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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


  • Adv Medieval, Renaissance & Enlightenment 14+ W/F
    Teacher: Dr. David Stark
    Outside Work: Significant
    Book Purchase Required
    Prerequisites: Permission Only
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    This class is an advanced class and is available by request and permission only. In this class, students will be taken on a guided journey of engagement into the histories of world developments from a roughly 1300-year period, namely 5th century to 18th century CE). Beginning with the collapse of the mighty Roman Empire, students will become familiar with and think critically about the social, cultural, technological and philosophical advancements posited in the so-called Dark Ages and Medieval Era, the re-application of classic Greek thought, art and architecture during the European Renaissance, and the great awakening/political upheaval that was the Enlightenment. While the focus of this class will be on traditional Western structures, all major events of world history during this time frame will be covered. How did the world get from the fall of the influential but highly dictatorial Roman Empire to the birth of the United States of America—a kingless Republic founded upon Enlightenment values? This class will address that meaningful question. And, in the process, offer students more opportunities to become informed, critically-thinking, socially-engaged and empowered 21st century citizens and scholars. Aiding in this education will be teacher and student presentations, a range of reading materials, quizzes, tests, reading and written assignments, online supplemental resources, in-class discussion, peer-review processes, and a few major projects. The workload in this course will be moderate-heavy.

    Advanced Ancient History W/F16+ Permission Rm # 20
    Teacher: To be determined
    Outside Work: Significant
    Ages: 16 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    This is an advanced course and will be available by request and permission only. In this class, students will be taken on a guided journey of engagement into the histories of world developments from a roughly 1300-year period, namely 5th century to 18th century CE). Beginning with the collapse of the mighty Roman Empire, students will become familiar with and think critically about the social, cultural, technological and philosophical advancements posited in the so-called Dark Ages and Medieval Era, the re-application of classic Greek thought, art and architecture during the European Renaissance, and the great awakening/political upheaval that was the Enlightenment. While the focus of this class will be on traditional Western structures, all major events of world history during this time frame will be covered. How did the world get from the fall of the influential but highly dictatorial Roman Empire to the birth of the United States of America—a kingless Republic founded upon Enlightenment values? This class will address that meaningful question. And, in the process, offer students more opportunities to become informed, critically-thinking, socially-engaged and empowered 21st century citizens and scholars. Aiding in this education will be teacher and student presentations, a range of reading materials, quizzes, tests, reading and written assignments, online supplemental resources, in-class discussion, peer-review processes, and a few major projects. The workload in this course will be moderate-heavy.

    American & World Government 14+ Rm 35
    Teacher: To be determined
    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.

    American & World Government 14+ F Rm.
    Teacher: Alex Schrank
    Outside Work: Significant
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    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.

    American & World Government 14+ Rm#35
    Teacher: To be determined
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 14 and up
    1 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.

    American & World Government 14+ W Rm.
    Teacher: Alex Schrank
    Outside Work: Significant
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    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.

    Boom or Bust 11-13 W Rm. 36
    Teacher: Joe Kozak
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 11 - 13
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    The Roaring 20’s. The Great Depression of the 30’s. On the surface they were two decades that couldn’t be more contradictory to each other, yet both were instrumental in defining our country as we know it today. This course examines the major players, events, themes, fashions, economics, and pop culture that shaped both decades. It also studies the transition of America from a regional culture to a national one, through the growth of the media, and the rise of radio, film, and newspaper distribution. It also explores the government’s and organized crime’s role in Prohibition and its subsequent repeal. Finally, it follows America’s optimism, over-speculation and over-spending in the ‘20’s through the stock market crash and recovery programs of F.D.R. in the 1930’s. Using various approaches to the material such as reading, writing, debating, Reader’s Theatre, role playing games and interactive activities, this course is truly the bee’s knees!

    Boom or Bust 14+ W 2:15 Rm. 36
    Teacher: Joe Kozak
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    The Roaring 20’s. The Great Depression of the 30’s. On the surface they were two decades that couldn’t be more contradictory to each other, yet both were instrumental in defining our country as we know it today. This course examines the major players, events, themes, fashions, economics, and pop culture that shaped both decades. It also studies the transition of America from a regional culture to a national one, through the growth of the media, and the rise of radio, film, and newspaper distribution. It also explores the government’s and organized crime’s role in Prohibition and its subsequent repeal. Finally, it follows America’s optimism, over-speculation and over-spending in the ‘20’s through the stock market crash and recovery programs of F.D.R. in the 1930’s. Using various approaches to the material such as reading, writing, debating, Reader’s Theatre, role playing games and interactive activities, this course is truly the bee’s knees!

