Humanities (English/History) By Sara Hansen and Susan Wu
The Humanities Department embraces opportunities for connections between literary and historical studies. Whenever possible we try and create synthesis points where students can absorb the information from both areas of study in a deeper and more meaningful way.
We have several moments of those happenings taking place this year.
Brendan Riley’s English 10 classes are exploring the value of Shakespearean sonnets and The Merchant of Venice while understanding the merits of having a literary voice and clearly communicating an opinion to a specific audience. Susan Wu’s History 10 classes are navigating the ways in which leaders in the 1600s vied for power and sought to convince others of the legitimacy of their rule. Students then had the opportunity to reflect upon their studies in both classes in the form of a multi-draft editorial piece of writing shared with both Mr. Riley and Mrs. Wu. Editorial topics ranged from the merits of teaching Elizabethan sonnets in modern day classrooms to reasons why the English should have chosen not to behead Charles I.
Similarly, Sara Hansen’s 9th grade students read Homer’s Iliad in their English 9 classes while learning about Ancient Greek values as expressed through its architecture and art in Carleton Cunningham’s History 10 classes. At the end of both units, students participated in a Greek Symposium where they highlighted the merits of Athens and Sparta through a curation of artwork, military strategy analysis, and formal debates.
Meanwhile, in the middle school, Linda Rosenberg’s 6th graders invented a hieroglyphic language in their English classes after studying the Rosetta Stone in their history ones. They then, like ancient archeologists, tried to decipher each other’s Rosetta Stones. Through the cross pollination of history and English studies, the SDJA Humanities Department continues to ignite an appreciation for what it means to be human in an ever changing world.
Last week at our Senior Luncheon, the guest speaker was Mr. Glenn Doshay. Mr. Doshay has three sons, all of whom graduated from SDJA; was a long time teacher in the MUS teaching AP Econ, Journalism, and Speech and Debate; and also the Head Varsity Baseball Coach for 10 seasons. The theme of the senior […]
The middle school art and music electives just wrapped up the first trimester, and what a fun time it was! In the music electives students learned how to play basic songs on the guitar, trombone, trumpet, piano, and drums and then performed for their peers. Other students learned how to use GarageBand on their computers […]
The Humanities Department embraces opportunities for connections between literary and historical studies. Whenever possible we try and create synthesis points where students can absorb the information from both areas of study in a deeper and more meaningful way. We have several moments of those happenings taking place this year. Brendan Riley’s English 10 classes are […]
In recent collaborative opportunities for our upper school Judaic Studies team, we have emphasized the importance of understanding the relevance of Jewish study to students’ everyday lives. The examples below demonstrate a wide variety of ways in which our teachers guide our students in making meaning out of timeless Jewish ideas. In Honors Jewish […]
One focus of the MUS math department is to engage the students in meaningful and interesting real-world applications of mathematics. Such applications are incorporated to develop creative problem solving skills as well as an appreciation of math and its relationship to other disciplines. In Geometry and Geometry Honors students are working on a project that […]
SDJA science students are learning what it is like to be scientists, by doing science in and out of the classroom. We are providing students with opportunities to explore science beyond the curriculum and to challenge themselves to solve real world problems. Ms. Pitzeks’ 6th grade students recently visited the San Dieguito lagoon where […]