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History & Social Studies

The goal of our history program is to help bring the past alive for our students. In the younger groups we do this by offering classes that actively involve students in reliving the past—-through play-acting, dressing up, stories, crafts, games and activities. At this age, children are fascinated by learning about the people of long ago: how they lived, what they ate, what they wore, where they slept, and how the children were raised.

For our teens, we strive to generate a fascination of history through lively discussions, compelling reading, and reports. By using "living books" as opposed to textbooks, our students are treated to the many "stay up late to finish" biographical, fiction and nonfiction books, stories and articles available. During class time, students are challenged to look at the past from many different angles, to share their opinions and findings with others, and to grow in their understanding of how the past continues to affect us today.

Sequence:
As part of our unit studies approach to history and language arts, we've developed a four-year rotation of history topics. This rotation will ensure that students enrolled in LOL on a long-term basis will cover a wide variety of historical periods as well as repeat topics, delving more deeply into more advanced concepts as they get older. Our sequence is as follows:

  • 2016/17 Early American History
  • 2017/18 Modern World and American History
  • 2018/19 Ancient World History
  • 2019/20 Middle Ages and Renaissance History


  • Advanced Ancient History W/F16+ Permission Rm # 20
    Teacher: Dr. David Stark
    Outside Work: Significant
    Ages: 16 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    This year we'll be exploring the earliest foundations of Western civilization--from Mesopotamia and Egypt through the flourishing of Greek culture, to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. This class will make extensive use of free-form discussions, classroom activities, and strategy games that allow students to explore historical events interactively and dynamically.
    We will do mock panel discussions, peer review each other's writing, organize debate simulation, in house "publishing" of peer-reviewed articles, and plenty of presentations. The work load will be heavy, but specific to each student.


    Ancient World History 14+ 9:30 Rm #20
    Teacher: Dr. David Stark
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    This year we'll be exploring the earliest foundations of Western civilization--from Mesopotamia and Egypt through the flourishing of Greek culture, to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. This class will make extensive use of free-form discussions, classroom activities, and strategy games that allow students to explore historical events interactively and dynamically.

    Ancient World History 14+ 11:00 Rm #20
    Teacher: Dr. David Stark
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    This year we'll be exploring the earliest foundations of Western civilization--from Mesopotamia and Egypt through the flourishing of Greek culture, to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. This class will make extensive use of free-form discussions, classroom activities, and strategy games that allow students to explore historical events interactively and dynamically.

    Ancient World History 14+ 1:00 Rm# 20
    Teacher: Dr. David Stark
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    This year we'll be exploring the earliest foundations of Western civilization--from Mesopotamia and Egypt through the flourishing of Greek culture, to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. This class will make extensive use of free-form discussions, classroom activities, and strategy games that allow students to explore historical events interactively and dynamically.

    Ancient World History 14+ 2:15 Rm.# 20
    Teacher: Dr. David Stark
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    This year we'll be exploring the earliest foundations of Western civilization--from Mesopotamia and Egypt through the flourishing of Greek culture, to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. This class will make extensive use of free-form discussions, classroom activities, and strategy games that allow students to explore historical events interactively and dynamically.

    Ancient World History 14+ W/F Rm 20
    Teacher: Dr. David Stark
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    This year we'll be exploring the earliest foundations of Western civilization--from Mesopotamia and Egypt through the flourishing of Greek culture, to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. This class will make extensive use of free-form discussions, classroom activities, and strategy games that allow students to explore historical events interactively and dynamically.

    Ancient World History 5/6 Rm 36
    Teacher: Joe Kozak
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 10 - 12
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    This year we'll be exploring the earliest foundations of Western civilization--from Mesopotamia and Egypt through the flourishing of Greek culture, to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. This class will make extensive use of free-form discussions, classroom activities, and strategy games that allow students to explore historical events interactively and dynamically.

    Ancient World History 6/7 Rm #36
    Teacher: Joe Kozak
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 11 - 13
    1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    This year we'll be exploring the earliest foundations of Western civilization--from Mesopotamia and Egypt through the flourishing of Greek culture, to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. This class will make extensive use of free-form discussions, classroom activities, and strategy games that allow students to explore historical events interactively and dynamically.

    Ancient World History 7/8 Rm #36
    Teacher: Joe Kozak
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 12 - 14
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    This year we'll be exploring the earliest foundations of Western civilization--from Mesopotamia and Egypt through the flourishing of Greek culture, to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. This class will make extensive use of free-form discussions, classroom activities, and strategy games that allow students to explore historical events interactively and dynamically.

