As your son or daughter begins Humanities I, we want to open the channel of
communication between school and home. One way to accomplish this is by establishing
a clear understanding of what Humanities I entails. Consequently, we are asking that you
read the attached Course Overview and Expectations, sign on the appropriate line, and
return it to us. As you can see, your child has already signed, indicating that we have
gone over the information and he/she understands the class dynamics.
Humanities I is a challenging, but also fulfilling course. We join you in wanting
success for your son or daughter and encourage our students to ask questions and seek
our assistance whenever necessary. As the year progresses, please feel free to contact us
with any concerns you may have. Please also feel free to visit the class webpage, which
is accessible via the Lake-Lehman website, or by visiting the following address:
LAKE-LEHMAN JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
HUMANITIES I (History and English I)
Mr. Novrocki and Mrs. Cave-Mattie
Course Overview and Expectations
Course Description: Humanities I is designed for academically talented, college-bound
students. It replaces traditional ninth-grade history and English. This writing intensive
course is aligned to the Pennsylvania State Standards and utilizes multiple sources. It
provides an interdisciplinary approach, which focuses on human development from
prehistoric to medieval times. Interactive teaching strategies are utilized to promote
critical thinking and encourage increased student participation and involvement.
Alternative assessments and library research augment the course. The course may also be
enhanced by field trips and cultural events. Completing a project according to the
standards of the National History Day Contest is required.
1. Trace the development of mankind from the earliest civilization through the
2. Introduce students to major historical events and themes of this epoch.
3. Analyze past events to gain an understanding of the important lessons of history.
4. Introduce students to a canon of “Great Books” in the humanities.
5. Recognize archetypes introduced by primitive societies that reoccur in subsequent
6. Understand cultural traditions of one’s own country by closely examining others.
7. Emphasize diversity and multiculturalism.
8. Research and analyze a historical topic by applying it to a historical theme
through the National History Day Project.
September - October
Prehistoric timeline and development of civilization
Literary terminology and elements of fiction
Review of Grammar and Writing Skills essential for success in this course
Introduction of the National History Day Project
Gilgamesh- trans. Herbert Mason
November - December
Ancient Egypt: Predynastic, Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom, New Kingdom
Egyptian gods and goddesses
“Horus the Hawk: Avenger”
Excerpt from Book of the Dead
“Hymn to Aten”
National History Day Research
Aegean Civilizations (Isle of Crete)
Architecture of Ancient Minoans and Mycenaeans
Ancient Myths- Norma Goodrich
National History Day Research
Mid term examination
National History Day Project Preparation
The Illiad- Homer
LLHS History Day Contest in library
Hellenic Greece (continued)
The Odyssey - Homer
Origin of drama
Oedipus Rex- Sophocles
National History Day Regional Contest Preparation
Allegory of the Cave- Plato
National History Day State Contest Preparation
The Aeneid- Virgil
National History Day State Contest
National History Day National Contest Preparation
Review of Material Covered throughout course
National History Day National Contest
1. Basic rubrics have been established for tests, quizzes, projects/presentations, and
homework/class participation and are used to assess student performance.
2. The PSSA Writing Rubric and MLA guidelines are used to assess writing
3. Grades are entered into the eGrade Book using a points system as follows:
Exams = 100 pts. each (excluding mid term and final examinations)
Quizzes = 20 pts. each
Writing assignments= 60 - 100 pts. each
Homework= 10 pts. each
Projects and Presentations= point values will vary based upon individual
**Note: class participation in this course is expected, and lack thereof will have
an adverse effect on one’s course grade.
4. Late Policy: NO WORK will be accepted late. The only exception to this policy
is an excused absence. Additionally, school policy allows one day for each day of
EXCUSED absence for work to be completed and turned in. This also applies to
any quizzes, tests, or major projects. There will be no reduction in grade for
make-up work turned in following this procedure.
If the student is excused from class but is not absent from school due to a special
program, field trip, etc., any work due must be brought to the appropriate teacher
by the day’s end. If work is assigned during the missed class, and the student is
present in school, the student is STILL responsible for handing in the work on the
due date indicated.
All major projects and writing assignments must be turned in on the due
date in the requested format. No late papers, projects, or homework will be
accepted. The only exception to this rule is an excused absence. Then, the
project or paper is due the day a student returns to school.
Please tear off this sheet and sign:
We have read and understand the above Course Outline and Expectations for
Humanities I. We agree to follow the requirements and policies of the course listed in the
Course Outline and Expectations:
Signature of Humanities I student Date
Signature of Humanities I parent Date