ENGAGING OUR COMMUNITY
This full year course open to 9th and 10th graders is designed to facilitate engagement between students and their community utilizing research methods and technology to develop various forms of media presentations. Students will be exploring the importance of oral history and documenting historical and current events. Possible projects include making short films, documentaries, and promotional material for the school community. Emphasis will be placed on encouraging students to discover their role and their ability to engage in their community.
In this elective, students will examine current national and global issues that are relevant to the world today. Students will critically examine modern forms of media and be expected to present their findings in front of an audience of their peers. Major assessments include leading small group discussions on contemporary issues of their choice, a research-based persuasive essay, and identifying propaganda and bias in movies, documentaries, and other forms of media. Examples of contemporary issues to be examined include, but are not limited to: injustice, race, discrimination, global politics, genocide, terrorism, and school violence.
This course is a general introduction to sociology, the scientific study of our society. Sociology can help us to understand ourselves better since it examines how the social world influences the way we think, feel, and act. The aim of this course is to understand the social world around us. Major topics will include origins of sociology & research methods, culture, socialization, deviance & social control, and social inequality & stratification. This is an engaging project-based interactive course. Group interaction, discussion, and reflection are core expectations.