Course Catalog

Use the filters below to sort through all of Deerfield’s course offerings. Please note that Period numbers only apply to spring electives.

COM200
Intro Programming & Web Design
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Ms Jimenez
P4
This course is designed for anyone who is interested in learning the basics of programming with a focus on creativity and design. Students will build their own web pages, learn to program in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and develop a better understanding of what is happening behind the scenes on the websites they use every day. Creativity is encouraged and no experience is necessary.
COM300
Intro to Java Programming
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Elective
NCAA
AP
In this two-term course, students with little to no computer programming experience will learn to code in the Java programming language. Students will also learn algorithmic thinking, data structures, and program design. This is a self-pace, hands-on course, and students learn to program by working both individually and in small teams. Students learn conditional statements, loops, arrays, and dictionaries, as well as more advanced topics as they are ready to move on; and are introduced to a development framework consisting of three main areas: conceptualization, explanation, and implementation. Modular, function-based programming is stressed, and students learn to develop high-quality applications using well-designed collections and algorithms.
COM420
Computer Science Projects
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FWS
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. DeVaughn-Brown
P5
In this course, students will have the opportunity to explore a topic in computer sciencethat interests them. Students have the option of choosing a track provided by the instructor in Advanced Java Programming, Robotics, or Game Design, or proposing their own track. And, with the guidance of the instructor, will complete an independent project. Through this course, students will learn critical thinking, problem solving, and programming techniques. Students will gain experience in working on large scale projects and implementing research techniques. It is highly recommended that students are familiar with basic programming (manipulating variables, conditionals, loops).
COM500
AP Computer Science
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FWS
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Concurrent Honors Precalculus or instructor permission
This is a course for students who have a serious interest in studying computer science. In this course students learn an object-oriented approach to programming, with the emphasis being on problem solving, algorithm development, and data structures. The course is demandingand requires significant work out of class. Students are expected to take the AP Computer Science A exam upon completion of this course.
COM502
Computer Science Principles
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FWS
FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP
In this course, students will have the opportunity to explore a topic in computer sciencethat interests them. Students have the option of choosing a track provided by the instructor in Advanced Java Programming, Robotics, iOS App Development, or Game Design. Students will also have the opportunity to propose their own track and, with the guidance of the instructor, complete an independent project. Through this course, students will learn critical thinking, problem solving, and programming techniques. Students will gain experience in working on large scale projects and implementing research techniques. Students should have prior experience with programming and be familiar with basic programming principles (manipulating variables, conditionals, loops, etc).
COM600
Advanced Computer Science
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Elective
NCAA
AP
AP Computer Science
This course follows AP Computer Science. Students study advanced topics including lists and trees, computer design, real world processing and problem solving with robotics. Studentslearn electronics and how to create function, interactive autonomous devices. Topics vary somewhat from year to year and student interests can help shape projects and areas of study.
ENG200
Classic and Contemporary Lit
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FWS
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Elective
NCAA
AP
The freshman course seeks to engender creativity in thinking, reading, and writing. Students read a diverse collection of short stories, The Odyssey, a contemporary novel, a Shakespeare play, and a selection of poetry to foster their close reading skills and literarysensibilities. Students encounter a range of writing assignments to develop formal and informal writing skills and to improve vocabulary and grammar. All freshmen deliver a literary reading and participate in a poetry contest.
ENG201
The Scholar’s Craft (p/f)
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Elective
NCAA
AP
The path to becoming a successful scholar can be hard to navigate alone. This course helps students recognize and practice the skills necessary to succeed in the classroom and beyond. Topics covered in the course include time management, organization, note-taking, annotation, memorization, concentration, test preparation, reading comprehension, research skills, and listening strategies. Students take this hands-on, pass/fail course, which meets three times a week, in addition to their five core subjects.
ENG300
Defining Literary Traditions
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Sophomore English emphasizes critical reading, focused discussions, and a variety of writing assignments connected to the study of literature derived from the British tradition. Close reading assignments and class discussions encourage students to analyze and to appreciate the elements of literature. Teachers choose core texts from works by Chaucer, Shakespeare, the Romantic poets, a 19th-century novelist, a contemporary author, and a modernplaywright. Sophomores also select, memorize, and deliver a declamation from a literary work.
ENG320
Standardized Test Prep (p/f)
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FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Students will review and reinforce essential math, grammar, vocabulary, and critical reading skills through online lessons, exercises, and practice tests. Students can choose to complete the SAT Math, SAT Verbal, or ACT syllabus. Whichever they choose, students will be required to attend two class meetings a week, during which they will work individually on their computers with guidance from the instructor. Skills honed in the Verbal course will prove useful in both history and English curricula, as well as on the SAT and ACT standardized tests. Students may take the Standardized Test Prep course multiple terms if they would like to complete more than one syllabus.
ENG330
The Writer’s Craft (p/f)
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FWS
FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Before encountering the demands of extended essays and narratives, students meet one period a week to review and reinforce essential composition skills, including questioning evidence, forming and structuring arguments, sustaining unity, varying syntactical patterns, understanding punctuation, and revising drafts. In a workshop setting, the students receive individual attention and also learn to judge their work more critically. Students take this exercise-intensive pass/fail course in addition to English 300. (Open to returning sophomoresonly – Freshman teachers identify candidates.) Must commit to both terms.
ENG500
American Dreams
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FWS
FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP
The American Dream is a familiar phrase, but what does it mean? Whose dream is it? Is there just one dream for all Americans? How has it evolved over time? Do considerations of gender, race, ethnicity, or class affect the pursuit of this dream? To gain an understanding of how the pursuit of the distinctive American Dream helped to shape the culture and literature of the United States, students examine texts from different genres and time periods. Texts may include Rebecca Harding Davis’s Life in the Iron Mills, Nella Larsen’s Passing, Horatio Alger’s Ragged Dick, and short stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and AnziaYezierska.