    Current Events 15+ W Rm. 20
    Teacher: Dr. David Stark
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 15 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
    The present moment is constant and is all we ever really have. It is yesterday’s future and tomorrow’s past. The stories of our lives and realities are the collection of these moments and the space that exists somewhere in between our recollection and anticipation of the ever-available Ongoing Now. Our sense of currency is impermanent and, as such, is given deepest meaning through historical context. This applies on a personal, cultural, and universal level.

    In this class, students have the opportunity to become familiar with and engage with current social, political, technological, scientific, pop-cultural, and other major events as they unfold. In order to best comprehend their meanings, our study of current events is to be narrated through the lenses of the past -- which has always been the real point and reason for doing the study of history well.

    The nature of this course lends itself to a format of significant student participation through research, reports, presentations, discussions, and debates. The homework/outside preparation requirements level is moderate. There is no textbook, but a laptop, Chromebook, or tablet (with keyboard and writing program) is required.


    Early American History 14+ Rm #36
    Teacher: Joe Kozak
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    This course examines the major themes and events in the history of the United States from its early inhabitants and explorers (before it was a united nation) through the divisive Civil War. Themes and topics to be explored include: human/civil rights, race relations, gender rights/relations, industrialization, federal rights vs. states’ rights, the adoption of the Constitution, social/economic struggles, and manifest destiny. Using various approaches to the material such as reading, writing, debating, Reader’s Theatre, and other interactive activities, this course will explore our country’s past and its goals going into the future.

    Early American History 14+ W/F 11-12:15 Rm. 36
    Teacher: Joe Kozak
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    This course examines the major themes and events in the history of the United States from its early inhabitants and explorers (before it was a united nation) through the divisive Civil War. Themes and topics to be explored include: human/civil rights, race relations, gender rights/relations, industrialization, federal rights vs. states’ rights, the adoption of the Constitution, social/economic struggles, and manifest destiny. Using various approaches to the material such as reading, writing, debating, Reader’s Theatre, and other interactive activities, this course will explore our country’s past and its goals going into the future.

    Early American History 3/4 Rm #32
    Teacher: Heidi Ferre
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 8 - 10
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    Starting with Native Americans and ending with John Adams, students will travel through the early years of America's history. Through reading, role-playing, re-enacting, and other projects, students will "relive" Colonial America, the American Revolution, our first attempts at government, and many other important events that shaped the birth of our country. Students will explore underrepresented peoples and cultures. Outside reading along with family research and discussions will enrich classroom experiences.

    Early American History 4/5 Room #32
    Teacher: Heidi Ferre
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 9 - 11
    1 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    Starting with Native Americans and ending with John Adams, students will travel through the early years of America's history. Through reading, role-playing, re-enacting, and other projects, students will "relive" Colonial America, the American Revolution, our first attempts at government, and many other important events that shaped the birth of our country. Students will explore underrepresented peoples and cultures. Outside reading along with family research and discussions will enrich classroom experiences.

    Early American History 5/6 Rm #32
    Teacher: Heidi Ferre
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 10 - 12
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    Starting with Native Americans and ending with John Adams, students will travel through the early years of America's history. Through reading, role-playing, re-enacting, and other projects, students will "relive" Colonial America, the American Revolution, our first attempts at government, and many other important events that shaped the birth of our country. Students will explore underrepresented peoples and cultures. Outside reading along with family research and discussions will enrich classroom experiences.

    Early American History 6/7 Rm #36
    Teacher: Joe Kozak
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 11 - 13
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    This course examines the major themes and events in the history of the United States from its early inhabitants and explorers (before it was a united nation) through the divisive Civil War. Themes and topics to be explored include: human/civil rights, race relations, gender rights/relations, industrialization, federal rights vs. states’ rights, the adoption of the Constitution, social/economic struggles, and manifest destiny. Using various approaches to the material such as reading, writing, debating, Reader’s Theatre, and other interactive activities, this course will explore our country’s past and its goals going into the future.

