Thinkquest

An Extension and Enrichment Humanities Program

Subject Description

Thinkquest is an opportunity for students to explore areas of knowledge and topics of personal interest beyond the normal parameters of the curriculum in Years 9 and 10.

It provides students with the chance to experience challenging literary texts, examine complex issues and develop their own knowledge in the Humanities at a flexible pace. Students will be able to choose a specific topic area to research, explore and develop a presentation or product to showcase their learning.

Aims

  • To raise awareness of the different expressions of intelligence in our world, by examining the lives of people of great integrity and wisdom.
  • To nurture students knowledge and understanding of moral and ethical behaviour by examining real life problems and solutions.
  • To develop understanding of personal learning strengths and encourage positive learning behaviours.
  • To foster self esteem by encouraging students to view intelligence as an evolving and changing faculty for thinking about, understanding and acting in the world, rather than a fixed entity.
  • To explicitly teach research skills and methods of enquiry to foster students independent learning projects.
  • To foster metacognitive skills by introducing the practice of reflection into the students own learning process.

Content

  • Students will engage in a multidisciplinary program of study based on the Humanities. For example, a period of history may be studied from several points of view including the major political and social events of the time together with the philosophy, literature, art and scientific discoveries of the period.
  • Students will explore the lives of great achievers and thinkers in historical and contemporary contexts. They will examine and evaluate their contribution to society.
  • Students will read a range of classic and canonical English texts.
  • Students will be provided with opportunities to explore their own thinking, values and goals.
  • Students will be given a range of choices within the program and will negotiate their own individual pattern of study with the teacher.
  • Students will be expected to read widely across a broad range of texts.

Mode of Assessment

  • Reflection journal
  • A portfolio of work based on their independent research or creative project.
  • A showcase of their learning