SEQUENCE 3: 3: CLASSIC AND COMTEMPORARYACADEMIC WRITRING, AND GOVERNMENT/ECONOMICS
English: Contemporary world literature, trends and notable authors. New directions in drama, the novel, poetry, and nonfiction, science fiction, and futurism. Writing skills in research and rhetoric.
Social Studies: Studies in American and comparative governments. Introduction to political philosophers. Examines major global political and economic issues including resource use, population, globalization, interdependence, and futurism.
These courses are taught in conjunction and must be taken together for the entire year. Any student who leaves this sequence at the semester must enroll in both an economics class and government class to complete the requirements for both courses.
With a solid foundation in English Language and Literature and the social sciences, the students are ready for more advanced interdisciplinary studies this sequence.
By reading classic texts like To Kill a Mockingbird, Fahrenheit 451 and Hamlet, science fiction works such as Alas Babylon, as well as the philosophical novels The Good Earth and Siddhartha, students ponder what makes a leader, notions of free will, and what the future may hold for society. Through varied literary selections, they explore such places as China and India, and the Jim Crow South in the United States.
Thesis development and support are key areas highlight in this year’s writing curriculum which stresses academic, advanced composition skills. College readiness is further emphasized in lessons taught to improve vocabulary, reading comprehension, and English language conventions.
This year’s course also helps students understand the political process in the United States, as well as the American economic system. Students are introduced to the ideas of Enlightenment political philosophers, such as John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. In-depth analysis of the Declaration of Independence, Federalist Papers, and the U.S. Constitution are a key part of this course. As this is global education government, a comparison to other government styles is also included.
Students study key macroeconomic principles in context of the political process and the interdependence of the global economy. Beyond simple supply and demand, students learn to understand the role of the Fed, the money supply, as well as buying and selling stocks. Mortgages, IRA’s, and other personal finance activities are also included this year.
This sequence also includes research-based experiential learning projects. Class discussion, group activities, and both formal and informal presentations are other important aspects of this sequence.