Spring 2018 Course Descriptions

Course: English and Language Arts

Course Credit: 1.0

Grade Percentages: 10% Screenwriting assignments, 20% grammar worksheets, 20% Kahn Academy Assignments, 50% Death of a Salesman assignments and creative project

Course Overview: This is a core course is focused on English language grammar, composition and literature.  The grammar component will use a sentence composing approach as a way of understanding and applying grammar patterns as well as reviewing various style manuals.  The composition component will involve writing assignments focused on practical applications (e.g. screenwriting) and academic applications (e.g. book reports for literature read in this subject as well as support of writing process for other subjects, specifically history).  The literature component will focus on classics of American Literature.

Textbooks / Resources:

  • Screenwriting Masterclass
  • HSM Composition assignment / process
  • Grammar for High School – A Sentence Composing Approach
  • Strunk and White
  • Chicago Manual of Style
  • Kahn Academy Grammar
  • Modern American Usage, Garner
  • Sense of Style, Pinker

Literature:

  • Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller

Course: Geometry (Mathematics)

Course Credit: 1.0

Grade Percentages: 40% Life of Fred Assignments, 40% Kahn Academy Assignments, 20% Cumulative tests (timed)

Course Overview:  This is a core course focused on geometry and geometrical proofs.  The course includes instruction on angles, area, circles, construction, coordinate geometry, polygons, proofs, non-euclidean geometry, points and lines, quadrilaterals, solid geometry, symbolic logic and triangles.  A combination of textbook / written assignments (3 per week) and online courses (2 per week) are used as the method of instruction.  Cumulative tests are given every 4-6 weeks to measure comprehension and retention of key concepts.

Textbooks / Resources:

  • Life of Fred Geometry, Expanded Edition – Stanley F. Schmidt
  • Kahn Academy Geometry
  • Cumulative tests

Course: World History (Social Studies)

Course Credit: 1.0

Grade Percentages: 40% Bauer Assignments Assignments, 60% Paper

Course Overview: This is a core course focused on world history from the earliest recorded histories to the present day.  A combination of reading assignments, online work and research papers are used as the method of instruction with supplementation from audio material, specifically podcasts and recorded lectures.  The student will determine the pace, allowing for pauses when studying certain historical periods of interest for deeper dives with additional supplementation and research.

Textbooks / Resources:

  • History of the World Series, Susan Wise Bauer
  • Dan Carlin Hardcore History Podcast

Course: Biology (Science)

Course Credit: 1.0

Grade Percentages: 30% CK-12 Assignments, 30% Tests, 40% Lab Reports

Course Overview: This is a core course focused on biological science.  A wide range of topics are covered including: the chemistry of life, cellular structure and function, cell cycles, molecular genetics, evolution, ecology, plant and animal biology, mammal and animal behavior, the immune system, and reproduction and human development.  A combination of lab experiments and corresponding lab reports, textbook, and online instruction are used as the instruction method.  Period tests are administered to measure comprehension and retention of key concepts.

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Course: Health / PE

Course Credit: 1.0

Grade Percentages: 40% Kahn Academy assignments, 30% Personal Training, 30% Health and Nutrition assignments

Course Overview: This is a core course focused on the combined topics of Health and Physical Education.  The Health component is focused on nutrition and includes activities such a keeping a food journal, meal planning / shopping / preparation and the study of the modern issues as it relates to food and human health.  The Physical Education component will consist of weekly exercise sessions with a personal trainer to maximize strength, endurance and flexibility with a focus on injury prevention.  A combination of classroom instruction, online instruction and exercises are used as the instruction method.

Textbooks / Resources:

  • How the Body Works
  • Swing This Kettlebells Personal Training

Course: Performing Arts

Course Credit: 1.0

Grade Percentages: 30% Kahn academy assignments, 30% Preparation for and Completion of live performances, 20% Auditions, 20% TAR 104 results

Course Overview: This is a career interest based course focused on a wide variety of performing arts topics and activities.  Specific instruction will focus on musical theater performance, piano and voice performance, theater and arts, the audition process, musical composition, and improvisation.  Performance in the course is measured by the completion of assignments and the preparation for and delivery of live performances of musicals, voice, piano and improv.

Textbooks / Resources:

  • Kahn Academy – Intro to Music
  • NKU Mainstage – winter concert and spring musical
  • NKU Private Voice and Piano Lessons and winter recital
  • Look, I Made a Hat, Sondheim
  • Finishing the Hat, Sondheim
  • Local Auditions

Course: (NKU SBS) Race, Gender and Theater

Course Credit: 1.0

Grade Percentages: As determined by NKU.  Final grade from NKU professor.

Course Overview: This is an NKU School Based Scholars course.  Exploration of race, gender and social issues which affect individuals, families, communities and society at large by the analysis and discussion of dramatic literature.

Textbooks / Resources:

  • Angels in America
  • Black Elk Speaks
  • De Donde?
  • Fences
  • For Colored girls…considered suicide
  • Heidi Chronicles
  • M.Butterfly
  • Master Harold + Boys
  • New Anatomies
  • Oleanna
  • Stop Kiss
  • That Championship Season

Course: (NKU SBS) Acting 1

Course Credit: 1.0

Grade Percentages: As determined by NKU.  Final grade from NKU professor.

Course Overview: This is an NKU School Based Scholars course. Basic principles and techniques.

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Course: Personal Finance

Course Credit: 1.0

Grade Percentages: 40% Assignments, 30% Stock Market Simulation results, 30% Budget Simulation results.

Course Overview: This is a career interest based course focused on personal finance.  The course will focus on the basics of money and money management and include material on savings, interest, loans, budgeting and investing.  Simulations will be used to develop a deeper understanding of certain topics, such as budgeting and investing.

Textbooks / Resources:

  • FIND REPLACEMENT FOR BUILDING YOUR FUTURE.
  • Kahn Academy – Practical Financial Skills
  • Stock market game ($15 for 10 weeks…team + competition?) or GoVenture Stock Market Simulator ($25)
  • HR Block Budget Challenge

Other Coursework / studies:

 

KY State Drivers Test

ACT Prep