ENG501
American Nature
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Nature is a seemingly simple, but paradoxical word that refers both to the environment outside us and to human qualities inside us. On our journey to explore the connection betweenplace and character in America, we visit the Great Plains, the Pacific Northwest, New England, the South, Detroit and New York City with authors like Cather, Kesey, Hawthorne, Thoreau, Emerson, Dickinson, Oliver, Morrison, Whitman, Hughes, and Fitzgerald serving as our guides. Along the way, we pursue different kinds of creative and critical writing and go on monthly field trips into the natural world around Deerfield.
ENG502
American Identities
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FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP
America is made up of a patchwork of ethnicities, races, religions, and personal experiences. As the country has grown over the past 250 years, individuals have struggled to find their personal identities in the midst of America forming its own collective cultural and political identity on the world stage. We will examine the experiences of a variety of both native and immigrant Americans as they come of age in the melting pot that is America. How are the varied journeys writers and their characters take in forming their personal identities informed by and affected by their status as citizens of the United States? We willexamine works by authors such as Nella Larsen, Ralph Ellison, Leslie Marmon Silko, Toni Morrison, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nathanial Hawthorne, Junot Diaz, Willa Cather, Mark Twain, Frank McCourt, Sandra Cisneros, Sherman Alexie, WEB DuB ois, Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes.
ENG503
American Studies
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FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP
This is an interdisciplinary course combining American Literature and honors-level UnitedStates History. The course fulfills both the junior English and History requirements, and prepares students for the Advanced Placement exam in United States History. In a team-taught double period, students examine the social, economic, political, and cultural heritage of theUnited States through a combination of primary documents, interpretive secondary sources and representative works of American literature and art. Close, critical analysis, responsible oral discourse, and expository writing are emphasized. American Studies is team-taught and meets for a double period.
ENG505
American Heroes
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FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP
The Oxford English Dictionary calls a hero “a man (or occas. a woman) of superhuman strength, courage, or ability, favored by the gods; esp. one regarded as semi-divine and immortal.” This term comes down to us from Classical mythology and history, yet both the word“hero” and the notion of heroism loom particularly large in the American context and imagination. So, what does the American hero look like? What are the qualities or circumstances that render someone a hero? Can a hero indeed be a “she,” as the OED suggests can, occasionally, be the case? Is there such a thing as an “antihero,” a person defined by alack of heroic attributes? With attention to fiction, nonfiction, oratory, film, drama, and poetry, this course will explore exactly these questions. In addition to core texts by Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Dickinson, and Fitzgerald, our texts may include speeches by Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr., short fiction by Ernest Hemingway and Junot Diaz, drama by Arthur Miller, longer works by Ken Kesey, Toni Morrison, James Dickey, Margaret Atwood, Karen Russell.
ENG540
American Stages
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Elective
NCAA
AP
American writers continue to expose the tension between the conventional and unconventional impulses as individuals struggle to find their place in or apart from a largercommunity. The clashes play powerfully on the stage or screen, and by adding those genres to their exploration of the American character, students encounter the gender and economic tensions in Lynn Nottage’s Ruined, love’s deceptions in Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire, the deadening social conformity in Edith Wharton’s novel The Age of Innocence and Martin Scorsese’s film adaptation, the decadent American dreams in Francis Ford Coppola’sThe Godfather, and the battle between intolerance and redemptive love in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.
ENG560
American Voices
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Elective
NCAA
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In addition to the core texts, Gatsby, Huck Finn, Emerson, Thoreau, Dickinson, we will also use a wide range of American short stories and novels to sample the many voices and issues that have populated American literature. Students will encounter writers ranging from Edith Wharton and Nathaniel Hawthorne in the 19th century to Ernest Hemingway, John Updike and Toni Morrison in the 20th. The variety of story styles and ideas helps students to understand better how literature has changed over time and to hone their analytical skills bydiscussing how the stories work. The purpose of the course is to provide a breadth of exposure as well as a chance to sample modern literature.
ENG610
Future Shock: Contemp. Lit.
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Elective
NCAA
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The ground-breaking “dystopian” novels of the 20th Century, such as Orwell’s 1984, Huxley’s Brave New World and Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, have produced an extraordinary andgrowing body of literature that imagines future worlds shaped by current trends, for better and worse. What kind of societies will cyberspace, genetic engineering, emerging technologies, climate change, terrorism, population growth and resource wars produce? What will be the fate of the institutions and ideals that presently define us? What will happen to our fundamental notions of liberty, the individual, and human relationships? Will human beings flourish or fail? This course will examine these questions through several of the finest recent literary dystopias and will approach the reading in a primarily seminar-style, discussion format. Writing assignments will be predominantly creative responses to the reading, with an occasional foray into relevant essays, short stories and films. Possible texts include Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell; Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood; The Road, by Cormac McCarthy; The Dazzle of Day, by Molly Gloss; Fiskadoro, by Denis Johnson; Riddley Walker, by Russell Hoban.
ENG612
Public Speaking
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Dr. Wright
P1 P3
Have you ever wondered what makes a great speech or why some people seem to be at ease speaking in public while others stumble through it? In this course students learn the art of effective speechmaking by studying both effective and ineffective oratory models. Students also write and deliver speeches that address a variety of intended audiences and situations in order to gain the knowledge and experience needed to become a confident public speaker.
ENG613
The Modern Temper: Oxford
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Elective
NCAA
AP
What does it mean to be “modern”? And how did the aesthetic of Modernism shape the literature of the 20th century? The course will begin around 1880 and end around 1940 at the beginning of the Second World War. The European war of 1914-1918 marked significant changes within American and British society; this class will look closely at different attempts to register these changes in literature, as the emerging “Modernist” culture reflected the alienation and uncertainty of the post-war generation. Texts may include works by Thomas Hardy, Joseph Conrad, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Rebecca West, Ford Maddox Ford, Virginia Woolf, Evelyn Waugh, and Kazuo Ishiguro. Students will prepare an independent learning project in which they writea research paper exploring the significance of on e element of modernist expression of their choice. During the two weeks of spring break, we will take our study to Oxford, where we willexplore the background of many of these works, deepening our understanding through lectures, and taking the opportunity to have our work examined by experts.
