum for Special Topics in the Humanities has been rewritten recently and has been approved by the Board of Education. You may access a copy of the Board-approved curriculum to review it for yourself by clicking the link in the previous sentence.

Special Topics in the Humanities is designed to challenge students at their individual skill levels while giving them the opportunity to succeed and have fun.  The course also strengthens their foundational preparation in reasoning, writing, and public speaking that will them a leg up when it comes to preparation for high school and beyond.  Given the skills that that they acquire, students will be prepared to enter the Advanced Placement Capstone program at the high school, which is open to all students in Grades 10-12.  In point of fact, the methodology that they learn for evaluating sources, called "RAVEN," is actually taken from the Advanced Placement Seminar course that comprises the first half of the Advanced Placement Capstone program.

If you have any questions regarding this course or its curriculum, please contact:

Brendan McGowan
Supervisor of English, Reading, and Library