    Early American History 7/8 Rm #36
    Teacher: Joe Kozak
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 12 - 14
    1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    This course examines the major themes and events in the history of the United States from its early inhabitants and explorers (before it was a united nation) through the divisive Civil War. Themes and topics to be explored include: human/civil rights, race relations, gender rights/relations, industrialization, federal rights vs. states’ rights, the adoption of the Constitution, social/economic struggles, and manifest destiny. Using various approaches to the material such as reading, writing, debating, Reader’s Theatre, and other interactive activities, this course will explore our country’s past and its goals going into the future.

    Early American History 8/9 Rm #36
    Teacher: Joe Kozak
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 13 - 15
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    This course examines the major themes and events in the history of the United States from its early inhabitants and explorers (before it was a united nation) through the divisive Civil War. Themes and topics to be explored include: human/civil rights, race relations, gender rights/relations, industrialization, federal rights vs. states’ rights, the adoption of the Constitution, social/economic struggles, and manifest destiny. Using various approaches to the material such as reading, writing, debating, Reader’s Theatre, and other interactive activities, this course will explore our country’s past and its goals going into the future.

    Geography & Global Politics 14+
    Teacher: To be determined
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
    How have a few small towns in Italy remained an independent country for over 1,700 years? What’s the origin of phrase “Don’t invade Russia in the winter”? In this class, we’ll explore the world’s weirdest borders, most isolated cultures, and learn about the impact of rivers, mountains, deserts, and more on some of history’s most climactic struggles for land and power.

    Geography and Global Politics 14+ 1:00 Rm
    Teacher: Alex Schrank
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    Coming Soon...

    History of Rock 14+ Rm #
    Teacher: Donald Broerman
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 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.


    How to Start Your Own Country 12-14 9:30 Rm #
    Teacher: Alex Schrank
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 12 - 14
    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, Inventions & Individuals 6-8 Rm. #37
    Teacher: Lisa Boys
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 6 - 8
    1 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
    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.


    Medieval, Renaissance & Enlightenment 14+ 2:15 #20
    Teacher: Dr. David Stark
    Outside Work: Significant
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    In this class, students will be taken on a guided journey of engagement into the histories of world developments from a roughly 1300-year period, namely 5th century to 18th century CE). Beginning with the collapse of the mighty Roman Empire, students will become familiar with and think critically about the social, cultural, technological and philosophical advancements posited in the so-called Dark Ages and Medieval Era, the re-application of classic Greek thought, art and architecture during the European Renaissance, and the great awakening/political upheaval that was the Enlightenment. While the focus of this class will be on traditional Western structures, all major events of world history during this time frame will be covered. How did the world get from the fall of the influential but highly dictatorial Roman Empire to the birth of the United States of America—a kingless Republic founded upon Enlightenment values? This class will address that meaningful question. And, in the process, offer students more opportunities to become informed, critically-thinking, socially-engaged and empowered 21st century citizens and scholars. Aiding in this education will be teacher and student presentations, a range of reading materials, quizzes, tests, reading and written assignments, online supplemental resources, in-class discussion, peer-review processes, and a few major projects. The workload in this course will be moderate-heavy. An advanced course will be available by request and permission only.

    Medieval, Renaissance & Enlightenment 14+ 9:30 #20
    Teacher: Dr. David Stark
    Outside Work: Significant
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    In this class, students will be taken on a guided journey of engagement into the histories of world developments from a roughly 1300-year period, namely 5th century to 18th century CE). Beginning with the collapse of the mighty Roman Empire, students will become familiar with and think critically about the social, cultural, technological and philosophical advancements posited in the so-called Dark Ages and Medieval Era, the re-application of classic Greek thought, art and architecture during the European Renaissance, and the great awakening/political upheaval that was the Enlightenment. While the focus of this class will be on traditional Western structures, all major events of world history during this time frame will be covered. How did the world get from the fall of the influential but highly dictatorial Roman Empire to the birth of the United States of America—a kingless Republic founded upon Enlightenment values? This class will address that meaningful question. And, in the process, offer students more opportunities to become informed, critically-thinking, socially-engaged and empowered 21st century citizens and scholars. Aiding in this education will be teacher and student presentations, a range of reading materials, quizzes, tests, reading and written assignments, online supplemental resources, in-class discussion, peer-review processes, and a few major projects. The workload in this course will be moderate-heavy. An advanced course will be available by request and permission only.

