Senior Honors Humanities
For Humanities 12, the Honors curriculum focuses on college level reading and writing skills. This means that we will be working on taking your writing and reasoning to the next level with extended assignments, more difficult topics, more advanced assessment criteria, and feedback focusing on college level writing techniques and skills.
In the first semester, you will have additional (and often more difficult) texts to read, your essays will have extended requirements, and your essays will be graded to a higher standard . While you will be writing on the same topics as the rest of the class, you will have some additional requirements for these writing assignments.
In the second semester, you will be focusing all of your attention on the research and writing of your senior thesis, and will be held to higher expectations at all steps of the process.
Honors Writing Resources
- Honors Writing Rubric: I will be using this rubric to grade your Honors Essays in the fall semester.
Semester 1: Precision, Focus, and Clarity
In the first semester, our writing focus will be on clarity, focus, and precision. This means that you will be focusing on crafting a focused and tight thesis statement, on writing using paragraph and sentence structure that promote concise and focused arguments, and on choosing words and arguments that are clear and tightly knit.
In addition to this, you will be reading advanced essays on poverty. I will provide you with the text and with a reading schedule, and we will hold discussion groups throughout the semester at lunch (or at another time depending on your schedules).
You will be constructing written responses to these advanced essays throughout the semester- I will provide you with prompts, topics, and due dates when we first meet.
Semester 2: Advanced Argumentation
Senior Thesis Honors Resources