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Please note: Summer classes begin June 10 and Summer Grace Period ends June 30th. Fall classes start August 19 and Fall Grace Period ends September 15th.
Music History & Appreciation
One-semester course. Students will work through the major periods of western music history to gain an understanding of how music developed and how it both shaped and reflected the cultural changes of the time. This course will allow students to discuss music as it relates to major historical events; to see the innovation in each type of music; to know the historical value of major composers’ contributions to culture; and to learn how to listen carefully to music and analyze it using vocabulary we have learned.
Japanese Culture Through Film
Summer course. For decades, the animated films and TV series of Japan have delighted audiences throughout the world. But how closely related are the Japan of anime and the Japan of the real world? What can we learn about the history and culture of the Japanese people through their most famous and popular films? Students will explore these and related questions in this friendly seminar-style introduction to Japanese history, folklore, and pop culture.
Full-year course.This course builds on the foundation established in Spanish I. Over the course of the academic year, students will: learn how to give their opinions, learn how to use the imperfect and present perfect, discuss different types of texts, learn how to retell a story, and learn how to talk about the future, formulating both hypotheses and possibilities. Students will use skills in the following areas and build global competency skills for future careers and experience based on the World-readiness Standards for Learning Languages from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.
Full-year course. This course builds on the foundation established in Latin I. It is designed to excite students about Latin and encourage them to continue study in high school or at the college level. Over the course of the academic year, students will encounter Latin through a rich reading of Roman culture, using excerpts from Latin texts. Students will read, understand, and interpret Latin.
Full-year course. This introductory course is designed to excite students about the language and cultures of German-speaking countries and give them a foundation for continued study in high school or at the college level. Students will use skills in the following areas and build global competency skills for future careers and experience based on the World-readiness Standards for Learning Languages from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. Students will develop basic competencies in the four modalities of language learning: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Summer French Reading Club
Summer course. The French Summer Reading Club is designed to keep French students practicing their language skills and engaged in reading and discussion over the summer break. Students will come together with their instructor once a week to talk about that week’s reading and learn about the French language and the countries around the world where it is spoken.
Preparation for Pre-Algebra
Full-year course. Formerly Mathematics Foundations. This is designed as a course for students who have completed a K-6 math program, but have poor math skills or significant gaps in their math education. Therefore, some basic skills like measurement, time, and the metric system will not be covered. This course is designed to prepare students for upper middle school mathematics and science courses at the Well-Trained Mind Academy, including pre-algebra. Preparation for Pre-Algebra includes a review of basic arithmetic skills, including operations, number theory, decimals, percents, integers, variables, the Cartesian plane, and basic geometry. Emphasis is given to mastering fractions. The course also includes brief introductions to radicals and exponents, statistics, and probability.
Algebra I (AoPS)
Full-year course. Prepares the student for challenging upper-level courses such as Number Theory, Geometry, Intermediate Algebra, Pre-Calculus, and other exciting classes. Algebra 1 focuses on problem-solving, logic, and engagement with upper-level math to foster in-depth understanding and enjoyment.
Astronomy for the Logic Stage
One-semester course (Spring only). This class studies astronomy at a logic-stage level. Students will use various internet-based sources, time lines, summaries, and outlines to learn about astronomy, from the earliest stargazing to the newest scientific discoveries.
Biology for the Logic Stage
Full-year course. Biology for the Logic Stage is a course in the study of life and living things. This course will help us all to better appreciate the creatures around us, understand the marvels of the human body and the magnificent processes of life. Throughout the year, we will investigate why living things look and behave like they do. We will uncover the concepts of cells, DNA, classification and cycles in the biosphere, plants, invertebrates, vertebrates, migration and defenses in animals and the human body.
Chemistry for the Logic Stage
Full-year course. This course is designed to provide inquiry-based instruction tailored to logic-stage (middle school) students of chemistry. Specific topics of exploration include the periodic table of elements, properties of matter and solutions, chemical reactions, acid-base chemistry, biochemistry, and the chemistry of industry. Throughout each unit of study, we will implement and discuss key components of the scientific method. Many of the concepts we explore build on each other, making it essential for students to continually reflect on their understanding of the content. Students will be expected to demonstrate connections through narrative summaries, complete independent and group assignments, collect and analyze data, and compose written scientific reports.
