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    First Semester - Government

    Essential Question: What is the Role of Government?

    • Political Ideologies
      • Where are you on the political spectrum?
    • Examination of 2 Major Parties
    • The Election Process
      • Electoral process
      • Campaign finance
      • Getting involved in the community-Sunshine Project (Project Based Learning)
    • The Constitution
      • 3 branches
      • Contemporary Constitutional Issues
    • Classroom Based Assessment – Constitutional Issues (CBA -state mandated assessment)
    • Close examination of current issues (ongoing weekly Friday seminars)
    • Foreign Policy
      • Current policy
      • America’s role in the world

    Dessert and Politics Exhibition – students will host an evening of dessert and debate over the issues of the day and will invite parents and guardians to attend and engage in political discourse.

    Second Semester – Economics 

    Essential Question:  Why do people act the way they do?

    • Trip to Olympia to meet with elected representatives
    • Economics – “The Dismal Science”?
      • Basics of economic understanding
      • Key terms and theories
    • Environment and the Economy
      • Public vs. private stewardship
      • Incentives vs. penalties
      • Renewable resource management
    • The Global Marketplace
      • International trade
      • World poverty
      • Labor in the world market
    • The Stock Market (Project Based Learning)
      • mechanics of the market
      • how companies go public
    • Taxation, social responsibility and the national debt
      • Where does your money go?
      • Types of taxes
    • Personal Finance (Project Based Learning)
      • Career reality – how much will you make?
      • Budgeting
      • Post college realities
      • Credit card use and abuse
      • Retirement planning – can’t start too soon

    Essential Question:  How do we account for complexity and make meaning in an unpredictable world?

    First Semester 

    • Memoir and Personal Narrative
      Learn the elements of narrative
      Read and analyze examples of memoir
      Research components to an effective college entrance essay
      Final Outcome - Memoir and College Entrance Application Essay
    • The Odyssey
      Learn history and context for ancient Greek mythology
      Learn strategies to read a complex text closely
      Use literary lenses to analyze and frame questions about the text
      Final Products -
      1. Create an artistic representation of a symbol or significant image from the text 2. Write a literary analysis essay in response to the text

    • Frankenstein
      Learn history and context for Enlightenment and Romantic Eras
      Learn strategies to read a complex text closely
      Use literary lenses to analyze and frame questions about the text
      Apply knowledge of literary devices to analyze the text
      Final Outcome -
      Multiple in-class writing samples, and one final revised essay

    Second Semester

    • Poetry
      Read and analyze multiple genres and styles of poetry from a variety of eras and places, including contemporary written and spoken word poetry
      Learn multiple common poetry forms, including the sonnet
      Write Poetry in multiple styles and forms
      Final Outcome -
      Poetry Anthology

    • The Great Gatsby
      Learn history and context for the Modern Era
      Learn strategies to read a complex text closely
      Use literary lenses to analyze and frame questions about the text
      Apply knowledge of literary devices to analyze the text
      Final Outcome -
      Multiple in-class writing samples, and one final revised essay

    • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
      Learn history and context for the Post-War and Postmodern Era
      Learn strategies to read a complex text closely
      Use literary lenses to analyze and frame questions about the text
      Apply knowledge of literary devices to analyze the text
      Final Outcome -
      Manifesto