American History and Literature
In this class, we will explore American history through some classic and some contemporary relevant literary works.
Humanities II Essential Questions
What does it mean to be human? How do we define good and evil? What are some things that influence human behavior?
Why do we tell stories? What do oral traditions tell us about ourselves? What are the different communities with which you identify? What do stories tell us about the resiliency of the human spirit? How does history shape human identity? How do people create identity through storytelling?
How does geography influence destiny? How does where you live shape your identity? How does membership in community reveal itself through language? How do people resolve conflicting loyalties?
What does it mean to be American? What is American culture? What sets one culture apart from another? How have different cultures in America interacted with one another throughout history? How and why have some American cultures been judged better than others?
How has and does American culture change? What are some positive and negative outcomes of change in American culture and traditions?
How does art (literature, music, painting, sculpture, drama) play a role in American culture, in being human? How is the arts part of the American experience?
What is America’s story? How does our history give a narrative of America’s past, present, and future?
How have the legacies of imperialism and conflict shaped America? How do stories impact our lives today? How do past experiences influence how we design or create our future?
What are our responsibilities as Americans?