ENG614
Existentialism: Live Dangerous
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FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Mrs. O’Donnell & Mr. O’Donnell
P5 P6
One of the most interesting philosophical and literary movements of the last 150 years, Existentialism confronts the challenges of everyday human existence. Close reading, formal and informal writing, collaborative projects and lively discussion facilitated by a teaching team grapple with the problems of identity, personal responsibility, freedom, faith, and meaning in face of the absurdity of existence. In addition to the most prominent figures—Sartre, Camus, de Beauvoir, Nietzsche and Kierkegaard—an international cohort of writers may include Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Melville, Hawthorne, Kafka, Unamuno, and Tillich. A nod to the great pre-existentialist, Plato, establishes a foundation for our multicultural and cross-disciplinary perspectives and productions. May also be taken as PHI614
ENG615
City Lights
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FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP
City lights have been beckoning men and women for millennia. Freed from cultivating the land and in search of opportunity, more than 50 percent of the world’s population live in cities today, and there is no end to this trend nor to the city’s central role in our experience of modernity. The literature and critical questions of this seminar will grow fromthe character of cities, both as geographical location and cultural production, as it is and has been both represented by thinkers and authors through time and featured in each of our own experiences. Some familiar and not so familiar authors will guide us through the streets of New York (Teju Cole, Herman Melville, Edith Wharton, Malcolm X, Alfred Kazin, E.B. White) to which we will compare and contrast Shakespeare’s London and contextualized Venice, crossroads of east and west, in his controversial The Merchant of Venice. We will make a field trip to Lower Manhattan before the course returns to London in works by such diverse authors as Aphra Behn, Daniel Defoe, William Blake, Virginia Woolf and T.S. Eliot. In early winter, we travel to the French countryside to deepen the course’s theoretical perspective byimagining with Gustave Flaubert’s Emma Bovary the poignantly nicknamed “City of Lights” itself: Paris. This course begins with an extended, intensive focus on various forms of expressive writing. Short nonfiction and fiction readings will serve as models, but the emphasis will be on the writing process.
ENG618
Poetry Now!
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FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP
This class presents students with the opportunity to engage with poetry as it exists in the world today. The class will focus on individual poems and books of poems by young, activepoets from the Pioneer Valley, the United States, and around the world. Through reading, discussion, and a series of critical and comparative papers, the class will arrive at an understanding of the many ways in which poets are, in the present, transforming the poetic art. Though coursework is largely analytical and descriptive in nature, students will at times have the opportunity to apply and develop their critical understanding of poetry through creative work. When possible, we will communicate directly with the poets whose work we are reading, taking the opportunity to ask questions and learn what makes poetry exciting for poets who are living and writing today. By the end of the term, students should be confident readers of contemporary poetry in print and on the internet, prepared to engage actively in the ongoing conversation that surrounds the art.
ENG621
Literature and Form
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Elective
NCAA
AP
This course investigates the evolution of literary forms through two questions: what is the relationship between old and new? And what is the influence of form on meaning? In broad strokes that follow the arc of time while touching down on seminal texts, we will begin with vibrant contemporary poetry and prose and then cast ourselves far back in time, looking at early forms of storytelling and communication, following the transition from oral to literateculture, investigating the development of increasingly varied and complex forms, and then immersing ourselves in the boundary-breaking inventiveness of the 20th century–all before reconsidering the chaotic present in the context of the past. In each era we will ask: how does the memory of the past inform the vision of the future? Students will write critically and creatively, pairing formal analyses with the ir own experimental prose and verse. Readings will partner classic literature with contemporary writers. Texts will include poetryby Eliot, Dickinson, Pound, Whitman, and folk poets of Greece and Afghanistan; drama by Sophocles, Shakespeare, and Stoppard; novels by Calvino, Woolf, and others; works in translation; and readings by Gleick, Pinker, Tolkein, Emerson, and Moretti.
ENG622
Jazz Age and Lost Generation
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Paris, Harlem, Greenwich Village: Why were these places such powerful magnets for a generation of writers, artists, and musicians? Students will discover how a diverse range of Americans at home and abroad responded to the cultural climate of the 1920s, a decade characterized by enormous artistic upheaval in the midst of a balloon of economic prosperity.Special attention will be paid to the space Paris, Harlem, and Greenwich Village occupied in the cultural imagination of the 1920s. Students will not only study literature but also how jazz has shaped modernism in American poetry and fiction. Among the writers students will encounter will be James Joyce, Sherwood Anderson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, William Faulkner, Claude McKay, Gertrude Stein, and Jean Toomer. Writing assignments will include personal and analytical essays, as well as creative pieces inspired by modernist models.
ENG624
Love Stories
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Elective
NCAA
AP
From the time we are children, we are bombarded with love stories—in songs, in films, andin advertisements—so that most of us, male and female alike, have an idea of what it means tofall in love even before it happens. We have absorbed the patterns and tropes, yet so many ofthe great love stories of world literature defy these. While we assume love is eternal, it isalso deeply cultural and ideological. Artists, poets, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, all have fought through time to establish their definitive take on the subject. This course will tackle the most provocative treaties, drama, verse and narratives written about love and friendship. We will begin with Plato’s Symposium that gave us the notion of Platonic Love and a few representative tales from the courtly romantic tradition of medieval France that introduced and shaped notions of romantic love. We will then be prepared to critique and analyze the theme from the early-modern in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and beyond in works such as Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita and throughout Jeffrey Eugenides’ wonderfully selected stories in My Mistresses Sparrow is Dead: Great Love Stories from Chekov to Munro. You will sharpen your careful reading and critical analysis through regular informal and formal writing. The senior meditation will develop by way of The New York Times weekly Modern Love column and other timely prose models.
