HS – Feb – Sallyann

March 19, 2012

By February, the school is quietly humming along like a well-oiled machine, with all kinds of interesting work happening in our classes.

In Western Civilization, for instance, after enjoying a delicious medieval banquet, we are passing from the High Middle Ages into the Renaissance, where we will begin our studies with a debate comparing the genius of Michelangelo with that of Leonardo DaVinci. The class will be taking a field trip very soon to the IU Art Museum and the Lilly Library, where we will be given a tour of Western Art through the ages and the chance to marvel at one of the world‘s only copies of the Guttenberg Bible.

In The American Century, we have entered the 1950s and the Age of Mcarthyism, where students are seeing how easily people can be frightened into sacrificing their freedoms. In the days to come, we will be celebrating Fifties Night, when we will be learning about the rise of Rock N Roll and America‘s youth culture, as well as enjoying a showing of the period classic, Rebel Without a Cause.

The Art of the Story is also spending some time in post-war America, with the characters in William Styron‘s masterpiece, Sophie‘s Choice. The class recently finished reading ―The Great Gatsby‖ and are busy creating their own novellas about modern-day interpretations of success.

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