A primary goal of every HISP course
is to expand a studentís understanding
of peoples and their beliefs. Throughout
their four years in HISP, students are
exposed to a broad range of international
literature, culture, and history.
Below are descriptions of the HISP
courses by grade. See CKMís
Course Catalog for descriptions of
mathematics and science courses, foreign
language classes, and electives. In
addition to course work, HISP students
perform five hours of community service
per quarter (see
About Community Service), attend
three cultural events per quarter (see
About Cultural Events), and complete
Course titles below are meant to
correspond with course names as they
appear on a studentís report card or
transcript; note that Writerís Workshop
may appear as Writing Skills.
This two-semester course covers seven basic units: the
ancient world, the middle ages, early modern times, from monarchy to revolution,
the rise of modern Europe, imperialism and modernization, and world conflict.
Special emphasis is placed on note taking, critical analysis, historical
interpretation, geography, and current events. Group projects and short research
papers are required.
World Literature/Composition (English 9)
This year-long course emphasizes the traditional concept of
read, reflect, and write. What is different, however, is the content of the
readings and the approach to this content. Students examine the cultural and
psychic origins of myth in Greece and subsequent cultures. Major thematic units
include "The Hero's Quest" and the "Loss of Innocence/Coming of Age." Other
areas covered include epic and lyric poetry, Elizabethan theater, art and music,
fiction and expository prose, and philosophical writings such as the thesis
assertion, the topic sentence, and structures of argument.
Second-year HISP students build upon the foundation of Western history and
philosophy, the supported structure of a world view, and a vision encompassing
the cultural richness of all nations and all continents. It is this vision of
oneself as an integral part of mankind's past, present, and future that is the
objective of the humanities programóan objective that can lead to the goal of
universal understanding and acceptance. All HISP sophomores take seven classes
including one semester each of Critical Thinking and Writerís Workshop held
during zero period.
HISP Critical Thinking
Critical thinking teaches students how to critically evaluate
what they observe, experience, or read and how to formulate a logical argument.
This course is an introduction to the skills of critical thinking and formal
logic. Emphasis is placed on evaluation of arguments, informal fallacies,
definition, language analysis, and the functions of the television media.
HISP Writerís Workshop
The primary and most exciting purpose of writing has always
been that writing is communication. Writing is also a means of clarifying and
discovering what we think. Writerís Workshop is a one-semester course which
explores the writing process from pre-writing to final draft. In this course,
students write daily and examine the writing style of other writers. Working
alone and in groups, students explore a wide variety of techniques to generate
ideas and subjects for writing.
HISP World Cultures
This course emphasizes the diversity of non-Western cultures,
religions, mores, geographical areas, values, and traditions and their impact
upon world politics. Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia are
covered in four, nine-week blocks. Text and sources include Hantulaís Global
Insights, People & Cultures (textbook); and Ali Mazruiís The
Africans; periodical readings; and numerous speakers.
HISP World Literature
This course is taught in conjunction with and is
complementary to HISP World Cultures. Students study the common source of the
three major monotheistic religions of the West; sense the conformity and
discipline of the East, while recognizing its great diversity; read indigenous
Asian, Middle Eastern, African, and Latin American novels; hear the lyric poetry
of Latin American poets; and compare the traditions of Asia, the Middle East,
Africa, and Latin America to those of the West.
HISP U.S. History 11 (HP)
This course uses a thematic unit approach that attempts to
combine present and past. Supplemental readings are an integral part of this
course and are designed to enhance the historical framework offered by the text.
Each unit poses a major question and several objectives for students to reach.
Students are introduced to the most recent books on the subjects at hand,
encouraged to accomplish a variety of group projects, asked to recruit guest
speakers, and above all, constantly asked to view U.S. history from a humanities
perspective. Art, poetry, song, and dance are blended with the factual content.
The course begins with the historic decision to drop the atomic bomb and works
forward through Korea, Vietnam, Watergate, and the Reagan era. Students then go
back to the eras of Jefferson and Jackson and work their way into the 20th
Century. Seeing the U.S. as others see it is an emphasized goal. A major
research paper or project is due each semester.
HISP American Literature 11 (HP)
The course begins and ends with the questions, "What is an
American?" and ďWhat is the American Dream?Ē In their search for answers,
students explore the interrelationships among American art, music, drama, dance,
fiction, non-fiction, poetry, religious beliefs, "pop" culture, political
movements, and intellectual history. Expository writing, timed writing
exercises, essays, creative writing, and response logs are required. Activities
include creative and critical problem solving, discussion, group work, and
various types of collaborative and individual learning.
Senior courses are the culmination of the Humanities and
International Studies Program, providing students with the necessary information
and skills for further exploration in the fields of international relations,
political science, philosophy, law, economics, public service, foreign language,
foreign service, teaching, writing, and advanced study in liberal arts.
United States Government (AP)/Comparative World Governments
These courses offer an intensive study of the United States
government; a comparative study of other government systems and their underlying
political philosophies; and the interaction of those systems in an international
setting. Students have extensive readings from texts and primary sources and are
expected to reflect on those readings in a series of essays, tests, and
classroom discussions. In the spring of the senior year, students also have an
opportunity to create a Mock Senate. They gain an understanding of the
philosophical groundwork of the various forms of government of nations around
the world; how those ideas have been translated into constitutions; and how
those countries coexist in a time of rapid technological change. Nine weeks are
devoted to in-depth country research and a Model United Nations. An extensive
term paper is required.
English 12 Literature/Composition (AP)
This course provides students the opportunity to read
classical and contemporary literature, including non-fiction and poetry. Each
semester, students are expected to write essays varying in length and rhetorical
complexity. Each essay should demonstrate the cultural and philosophical ideas
examined. Students read widely, write frequently, and reflect on their readings
through extensive discussions. Students practice active learning; teach as well
as learn from each other; and acquire cooperative learning skills. This course
is part of the senior block and is taught in conjunction with and is
complementary to United States Government (AP) and Comparative World Governments