ENG625
Central Questions
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Elective
NCAA
AP
When Hamlet asks, “To be, or not to be? That is the question,” he utters what has become,unfortunately, a cliché. In the context of Shakespeare’s play, however, this question rippleswith Hamlet’s anxiety, with his wondering as to how (or whether) he should move forward with his life. This course will explore works, like Hamlet, characterized by protagonists who grapple with similar “central questions,” questions like: What defines me? What does it mean to be a good daughter/son? To what extent has my family, race, ethnicity, and/or choices determined my future? To what extent do I have the power to make my own choices at all? How do people see me? Which path should I take? These questions are visceral and real to the characters we will encounter; yet, the asking of big questions is not (or certainly shouldn’tbe) something done only by fictio nal characters. To that end, at the same time that the class will be analyzing these figures and their defining questions, students will be keeping journals in which they will log their day-to-day experiences. In the winter, as students approach the writing of their meditations, each will read his/her own journal as a text, and,in so doing, isolate the questions that emerge as central in their own lives. This course is designed to exercise the skills of analysis, critical thinking, and writing, as well as the practice of regular self-reflection. Authors may include Shakespeare, Faulkner, Woolf, Ellison, Robinson, Smith, Hamid, Erdrich.
ENG626
Paradise Lost
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FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr Nilsson
P5
When John Milton dictated the epic poem Paradise Lost, he set out to redefine the epic poem itself. He sought to create something “unattempted yet in prose or rhyme.” So, to do this, why tell the oldest story in Christendom, the story of Adam and Eve? This spring elective explores Milton’s great work, diving into both text and context, and seeking to peelback layers of story, language, politics, theology, and more. It looks at questions like: what characterizes Milton’s grand style? How does the harsh political climate of Milton’s time manifest itself in a story set out of time? Why is it that the greatest fiend in the poem also seems at times to be the most sympathetic character? And more directly, more connected to our experience: why do we rebel? What is the relation between reason and sense? And what does it mean to be imperfect people in an imperfect world ? Writing will be weekly, including emulations of Milton’s style, and the spring will culminate with an essay exploringthe connection between the text and self.
ENG627
Gunslinger Nation
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Schloat
P1
When the frontier of American expansion crossed the Mississippi River into the vast expanses of the American West, the story of a young nation’s rapid maturation changed foreverand with it came a new version of literary hero: the gunslinger. Outlaws and lawmen, cattle rustlers and Indian hunters, vigilantes and mercenaries, popular American literature for the last hundred years teems with gun-toting, devil-may-care characters who shrug off horrible violence as they range across the western territories. This course will explore a range of examples of frontier fiction focused on themes of justice, violence, and morality, as well astrack the evolution of the rebellious gunslinger archetype into contemporary literature and popular culture. Balancing exquisite prose that describes stunning western landscapes with moments of sudden violence and surprising redemption, this body of fiction laid the groundwork for many of the storytelling conventions that arose in cinema and television in the middle of the last century. We will encounter writers such as Cormac McCarthy, Zane Grey,Robert Olmstead, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Steven King, Larry McMurtry, Annie Proulx, and Louise Erdich.
ENG628
Metaphors We Live By
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Stallings
P2 P5
How is our experience of the world structured by language? What aspects of an action as simple as seeing are culturally controlled? What does it mean to be aware of the nature of your experience, and to act on that awareness? In this class, we’ll read John Berger’s Ways of Seeing, George Lakoff & Mark Johnson’s Metaphors We Live By, and David Antin’s Tuning to open these questions, and attempt to understand and complicate their implications in our lives. Once we’ve established a conceptual framework, we’ll spend time engaged with cultural trends and artifacts – art objects, movies, commercials, social media feeds, magazine and newspaper articles, etc. – to develop a sense of just how prevalent our culture’s underlying metaphors are, and to examine their impact on our thinking. Students will keep notebooks, write analytical and argumentative papers, and make presentations based on their findings.
ENG629
Writing Wild
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FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Thomas-Adams
P4 P6
What do we mean when we say “Nature”? Is Humanity’s destiny to conquer and transcend our origins in Nature, or are the answers to our happiness and survival to be found in the natural world? Making use of both the seminar table and the surrounding fields and woods as our classroom, this course will explore Humanity’s fraught and complex relationship with the Earth and the living beings who share it with us through a variety of approaches, from close reading of fiction, essays and poetry, to creative writing and discussion, to weekly forays into the outdoors. Expect varied, substantial reading, frequent short creative and AP-style writing assignments, and plenty of time outside in every kind of weather.
ENG630
Creative Writing Wrkshp-Prose
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Elective
NCAA
AP
This advanced workshop is for accomplished writers who want to develop their craft by experimenting in a variety of genres: poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, personal vignettes, and meditations. In class, students discuss the work of published authors, practice different techniques, critique their peers’ work, and develop rewriting skills. Texts include The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry, Finbar’s Hotel, What If?, andThe Things They Carried.
ENG632
Creative Writing Wrkshp-Poetry
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FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP
In this poetry-based creative writing course, students will attend to the generative relationship between reading and writing poetry. We’ll read generous amounts of contemporary poetry, and discuss what we’ve read in seminar fashion, aiming to identify and develop techniques for writing original poetry. Students will keep an observatory notebook, maintain a free-writing practice, and read widely and carefully, in addition to finishing and sharing a new poem every two weeks. A pre-existing interest in poetry is useful, though not required.Students should exit the class with an understanding of the multiple potential poetics available to them as writers, and a sizable portfolio of high quality work.
