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 High School Course Descriptions from Monday Academic Program
English / Langauge Arts
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English I / II / III 2017-2018 (K. Dennis)

English Literature and Composition is an introduction to literary genres and the varying types of writing with the goal of making students better communicators and deeper thinkers. In this course, students read, summarize, analyze, and explain a wide variety of printed materials including short stories, poetry, drama, and novels from a variety of literary periods.  Literature works included Beowulf, Julius Caesar, The Art of War*, The Odyssey, Do Hard Things, Mara Daughter of the Nile, The Imitation of Christ, Fahrenheit 451*, and The Epic of Gilgamesh.  Composition covers different styles of writing including playwriting, narrative writing, creative writing, biographical essay, persuasive essay, personal autobiography, and a research paper.

*indicates books used for Honors projects

Grading Criteria:

Grammar (daily exercises): 12.5%

Writing Exercises: 12.5%

Essays: 25%

Literature (reading, responses, projects): 50%

 
English I/II 2018-2019 (K. Dennis)
In this course, students will read a variety of literature while learning and improving skills in reading, analyzing, and writing about literature. Using short stories, novels, poetry, and drama, students will learn literary elements including plot and structure, characters, theme, setting, and point of view. This course will guide students in recognizing an author’s worldview and comparing it to the biblical worldview so that they may exercise discernment in all their reading.  Works to be studied include Romeo and Juliet, Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court / The Time Machine, I Am David / The Hiding Place, Pride and Prejudice / Frankenstein / Jane Eyre, Animal Farm, and a survey of British poetry.  For writing, students will learn and improve paragraph and essay writing and engage in creative writing assignments including poetry and short stories.

Grading Criteria:

Grammar (daily exercises): 12.5%

Writing Exercises: 20%

Essays: 17.5%

Literature (reading, responses, projects): 50%

 
English II/III/IV /  British Literature 2018-2019 (K. Dennis)
In this course, students will read a variety of pieces from British literature ranging from the 13th century to post modern times.  They learn and improve skills in reading, analyzing, and writing about literature. Using short stories, novels, poetry, and drama, students will learn literary elements including plot and structure, characters, theme, setting, and point of view. Students will also become familiar with recognizing literary devices such as allusions, parallelism, symbolism, allegories, and irony. This course will guide students in recognizing an author’s worldview and comparing it to the biblical worldview so that they may exercise discernment in all their reading.  Works to be studied include Pilgrim's Progress, MacBeth, Cantebury Tales, Great Expectations, Pride and Prejudice / Frankenstein / Jane Eyre, Animal Farm, a survey of British poetry, and British essays including "24 hours in London," "Solitude of the Country," and "A Modest Proposal."  For writing, students will write narrative, descriptive, and persuassive essays, a research paper, a literary analysis essay, a short story, and several pieces of poetry along with informal responses to literature.

Grading Criteria:

Grammar (daily exercises): 12.5%

Writing Exercises: 20%

Essays: 17.5%

Literature (reading, responses, projects): 50%

 
English I/II/III/IV  American Literature 2019-2020 (K. Dennis)

In this course, students will read and study American literature from the oral myths and tales of the Native Americans to the modern literature of the 20th century. Literature studies will focus on the movements of American literature as students learn the characteristics, values, themes, and styles common to Colonial literature, the Age of Reason, Romanticism, Transcendentalism, Dark Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, the Harlem Renaissance, Modernism, and Postmodernism. Authors and works to be studied include Jonathan Edwards, William Bradford, Ben Franklin, Ralph Waldo Emmerson, Henry David Thoreau, Edgar Allen Poe, Mark Twain, The Glass Menagerie, The Great Gatsby*, Their Eyes Were Watching God*, Slaughterhouse Five*, The House of Seven Gables*, The Scarlett Letter*, and more. Composition assignments include poetry, PowerPoint presentations, Literature Analysis Essays, and persuasive essays.

*Books were chosen by students and parents, so specific books may vary.


Grading Criteria:

Literature: 25%

Writing: 30%

Grammar & Vocabulary: 20%

Essays: 25%

 
 English II/III/IV World Literature 2020-2021 (K. Dennis)

Students will embark on an overview of World literature from a variety of cultures and countries. Literary study will be infused with historical applications for a better understanding of the social and historical context of the readings. Writing assignments will include responses to literature journal entries, essays, and creative writing.  Reading material includes Around the World in 80 Days, I Am Malala, The House on Mango Street, Things Fall Apart, The Good Earth, The Metamorphosis, The Cherry Orchard, poetry, short stories, and classic myths and tales. Composition will include formal and informal writing assignments, a Position Essay, a Personal Vignette Project, and Author Study, persuasive writing, and more.


Grading Criteria:

Literature Responses: 25%

Literature Tests & Projects: 25%

Writing Assignments: 25%

Essays: 25%

 Social Studies
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Ancient History 2017-2018 (K. Dennis)

This course is a survey of ancient world history from the beginning of time through the end of the Middle Ages.  The course discusses cultures and civilizations from around the world. A special emphasis is placed on key events, key ideas, key persons, and everyday life in various time periods of world history. In addition to the textbook, students read a  number of original documents and speeches. 

Textbook: Exploring World History Vol. 1 by Ray Notgrass

Grading Criteria

Unit Completion: 40%

Essays, Reports, Projects: 40%

Tests (2/semester): 20%

 
World History 2018-2019 (J. Ham)

This course is a survey of world history from the middle ages through modern times.  The course discusses cultures and civilizations from around the world. A special emphasis is placed on key events, key ideas, key persons, and everyday life in various time periods of world history. In addition to the textbook, students read a  number of original documents and speeches. Students will be responsible for weekly reading, questions, quizzes, in class discussion and participation, group projects, and a living wax museum presentation.

