Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind (Scobie)

This is a block class.

Note: This class is open to high school students only.


‘Sapiens’ is a fascinating, provocative, and occasionally problematic book about the history of the dominant human species, our species, Homo Sapiens. This will be a book discussion class, requiring significant careful reading each week: approximately 40-60 pages. “Reading” here includes taking notes and coming to class prepared, meaning that you have specific questions and/or other ideas to talk about directly from the reading.

You should be a strong reader, note taker, side researcher, and thinker, or be willing to work very hard on your own (or with outside help that you find),  to compensate for any difficulty you may have with any of these areas.

You WILL be expected to ask questions and share ideas and opinions from the book in class every week. If your plan is to follow along quietly, and occasionally skip the reading, don’t sticker this class.

There will be a timeline project associated with the class to visualize the human timeline. Talk to me if you are interested in that particular aspect of the class!

Required texts/materials: A paperback copy of the book, plus a notebook, pen or pencil, and highlighter Students will be responsible for obtaining their own texts/materials. Materials should be procured by: long enough before first class meeting to complete a first short assignment

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