ENG635
War Novels: Page and Screen
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Dr. Ott
P1 P6
Blood, death, waste and redemption: how do we talk about a film adaptation of a novel depicting the horrors of war? War inevitably generates narratives, as participants become authors in the effort to reveal “the truth” of their experience. Many effective war novels generate an alter ego in the form of a film, yet the nuances of literature often disappear ina film adaptation. We will study a range of short fiction, novels, and films that seek to depict with accuracy the complex reality of what occurs in combat, and consider approaches toadaptation by focusing on several novels and the movies, while writing a series of essays—formal and informal—that assess the intersections of the page and the screen. Possibletexts include: Ben Fountain’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Phil Klay’s Redeployment, Kevin Powers’ The Yellow Birds, Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient, and Mark Bowden’s Black Hawk Down.
ENG636
The Deerfield Almanac
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FW
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Ms Steim
P4 P7
Almanac: “A handbook, typically published annually, frequently presenting a chronologicalaccount of recent events, and containing information and statistics of general interest or ona particular subject” (OED). The shared work of this spring elective will be that of compiling a Deerfield almanac: a handbook of observations, accounts, anecdotes, and other bits of news pertaining to our day-to-day life at the Academy and in this historic town. We will take daily log of the moon and weather, study and make maps of the campus and surrounding area, and take field trips and other excursions to destinations both known and new. Our vision of our world will be supplemented by readings related to Deerfield: The Headmaster, and excerpts from The Deerfield Reader, New England Outpost: War and Society in Colonial Deerfield, and Massachusetts: A Guide to its Places and People, among other works. We will also make significant use of the Academy’s archives. By the end of the spring, we will have created in our almanac an artifact: a window into the world of Deerfield in this particular, fleeting moment in time (that is, the spring of 2016). We will be, in this sense,reporters for posterity. This course offers an opportunity for students – seniors in particular – to pause, investigate, and discover (or rediscover) this place before they leaveand move on to their next adventure.
ENG637
What’s Playing Now
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Ms Liske
P2 P5
In this Spring Elective we’ll explore the contemporary English-speaking theater scene here in the U.S and also abroad, taking up texts that are both widely read and also lesser-known, maybe even gaining access to a work-in-progress if we can manage it. We’ll alsohope to schedule a trip to the Amherst Cinema to watch a livestream production at London’s National Theatre, a chance to see (well, sort of live) a contemporary play in a theater on the global stage—after we’ve read and discussed the text. (The production is David Hare’s adaptation of Katherine Boo’s Pulitzer Prize winning book Behind the Beautiful Forevers.) What contemporary issues are playwrights grappling with? How do they make real these ideas? What do we think of the result, our experience of reading and seeing? In many cultures, theater thrives on a young audience, as the experience is cheap enough and accessible enough to gain a robust following with this crowd—not so much here in our country where, by and large, theater-goers are from your parents’ or grandparents’ generation. And yet, so often, theater is where contemporary culture is being born. In this elective we’ll take a front row seat.
ENG638
Ten Weeks with the New Yorker
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mrs. Brown
P4 P7
Each week we’ll look at a curated slice of The New Yorker, founded in February 1925 and published continuously since then, garnering more National Magazine Awards than any other American magazine. The New Yorker publishes weekly reporting and commentary on politics, the arts, science and medicine, foreign affairs, business, technology, and popular culture, as well as fiction, poetry, and cartoons. It is known for its signature departments and its distinctive covers – sometimes barbed, sometimes affectionate, sometimes elegiac, and sometimes ironic — which frequently address national or international events, figures of importance, or trends. Students also will write short pieces that fall within the umbrella ofThe New Yorker’s departments, training their eyes as fiction writers, critics, poets, cartoonists, humorists, and journalists on the Deerfield community or the Pioneer Valley.
ENG640
Reading Insanity: Am I Crazy?
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course seeks to explore the concept of sanity and those to whom the label “crazy” has often been attached. Through close-readings of texts that vary across genre and historical lines, we will confront a series of complex and often overlapping questions: What are the telltale signs of insanity, and who defines the criteria for determining it? What sorts of power relations are implicit in such decisions? Is it possible to be “crazy” at one moment, but wholly sane in the next? What happens when one willfully inhabits the label? Are there any scenarios within which insanity might actually be a desirable condition? In articulating responses to these and other questions, students will develop improved reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Texts will include fiction, poetry, prose, film, and readings in psychological theory.
ENG650
The Empire Writes Back
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
In this course our concern will be the literature of postcolonialism (all that’s written after the colonizing force has gone home). In his poem “Conqueror,” W.S. Merwin frames many of our questions, albeit without that mark of punctuation: “when they start to use your language/ do they say what you say/ who are they in your words/ …do you know who is praying/ for you not to be there.” In addition to taking up the questions we hear Merwin asking—What does it feel like to be the conquered? the one in power? How do you know the answers to thosetwo questions? What happens when the conquerors finally go away? Can they ever leave?—we’ll also frame our own questions and engage critical theorists to give us a new language to contain new ideas. Our path through the crowded landscape of writers concerned with postcolonialist questions will be necessarily circuitous (geographically, temporally)—and varied when it comes to genre: we’ll read essays, novels, poems, plays, and we’ll take in a few films that amplify the postcolonial issues we’re exploring. In the Fall term we’ll focus on literature of post-Independence India, writers from home and abroad (which is which?). In the Winter term we’ll cast a wider net to include writers from other former British colonies:the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria. We’ll turn also to Americans’ literary presence in a postcolonial world. Our writing will span the spectrum: journal work, personal narrative, critical essay, poetry.
ENG690
Telling True Stories
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course begins with an extended, intensive focus on various forms of expressive writing. Short nonfiction and fiction readings will serve as models, while the emphasis will be on the writing process. Turning then to the practice of writing general nonfiction, students will study contemporary nonfiction writing and develop research and reporting skills. Frequent, shorter reading assignments will include work by John McPhee, Malcolm Gladwell, Joan Didion, Gay Talese, David Halberstam, in addition to readings exploring the evolving debate about nonfiction writing as art, journalism, or both. In addition to contributing regularly to a course blog and writing numerous short and medium length pieces, students willplan, research, and write one longer piece of nonfiction focused on a local issue in the Pioneer Valley which will be sent to an appropriate publi cation for consideration.
