Midland students in classroom

Through the study of English, history, and social sciences, the Humanities Department seeks to develop students who effectively participate in the world of ideas with excellent skills as readers, thinkers, and writers.

Our goals are to:

  • Train students to become effective writers
  • Compel students to develop arguments based on analysis of evidence
  • Expose students to a world rich with diverse perspectives on the human experience – and cultivate ethical citizens who understand and evaluate those perspectives using the data available
  • Establish norms for intellectual conversations requiring listening and participating in group discussions and activities, thereby building mutual trust and respect among students and teachers
  • Model and encourage curiosity so that students ask and pursue answers to their own questions
  • Teach students how to learn independently – by asking for guidance and feedback rather than waiting to be taught


The Humanities program nurtures lifelong engagement in the work of making meaning for oneself by decoding the products of human culture.

We support Midland’s mission by empowering students to become curious, self-reliant learners devoted to responsible participation in human communities.

Essential Skills:
Through daily interaction with published texts, their own written work, classmates, and teachers, our students cultivate skills in five critical areas:

Students learn to develop appropriate questions; identify, locate, evaluate, and document a variety of sources; synthesize research; and cite sources using approved formatting conventions.

Students learn to survey, annotate, summarize, and interpret texts; distinguish among types of documents (i.e., primary and secondary); and make meaningful connections between reading material and their personal and academic experiences.

Students learn to analyze, evaluate, classify, group, doubt, and hypothesize.

Writing and Communication:
Students learn to develop and support a thesis using appropriate evidence and extended analysis; develop complexity in an argument; organize written and oral presentations; write sentences using effective diction and syntax; participate effectively in group discussions, projects, and debate; write creatively in various forms; listen well; and speak cogently in public.

Students develop methods for determining what they know and need to know; they critically read and revise their own work. 


Living Midland's Mission

We support Midland’s mission by empowering students to become curious, self-reliant learners devoted to responsible participation in human communities.


Midland student wearing costume


Midland students wearing costumes

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