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  2. 1 Theme: Introduction to the Humanities (week 1)  
    1. 1.1 Succeeding in This Course
      1. 1.1.1 Why a Webtext?
      2. 1.1.2 Four Keys to Success
      3. 1.1.3 Course Project: Analyze the Project
      4. 1.1.4 The Dance: An Artist and You
      5. 1.1.5 Four More Keys to Success
    2. 1.2 Learning to See
      1. 1.2.1 Off the Beat
      2. 1.2.2 How to See a Painting
      3. 1.2.3 Seeing Giotto
      4. 1.2.4 Seeing Rembrandt
      5. 1.2.5 Seeing Vigée Le Brun
    3. 1.3 Learning to Read
      1. 1.3.1 How to Read Literature
      2. 1.3.2 Reading Keats
      3. 1.3.3 Reading Plath
      4. 1.3.4 Reading Collins
      5. 1.3.5 Reading King
      6. 1.3.6 Reading Joyce
    4. 1.4 Learning to Hear
      1. 1.4.1 How to Listen to Music
      2. 1.4.2 Hearing Schubert
      3. 1.4.3 Hearing Mozart
      4. 1.4.4 Hearing Berlioz
      5. 1.4.5 Discussion: Learning to Analyze the Humanities
  3. 2 Theme: Introduction to the Humanities (week 2)  
    1. 2.1 Themes in Visual Art
      1. 2.1.1 Subject vs. Theme
      2. 2.1.2 Caillebotte
      3. 2.1.3 David
      4. 2.1.4 Velázquez
      5. 2.1.5 Kahlo
      6. 2.1.6 Seeing Connections
    2. 2.2 Themes in Literature
      1. 2.2.1 Forché
      2. 2.2.2 Hass
      3. 2.2.3 Woolf
      4. 2.2.4 Jātaka
    3. 2.3 Themes in Music
      1. 2.3.1 Wagner
      2. 2.3.2 Beethoven
      3. 2.3.3 Stravinsky and Vivaldi
      4. 2.3.4 Discussion: Overcoming Challenges
    4. 2.4 Review the Gallery
      1. 2.4.1 Course Project: Analyze Part One of Your Course Project
      2. 2.4.2 Art Gallery
      3. 2.4.3 Analyze One - Art
      4. 2.4.4 Literature Gallery
      5. 2.4.5 Analyze One - Literature
      6. 2.4.6 Music Gallery
      7. 2.4.7 Analyze One - Music
      8. 2.4.8 Course Project: Part I: Works and Theme
  4. 3 Theme: Examining the Humanities (week 3)  
    1. 3.1 Research Two Works
      1. 3.1.1 The Story Behind Assignments
      2. 3.1.2 Evidence and the Humanities
      3. 3.1.3 Start Your Research
      4. 3.1.4 SNHU Library
      5. 3.1.5 Tips for Efficient Research
      6. 3.1.6 Course Project: Part I: Choose Three Sources
    2. 3.2 Exploration Document
      1. 3.2.1 Course Project: Part I: Begin Your Rough Draft
      2. 3.2.2 Course Project: Part I: Complete Your Rough Draft
    3. 3.3 A Strong Foundation
      1. 3.3.1 Strong Support
      2. 3.3.2 Clear Attribution
      3. 3.3.3 Course Project: Part I: Add Your Citations
      4. 3.3.4 Course Project: Part I: Add Your Reference List
  5. 4 Theme: Examining the Humanities (week 4)  
    1. 4.1 Rubric
      1. 4.1.1 Review the Rubric
      2. 4.1.2 Exploration Sample A
      3. 4.1.3 Exploration Sample D
    2. 4.2 Experience and Evidence
      1. 4.2.1 Eye of the Beholder?
      2. 4.2.2 You Don’t Have to Like It
      3. 4.2.3 The Power of Patience
      4. 4.2.4 Experienced Eyes
      5. 4.2.5 Course Project: Part I: Turn in Your Draft
      6. 4.2.6 Discussion: Humanities and Other Disciplines
  6. 5 Theme: Impact of the Humanities (week 5)  
    1. 5.1 What Is Art?
      1. 5.1.1 Defining the Humanities
      2. 5.1.2 A Window on Culture
      3. 5.1.3 The Villain Gap
      4. 5.1.4 Art Makes Visible
      5. 5.1.5 What Is It a Picture Of?
    2. 5.2 Choices
      1. 5.2.1 Behind the Scenes of a Painting
      2. 5.2.2 Choices in Visual Art
      3. 5.2.3 Choices in Music
      4. 5.2.4 Choices in Literature
      5. 5.2.5 Choices in Your Writing
    3. 5.3 Going Public
      1. 5.3.1 Do You See What I See?
      2. 5.3.2 The Audience Is in Charge
      3. 5.3.3 Course Project: Part I: Challenges and Strategies
      4. 5.3.4 Discussion: Considering Your Audience
  7. 6 Theme: Impact of the Humanities (week 6)  
    1. 6.1 Humanities with Impact
      1. 6.1.1 Discussion: The Impact of the Humanities
