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Cultural Anthropology (HS) (Sam)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

 

Cultural Anthropology (HS)

 

Learning is a lifelong pursuit, and most move to acquire an understanding of the differences and similarities, both biological and cultural, in human populations. In this class, we will be able to recognize the characteristics that define their culture and gain an appreciation for the culture of others. The content includes, but not be limited to, the following: human biological and cultural origins and adaptation to the physical environment, diversity of human behavior, an evolution of social and cultural institutions. Other patterns of language development along with family and kinship relationships and effects of change on such cultural institutions as the arts, education, religion, and law.

 

Some class activities to expect:

Note Taking

Vocabulary 

Short Answer quizzes

Short Writing Assignments

Mini Project

Cultural Analysis Reports

Soul Music (African American music appreciation) (MS/HS) (Sam)

Soul Music (African American Music appreciation) (MS/HS)

African American music helped shape an entire century (and more) of American history.

America was the birthplace for many genres of music, including jazz and rock ‘n’ roll. Both have deep roots in the African American community. Throughout the 20th century, these genres also helped change the cultural landscape. When people were divided by skin color, music brought them together. When tragedies hit the nation, music brought people comfort, hope, and a way to express difficult emotions.

Music allowed African Americans a chance to change their lives. However, it did more than that. Their music also changed the minds and hearts of people around them, making it an important part of the Civil Rights movement.

In this class, you will have the chance to listen to and understand the music of a people who have shown excellence despite facing some of the hardest challenges throughout their history. There will be stories, lyrical analysis, mini-documentaries, and more.

Note: You will need headphones and access to Spotify and Youtube to participate in class.

Blackish/Wonder Years (MS/HS) (Sam)

Blackish/Wonder Years – Film Class (MS/HS)

Everyone loves a good show! I want to showcase black history this year in a unique way, through the lens of film. The shows Black-ish and The Wonder Years provide a snapshot into the lives of African Americans and how they navigate life in the US. While the method of using comedy versus a more serious approach is on two different planes, each show is packed with so much information and scenes that cause us to pause and think deeply about what we experienced. We will watch the shows together and dive into deep conversations about what we see visually in each show. Also, there will be time to write our thoughts down and even take on mini-projects that share how we relate to these amazing shows.

Contemporary World Problems (HS) (Sam)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Contemporary World Problems

The study of Contemporary World Issues is a class designed to engage and prepare students to analyze governments, people, and cultures from around the world. We will begin with some basic knowledge and understanding of past history. It will then emphasize the structures and policies of the United States and how they compare to other systems in the international community. Then we will apply critical thinking and research skills to examine current events and contemporary issues, including human rights, globalization, America’s role in the international economy, environmental issues in different regions, religion(s), and how it is often used to facilitate and justify violence and behavior, “War on Terror” and more.

Some class activities to expect:

Note Taking

Vocabulary 

Short Answer quizzes

Writing Assignments

Research Paper

Astronomy (MS/HS) (Sam)

 

Astronomy (MS/HS)

Astronomy is perhaps the science whose discoveries owe least to chance, in which human understanding appears in its whole magnitude, and through which man can best learn how small he is.” – Georg C. Lichtenberg, German scientist

This class will introduce you to the composition and structure of the universe. Astronomy is the scientific study of the contents of the entire Universe. This course will provide the student with a study of the universe and the conditions, properties, and motions of bodies in space. The content includes, but is not limited to, historical astronomy, astronomical instruments, the celestial sphere, the solar system, the earth as a system in space, the earth/moon system, the sun as a star, and stars.

Some class activities to expect:

Note Taking

Vocabulary 

Short Answer quizzes

Scientific Exploration

Research and Discovery-based work

Indigenous People’s History (Cont) (HS) (Sam)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Indigenous People’s History (Cont) (HS)

 

When we hear about the start of this country, it always begins with the landing on the East Coast (Plymouth Rock). We all know by now that much more was going on way before then. This class will read and analyze the book, An Indigenous Peoples’ History Of The United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. We will talk about the many people groups and nations that were a part of this land before the invasion of British settlers. We will be learning about groups that lived in many regions and how they survived and thrived. Also, we will learn about the similarities that we come across in our state that reflect Native cultures, practices, and ideas.

Note: You are welcome to join this class if you were not a part of the class last term.

Some class activities to expect:

Note Taking

Vocabulary 

Short Answer quizzes

Short Writing Assignments

Just Write (MS) (Sam)

Note: This class is open to middle school students only.

Just Write (MS)

 

Do you wish you had more time to write down your ideas, but don’t know where to start? Well, this is the class for you. The whole purpose is to make time to write and use those moments to increase our ability to see things in a creative way. You might find yourself writing short stories, creating poetry, sketching song lyrics, or even working on a big writing project. 

I want us to gather and work on building up our writing skills in a relaxed way. I find that just taking the time to write and process thoughts and ideas helps us to stay connected to the great skill of writing. We will have time to free write (journal), work on specific projects, blog, and even the chance to do collaborative work. If you’re looking to get more into writing or take the time to just write more, this is the class for you!