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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
Single-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.
Introduction to Film Studies
Single-semester course. Students in this course will watch, analyze, and write about classical films in many genres. Film will be approached as both art and entertainment, addressing such questions as:
- How does a film use different elements to tell its story (e.g., editing, acting, plot)?
- How does a film shape the viewer’s understanding of the world or reflect the understanding of the filmmakers?
- How did various techniques of filmmaking develop, and why?
- How do you write a critique or review of a film?
Japanese Culture Through Film (Summer Course)
Single-semester 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.
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.
Preparation for Rhetoric Writing
Full-year course. One-year “crash course” preparation for high school rhetoric. Designed for high school students who have missed the prerequisites (at the suggested middle school grades) and need additional training before beginning a formal rhetoric course. Prepares students for entering Rhetoric I.
Full-year course. The first year of a 3-year high school sequence. Read about our rhetoric sequence here. Introduction to the techniques of persuasive writing. Drawing on the extensive written tradition stretching from Plato to Montaigne, this course teaches students how to order their thoughts and words in the great patterns set down over the last few thousand years–patterns which are enriching and powerful.
Full-year course. The third year of the Academy’s 3-year high school sequence. Read about our rhetoric sequence here. This course follows our Rhetoric II class. The focus is on writing mature argumentative essays across a number of topics and in different contexts; advanced skills in research and citation; analysis of modern scholarly essays, advertisements, and other contemporary forms. The materials used in this course are intended for mature high school students.
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.
Creative Non-Fiction Writing for the Rhetoric Stage
Single-semester course. A semester-long workshop designed to introduce students to the craft and techniques of creative nonfiction. Students will explore the origins of creative nonfiction while practicing their own writing within the genre. In particular, students will read personal essays, both canonical and contemporary, that exemplify remarkable use of description, narration, characterization, openings, endings, and tension. The readings are aimed at developing the students’ own writing practice. The focus throughout is on identifying and applying specific prose techniques.
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