    Ancient World History 8/9 Rm #36
    Teacher: Joe Kozak
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 13 - 15
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    This year we'll be exploring the earliest foundations of Western civilization--from Mesopotamia and Egypt through the flourishing of Greek culture, to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. This class will make extensive use of free-form discussions, classroom activities, and strategy games that allow students to explore historical events interactively and dynamically.

    Cooking Around the World 13+ T-TH Kitchen
    Teacher: Elena Licu
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 13 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $70.00
    We will travel around the world learning interesting information about different cultures/countries and preparing and tasting new dishes from those cultures/countries.

    Gaming Through History 12-14 Rm #25
    Teacher: Dan Carlson
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 12 - 14
    1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    This class explores world history through games. We play boardgames that recreate the rise and decline of great ancient empires, the adventures of famous explorers and pirates, crucial battles of World War II, the cloak-and-dagger strategies of the Cold War, and more. Along the way we discuss the historical topics covered by each game, evaluating the accuracy of the game's historical content, and coming up with new rules and modifications for the games to better reflect our understanding of historical events and their consequences.

    History of Rock & Roll 14+ Rm # 21
    Teacher: To be determined
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
    History of Rock and Roll:
    Stylistic Characteristics and Its Influences
    This course explores the roots of rock and roll through aural recognition and is meant to teach students a timeline of events, as well as, how to identify influential genres through listening. Covering rhythm, beat, song form and music theory basics.


    Horrible History 9-11 Rm #25
    Teacher: Dan Carlson
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 9 - 11
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    This class focuses on different historical topics each year, allowing students who take this class for multiple consecutive years to explore a wide range of historical periods and topics.

    In this class students learn about all the horrible things that might have happened to us if we'd lived in various periods of world history. We learn what life would be like as a slave in ancient Sumeria, a laborer on the Great Wall of China, a gladiator in ancient Rome, a cathedral builder of the middle ages, an actor in Shakespeare's Globe Theater, or a spy in World War II. Each subject we explore is part storytelling and part game as students create alter-egos and make choices for them as they struggle to endure the hardships and dangers of life down through the ages.


    How to Start Your Own Country 12-14 Rm #23
    Teacher: Alex Schrank
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 12 - 14
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    This class idea was inspired from the days at Leaves when a few friends and I started our own "country" called the United Federation of Thag. We wrote a constitution, held elections, designed currency, and learned a lot about all the moving parts that have to come together to form a working government. In this class students will found their own "countries," develop a system of government, write and enforce laws, regulate their economies, and establish international relations with each other - all while learning about the theory behind each of these functions of government in a unique and engaging way. Each class will involve a realistic scenario or crisis that each of the countries will have to deal with. Sometimes it may be an internal issue, sometimes it may require cooperation between the countries, and occasionally it might lead to disagreements between countries. Over the course of the semester, students will have to deal with these issues inside the rules that they themselves created -or find a way to change them. This class would be primarily hands-on learning, but would provide countless natural opportunities for teaching the theory behind politics and government.

    How to Start Your Own Country 14+ Rm #35
    Teacher: Alex Schrank
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    This class idea was inspired from the days at Leaves when a few friends and I started our own "country" called the United Federation of Thag. We wrote a constitution, held elections, designed currency, and learned a lot about all the moving parts that have to come together to form a working government. In this class students will found their own "countries," develop a system of government, write and enforce laws, regulate their economies, and establish international relations with each other - all while learning about the theory behind each of these functions of government in a unique and engaging way. Each class will involve a realistic scenario or crisis that each of the countries will have to deal with. Sometimes it may be an internal issue, sometimes it may require cooperation between the countries, and occasionally it might lead to disagreements between countries. Over the course of the semester, students will have to deal with these issues inside the rules that they themselves created -or find a way to change them. This class would be primarily hands-on learning, but would provide countless natural opportunities for teaching the theory behind politics and government.

    Ideas, Individuals & Inventions 3/4 Room B-3
    Teacher: Lisa Boys
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 8 - 10
    1 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    In this class we will trace humankind’s development in many ways, across many lands and through many years, by learning about the individuals, ideas and inventions that changed the world.
    We will study inventions made as tools for hunting and cooking, laws designed to maintain order, the creation of alphabets and numbers and much, much more. Students will venture into new lands, discover new worlds, create beautiful art, conquer plagues and find cures. Join us for this wild adventure into our past.


