Week 15: Introduction to the Victorians

What’s on your to-do list this week:

Getting Started It’s time to write your new contract, which you will remember from last semester is a several-hours-long process. It’s okay if you have all new goals, if you have all the same goals, or if you have some combination of both. Remember: This what you want to focus on this semester, so the only “bad” goals are ones you haven’t thought about or don’t really care about.

Critical Thinking We get to do thought experiments this week, and I bet you are going to love them! (Either that, or you are going to hate them with a fiery passion, but either way, it should be a lot of fun.)

Biology We’re kicking off the semester with Charles Darwin — who isn’t just a big deal in biology but also in the whole Victorian intellectual, religious, and philosophical world.

History I promise this is a quick and painless: Here’s a little talk to get you up to speed on all the reasons I think we’re going to have a great time focusing on the Victorians this semester.

Literature This is where that Jane Eyre adaptation comes in. (Is it weird to watch a movie for your first official lit class of the semester?)

Latin Don’t worry if you feel like you’ve forgotten the second declension and all your vocabulary over the break! We’re going to review all of it this week, and I bet it will come back to you faster than you might have thought.

Composition Don’t panic, but you’re going to write a history research paper this term. It’s going to be fine! Today we’re just talking about it, but there’s a whole plan to get you through it.

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Week 16

What’s on your to-do list this week:

Critical Thinking This week, we’re talking about inductive and deductive reasoning, which sound all fancy and complicated, but which are actually really simple to get the hang of.

Biology Continuing with Charles Darwin, this week we’ll be focusing on the specifics of his theory of evolution.

History She’s the one who gives the Victorian era its name, and Queen Victoria is a surprisingly interesting, complicated monarch.

Literature We’re starting our Victorian poetry unit with a close reading of Matthew Arnold’s “Dover Beach.”

Latin We’re starting Chapter 5 this week. (If you want to take another week to review, that’s totally fine — just pick back up with this week when you’re ready to start tackling the new stuff.)

Composition How to choose a topic for your big research paper.

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