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108325 Themes in Literature I (Weight – 1.2)                                                                          0.5 credit

 

Topic: Disney  From censorship of content to economic and marketing strategies, what role does this mega-conglomerate company play in American and international society?  Does Disney target “tweens”
inappropriately?  Do the stories told by Disney help or hurt society as a whole?  Is Disney more pro-family or pro-profit? Students will examine the topic through their own areas of interests, while analyzing and applying
metacognitive and the creativity principles of DeBono's Six Thinking Hats and the Imagineering expectations of Disney's creative team. Students will explore the original intent of Walt Disney and the rise of the company today.  Students will work individually and collaboratively to draw connections between creativity, collaboration, design, and corporate success. 

 

This course includes independent time for Talent Development, known as TDO, and will be structured to encourage independent thought, Socratic Discussion and Autonomous Learning. Students will engage in research, review topical literature, work collaboratively, and participate in Shared Inquiry or Socratic discussions around a central theme each semester.  The broad-based nature of this course allows individuals to seek and follow a particular discipline of personal fascination, and recognize the unique contributions in a variety of disciplines possessed by the members of the class. This course is primarily intended for students who are identified as Gifted or Talented, and requires a signature from the instructor.

 

108425 Themes in Literature II (Weight – 1.2)                                                                        0.5 credit

 

Espionage is of particular fascination to abstract-thinkers, as the skills necessary align with those possessed by students with superior intelligence. The skills necessary for a successful espionage operation are also useful in academic environments, as we examine intent, connections between cause/effect, and predicting human behavior.  Students will develop skills in qualitative observation, ethnography, strategic listening, perspective, and investigation.

 

This course includes independent time for Talent Development, known as TDO, and will be structured to encourage independent thought, Socratic Discussion and Autonomous Learning. Students will engage in research, review topical literature, work collaboratively, and participate in Shared Inquiry or Socratic discussions around a central theme each semester.  The broad-based nature of this course allows individuals to seek and follow a particular discipline of personal fascination, and recognize the unique contributions in a variety of disciplines possessed by the members of the class.

This course is primarily intended for students who are identified as Gifted or Talented, and requires a signature from the instructor.

 

158121 National History Day (Weight – 1.2) (Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12)                                        1.0 credit

 

This general elective course is for students who have a strong interest in history and a desire to conduct in-depth research related to a nationally selected historic theme.  The theme for 2019 is tentatively slated to be "Triumph and Tragedy in History," but will officially be announced by National History Day this summer. Students work individually or in groups no larger than five to present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries, which are entered into competitions in the spring at regional, state and national levels. Students enrolled in this course do not receive a Social Studies credit as it is a general elective course. Students are selected for this class by the teacher and principal.  A short written application is required.

 

108531 AP Seminar (Weight – 1.3) (Grades 10 and 11)                                                                 1.0 credit

(This course will be scheduled to meet every other day for the full year)

 

AP Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives. Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies, and foundational literary and philosophical texts; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances. Students learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in research based written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team. Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments. Students are selected for this class by an academic panel.  A short written application is required to be considered for enrollment in the course.  The course enrollment is limited to 20 students.

108631 AP Research (Weight – 1.3) (Grades 10 and 11)                                                                1.0 credit

(This course will be scheduled to meet every other day for the full year)

THIS COURSE IS A NEW OFFERING FOR THE 2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR

 

AP Research allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of individual interest. Through this exploration, students design, plan, and conduct a year-long research based investigation to address a research question. In the AP Research course, students further their skills acquired in the AP Seminar course by understanding research methodology; employing ethical research practices; and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information as they address a research question. Students explore their skill development, document their processes, and curate the artifacts of the development of their scholarly work in a portfolio. The course culminates in an academic paper of 4000–5000 words (accompanied by a performance or exhibition of product where applicable) and a presentation with an oral defense. Students are selected for this class by an academic panel.  A short written application is required to be considered for enrollment in the course.  The course enrollment is limited to 20 students.

 

Prerequisite: Successful Completion of AP Seminar and a score of 3 or higher on the AP Seminar exam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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