Mythology for the Logic Stage
One-semester course (Spring only). In this course, we will study Greek and Roman myths as told by ancient authors such as Hesiod, Homer, and Ovid. We will learn how these ancient civilizations used stories of gods, monsters, heroes, and transformations to better understand the world around them, and what the myths tell us about their cultures. We’ll also compare these stories to mythology in other traditions, explore the impact of classical mythology on literature, art, and culture of later time periods, and discover elements of mythology in the world around us today. At the end of the course, students will use their knowledge of the functions and common themes of mythology to create their own modern myths.
Physics for the Logic Stage
Full-year course. Physics for the Logic Stage provides an exploration of the field of physics while teaching the basics of the scientific method. Throughout the year, we will address the concepts of forces and motion, friction and gravity, pressure and work, energy, thermodynamics, sound, light, simple machines, electricity and magnetism.
Reading for the Logic Stage
Full-year course. Reading for the Logic Stage is designed to engage middle grade students in reading and literary discussion. Students will come together with their instructor once a week to talk about that week’s reading. The instructor will provide prompts for class discussion; these questions will guide that week’s discussion. Students will also be given the opportunity to serve as discussion facilitators throughout the semester.
Summer Reading Club 1
Summer course. The WTMA Summer Reading Club is designed to keep logic-stage students engaged in reading and discussion over the summer break. Students will come together with their instructor once a week to talk about that week’s reading. Course Theme: “Unlikely Heroes and Epic Adventures”
Summer Reading Club 2
Summer course. The WTMA Summer Reading Club is designed to keep logic-stage students engaged in reading and discussion over the summer break. Students will come together with their instructor once a week to talk about that week’s reading. Course Theme: “Magical Worlds and Talking Beasts”
Expository Writing I
Full-year course. Building pre-rhetoric skills in organization, sentence structure, and research skills. Covers narrative summaries, chronological narratives, descriptions, biographical sketches, and sequences, plus beginning literary essays about both fiction and poetry; one- and two-level outlining; thesaurus use, note-taking, and documentation.
Single-semester course. Basic English grammar crash course: a survey of essential grammar concepts and skills, for students who do not have a solid grasp of basic grammar. Parts of speech and their uses, mechanics, verb tenses, and fundamental skills in diagramming.
Single-semester course. For students who have a solid understanding of basic grammar concepts. Builds on foundational skills and explores the definitions and functions of all parts of speech, reinforces mechanics, enhances understanding of verb tenses, and practices fundamental skills in diagramming.
Single-semester course. English grammar course for students who have an understanding of parts of speech and their functions but have not studied more advanced sentence structure. We will cover phrases, clauses, complex sentence structure, sentence transformations, and advanced diagramming.
Single-semester course. A truly advanced English grammar course for students who have mastered basic and intermediate concepts but have not studied advanced sentence structure and function. We will cover modifiers, advanced verbs, troublesome grammatical elements, and diagramming.
Creative Writing for the Logic Stage
Single-semester course with full-year option. Creative Writing for the Logic Stage is a semester-long elective course that will meet once per week. We will be exploring different aspects and genres of creative writing through analysis of an assortment of readings and completing various writing exercises.
Study Skills for the Logic Stage
Single-semester course. This course will provide direct instruction in such basic academic skills as close reading, note-taking, material review, and quiz and test preparation. The course will also emphasize study routines, strategies for meeting deadlines, personal organization, filing and storage of academic materials, and time management.
Study Skills with Introduction to Online Learning
Summer course. This course will cover the basics of successfully participating in and completing an online class. We will cover navigating the online classroom environment, engaging in productive online discussions, and computer literacy. The course will also emphasize note taking, time management, meeting deadlines, study strategies, and personal organization skills that can be applied in all class settings.
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