    Intro. to Philosophy 15+ Room 25
    Teacher: Dan Carlson
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 15 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    This class is a broad introduction to the world of Philosophy, from ancient times to the present day. We’ll discuss various thinkers and how their ideas have developed and changed over time. We’ll also explore competing views of the mind, reality, ethics, and meaning. Students will be encouraged to grapple with the ‘big questions’ that have driven human thought through the ages in a class format that emphasizes discussion, curiosity, and critical thinking.

    Media & US Political History 14+ Rm #35
    Teacher: Alex Schrank
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    We will explore the role the media has played in shaping the U.S. politically and how that has changed over the years. We will look at the first political cartoons, how newspapers covered the birth of the constitution, and then on to the advent of radio & televised debates, and polling. We will dive into high-profile stories like Watergate that toppled careers, and how coverage of national events shaped the political climate.
    Students will read old area newspapers (many of them are digitized), to research some political events in the history of our city, and design a research project where they apply what they learned in class to historical coverage of local political events.


    Mock Trial 15+ Rm #11
    Teacher: To be determined
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 15 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    Experience the thrill of tense courtroom action with Mock Trial! Learn the proper procedures to prosecute and defend a case; act out roles as attorneys, witnesses, and judge; and work with actual judicial professionals to develop a better, richer understanding of the entire system. Take field trips to watch court cases in action, including a potential trip to Columbus to see the State Supreme Court, and experience all aspects of the judicial system as it applies to your life. Try small cases in class, from fairy tales gone wrong to re-enactments of Supreme Court cases dealing with your rights as a student and as a citizen. And the culminating project: we get to work with the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education's Mock Trial program to produce and showcase a significant trial experience.

    Mock Trial 15+ Rm #36
    Teacher: To be determined
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 15 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    Students may take one or two sections of this class.

    Experience the thrill of tense courtroom action with Mock Trial! Learn the proper procedures to prosecute and defend a case; act out roles as attorneys, witnesses, and judge; and work with actual judicial professionals to develop a better, richer understanding of the entire system. Take field trips to watch court cases in action, including a potential trip to Columbus to see the State Supreme Court, and experience all aspects of the judicial system as it applies to your life. Try small cases in class, from fairy tales gone wrong to re-enactments of Supreme Court cases dealing with your rights as a student and as a citizen. And the culminating project: we get to work with the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education's Mock Trial program to produce and showcase a significant trial experience. The 11-13s will get to work with a case based on a great work of literature; past cases have included Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, The Giver, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, and Lord of the Flies!


    Music Theory and History 15+ Rm #23
    Teacher: Rick Sowash
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 15 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    Big Questions: How does music do what it does? What does music mean? What is greatness in music?

    Description:
    Students will discover the basic elements of music (intervals, chords, harmony, melody, etc.) and explore how these elements have been employed by composers, including Bach, Beethoven, Sibelius, Copland, by listening to their music.

    Sample Class, Overall Direction:
    Rick Sowash will guide students in listening to at least one piece of music in each class. After listening, students will share what they noticed as the music played. Ear training and group singing will help students recognize intervals and chords. Using the elements of music as ‘building blocks,’ students may compose short works. However, composing and solo performing will not be required. Some may be content to develop listening skills instead of composing.

    Course Objectives:
    1. To introduce students to the elements of music
    2. To learn listening skills, ie., to be a receptive and appreciative audience
    3. To learn basic music notation and minimal keyboard skills

    Course Topics: will include music history, biographies of composers, and music as a humanity, ie., the ways in which music conveys the ideas and spirit of particular periods and peoples.

    Suggestions for Success:
    It is not necessary to be able to read music or to play a musical instrument to succeed in this course. Students only need to be curious about music and how it does what it does.

    What to expect: Here are some of the things we're going to do together. We'll listen to and look at music in ways which most people never get to do. We'll inspect music up close and from the inside, learning how composers think, trying to figure out what makes certain pieces so effective. We'll listen to great music together and try to discover what is going on 'behind in scenes.' We'll discern, if we can, the tricks of the great composers. We'll learn to think like composers as we create our own tunes, together. We'll touch on a lot of other subjects, too, along the way. History, biography, anecdotes.


    My Family, My Community & Me Rm #B3
    Teacher: Lisa Boys
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 6 - 8
    1 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    This interactive social studies course focuses on the student and how he/she is valued and functions as a member of a family and the community. Students will develop an early understanding of how communities and the world are organized spatially through beginning map skills. They will also learn about the jobs of today and long ago as well as how we spend, save and earn money. Students will be introduced to exciting biographies and primary sources while deepening their knowledge of many diverse cultures as well as their own roles as citizens of their community. This course will satisfy your student’s social studies curriculum for the 1st and 2nd grades*.

