Biblical Hebrew I provides an introduction to the ancient Hebrew language. The course will begin with a few weeks of introductory work devoted to the ancient Hebrew alphabet and the sounds of the letters. Students will then learn how to pronounce full words and, later on, full sentences. Subsequent grammatical material will focus on the noun, the adjective, the definite article, and simple statements of existence, in addition to the structures and the meanings of the various verbal forms of ancient Hebrew. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity not only to pronounce, but to read stories from the Old Testament in the original language of ancient Hebrew. Biblical stories from Genesis regarding the Creation, Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, and Joseph with his “coat of many colors” will be the subjects of our work of translation and interpretation. As students will find, reading the texts in the original, ancient language makes possible real insight not only into the stories themselves but into the process of close reading and analysis of any written work. Connections will be made where appropriate in the course between the grammatical forms of ancient Hebrew and those of other ancient languages like Aramaic (i.e., the language of Jesus), Ugaritic, ancient Arabic and Akkadian.
In this course students will develop their creative writing skills in several modes and genres. They will be given the tools and suggestions to develop a daily writing practice, to find inspiration, to complete first drafts and to revise/edit to completion. Virtual workshopping with other students will be a component of this course. We will work with examples of strong writing as models and a source for response pieces. Students will also write creative pieces in response to visual art and will learn to use found sources such as newspapers for inspiration. Students will learn to find appropriate contests and markets for submission, although submission will not be a requirement of the course.
This course covers topics such as savings and budgeting; managing credit cards; understanding a credit score and its implications; student loans for higher education; taxes and insurance; and how banks, the Federal Reserve and the Stock Exchange work. The goal of the course is to have the students develop a fundamental knowledge of concepts and vocabulary, which will become a foundation for sound financial decision-making in the future.
General Psychology introduces students to the major paradigms and systems in Psychology today. Students will be asked to treat Psychology like any other science, and use the scientific method to help them solve problems and gain a better understanding of themselves and others. As an introduction to the field of Psychology this class covers some of the most important as well as the most interesting fields within Psychology today including; Sensation and Perception, Consciousness and Dreams, Social Psychology, Personality Theories, and Abnormal Psychology. At the end of this class students will better understand all of the areas in their lives which are affected by Psychology everyday and be able to apply what they have learned to their own lives.
This course in astronomy is intended for both the enthusiast as well as those wishing to pursue further study in the field. The curriculum will be primarily qualitative in nature, with some basic mathematics and physics concepts being introduced when necessary or appropriate.
Topics of study will include: the fundamentals of astronomy; an introduction to the tools and techniques of modern astronomical observations; and historical development of our understanding of the Solar System as well as an introduction to extrasolar systems; the formation, nature, evolution, and death of stars; the interstellar medium; our Milky Way Galaxy; normal and active galaxies; large scale structure of the universe, and; modern ideas in cosmology and the early universe.
Latin III/IV is a continuation of the Latin II course and consists of three main components: (1) a review and acquisition of grammar and syntax, (2) the translation and close reading of texts written in the original Latin and (3) a study of the culture and history of the ancient Romans. The course will begin with a thorough overview of the basic Latin grammar and syntax learned in previous years of Latin (e.g., the declensions, conjugations, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, etc). Students will then proceed to items relating to the more advanced Latin grammar and syntax, including the various participial formations, the ablative absolute, the gerund and gerundive constructions and the forms and syntax of the subjunctives. As students work through the grammar and syntax, they will also be reading and analyzing texts of various lengths written by Caesar, Cicero, Ovid, Catullus, Vergil and other ancient writers not only so that they can practice and apply their understanding of the mechanics of the language but also so that they can gain a further appreciation of the richness and power of the Latin language.
The study of ancient Latin has witnessed a resurgence in recent years at both the Middle and the Upper School levels throughout the country -- and with good reason. Knowledge of the vocabulary of Latin is of course enormously helpful in deciphering the meanings and nuances of tens of thousands of words in English. Perhaps even more importantly, knowledge of the structure of the Latin language in terms of its grammar and syntax provides special insight into the (far simpler) structure of the English language, the mastery of which leads to an almost immediate improvement in the English writing skills of the student. The Latin I course offered through SophieConnect begins with an overview of the basic elements of English grammar and then proceeds to the systems of declensions and conjugations that are fundamental to Latin. Special attention will be paid to the developed case system for nouns and adjectives in Latin and to the various tenses of the Latin verb. Students will also work with Latin adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, pronouns and the passive voice. Daily exercises in Latin will reinforce what the students have learned, as will brief reading selections of modified ancient stories in Latin. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to learn about the culture and achievements of the ancient Romans. No prerequisites are required. The material in the course will be taught through a combination of video lectures and online tutorials designed to be used in conjunction with the textbook.
In the Nutrition and Wellness course, students will take a look at current nutritional trends, current food guides, food labels, and the many steps to get our food from the farm to the table. Students will delve into digestion and be introduced to the basic macro and micro nutrients (fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals). This knowledge will then be applied to a variety of topics, including food allergies/sensitivities, fuel for learning, and the effects of malnutrition. Students will research and discuss the most common diets and their advantages and disadvantages. This will lead into a discussion regarding healthy weight management and disordered eating. This course will also offer a basic introduction to sports nutrition, and nutrition throughout the stages of life (pregnancy, baby, child, adolescent, and adult).
This course will consider the dystopian genre by studying novels such as Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, 1984 by George Orwell, and The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. We will explore the common features of dystopia as speculative fiction and discuss why it became a vehicle for social commentary and the expression of social and political anxieties in the 20th Century.