Textbook: Exploring World History Vol. 2 by Ray Notgrass
Grading Criteria
30% Unit Completion (questions/quizzes)
20% In-class Discussion
30% Projects/Reports
20% Semester Exams

 
American History 2019-2020 (J. Ham)
 
US Government 2020 (J. Ham)
 
 US Economics 2021 (J. Ham)
 Science
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Physical Science 2016-2017 (C. Dennis)

Physical Science is the study of the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton's Laws, gravity, and astrophysics. The course will include lectures, class discussions, lab experiments, and daily assignments.  Students will be expected to work simple mathematical computations and complete outside reading assignments. 

Textbook: Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science (2nd Edition) ISBN-13: 978-1932012774

Grading Criteria:

Tests 35%

Lab reports 40%

Study Questions 25%


Physical Science 2018-2019 (M. Romano)

Physical Science is the study of the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton's Laws, gravity, and astrophysics. The course will include lectures, class discussions, lab experiments, and daily assignments.  Students will be expected to work simple mathematical computations and complete outside reading assignments. 

Textbook: Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science (2nd Edition) ISBN-13: 978-1932012774

Grading Criteria:
OYO/daily work: 10%
Science Fair/special projects: 10%
Labs: 30%
Tests: 40%
Final exam: 10%

 
 Physical Science 2020-2021 (R. Wheeler and R. Smith)

Physical Science is the study of the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton's Laws, gravity, and astrophysics. The course will include lectures, class discussions, lab experiments, and daily assignments.  Students will be expected to work simple mathematical computations and complete outside reading assignments. 

Textbook: Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science (2nd Edition) ISBN-13: 978-1932012774


 
Biology 2017-2018 (M. Romano)

In this course, students study body systems, classifications of species, the chemistry of life, ecosystems, genetics as well as examine the theory of evolution including macroevolution and microevolution. Through class discussion, labs (including dissection), and additional hands-on experiments students reinforce the at-home reading assignments, enabling the students to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of science and the world around them.  Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Biology is a college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology, along with a strong emphasis on the vocabulary of biology.

Textbook: Apologia Exploring Creation with Biology (2nd Edition) ISBN-13: 978-1932012545

Grading Criteria:

Study Questions 15%

Labs 35%

Tests 40%

Final 10%


 
 Biology 2020-2021 (R. Wheeler and R. Smith)

In this course, students study body systems, classifications of species, the chemistry of life, ecosystems, genetics as well as examine the theory of evolution including macroevolution and microevolution. Through class discussion, labs (including dissection), and additional hands-on experiments students reinforce the at-home reading assignments, enabling the students to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of science and the world around them.  Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Biology is a college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology, along with a strong emphasis on the vocabulary of biology.

Textbook: Apologia Exploring Creation with Biology (2nd Edition) ISBN-13: 978-1932012545

 
 Biology 2020-2021 (R. Smith)
 
 Chemistry 2018-2019 (B. Baine and J. Mosley)

In this course, students will gain an understanding of scientific measurements & units, classification of matter, chemical equations and reactions, atomic & molecular structure and more.  Completion of Algebra I is necessary before taking this course. Labs are “hands-on” and some virtual. The beginning of class will be spent explaining concepts discussed in the text, answering questions, reviewing, explaining lab procedures, and making sure that students have adequate knowledge of the material.  During the lab portion, student will perform experiments that  help “bring to life” what they've learned.  Lab work will explore mass, measurements, conversions, density, electrical conductivity, physical and chemical change, charges, covalent bonds, ionic comppounds, acids and bases, solubility, and reactions.  

Textbook: Apologia Exploring Creation With Chemistry (2nd Ed.), ISBN#:978-1-932012-26-2

Grading Criteria:

Homework 25%

Tests 40 %

Final 15%

Sciene Fair Project 20%


 
 Chemistry 2020-2021 (R. Smith)
 
 Environmental Science (Dr. J. Mosley)
Environmental Science is a year-long high school science class designed to show thematic connections between a variety of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, and physics. It gives students a coherent and realistic picture of the applications of a variety of scientific concepts as they manifest in our environment. Topics covered include ecology, mineral and energy resources, population, ecosystems, biomes, biodiversity, climate change, land, water, air, and agriculture.  The aim of this course to increase students' knowledge of the environmental challenges of today while continuing to cultivate scientific critical thinking skills.  Students will complete a multiple labs in class and at home
Grading Criteria
Homework 15%
Labs 20%
Quizzes and Tests 30%
Projects 20%
Class Participation 15%
 
 Environmental Science 2020-2021 (M. Altman)
 Spanish
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 Spanish I (R. Nunez)

This class will give students the foundation to use Spanish in everyday life. Students will develop practical language skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing through songs, games, videos, and real life practice scenarios. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to carry on basic conversations in Spanish covering time & date, weather, food, school, family, and their hobbies. Students will also receive grammar instruction on topics including verb conjugation, noun/adjective agreement, syntax, and other foundational concepts.

Textbook:  Realidades 1 by Prentice Hall

Grading Criteria:

Units: 80%

Midterm Exam: 10%

Final Exam: 10%


 
Spanish II (R. Nunez)

This course builds on foundational knowledge learned in Spanish I to further students’ skills for using Spanish in everyday life. Students develop practical language skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing through songs, games, videos, and real life practice scenarios. Upon completion of this course, students are able to carry on basic conversations in Spanish including topics such as school & extracurricular activities, personal hygiene, celebrations & competitions, doctor visits, natural disasters, and movies. Students also receive grammar instruction on topics including verb conjugation (present and past tense), noun/adjective agreement, syntax, and other foundational concepts.

Textbook:  Realidades 2 by Prentice Hall

Grading Criteria:

Units: 80%

Midterm Exam: 10%

Final Exam: 10%