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Intermediate Music Theory
Full-year course. Students will take their understanding of melody, harmony, rhythm, and notation to the next level by creating, manipulating, and analyzing chord progression and formal structure in instrumental works of the common practice period and the pop music of the later twentieth century.
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.
Full-year course. This introductory course is designed to excite students about the language and culture of Japan and give them a foundation for continued study in high school or at the college level. At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to introduce themselves and answer simple questions about topics covered in the class (speaking), provide basic biographical information with accuracy using the hiragana phonetic writing system (writing), be able to recognize and understand a few spoken expressions in conversation (listening), and understand short texts that convey simple information in the hiragana phonetic writing system (reading).
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. Latin III is designed to finish the Oxford Latin Course and begin reading upper intermediate Latin passages. By the end of this course, students will be able to read and interpret the works written by Roman authors in their original form. They will be familiar with poetry and prose, meter, and the idiosyncrasies found within the writing of certain authors. Students will have the pleasure of reading selections from the works of Eutropius, Horace, and Ovid, and they will also study the rhetorical devices employed by these various authors and learn about the authors and the times in which they were writing. In addition to solidifying understanding of the Latin language, the selection of readings is intended to provide students with a variety of styles and themes from the cannon of Latin authors.
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.
Full-year course. This course builds on the foundation established in German 1. Over the course of the year, students will learn how to shop for clothes in a German-speaking country, how to talk about their emotions and ask how others are doing, learn more about foods and the traditions surrounding them, and they will be able to talk about films they’ve seen. To accomplish these communicative tasks, they will learn the accompanying grammatical structures.
Full-year course. This course builds on the foundation established in French I. Over the course of the academic year, students will learn how to give their opinions, use the imperfect and present perfect, use and discuss common media, how to retell a story, and how to talk about the future, formulating both hypotheses and possibilities.
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.
Algebra II (AoPS)
Full-year course. Prepares the student for challenging upper level courses such as Number Theory, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and other exciting classes. Algebra II focuses on problem-solving, logic, and engagement with upper-level math to foster in-depth understanding and enjoyment.
Full-year course. Survey of introductory geometry, from points, lines, and planes, through triangles, perimeter and area, quadrilaterals, polygons, circles, three-dimensional geometry, curved surfaces, transformations, and analytical geometry, to an introduction to trigonometry.
Introduction to Number Theory
One-semester course (Summer). This course will be a challenging introduction to number theory, a look at how integers work, how they can work together, and what patterns we can create. We will cover primes and composites, base numbers, modular arithmetic, linear congruences, special numbers such as palindromes, and much more.
Astronomy for the Logic Stage
Single-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.
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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