Humanities

Humanities classes weave together many strands of content and analysis. Across classes, students learn to:

  • Communicate clearly and effectively in written, oral, and visual forms.

  • Read and analyze diverse texts including fiction, non-fiction, periodicals, technical literature, plays, and poetry.

  • Explore history and human interaction to better understand our current world and the process of historical research.

  • Analyze literary and artistic sources alongside historical texts to understand both more richly.

  • Understand and use the social sciences, including economics, philosophy, geography, and psychology.

The Humanities curriculum engages students by exposing them to the work of others and by challenging them to generate their own. Students read books and write essays, but they also simulate historic civilizations and events, write and perform plays, debate contemporary issues, engage in Model UN conferences throughout the region, design and build memorials to historic events, interview experts outside the Meridian community, and carry out original primary source research.

Humanities Course Sequence

Division    Course Major Projects Major Field Trips
Division 1 Heroes & Villians
Division 1 Media & Journalism
Division 2 Constitution Nation Modern Activists' Exploration; History of a Government Deerfield Overnight; Municipal Court Session
Division 3 American Historiography
Division 3 Europe & Africa Through Each Other's Eyes
Division 4 East to West
Division 4 Rotating Courses, for example "Food & Culture" A Literary Recipe; Farm visits; Restaurant visits

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