• Syllabus for Humanities I  2017-2018

    This course is a basic introduction to the student of humanities using an interdisciplinary approach. It will focus on central concepts and the fundamental nature of philosophy, architecture, music, dance, literature, theatre and art. 

    IMPORTANT: Due to asthma and allergies no perfume, cologne, lotion or scented hand sanitizer is allowed in class. 

    Course Schedule and Topics

    First Nine Weeks:      Philosophy and Architecture

    Second Nine Weeks:  Music and Dance

    Third Nine Weeks:     Literature and Theatre

    Fourth Nine Weeks:   Art

     

    During each nine weeks, students will explore possible topics for an individual research project; select and begin researching a particular topic; and write a project proposal and present their topic to the class.

     

    Grading

    Classwork and Quizzes – 40%

    Tests, Projects and Presentations – 60%

    Supplies

    Pens or pencils, notebook paper.  Colored pencils or markers are encouraged.  We will keep work in a portfolio in the classroom until the end of the year.

    IB MYP Information

    The arts are a universal form of human expression and a unique way of knowing that engage us in affective, imaginative and productive activity. Learning through the arts helps us to explore, shape and communicate our sense of identity and understanding of the world, while providing opportunities to develop self-confidence, resilience and adaptability. The IB MYP arts value the process of creating artwork as much as the finished product.

     

    Main Objectives

    The arts objectives interrelate with each other and form the basis of the student’s experience in the arts. Personal engagement surrounds the student at the center and connects directly with each of the other objectives. The course objectives are closely aligned to the four arts assessment criteria:

     

    A) Knowing and Understanding

    In order to reach the aims of arts, students should be able to

    • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the art form studied, including concepts,  processes and the use of subject-specific terminology

    • demonstrate an understanding of the role of the art form in original or displaced contexts

    • use acquired knowledge to purposefully inform artistic decisions in the process of creating artwork

     

    B) Developing Skills

    In order to reach the aims of arts, students should be able to:

    • demonstrate the acquisition and development of the skills and techniques of the art form studied

    • demonstrate the application of skills and techniques to create, perform and/or present art

     

    C) Thinking Creatively

    In order to reach the aims of arts, students should be able to:

    • develop a feasible, clear, imaginative and coherent artistic intention

    • demonstrate a range and depth of creative-thinking behaviors

    • demonstrate the exploration of ideas to shape artistic intention through to a point of realization

     

    D) Responding

    In order to reach the aims of arts, students should be able to:

    • construct meaning and transfer learning to new settings

    • create an artistic response which intends to reflect or impact on the world around them

    • critique the artwork of self and others

     

    Skills

    Through a study of the arts, students should be able to:

    • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the art form studied in relation to societal, cultural, historical and personal contexts

    • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the elements of the art form studied, including specialized language, concepts and processes

    • communicate a critical understanding of the art form studied in the context of their own artwork

    • develop an idea, theme or personal interpretation to a point of realization, expressing and communicating their artistic intentions

    • apply skills, techniques and processes to create, perform and/or present art

    • reflect critically on their own artistic development and processes at different stages of their work

    • evaluate their work

    • use feedback to inform their own artistic development and processes

    • show commitment in using their own artistic processes

    • demonstrate curiosity, self-motivation, initiative and a willingness to take informed risks

    • support, encourage and work with their peers in a positive way

    • be receptive to art practices and artworks from various cultures, including their own

     

    Assessment

    Each semester students are graded on the four assessment criteria outlined above. At the end of the course, criteria grades are combined to produce an overall MYP arts attainment level.