      2. 6.1.2 The Most Valuable Company in the World
      3. 6.1.3 The Show and the Street
    2. 6.2 Complete Document
      1. 6.2.1 Course Project: Part I: Rubric Revision
      2. 6.2.2 Course Project: Part I: Complete Your Exploration
  8. 7 Theme: Human Culture (week 7)  
    1. 7.1 Draft Presentation
      1. 7.1.1 Analyze the Presentation Assignment
      2. 7.1.2 Searching for Leonardo
      3. 7.1.3 Course Project: Part II: Draft Speaking Notes
    2. 7.2 The Principles of the Humanities
      1. 7.2.1 Review the Rubric
      2. 7.2.2 Presentation Sample A
      3. 7.2.3 Presentation Sample D
      4. 7.2.4 Course Project: Turn in Your Draft
  9. 8 Theme: Human Culture (week 8)  
    1. 8.1 Convey Ideas
      1. 8.1.1 Show Us What You See
      2. 8.1.2 A Presentation Is Not an Essay
    2. 8.2 Humanities and Society
      1. 8.2.1 What Ads Sell
      2. 8.2.2 Hamilton Gains Currency
      3. 8.2.3 Historical Compression
    3. 8.3 Final Answer
      1. 8.3.1 Course Project: Part II: Rubric Revision
      2. 8.3.2 Course Project: Part II: Complete Your Presentation
      3. 8.3.3 Discussion: Challenges and Recommendations
  10.   Appendix  
    1. Allegory of the Cave, The
    2. Araby
    3. Art of Drowning, The
    4. Because I could not stop for Death
    5. Colonel, The
    6. Dinner-Party, The
    7. Don Quixote: Ch 1
    8. Don Quixote: Ch 2
    9. Don Quixote: Ch 3
    10. Don Quixote: Ch 4
    11. Don Quixote: Ch 7
    12. Don Quixote: Ch 8
    13. Everything That Rises Must Converge
    14. Everything That Rises Must Converge: “Let’s talk about something pleasant”
    15. Everything That Rises Must Converge: The further irony of all this
    16. Everything That Rises Must Converge: He was tilted out of his fantasy again
    17. Everything That Rises Must Converge: Julian was thankful that the next stop was theirs
    18. Frankenstein: Ch 5
    19. Frankenstein: Ch 9
    20. Frankenstein: Ch 10
    21. Frankenstein: Ch 11
    22. Frankenstein: Ch 12
    23. Frankenstein: Ch 13
    24. Frankenstein: Ch 14
    25. Frankenstein: Ch 15
    26. Frankenstein: Ch 16
    27. Frankenstein: Ch 17
    28. Hamilton: Act I
    29. Hamilton: Alexander Hamilton
    30. Hamilton: Act II
    31. Hamilton: Aaron Burr, Sir
    32. Hamilton: My Shot
    33. Jātaka Tales: The Hare’s Self-Sacrifice
    34. Letter from Birmingham Jail
    35. Letter from Birmingham Jail: Freedom is never voluntarily given
    36. Letter from Birmingham Jail: Two honest confessions
    37. Letter from Birmingham Jail: I had hoped that the white moderate would see this need
    38. Letter from Birmingham Jail: Perhaps I have once again been too optimistic
    39. London, 1802
    40. Meditation at Lagunitas
    41. Ode on a Grecian Urn
    42. Power of Patience, The
    43. Professions for Women
    44. Rose for Emily, A: I-II
    45. Rose for Emily, A: III-V
    46. Song of Myself: 1-11
    47. Song of Myself: 12-21
    48. Song of Myself: 22-32
    49. Song of Myself: 33-36
    50. Song of Myself: 37-43
    51. Song of Myself: 44-52
    52. Sonny’s Blues
    53. Sonny’s Blues: I didn’t write Sonny... for a long time
    54. Sonny’s Blues: I remember I was restless
    55. Sonny’s Blues: I gave up
    56. Sonny’s Blues: I found myself wandering aimlessly
    57. Sonny’s Blues: “All right,” I said, at last
    58. Stars Over the Dordogne
  11.   Index of Writing Templates
  12.   References
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Back Next Review the Gallery Analyze Part One of Your Course Project 2 Theme: Introduction to the Humanities (week 2) / Page 2.4.1 Course Project: Analyze Part One of Your Course Project On this page: 3 of 4 attempted (75%) | 3 of 3 correct (100%) Objective: Analyze the assignment for part one of your course project.


