Student Projects

Humans of HTH: The Art and Science of a Meaningful Life

Authors: Margaret Egler, Brian Delgato

Grade: 12th

Subject: Humanities

Sunlight reflecting off of ocean waves
Garden bridge over pond
Girl leaning on wall boy sitting down low.
Photo taken from above a wave closing in on cliff.
looking up a dew covered spider web hanging onto a foggy tree
Geometric painting reflecting on table
Photo of Savanna Taylor
Trumpet sitting in case
Closeup photo of round wooden plant stem
People standing on reflective rocks at low tide at the beach
Closeup photo of big nose dog wearing antlers
portrait of Micah
group of five boys with of foggy golden gate bridge in background
rocky beach with big blue sky
Military boots and effects in front of mirror.
Boy standing in front of red rock mountains
Looking up at red rock cliffs with climber on rock
Ocean pier with buildings and big lightly cloudy sky
Boy standing on edge of high rocky cliff edge.
Rocky beach with hoses on tall pillars

Second-semester seniors are undergoing a major life transition as they prepare to graduate high school and launch into the adult world. This passage is a moment when students ask themselves important questions, such as:
How does my life have meaning and purpose?What gifts do I have that the world wants and needs?
To what or to whom do I feel most deeply connected?
How can I rise above my fears and doubts?
What are the highs and lows of the human experience?

In this semester-long project, students in English and Physics will study how photography can capture meaningful images.  Students will create a photographic exhibition for public display at Outside the Lens, a local nonprofit, that showcases images and stories that they create.

As second-semester seniors, you are undergoing a major life transition as you prepare to graduate high school and launch into the adult world. This passage is a moment when you be may be asking yourself important questions, such as:

  • How does my life have meaning and purpose?
  • What gifts do I have that the world wants and needs?
  • To what or to whom do I feel most deeply connected?
  • How can I rise above my fears and doubts?
  • How can I manage the highs and lows of the human experience?

Project Products:

  • Three photographs and three stories about a meaningful life
    • One stranger
    • One person known by you
    • You
  • One photograph and story for April Exhibition at Outside the Lens (OTL) and one for display the Hallway of the Humanities (outside M’s classroom)
  • Commencement Speech about living a meaningful life
  • Short class film on what makes a meaningful life

English Products

  • Weekly Reading Goals
  • Two Book Talks
  • One Book Review
  • Weekly Letter to Margaret and/or Article Reflection
  • Dialogic Journals for Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  • Socratic Seminar for Man’s Search for Meaning
  • Writer’s Notebook

Dates Topics Due
Week One

 

Independent reading and goals

 

Journals and record-keeping

 

Project Launch: Afternoon Airport Field Work

●      photograph and a story

 

Friday Field Work: Penasquitos

●      natural world photography

Story and photograph

 

Letter to Margaret

 

Course Overview Acknowledgement

Week Two Life at its Worst: History of the Holocaust

 

Photography Workshops with Outside the Lens

 

Friday Field Work: City Outing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly reading goal

 

Student presentations

 

Story and Photograph

 

Meaning Mind Map

 

Letter to Margaret

 

Permission Slips and $45 trip costs for Museum of Tolerance

Week Three Monday: Field Trip to Museum of Tolerance in L.A.

 

Begin reading Man’s Search for Meaning

 

 

 

Friday Field Work: Mission Gorge

Weekly Reading Goal

 

Dialogic Journal

 

Story and Photography

 

Letter to Margaret/Article of the Week

 

 

Week Four

(Friday off)

Begin Endersession Planning

 

Continue reading Man’s Search for Meaning

Weekly Reading Goal

 

Dialogic Journal

 

Story and Photograph

 

Letter to Margaret/Article of the Week

Week Five

(Monday off)

Continue reading Man’s Search for Meaning

 

Friday Field Work: Cabrillo Tidepools

Weekly Reading Goal

 

Dialogic Journal

 

Letter to Margaret/Article of the Week

Week Six Socratic Seminar on Man’s Search for Meaning

 

Middlesession planning

 

Friday Field Work: Balboa Park

Weekly Reading Goal

 

Socratic Seminar Reflection

 

Story and Photograph

 

Letter to Margaret/Article of the Week

 

Endersession:

●      out of town proposals due

●      blog created

●      3 potential leads identified

Week Seven

 

Middlesession: Independent field work into meaningful life experiences

 

 

Weekly Reading Goal

 

Story and Photograph from Middlesession

 

Letter to Margaret/Article of the Week

Week Eight Endersession Gallery Walk at staff meeting

 

Exhibition Products

 

Friday Field Work: City Outing

 

Weekly Reading Goal

 

Letter to Margaret/Article of the Week

 

Endersession: Blog post progress update by Wednesday, March 9

Week Nine

 

Endersession Planning

 

Exhibition Products

 

Friday Field Work: Sunset Cliffs

Weekly Reading Goal

 

Letter to Margaret/Article of the Week

 

Endsession: Blog post progress update by Wednesday, March 16

 

Exhibition Products (Tentative Grade)

 

First Book Talk

Week Ten

(Monday off)

Revise Exhibition Products

 

Commencement Speeches

 

Endersession Planning

 

Friday Field Work: Torrey Pines

Weekly Reading Goal

 

Letter to Margaret/Article of the Week

 

Week Eleven Commencement Speeches

 

Endersession Planning

 

Book Review

 

Friday Field Work: La Jolla Cove

Weekly Reading Goal

 

Letter to Margaret/Article of the Week

 

Endersession: Blog post progress update due Wednesday, April 13

Week Twelve Commencement Speeches

 

Endersession Planning

 

Book Review

Weekly Reading Goal

 

Letter to Margaret/Article of the Week

 

Final Exhibition Products

Week Thirteen Present Commencement Speeches

Exhibition at Outside the Lens

Reading Reflection

 

Book Review

 

Second Book Talk

 

Commencement Speech

 

Writer’s Notebooks

 

Endersession: Final Confirmation