    Medieval, Renaissance & Enlightenment 14+ W/F #20
    Teacher: Dr. David Stark
    Outside Work: Significant
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    In this class, students will be taken on a guided journey of engagement into the histories of world developments from a roughly 1300-year period, namely 5th century to 18th century CE). Beginning with the collapse of the mighty Roman Empire, students will become familiar with and think critically about the social, cultural, technological and philosophical advancements posited in the so-called Dark Ages and Medieval Era, the re-application of classic Greek thought, art and architecture during the European Renaissance, and the great awakening/political upheaval that was the Enlightenment. While the focus of this class will be on traditional Western structures, all major events of world history during this time frame will be covered. How did the world get from the fall of the influential but highly dictatorial Roman Empire to the birth of the United States of America—a kingless Republic founded upon Enlightenment values? This class will address that meaningful question. And, in the process, offer students more opportunities to become informed, critically-thinking, socially-engaged and empowered 21st century citizens and scholars. Aiding in this education will be teacher and student presentations, a range of reading materials, quizzes, tests, reading and written assignments, online supplemental resources, in-class discussion, peer-review processes, and a few major projects. The workload in this course will be moderate-heavy. An advanced course will be available by request and permission only. coming soon

    Medieval, Renaissance & Enlightenment 14+11:00 #20
    Teacher: Dr. David Stark
    Outside Work: Significant
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    In this class, students will be taken on a guided journey of engagement into the histories of world developments from a roughly 1300-year period, namely 5th century to 18th century CE). Beginning with the collapse of the mighty Roman Empire, students will become familiar with and think critically about the social, cultural, technological and philosophical advancements posited in the so-called Dark Ages and Medieval Era, the re-application of classic Greek thought, art and architecture during the European Renaissance, and the great awakening/political upheaval that was the Enlightenment. While the focus of this class will be on traditional Western structures, all major events of world history during this time frame will be covered. How did the world get from the fall of the influential but highly dictatorial Roman Empire to the birth of the United States of America—a kingless Republic founded upon Enlightenment values? This class will address that meaningful question. And, in the process, offer students more opportunities to become informed, critically-thinking, socially-engaged and empowered 21st century citizens and scholars. Aiding in this education will be teacher and student presentations, a range of reading materials, quizzes, tests, reading and written assignments, online supplemental resources, in-class discussion, peer-review processes, and a few major projects. The workload in this course will be moderate-heavy. An advanced course will be available by request and permission only.

    Medieval, Renaissance & Enlightenment 14+1:00 #20
    Teacher: Dr. David Stark
    Outside Work: Significant
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    In this class, students will be taken on a guided journey of engagement into the histories of world developments from a roughly 1300-year period, namely 5th century to 18th century CE). Beginning with the collapse of the mighty Roman Empire, students will become familiar with and think critically about the social, cultural, technological and philosophical advancements posited in the so-called Dark Ages and Medieval Era, the re-application of classic Greek thought, art and architecture during the European Renaissance, and the great awakening/political upheaval that was the Enlightenment. While the focus of this class will be on traditional Western structures, all major events of world history during this time frame will be covered. How did the world get from the fall of the influential but highly dictatorial Roman Empire to the birth of the United States of America—a kingless Republic founded upon Enlightenment values? This class will address that meaningful question. And, in the process, offer students more opportunities to become informed, critically-thinking, socially-engaged and empowered 21st century citizens and scholars. Aiding in this education will be teacher and student presentations, a range of reading materials, quizzes, tests, reading and written assignments, online supplemental resources, in-class discussion, peer-review processes, and a few major projects. The workload in this course will be moderate-heavy. An advanced course will be available by request and permission only.

    Mock Trial 13+ F 9:30 Rm #
    Teacher: Elena Licu
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 13 and up
    1.5 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. The class 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!


    Modern Day Pioneering 13+ 1:00 Rm. 31
    Teacher: Julie Doughty
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 13 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $60.00
    Learn about homesteading practices on a small farm and explore skills and techniques you can use in your own back yard. Topics will include growing annual and perennial food plants; trees; raising animals for eggs, milk, fiber, and feathers; beekeeping; composting; the farm ecosystem; and creating small structures such as raised beds, fencing, and pens. Both modern and historical methods will be discussed. Learn to use and preserve the harvest and explore the ways various parts of the farm interrelate and support each other. We will also explore the economics of homesteading, the idea of self sufficiency, and some of the effects of regulation. Meat production will only be addressed tangentially and at the comfort level of the class. Some projects will require minimal preparation outside of class or completion at home. There will also be outside reading.

    Modern Day Pioneering 6-9 11:00 Rm. 31
    Teacher: To be determined
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 6 - 9
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    Coming Soon...