Now you’re ready to dig into the structure of your course project. This webtext will walk you through each step using the writing templates on later pages. But for now, review the project to understand the critical elements so you can consider what you need to do to develop each one.

Part One: Exploration Document

The exploration document will not be structured like an academic essay, but will instead directly address ten critical elements, which are described below. These critical elements will walk you through the process of researching and preparing to create your presentation in part two.

While you won’t be writing a formal essay, you will need to respond to the critical elements thoroughly, using complete sentences and following the grammar and punctuation rules of professional and academic writing.

You will submit your final exploration document through Brightspace for grading, but the webtext will first walk you through the process of drafting answers to the ten critical elements.

Your exploration document assignment: Choose two cultural artifacts to analyze. These artifacts may take the form of any artistic medium, such as literature, poetry, music, film, ballet, painting, or sculpture. Then identify a common theme and compare your examples to one another as expressions of the same theme in different cultural artifacts.

Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:

  1. Describe the cultural artifacts that you have chosen. Consider questions such as these in your response: What is the name or title of the artifact? Who is the author or artist? What is the date or time period when the artifact was created? What is the cultural location or physical setting of the artifact? In addition, you could consider including a photograph or image of any visual artifacts.
  2. Identify at least one common theme that will serve as the framework of your exploration document. How is the theme expressed in your artifacts?
  3. Explain how the theme you identified is related to your personal experience. For instance, you could discuss how the expression of the theme in your cultural artifacts is connected to you personally.
  4. Discuss a profession that could be impacted by the theme you identified. In other words, how is the theme you identified related to professional experiences? How could a working knowledge of the humanities be useful in this field?
  5. Describe at least three humanities resources that you could use to investigate your theme and artifacts. Your sources must be relevant to your theme and of an appropriate academic nature. In your description, consider questions such as: What are the similarities and differences in the content of your sources? What makes them appropriate and relevant for investigating your issue? What was your thought process when you were searching for sources? How did you make choices? Did you encounter any obstacles, and, if so, how did you overcome them? If you did not, why do you think it was so easy to find what you needed?
  6. Use the humanities resources that you selected to research your theme and cultural artifacts, making sure that you cite your sources. Based on your research, do the following:
    1. Discuss the relationship between each cultural artifact and its historical context. In other words, what were the circumstances under which each artifact was created?
    2. Explain the similarities and differences that you observe in the cultural artifacts you selected, in relation to the theme. For instance, do the artifacts contain any symbolism? If so, how are the symbols both similar and different? What do the symbols tell you about each artifact?
    3. Discuss the medium—such as literature, music, or sculpture—through which your cultural artifacts were created. For instance, how did the creator(s) of each artifact use the medium to convey something about the meaning of the artifact?
  7. Based on your research, develop a thesis statement that conveys the claim you plan to make about your theme and artifacts. Your thesis statement should be clear, specific, and arguable.
  8. Based on your research, identify an audience that would be interested in your theme and thesis statement. For example, who would benefit most from hearing your message?
  9. Describe how and why you can tailor your message to your audience, providing specific examples based on your research. For example, will your audience understand the terminology and principles used by humanities scholars, or will you need to explain these? How will you communicate effectively with your audience?
  10. Provide a reference list that includes all of the humanities resources you used to research your artifacts, theme, and thesis statement. Ensure that your list is formatted according to current APA guidelines (or another format, with instructor permission).

Questions You May Have

Q: Can I compare across mediums—by comparing a painting to a novel, for example?

A: Sure! That’s a great way to explore a theme.

Q: Can I select my own artifacts that are not in the webtext’s gallery?

A: Sure! But run your choice by your instructor before you invest too much time, and make sure you’ll be able to find good scholarly sources about the artifacts you’re choosing.

Q: Can I choose something today and change my mind later?

A: Yes. In fact, many (if not most) people change one or both artifacts as they dive into the research and learn more about the pieces.


Once you know the apparent purpose of a given assignment, you should look for details about the format. This will help you understand the scope of the project on which you are embarking.

For this assignment, your exploration document should adhere to the following formatting requirements: three to five pages, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, and one-inch margins. You should use current APA style guidelines (or guidelines for another format approved by your instructor) for your citations and reference list.

Multiple-Choice Question

In this course, what do we mean by a “cultural artifact”?

  • anything with an artistic dimension created by humans
  • anything we study in this course, and nothing else
  • anything discovered by an archeologist
  • anything found in a museum, and nothing else

Correct. In this course we use the phrase “cultural artifact” to refer to anything with an artistic dimension that was created by humans. This could be a painting, a short story, or a song, among other things.

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    Multiple-Choice Question

    Which of the following is the BEST example of a “theme,” according to our definition of the word in this course?

    • One theme of Batman’s story is that all his gear is black or very dark grey.
    • The theme of the first Star Wars film was composed by John Williams.
    • A theme found in many superhero films is “good versus evil.”
    • The main theme of the Hulk’s character is that he is always angry.

    Correct. The conflict between good and evil, as manifested in many superhero films, would be an example of a theme.

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      Multiple-Choice Question

      Based on the way the term is used on this page, what is a “humanities resource”?

      • the same thing as a cultural artifact
      • any painting, book, or musical composition
      • a place, such as a museum, library, or concert hall, that provides the humanities to the public
      • a credible article, lecture, or book about the cultural artifacts, artists, or themes you are investigating

      Correct. A humanities resource is any credible article, lecture, or book about the cultural artifacts, artists, or themes you are investigating.

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