Senior Experience is a unique learning opportunity for a select group of students that combines English 12 and Government/Economics into a humanities-based curriculum. The class meets three days a week to explore the world we live in from both literary and historical perspectives. The goal of the course is to enlighten students with new perspectives on all that surrounds us. To attain that goal we will read a variety of material that introduces us to new ideas, watch films that engage us with both sight and sound, and discover new worlds through field trips and guest speakers. On the two days we are not meeting as a class, students will attend an out-of school internship or work with a mentor on a creative project. By the end of this course students will be able to think critically, express ideas clearly and engage in intellectual discourse about the humanities.
How Will This Work?
- Class will meet three days per week during periods 7, 8, and 9.
- The internship will take place two days per week; on these days students will be released from school following 6th period.
- Submission of a written internship proposal
- Four hours per week spent at your internship or with a mentor on your creative project.
- Regular meetings with the internship coordinator and submission of weekly time logs
- Documented journals detailing internship activities
What Will You Gain?
- Real world workplace skills
- Interaction with people of all ages and backgrounds
- Exploration of a possible career path
- Special notation on your guidance appraisal written by your guidance counselor for college
- Resume builder
- Time Management Skills Needed for Success in College
- Exciting Field Trip Experiences
- Insight from Guest Speakers
- “Out of the Box” Thinking Skills
- Teamwork Skills through Group Projects
“I’ve often thought there ought to be a manual to hand little kids, telling them what kind of planet they’re on, why they don’t fall off, how much time they’ve probably got here, how to avoid poison ivy, and so on. I tried to write one once. It was called Welcome to Earth. But I got stuck on explaining why we don’t fall off the planet. Gravity is just a word. It doesn’t explain anything. If I could get past gravity, I’d tell them how we reproduce, how long we’ve been here, apparently, and a little bit about evolution. And one thing I would really like to tell them about is cultural relativity. I didn’t learn until I was in college about all the other cultures, and I should have learned that in the first grade. A first grader should understand that his or her culture isn’t a rational invention; that there are thousands of other cultures and they all work pretty well; that all cultures function on faith rather than truth; that there are lots of alternatives to our own society. Cultural relativity is defensible and attractive. It’s also a source of hope. It means we don’t have to continue this way if we don’t like it.”
—Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.