    Mythology 11-13 Rm #36
    Teacher: Joe Kozak
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 11 - 13
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    Myths are not dead. They are alive and well today in the movies we see, the books we read, the songs we sing and the lessons we learn. While it is true that ancient myths were first created to explain humanity’s questions about creation and nature, over time they evolved into so much more. They became a way of life for societies both ancient and modern; influencing history, religion, and art. Myths also provided the formula and foundation for modern day storytelling. Through examination of the age-old concept of the “Hero’s Journey”, students will discover what Harry Potter and Luke Skywalker share in common with Hercules and Theseus. While providing a general overview of Classical mythology, the course will focus on several mythological Gods, heroes, cultures and their stories (including, but not limited to, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Norse) as well as their influence and relevance in today’s society. Using various approaches to the material such as reading, writing, Reader’s Theater, analysis, artifact/craft construction and interactive activities, this course will explore the greatest stories ever told!

    Mythology 14+ Rm # 36
    Teacher: Joe Kozak
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    Myths are not dead. They are alive and well today in the movies we see, the books we read, the songs we sing and the lessons we learn. While it is true that ancient myths were first created to explain humanity’s questions about creation and nature, over time they evolved into so much more. They became a way of life for societies both ancient and modern; influencing history, religion, and art. Myths also provided the formula and foundation for modern day storytelling. Through examination of the age-old concept of the “Hero’s Journey”, students will discover what Harry Potter and Luke Skywalker share in common with Hercules and Theseus. While providing a general overview of Classical mythology, the course will focus on several mythological Gods, heroes, cultures and their stories (including, but not limited to, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Norse) as well as their influence and relevance in today’s society. Using various approaches to the material such as reading, writing, Reader’s Theater, analysis, artifact/craft construction and interactive activities, this course will explore the greatest stories ever told!

    Peace Jam Ambassadors 13+ Fri. Rm #33
    Teachers: Elizabeth Tillis-Gilland, Leslie Hamilton, Alex Schrank
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 13 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    You can take one or both days (offered Wed. and Fri.) of PJ Ambassadors!!! Both days will offer stand-alone activities that will complement each other. Designed for high school students, PeaceJam Ambassadors explores issues related to peace, violence, social justice and oppression. Youth study the lives and works of a Nobel Peace Laureate and the strategies he or she uses to address pressing global issues. Participating youth create and implement their own Global Call to Action Projects, becoming creative leaders who are committed to solving the most difficult problems facing our world. This program also includes an annual PeaceJam Youth Conference where youth spend a weekend with that Nobel Peace Laureate, giving them an unprecedented opportunity to share with, learn from, and be inspired by a world leader for peace. Based on the quality and scope of our work, our club has been chosen as one of only 5 groups in the world to pilot an equality and inclusivity addendum to the curriculum, and our projects have been recognized by the leaders of PeaceJam and our regional affiliate, Great Lakes PeaceJam.

    Peace Jam Juniors 7-9 Rm #33
    Teacher: Elizabeth Tillis-Gilland
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 7 - 9
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
    PeaceJam Juniors uses the stories of the childhoods of 12 Nobel Peace Prize winners to help youth become passionate and informed advocates for themselves and their world. Focusing on creating peacemakers from the earliest age, PJ Juniors allows students to explore the ideas of peace, justice, community, feelings, identity, and self-expression in a safe, inclusive environment. Students create many small projects throughout the year to put into practice their leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills, and at the end of the year create a major Global Call to Action project to be showcased for lawmakers and other active students at the Youth For Justice Summit in Columbus. Using art, history, science, math, literature, and writing, we become great peacemakers!

    Peace Jam Leaders 10-12 Rm #33
    Teacher: Elizabeth Tillis-Gilland
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 10 - 12
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
    Designed for 10-12 year olds, PeaceJam Leaders uses the stories of the lives of 12 Nobel Peace Prize winners to help youth become passionate and informed advocates for themselves and their world. Focusing on the need to help young people find their identities, express themselves in positive ways, and learn how to make a positive impact on the people around them, PJ Leaders inspires youth to truly become leaders. Through art, social sciences, video, literature, writing, and any other means the students choose, we can become better communicators and collaborators as we work together to create meaningful projects addressing serious issues at the root causes. We will have a chance to show off our amazing work in Columbus at either the Youth For Justice Summit or the Project Citizen showcase, the latter of which will allow us to actually change laws or public policies, and both of which will allow us to speak directly to our state and local lawmakers. This is an amazing, inspiring, and really fun class!

