Every college-bound high school student needs to know how to use a research library and plan, organize, and write an 8- to 12-page academic paper with proper citations. This class takes students through each of these steps. The class will involve trips to two university or other research libraries, the specifics of which will depend on students' research interests; instruction in academic writing, including a refresher on the fundamentals of good writing; guidance on finding online sources appropriate for academic writing; step-by-step assistance with planning, organizing, and writing an 8- to 12-page academic paper; instruction in use of Turabian/Chicago and MLA citations; and feedback on the final project and throughout the process. This class is most appropriate for rising high school juniors and seniors and/or students interested in pursuing dual-enrollment coursework. Students must be able to commit to spending two or more hours researching and/or writing outside of class each day. Admission is contingent on a writing sample.
This content-rich 10-day class, for rising 5th-9th graders, involves students directly in a variety of hands-on projects, games, and activities to expand students' understanding of U.S. and world geography. Prior geographic knowledge is welcome but not assumed. Strong reading skills and the ability to work cooperatively are a must. Most days will involve some sort of project to be completed at home to be shared with the group the following day. This 10-day class is equivalent in content to my 10-week "Hands-On Geography" (A) class.
This class is for rising 5th-9th graders who have already taken "Hands-On Geography" (A). Students will engage in a variety of hands-on projects, games, and activities to further develop their understanding of U.S. and world geography. Strong reading skills and the ability to work cooperatively are a must. Most days will involve some sort of project to be completed at home to be shared with the group the following day. This 10-day class is equivalent in content to my 10-week "Hands-On Geography" (B) class.
This highly interactive 10-day class for rising 9th-12th graders engages students in running the world they will inherit. As officials of imaginary countries, they will employ critical thinking skills, negotiation techniques, and problem solving methods to lead their people towards peace and prosperity. (Or will they?) Working individually and in teams, they will decide when to cooperate and when to compete, when to bargain and when to take a stand, how systems are interrelated and how to adjust to life’s surprises. Readings in political science, international affairs, current events, people management, moral philosophy, literature, and economics provide discussion points and context for the simulation. Excellent reading skills (high school+ level) and the ability to work cooperatively are a must. Honors option: for students who would like to extend their learning, there is the option of preparing a dossier addressing the issues and challenges facing a specific country.
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