Course description: English II: Literature and Composition is a study of the major literary topics and themes across the history of the United States from pre-colonial times to present day. Students will focus on the major literary forms of a new nation, analyze literary themes and trends, and research and compose written assignments including a 5 page research paper project. Topics: oral literature, narrative writing, cultural difference, public documents, theme, author’s purpose, diction, figurative language, context, Puritanism, Native American voices, American identity 1800-1900, non-fiction essays, Transcendentalism, American Romanticism, allegory, symbolism, Modernism, poetry, and Naturalism. Writing assignments: ● Comparison Essay ● Literary Analysis ● Poetry response- Poetry writing ● Journal- American Identity ● Poetry comparison/device essay ● Research Paper Possible texts: ● Handouts from textbook- Elements of Literature (I will provide online and paper format) ● Non-fiction: various works ● Short stories: various works ● “The Giver” -Lois Lowry ● “The Great Gatsby” - F. Scott Fitzgerald
In this class you will have the opportunity to learn from a trained industry professional the in’s and out’s and everything in between of filmmaking and photography! We will be discussing the history and production for both film and photography as well as doing a full Years worth of hands on projects that will build and enhance each students creative spirit in media and photography. This will include but is not limited to film and photography related field trips, learning to develop film, shooting and editing multiple short videos, and team building games to help learn and operate on set! This will be a journey of creativity and self expression as well as being a real practical trade and skill to learn for one of the most popular and fast growing industries in the world.
This course is a modified curriculum from a college level course that will help you will learn skills useful not only in the real world but also as you transition to higher learning. We will have two different showcases throughout the semester, one being a photo gallery and the other being a screening of a class made short film. Looking forward to seeing you behind a camera soon!
Electronics, specifically electronic components, run all the devices we use on a daily basis. Have you ever stopped and wondered how a device works? Inside your device, even the device you are most likely reading this course description on, are thousands of electronic components, all working in harmony, to create the outcomes expected when you go to use the device. This course will introduce basic electronic components, basic circuits, and basic electronic principles, which will be used to construct circuits that demonstrate electronic principles. Each week, students will learn how individual components function both on their own, as well as with each other, to create fun projects that offer an imagination into what's possible.
Course description: The Newspaper course is a student-led and teacher facilitated class where students will create, edit, publish, and distribute a regularly scheduled newspaper/newsletter to our community! The main objective of the class is to learn skills related to (and not limited to) journalistic writing, primary and secondary sources, interviewing, research, audience, and use of a publishing program (Microsoft Publisher and Picaboo). Our weekly meetings will involve assigning writing topics, learning how to use Publisher, designing/creating pages, and editing. We will decide on the size and distribution schedule when we meet in class. This course will require at-home writing and research in order to meet class deadlines for distribution. Newspaper class is meant to be interactive, fun, and meaningful for students who would like to be involved in their community and learn a new style of writing. All middle or high school students are welcome to join the Newspaper class! Possible Newspaper topics: ● News stories ● Photography ● Opinion pieces ● Restaurant/Movie/Music reviews ● Comic writing/illustrating ● Sports/outdoors ● Art-highlighting local art ● Point/Counterpoint ● Student highlight
In this course you will learn all the basics of how to own, operate, and maintain either a PC of Mac computer! You will also learn all the basic programs (Word, powerpoint, and Mac counter parts) and operations necessary to not only be speedy and efficient when doing school or work but also have some fun. The class requirements are simply a laptop of any kind Mac or PC as I will be teaching both operating systems. We will do hands on activities such as typing challenges, hot key drills, website design, group work relating to computer functions (I.e. formatting and cleaning hard drives), and even basic coding/game design. We also will be learning the different components of a computer, how they are built, and what makes a powerful machine. The end of year project will be presenting and designing a website completely either for students own creative endeavors or business they would like to create. If you are interested in computers, software, or any sort of digital medium this is your class
LIFE SKILLS (one semester)
There are many skills in life to ensure ones successful transition into adulthood. While money management and taking care of one’s self are crucial, those topics are best covered in our Health and Personal Finance classes. Whether it’s screen time, cleaning a kitchen, changing the oil, babysitting a toddler or communicating with a loved one, a life skill can be developed into any behavior or mindset that helps one to live their best existence and grow in service to the Lord.
DRIVERS EDUCATION (one semester)
Operating a motor vehicle safely is both a skill and an art that is learned over repeated exposure. This class will teach safety skills and in-depth knowledge of travel situations. Knowledge of traffic laws and accident avoidance will be key components of this in-classroom course. Students with learner’s permits will be guided in behind-the-wheel training with a parent in charge. Successfully learning to drive comes with adopting a healthy attitude towards the responsibility and privilege of becoming an outstanding driver.
Tennessee Comprehensive Driver License Manual (tn.gov/safety)
The Driving Book (Updated Edition) Everything New Drivers Need to Know But Don’t Know To Ask
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This class will include elements of art history and classical artists. Also, the students will learn about contemporary artist’s who are making vibrant works while incorporating the elements of art. The students will be introduced to new art mediums and new ways to use familiar ones.
This class relies heavily on drawing to improve hand/eye coordination and observation skills. The students will create projects inspired by other artists and art movements. Often, the projects will take multiple classes to complete, helping to develop abilities applicable to other areas of life.
**Face masks are required for this class**
“Musical theatre is great; you get painted up...and you sing. The joy alone of that can really carry a lot.”
This course will be split between the two subjects each week. Students will receive instruction in both choir and drama. The class is designed to enhance the musical, dramatic, creative, and expressive qualities of all students. Musical and theatrical opportunities will be provided for each student to learn skills in acting, singing, broadening listening and creative abilities, and experiencing the interrelated nature of music and theatre. Students will build on these skills during each class and have the opportunity to stage a musical during the academic year. Please note that additional rehearsals may be necessary.
This course will provide middle and high school students with a physical education credit while also teaching them fundamental self-defense techniques. Throughout the semester, students will learn standard Isshinryu techniques and practices, as well as how to improve balance and coordination. Classes will start out with a short warm-up period of basic exercises, and then move on to applied technique practice, with occasional light sparring. Students will be expected to memorize and demonstrate basic terms and techniques, as well as keep an activity log to track their practice each week.
This Middle School/High School class will be an adventure in cooking styles and cuisines. We will learn basic safety in the kitchen and focus on proper food preparation to ensure food safety. We will cover skills necessary for preparing a recipe to include reading a recipe, measurements, and proper utensils necessary to complete a recipe. We will explore foods from various countries and have several ethnic meals to serve to guest. We will plan meals course by course and make dishes from each course. We will discover spices and their various uses. We will learn about food from a health and nutritional viewpoint and prepare foods that are good for us. We of course will enjoy making sweet treats, salads, side dishes, main courses, and holiday foods as well. Each student will create their own cookbook from recipes in class and shared by fellow classmates. This will be a keepsake they can use for years to come. This class will be very hands on and each student will participate in all food creations. Students will have the opportunity to create dishes from various categories at home and bring in for the class to try. Don’t worry we also cover cleaning up so your chef will know what to do at home!