    Psychology & the Law 15+ Rm #36
    Teacher: Joe Kozak
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 15 and up
    1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    “Not guilty by reason of insanity.” “In your expert opinion, could this person have committed this crime?” Chances are, if one has watched any law and order television shows or movies during their lifetime, they’ve heard those phrases uttered more than once. But what do they truly mean? Find out the answer to those questions and more! This course will examine the issues involved in applying the science of psychology to the field of law. Among the topics to be covered are:
    reliability/fallibility, jury perceptions and decisions, absolute truth vs. absolute justice, the various roles of psychologists in law (as advisors, evaluators and reformers) the role of expert testimony in law, and how competency to stand trial is determined. Using various approaches to the material (including, but not limited to, reading, reenactment, court case precedents, debate, discussion, research) students will examine the role of psychology in law today as well as its trending future.


    Psychology Rm #21
    Teacher: Sarah Skeggs
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    Learn about heredity and environment, problem solving, intelligence, perception, conflict psychotherapies, social behavior and more using mind stimulating activities that encourage critical and creative thinking. Based on science and sound psychological concepts and research, the tests and experiments done in this class make it fun and interesting for students to learn about their families, friends, classmates and themselves.

    Russian Language & Culture I 13+ T ONLY Rm # 11
    Teacher: To be determined
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 13 and up
    1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $25.00
    Russian class for ages 12+ (held Tuesdays from 3:30 - 4:30) will build a solid foundation of Russian vocabulary, grammar, and cultural knowledge for students that can be practiced through all four domains of language learning: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Through a dynamic communicative approach, students will have opportunities to practice realistic, useful and fun dialogues, while being exposed to authentic Russian language and culture - including current pop culture. Students will be encouraged to encounter Russian both inside and outside of the classroom, through extension activities integrated into an online and traditional textbook combination. Authentic Russian foods, stories, songs, games, artifacts and even Native Russian speakers will make an appearance as we discover Russia together!

    Russian Language & Culture II 13+ TH ONLY Rm 11
    Teacher: To be determined
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Prerequisites: Russian I or its equivalent
    Ages: 14 and up
    1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $25.00
    This class will build on the basic foundation of Russian vocabulary, grammar, and cultural knowledge learned in Russian I. Russian language can be practiced through all four domains of language learning: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Through a dynamic communicative approach, students will have opportunities to practice realistic, useful and fun dialogues, while being exposed to authentic Russian language and culture - including current pop culture. Students will be encouraged to encounter Russian both inside and outside of the classroom, through extension activities integrated into an online and traditional textbook combination. Authentic Russian foods, stories, songs, games, artifacts and even Native Russian speakers will make an appearance as we discover Russia together!

    US Government & Comparative Governments 14+ Rm 35
    Teacher: Alex Schrank
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    What's the difference between a Prime Minister and a President? What political systems have formed in Africa since the decline of colonialism? How do one-party states like China choose their leaders? Why does Catalonia want independence from Spain? What's with all the shouting matches in the UK Parliament? There's a fascinating and diverse political world out there, and this class would go beyond the surface level distinction of democracy vs. dictatorship as students learn about the US government and also examine: the differences between constitutional monarchies and republics, why communism in China looks so different from communism in North Korea, how separatist movements have challenged the status quo in countries like Turkey, how Taiwan is an economic power despite having almost no international recognition, and why the Arab Spring revolution succeeded in Tunisia but failed almost everywhere else. There are endless ways to make a class about US and World politics and government engaging, as there are so many wild, sad, and colorful stories to tell and discover.

    US Government & Comparative Governments 14+ Rm#35
    Teacher: Alex Schrank
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 14 and up
    1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
    What's the difference between a Prime Minister and a President? What political systems have formed in Africa since the decline of colonialism? How do one-party states like China choose their leaders? Why does Catalonia want independence from Spain? What's with all the shouting matches in the UK Parliament? There's a fascinating and diverse political world out there, and this class would go beyond the surface level distinction of democracy vs. dictatorship as students learn about the US government and also examine: the differences between constitutional monarchies and republics, why communism in China looks so different from communism in North Korea, how separatist movements have challenged the status quo in countries like Turkey, how Taiwan is an economic power despite having almost no international recognition, and why the Arab Spring revolution succeeded in Tunisia but failed almost everywhere else. There are endless ways to make a class about US and World politics and government engaging, as there are so many wild, sad, and colorful stories to tell and discover.

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