Humanities - Kimball

Humanities engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. This course will focus on the study of Humanities-Modern cultures and literature where students will not only become aware of the great, controversial, and beautiful ideas contained in literary history, but also examine the interactions between the writers’ purpose, subjects, and audience expectations. Assignments will consist of expository, personal, and persuasive writing, oral expression, vocabulary development, and research and analysis. Most writing assignments and projects will involve an exploration and analysis of rhetorical and linguistic choices as well as literary, cultural, and historical topics germane to the literature of study. 


1. Trace the development of the major ideas and attitudes expressed in the literature of each period.

2. Identify major authors and works of each period.

3. Identify the characteristics of each literary movement.

4. List and describe characteristics of literary types written during each period.

5. Identify cultural, philosophical, historical, and religious influences on the literature of each period.

6. Analyze, interpret, and evaluate samples of good literature from each period identifying and explaining an author’s use of rhetorical strategies and techniques.

7. Create and sustain arguments based on readings, research, and/or personal experience.

8. Write in a variety of genres and contexts both formal and informal, employing appropriate conventions.