ENG691
AP Res: Telling True Stories
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course begins with an extended, intensive focus on various forms of expressive writing. Short nonfiction and fiction readings will serve as models, while the emphasis will be on the writing process. Turning then to the practice of writing general nonfiction, students will study contemporary nonfiction writing and develop research and reporting skills. Frequent, shorter reading assignments will include work by John McPhee, Malcolm Gladwell, Joan Didion, Gay Talese, David Halberstam, in addition to readings exploring the evolving debate about nonfiction writing as art, journalism, or both. In addition to contributing regularly to a course blog and writing numerous short and medium length pieces, students willplan, research, and write one longer piece of nonfiction focused on a local issue in the Pioneer Valley which will be sent to an appropriate publi cation for consideration.
ART100
Intro to Studio Art
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is intended to be a first experience in the visual arts. It prepares studentsfor AP Studio Art by introducing the fundamentals of drawing and painting – line, form, composition, and color – through a variety of assignments involving the still life, perspective, and interior spaces. A brief survey into 19th and 20th century art is included.
ART201
Photography
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course offers an opportunity to investigate the formal elements of both digital and film photography, while exploring the potential for creative expression and visual narrative.Students study and experiment with the nomenclature of DSLR cameras and advanced computer software, as well as film cameras and darkroom printing. Projects take inspiration from greatphotographers of the past and present to foster intentionality with design and content. The course concludes with the assemblage of a digital and printed portfolio.
ART210
Videography
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course offers hands-on experience in all aspects of video production, including direction, acting, camera operation, lighting, sound, and editing. Inspiration is derived from the history of film/video along with a substantial library of previous student work. Projects are designed with artistic intent, involving a variety of genres and an emphasis on formal cinematography and creative expression. Many of the final projects are featured in Deerfield’s student video festival in the spring.
ART220
Advanced Videography
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Videography
This course builds on skills covered in the introductory videography course, while providing an opportunity for unique collaboration and ambitious independent work under the tutelage of the instructor.
ART243
Visual Design
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Projects in this course are focused on experiencing the iterative process, which developsa solution gradually by learning from and refining multiple iterations of a design. Students will learn the essential elements and principles of design using a variety of tools, including drawing and building both digital and physical models. An emphasis of the class will be designing and building in 3-D and all projects will conclude with a verbal and written critique.
ART300
Design for Human Impact
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Whether presenting operating instructions, safety information, statistics, advertisements, or legal arguments, graphics often serve a critical role in guiding-—and responding to—-human needs and behaviors. In this course, students will learn a Design Thinking process that first considers human factors and then provides the critical tools and techniques neededto develop impactful solutions. Students will use Design Thinking and graphics to solve real-world problems ranging from the merely inconvenient to the truly life-threatening.
ART301
Intro to Architecture
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Payne
P2 P6
This course will introduce students to major movements and themes in architecture, significant architects and buildings throughout history, and contemporary architectural issues. Utilizing lectures, discussions, drawings, and field trips, students will develop an appreciation for architecture and become conversant with its history and vocabulary.
ART304
Designing Everyday Things
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Thiel
P7
Whether it’s a toothbrush or a toaster over, great thought goes into the design of everyday things. In this class, we’ll tear down familiar objects to uncover their form and function; we’ll explore the design constraints that come from material selection, manufacturing capability, and market forces; and we’ll discuss the cultural impact these common, everyday items. Through this lens of industrial design and material culture, we’ll learn the basics of design thinking and then launch our own work in prototyping improvements and new ideas. This is a hands on class where students will directly grapple with design processes and decisions.
ART305
Words & Pictures
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Wiemer
P2
Explore comic and sequential art! From the Lascaux Cave paintings and the Bayeux Tapestryto Doonesbury and Captain America: Civil War, comic and sequential art has been an important,influential, and at times controversial medium. This course will explore the history of this art form and its influences on history, popular culture, politics, and social issues. Students will view and read a variety of examples of this art form and works they have influenced. As a culminating experience, students will have the opportunity to create their own piece of comic and sequential art. This course will be taught in a blended learning format. Classes will meet face-to-face two periods a week, while the remaining classes will meet online through Canvas and other online resources.
ART410
Architectural Design
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Students receive instruction in architectural design, drafting, planning, and materials and construction methods. Plan, sections and elevation drawings are produced as well as studyand final models. Students will design a range of buildings and spaces, including residentialand civic projects. Studio work is supplemented with readings in the history and theory of architecture.
ART411
Advanced Architectural Design
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Payne
P7
Advanced work for students who have completed Architectural Design. A spring term projectof the student’s choice is selected with emphasis on model building. Students refine their drawing and design skills while working with the 3-D design program SketchUp.
ART412
Architectural Drawing
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Drawing is the primary method by which architects communicate their design ideas, but thedrawings themselves are frequently overlooked as works of art. Principles and elements of two-dimensional architectural representation are taught using both traditional and digital media. Projects range from drawing traditional architectural views (plan, section and elevation) by hand and with AutoCad to rendering drawings using colored pencils and watercolors.
ART414
Advanced Architectural Drawing
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Payne
P4
This course will continue to focus on the concept of architectural drawings as works of art and build on the skills learned during the fall and winter. Projects will combine the useof both hand and digital techniques to create both 2-D and 3-D advanced architectural drawings and renderings.
ART500
AP Art History
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Exploring history through works of art offers an approach for understanding our global community and is an effective way to review significant events from a visual perspective. From prehistory to the present, artworks are examined in the context of their era’s dominant ideas, political events, economic factors, and social structure. This approach, guided by theredesigned AP art history curriculum, examines exemplars of global artistic traditions withinten content areas. Visual literacy, critical assessment, analytical reading, class discussions, and written expression will enable students to decode art, learn from it, and appreciate the extraordinary creativity of people throughout history. The decision to take the AP exam in May will be made in consultation with the instructor.
