Perhaps no other skill is as important to your academic and professional success as writing. In this course you, your classmates, and teacher pay close attention to the writing process as well as to the different kinds of writing that allow you to stretch your mind and talents.
The course draws upon a variety of acclaimed short stories, poems, essays, and novels to illustrate various genres of writing for different purposes. After reading and discussing these works, you engage in expressive writing that comes from personal experience, including description and narration. You then turn to an extensive study and practice of the different kinds of expository writing, including definition, classification, illustration, comparison and contrast, argumentation and critical analysis. Frequent in- and out-of class essays build your ease and effectiveness as a writer.
Having gained a solid foundation in the various modes of discourse and in the writing process itself, you explore the world of writing by composing original work in any of the creative forms that appeal to you, including fiction, poetry and drama. By the end of the course, you have built a portfolio of your writing that is bound and, if you choose, shared with the rest of your class. If you wish, you may share your work with the entire community at an all-school assembly in the final weeks of Summer Session.
The major political, economic, social and cultural forces that shaped America from the early 19th to the early 20th century are explored in depth. You conclude this intensive historical survey course by touching upon the emergence of the United States as a world power from 1898 through two World Wars, the Vietnam conflict, and the end of the Cold War. Materials include a textbook augmented by secondary works, films, guest speakers, original source materials, and class trips to historic sites in New England.
Some of the topics you will cover include: parallel lines and planes; properties of triangles, quadrilaterals and circles; congruent and similar triangles, area of polygons; trigonometry and coordinate geometry. Successful completion of Algebra I is a prerequisite for enrolling in this course.
Throughout, you learn to use various methods of scientific investigation while collecting data, making careful observations and interpreting results. You spend significant time in the laboratory, where you become familiar with research instruments including microscopes, spectrophotometers, pH meters, conductivity meters, analytical balances, water baths and Van Doren bottles.
Kinetic theory, with particular application to the states of matter, lays the foundation for further investigation of thermodynamics, solutions, kinetics and equilibrium, acids and bases. At the end of the course, special topics are introduced. The laboratory plays an important role in this course because experiments are designed to enable you to use standard chemical equipment and procedures. Successful completion of Algebra II and Biology is a prerequisite.
Through experiments and labs, you learn to organize, manipulate and summarize experimental data into charts, graphs and tables, propose and justify a sequence of steps leading to a solution, and evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of a solution to a physics problem. Successful completion of Algebra II, Chemistry and Trigonometry is a prerequisite for enrolling in Physics.