Because writing seems to hard
and diffiult for many students today,
usually they don't stop to consider
that writing really is a natural
human expression that goes back
to the earliest human beings. For
example, on caves we have found
drawings by people who lived
much different types of lives than
we do today, as well as more
recent drawings on tipis made
and other items made by
numerous Native American tribes.
An Ancient Example
There are many people who
usually don't equate drawings or
pictures as a form of writing, but it
is. The most ancient languages all began as some form of picture writing. For example, the first letter of Paleo-Hebrew, which was derived from the ancient Phoenicians was a picture form of writing. The first letter of their alphabet, the aleph, means "ox head" and was the picture of an ox's head. And since it was the first letter, it carried the meaning of "a leader" as well as "strength." The second letter of their alphabet, the letter beyt, means "house," and since the people were nomadic, the picture was of the layout of a tent. Interestingly, when you put these two letters together, you get the word "father," who is "the strength or leader of the house."
A Natural Human Expression
Writing is also a very natural form of human expression. For example, give two-year-old children each a piece of paper and a crayon and they will go to town coloring the piece of paper with all kinds of scribbles and lines. Once they have finished, ask them what they drew, and they will spend several minutes telling you all that they see within the drawing. To us, it may be lines and scribbles, but to them, there are concepts and ideas being communicated in what they had done. And for them, it not only took effort to do, but it was an opportunity for them to share their views and ideas with someone else.
In this course, students learn how to write well-developed essays and how to research and incorportate outside sources into their writing.
In this course, students continue to work on their essay skills, as well as argumentative writing, critical reading and analysis, and documentation.
In this course, students will explore both ancient and modern world religions: their historical figures, beliefs, practices, and sacred texts.