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Spanish 5: Cinema for Conversation

Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements on the World Language Department page This course provides an introduction to film in the Hispanic world, exploring the development of different national traditions within Latin American and Spanish Cinema. At the same time, the course puts emphasis on conversational skills, covering some of the basic tools for interpreting and writing about film. Editing, sound, cinematography, and mise-en-scène are some of the key terms and concepts studied in order to understand how viewers and filmmakers create meaning in films. Students are exposed to and familiarized with Hispanic culture and the current realities of some Hispanic countries. Particular attention is paid to the interrelation of cinema and culture, and the intersection of aesthetics and politics.

2024-05-24T22:43:25+00:00Categories: Spanish|

English 4: Multi-Ethnic Literature- Exploring Global Themes through Diverse Narratives

In this course, we will explore a multitude of writers from distinct nations, ethnicities, and communities. The course will allow students to be first, steeped in the history of that specific community or nation, then explore the written work within the context of that needed history. Students will then be able to forge thematic connections across each writer and each represented voice. This will provide us the space to develop stronger global perspectives and forge a more nuanced understanding of our own worldview in conversation with other writers, artists, and peers.

English 4: Love Wins- Literature of Belonging, Community, and the Counter-Narrative

In this course, we will examine personal narratives and non-fiction essays that center love as a radical force for social change. Students will become familiar with the framework of counter-narratives and the importance of the personal story to counter and dispel stereotypes. The class will utilize bell hooks and James Baldwin as the primary scholarly guides to then explore short stories, op-eds, documentaries, and multimedia projects from writers, poets, and activists.

English 4: Contemporary Fiction and the Craft of Writing

We will read novels and short stories that challenge conventional narrative forms. Through close analysis and discussion, we will explore the intricacies of craft, including character development, plot structure, narrative voice, and thematic exploration. From the complex narratives as Brit Bennett's The Vanishing Half to the surreal landscapes of Susanna Clarke's Piranesi, we will gain a deeper understanding of the nuances of storytelling, ultimately honing our own writing skills through creative exercises and workshops. In the final weeks, we will explore the fundamentals of a classic writing workshop in which we will write our own short fiction and serve as editors of our peers’ writing.

Semester History: Religions of the World

Available to: Grade 12 students and grade 11 students who previously or concurrently are enrolled in a US History course This course is an introduction to the beliefs and practices of the world’s living religious traditions. In addition to various indigenous religions, students will examine the historical evolution, doctrinal beliefs, practices, and cultural expressions of the great religious traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Selected readings from these traditions, along with speakers, film clips, and visits to local religious institutions will expose the students to authentic learning opportunities and experiences to strengthen understanding of the similarities and uniqueness of the various faith traditions. Twenty-first century citizenship requires that we understand the impact of religion in our time, respecting the beliefs and practices of those religious traditions that have passed the test of time and continue to shape culture across the globe.

2024-02-06T20:13:16+00:00Categories: Grade 12 - History, History, Upper Division|

Semester History: Reel Talk, Exploring History Through Film

Available to: Grade 12 students and grade 11 students who previously or concurrently are enrolled in a US History course This course explores the relationship between film and history by examining how films have depicted various events, cultures, and social issues throughout American history. Students will develop critical thinking and analytical skills by viewing films in their historical context, and considering how films both reflect and shape our understanding of the past. We will dive deep into historical events, but also interpret how the medium of film both captures and challenges the preconceived notions of these events and their impact on modern day society. You will develop your analytical skills while learning simple and effective strategies in anticipation to better navigate the depth and breadth of future college courses. Through this course, students will learn to think deeply about the messages conveyed in films, and gain a greater understanding [...]

2024-02-06T20:12:03+00:00Categories: Grade 12 - History, History, Upper Division|

Semester History: Real World Economics

Available to: Grade 12 students and grade 11 students who previously or concurrently are enrolled in a US History course In this broad survey of economics, students learn foundational economic concepts, microeconomics, macroeconomics, global/international economics, and personal financial management. Students also engage in a range of projects in order to study, analyze, and dissect contemporary trends in American business, society, and politics from an economic perspective. Students develop analytical and comprehension skills to establish a basic understanding of the complex financial and economic world in which we live.

2024-02-06T20:09:32+00:00Categories: Grade 12 - History, History, Upper Division|

Semester History: History of Hip Hop

Available to: Grade 12 students and grade 11 students who previously or concurrently are enrolled in a US History course This course will examine the history of how Hip Hop Culture has created and facilitated social justice movements to address issues such as police brutality, inner-city violence, racism and discrimination, poverty, inequity in education, and more. The course places at its core an understanding of the history of racism and discrimination as they are represented through individual, interpersonal, institutional, and structural forms of oppression. This course will highlight the strategies of resistance used by Hip Hop Practitioners in order to provide examples for our students to emulate and build upon.

2024-02-06T20:07:44+00:00Categories: Grade 12 - History, History, Upper Division|

Semester History: Ethics & Leadership

Available to: Grade 12 students and grade 11 students who previously or concurrently are enrolled in a US History course This course attempts to promote ethical reasoning and reflection in order to help prepare students to become responsible global citizens. The course will use the case study method to explore ethical dilemmas facing leaders throughout history. Students will explore and apply moral frameworks to analyze leadership challenges. We will focus on developing critical thinking, empathy, and collaboration skills through direct project-based engagement with local and global experts.

2024-02-06T20:02:27+00:00Categories: Grade 12 - History, History, Upper Division|

Semester History: United States Politics & Public Policy Honors

Type: honors, option to take the AP exam in May Available to: qualified grade 12 students and grade 11 students who previously passed or concurrently enroll in a US History course, for honors see placement requirements link on the History Department page The premise of the American democratic experiment is engagement of individual people: this course aims to equip students to have a deeper understanding of what the US political system is and how it works, with the goal of students feeling more comfortable and confident to engage in it as active citizens. Students will collaboratively develop policy memos and speeches on current political issues, engage with local government officials while following the November election process, and will practice research and discussions skills as they explore mediums of social change within our democracy.

2024-02-28T16:17:54+00:00Categories: Grade 11 & 12, History, Upper Division|
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