ART510
AP Studio Art (Photography)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
The one-term Photography course is recommended
This course is designed for students who have completed an AP portfolio, and wish to further pursue a serious interest in photography. Personalized projects, involving self-selected themes, may be devised by each student. Digital and film cameras, and a varietyof printing processes may be employed. Class field trips will provide an opportunity to diversify source material. Students may also assist with curating and implementing exhibitions on campus, featuring work by professional photographers. The assemblage of an artportfolio, to include as a supplement with college applications, is an option to pursue in this course. May be taken as 6th course: ART510P-(p/f).
ART510P
AP Studio Art (Photo) (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
The one-term Photography course is recommended
This course is designed for students who have completed an AP portfolio, and wish to further pursue a serious interest in photography. Personalized projects, involving self-selected themes, may be devised by each student. Digital and film cameras, and a varietyof printing processes may be employed. Class field trips will provide an opportunity to diversify source material. Students may also assist with curating and implementing exhibitions on campus, featuring work by professional photographers. The assemblage of an artportfolio, to include as a supplement with college applications, is an option to pursue in this course.
ART520
AP Drawing
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission
This course involves concentrated study in drawing and follows the Advanced Placement syllabus. scaThe fall begins with a review of fundamental technique and includes design principles, creative process, historical perspectives and contemporary trends. Each student is expected to do outside reading and studio work and to prepare an AP portfolio during the spring term. All students are required to submit the eventual portfolio. Students assume a photographic lab fee of $60 towards the preparation of their portfolio. The decision to take the AP exam in May will be made in consultation with the instructor.May be taken as 6th course: ART520P-(p/f)
ART520P
AP Drawing (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission
This course involves concentrated study in drawing and follows the Advanced Placement syllabus. scaThe fall begins with a review of fundamental technique and includes design principles, creative process, historical perspectives and contemporary trends. Each student is expected to do outside reading and studio work and to prepare an AP portfolio during the spring term. All students are required to submit the eventual portfolio. Students assume a photographic lab fee of $60 towards the preparation of their portfolio. The decision to take the AP exam in May will be made in consultation with the instructor.
ART530
AP Studio Art
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission
Similar to AP Drawing, this course also includes work with color, painting, and sculpture. Students will study contemporary trends in Western Art and participate in field trips to museums. Students assume a photographic lab fee of $60 towards the preparation of their portfolio. The decision to take the AP exam in May will be made in consultation with the instructor. May be taken as 6th course: ART530P – (p/f)
ART530P
AP Studio Art (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission
Similar to AP Drawing, this course also includes work with color, painting, and sculpture. Students will study contemporary trends in Western Art and participate in field trips to museums. Students assume a photographic lab fee of $60 towards the preparation of their portfolio. The decision to take the AP exam in May will be made in consultation with the instructor. May be taken as 6th course: ART530P – (p/f)
ART600
Topics: Post AP Studio Art
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is intended for the student who desires to pursue visual art beyond the Advanced Placement studio art syllabus. The major focus is on studio work: drawing, painting and sculpting in the style of a number of contemporary artists. Students gain a broader perspective through slide lectures from visiting artists, field trips and films. From Brunelleschi’s principles of linear perspective, to the palette of Monet’s haystacks, to Christo’s wrapped coast, students discuss the importance of self-expression, and moments of inspiration. “All the really good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow.” (Grant Wood). May be taken as 6th course: ART600P-(p/f).
ART600P
Topics: Post AP Studio (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is intended for the student who desires to pursue visual art beyond the Advanced Placement studio art syllabus. The major focus is on studio work: drawing, painting and sculpting in the style of a number of contemporary artists. Students gain a broader perspective through slide lectures from visiting artists, field trips and films. From Brunelleschi’s principles of linear perspective, to the palette of Monet’s haystacks, to Christo’s wrapped coast, students discuss the importance of self-expression, and moments of inspiration. “All the really good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow.” (Grant Wood).
ART601
Topics: Post AP Photography
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
AP Studio Art (Photography)
This course is designed for students who have completed an AP portfolio, and wish to further pursue a serious interest in photography. Personalized projects, involving self-selected themes, may be devised by each student. Digital and film cameras, and a varietyof printing processes may be employed. Class field trips will provide an opportunity to diversify source material. Students may also assist with curating and implementing exhibitions on campus, featuring work by professional photographers. The assemblage of an artportfolio, to include as a supplement with college applications, is an option to pursue in this course. May be taken as 6th course: ART610P-(p/f).
ART601P
Topics: Post AP Photo (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
AP Studio Art – Photography
This course is designed for students who have completed an AP portfolio, and wish to further pursue a serious interest in photography. Personalized projects, involving self-selected themes, may be devised by each student. Digital and film cameras, and a varietyof printing processes may be employed. Class field trips will provide an opportunity to diversify source material. Students may also assist with curating and implementing exhibitions on campus, featuring work by professional photographers. The assemblage of an artportfolio, to include as a supplement with college applications, is an option to pursue in this course.
ART700
Topics Tutorial (Post AP)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
AP Drawing/Studio and Topics in Contemporary Art
This advanced course is for students who have exhausted the drawing/painting curriculum including the AP level and “Topics in Contemporary Art”. Students will pursue a theme and prepare work for a group show to be installed in the school gallery during late winter term. May be taken as 6th course: ART700P-(p/f)
ART700P
Topics Tutorial (Post AP)(p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
AP Drawing/Studio and Topics in Contemporary Art
This advanced course is for students who have exhausted the drawing/painting curriculum including the AP level and “Topics in Contemporary Art”. Students will pursue a theme and prepare work for a group show to be installed in the school gallery during late winter term.
