Lynn Davies/Sally TonerRoom 314/204B[email protected][email protected]Humanities“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent . . . “-Barbara Tuchman“One does know, of course, that books influence individuals; and individuals, although they are part of large economic and social processes, influence history”-Denise LevertovCourse Description:This course is a new one for Broad Run High School. We will be combining many facets of the humanities into a streamlined, highly-charged, high intensity class. Using history, literature, art, music, and many other topics, students will learn the inter-connectedness of learning different subjects. For the history side, this course examines the political, social, cultural, and economic growth of the United States and Virginia, with an SOL end of course test to be taken in May. Students will examine the important people and events that helped shape American History. But, learning history uses many skills – analyzing, debating, compromising, and most important – asking questions. One way to fully comprehend history is by being an active student. Ask questions, be alert, and be involved in class discussions. In this way, you may find that not only are you learning history, but you also might be enjoying history. In terms of literature, we will examine how history has been reflected in the written word. We will be using multiple genres (fiction, memoir, drama, poetry), and our hope is that you will learn to view literature in a wholistic context—how it’s connected to its time and the other art, music, architecture, etc. that came alongside it. In the process, you will be guided in some written creations of your own. You will be well-prepared for the writing and literature skills required for the SOL end of course tests to be taken in March and May. Textbooks:Students will be issued The Americansfor history. Please keep this book at home – a class set will be available in the room. Students will also be issued The Language of Literaturefor English. Please keep this book at home. You will be told when to bring it to class for specific selections we will study.