    Modern Day Pioneering 9-12 9:30 F Rm. 31
    Teacher: Julie Doughty
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 9 - 12
    1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    Learn about homesteading on a small farm or in your own back yard. Topics will include growing food; trees; raising animals for eggs, milk, fiber, and feathers; bees; composting; and managing water. Both modern and historical methods will be discussed. Learn to use and preserve the harvest and explore the ways various parts of the farm interrelate and support each other. Meat production will only be addressed tangentially and at the comfort level of the class. Some projects will require minimal preparation outside of class or be brought home to be continued or completed if you wish.


    Music Theory and History 14+ Rm #23
    Teacher: Rick Sowash
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    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 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. Mr. Sowash, who is a composer of classical music, will also share some of his own works with the class.


    Mythology II 11-13 1:00 Rm. 36
    Teacher: Joe Kozak
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 11 - 13
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    A continuation of the concepts and themes that students learned from Mythology I, Mythology II will focus on (but not be limited to) myths, legends and folktales from the Australian, African, and Asian regions. Students will continue to explore how myths 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 Hermione Granger has in common with Baba Yaga. Using various approaches to the material such as reading, writing, Reader’s Theatre, analysis, and interactive activities, this course will explore the greatest stories ever told!



    Selected Resources and Materials

    Books

    Ashkenazi, Michael. (2008). Handbook of Japanese Mythology
    Oxford University Press

    Chandler, Robert. (2012) Russian Magic Tales from Pushkin to Platonov
    New York: Penguin Books Ltd.

    Smith, W. Ramsay (2003) Myths and Legends of the Australian Aborigines
    New York: Puffin Books

    Woodson, Carter Godwin (2009) African Myths and Folktales
    New York: Dover Publications, Inc.


    Materials. Students will be expected to bring writing utensils and a notebook to class each day. Additionally, each student should have a folder or binder for keeping track of the reading materials, homework assignments, and handouts received in class each day. Finally, students are encouraged to bring their computers to class as there will be circumstances where they will need them to take notes or do research for projects.


    Mythology II 14+ 2:15 Rm. 36
    Teacher: Joe Kozak
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    A continuation of the concepts and themes that students learned from Mythology I, Mythology II will focus on (but not be limited to) myths, legends and folktales from the Australian, African, and Asian regions. Students will continue to explore how myths 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 Hermione Granger has in common with Baba Yaga. Using various approaches to the material such as reading, writing, Reader’s Theatre, analysis, and interactive activities, this course will explore the greatest stories ever told!



    Selected Resources and Materials

    Books

    Ashkenazi, Michael. (2008). Handbook of Japanese Mythology
    Oxford University Press

    Chandler, Robert. (2012) Russian Magic Tales from Pushkin to Platonov
    New York: Penguin Books Ltd.

    Smith, W. Ramsay (2003) Myths and Legends of the Australian Aborigines
    New York: Puffin Books

    Woodson, Carter Godwin (2009) African Myths and Folktales
    New York: Dover Publications, Inc.


    Materials. Students will be expected to bring writing utensils and a notebook to class each day. Additionally, each student should have a folder or binder for keeping track of the reading materials, homework assignments, and handouts received in class each day. Finally, students are encouraged to bring their computers to class as there will be circumstances where they will need them to take notes or do research for projects.


    Peace Jam Ambassadors 13+ Fri. Rm #33
    Teacher: Elizabeth Tillis-Gilland
    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 Ambassadors 13+ Wed. Rm
    Teacher: 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 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. Students 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 five 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 : $40.00
    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 They also create a major Global Call to Action project to be showcased for the Great Lakes Peace Jam Conference in Kalamazoo, Michigan. 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 Kalamazoo, Michigan at the Great Lakes Peace Jam Conference. This is an amazing, inspiring, and really fun class!


    Psychology 14+ Rm #21
    Teacher: Sarah Skeggs
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $50.00
    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.

    Secrets, Lies&Conspiracy Through History 14+ W Rm.
    Teacher: Alex Schrank
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $35.00
    Was the Illuminati ever a real secret society? What ​really ​goes on at Area 51? In this class, we’ll explore thousands of years of human history, from the plot to kill Julius Caesar to the unsolved mysteries that confound us in the present. We’ll read declassified government documents, listen to UFO eyewitnesses (including a U.S. president!), and separate truth from fiction by examining the evidence ourselves.


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