DAN100
Intro to Dance
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is intended to be a first experience in dance. Elementary level boys and girls study a variety of dance forms such as contemporary, modern, jazz, ballet and hip-hop. This course also addresses the creative aspect of making dances through improvisation and choreography. There is an emphasis on injury prevention for athletes. Students who sign up for this course are encouraged to continue into Dance I winter and spring terms. May be takenas 6th course: DA100P-(p/f)
DAN100P
Intro to Dance (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is intended to be a first experience in dance. Elementary level boys and girls study a variety of dance forms such as contemporary, modern, jazz, ballet and hip-hop. This course also addresses the creative aspect of making dances through improvisation and choreography. There is an emphasis on injury prevention for athletes. Students who sign up for this course are encouraged to continue into Dance I winter and spring terms.
DAN200
Dance I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is intended to be a continuation of the material covered in the introductory level dance class offered fall term. However, all elementary level students may sign up for this course either for one (winter only), or two terms (winter & spring). Students enrolled in this course may have the opportunity to perform in school dance concerts. May be taken as 6th course: DAN200P-(p/f).
DAN200P
Dance I (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is intended to be a continuation of the material covered in the introductory level dance class offered fall term. However, all elementary level students may sign up for this course either for one (winter only), or two terms (winter & spring). Students enrolled in this course may have the opportunity to perform in school dance concerts.
DAN300
Dance II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This intermediate level course continues the study of the dance techniques and choreography covered in Dance I. Students enrolled in this course may perform in and choreograph for dance concerts each term. They also have the opportunity to work with a professional choreographer for the Spring Dance Concert. This course may be taken for the full year, or as a two term class in the winter and spring. May be taken as 6th course: DAN300P-(p/f)
DAN300P
Dance II (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This intermediate level course continues the study of the dance techniques and choreography covered in Dance I. Students enrolled in this course may perform in and choreograph for dance concerts each term. They also have the opportunity to work with a professional choreographer for the Spring Dance Concert. This course may be taken for the full year, or as a two term class in the winter and spring.
DAN400
Dance III
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is geared towards the serious student of dance and is designed to meet individual needs. Upper level intermediate dancers will train in a variety of techniques including contemporary, modern, jazz, ballet and hip-hop. They’ll have the opportunity to choreograph a dance collaboratively for our Student Choreography Showcase in the winter, and rehearse a dance with a professional choreographer for our Spring Dance Concert. Students cansign up either the full year, or two terms (winter & spring).May be taken as 6th course: DAN400P-(p/f).
DAN400P
Dance III (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is geared towards the serious student of dance and is designed to meet individual needs. Upper level intermediate dancers will train in a variety of techniques including contemporary, modern, jazz, ballet and hip-hop. They’ll have the opportunity to choreograph a dance collaboratively for our Student Choreography Showcase in the winter, and rehearse a dance with a professional choreographer for our Spring Dance Concert. Students cansign up either the full year, or two terms (winter & spring).
DAN500
Adv. Dance Ensemble
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is appropriate for dancers who are proficient in the techniques offered through the program. Advanced dancers explore the craft of group choreography as well as the art of the solo. Student work is showcased in all of our dance concerts, and there are also opportunities to work with guest choreographers throughout the year. May be taken as 6th course: DAN500P-(p/f).
DAN500P
Adv. Dance Ensemble (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is appropriate for dancers who are proficient in the techniques offered through the program. Advanced dancers explore the craft of group choreography as well as the art of the solo. Student work is showcased in all of our dance concerts, and there are also opportunities to work with guest choreographers throughout the year.
DAN600
Advanced Dance Tutorial
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Adv. Dance Ensemble
This class is tailored to meet the individual needs of the pre-professional dancer. Students work closely with the dance faculty to hone their technique, and create solo and group choreography for our performances. May also be taken as 6th course: DAN600P-(p/f).
DAN600P
Advanced Dance Tutorial (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Adv. Dance Ensemble
This class is tailored to meet the individual needs of the pre-professional dancer. Students work closely with the dance faculty to hone their technique, and create solo and group choreography for our performances.
MUS200
Fundamentals of Music/Studio
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Music can be defined as “organized noise”. Working in the classroom and recording studio we will listen and analyze music in a whole new way. EDM , Hip Hop, Rap, Rock, Jazz, Classical, Early Music, and World music will all be discussed. In class presentations, learning and using terminology will be stressed.
MUS210
Composition: Songwriting
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Working in a recording environment we will listen and analyze music to gain an understanding of its parts, and compositional devices. Using this information we will composemusic, starting with the basics and moving towards a complete song or instrumental composition
MUS220
Studio/Production
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
How is today’s music put together? What path does music take from the time it leaves the creator untill it arrives in your ear . Working in the recording studio, we will learn all aspects of production. Starting with pre-production, then recording, then editing, then mixing. Students will need to do much of the homework in the studio itself.
MUS300
Chorus – Joy in Singing
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is intended to explore range and resonance possibilities for the voice. It isopen to those who have had prior vocal experience, but also available to those who are only beginning to initiate themselves into the world of singing. Tuning, harmonizing, and part-singing is included in the curriculum, as well as technical attention to good breath support and body alignment. A further goal is to develop independence in deciphering a printed musical score and learning to sing from sight. The ultimate goal is to become both a both a better singer and musician, and to experience beautiful music in communal harmony. Theultimate goal is to become both a better singer and musician and to experience beautiful music in communal harmony. Students may sign up for a full year of study, or take the course on a term by term basis. May be taken as 6th course: MUS300P-(p/f).
MUS300P
Chorus – Joy in Singing (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is intended to explore range and resonance possibilities for the voice. It isopen to those who have had prior vocal experience, but also available to those who are only beginning to initiate themselves into the world of singing. Tuning, harmonizing, and part-singing is included in the curriculum, as well as technical attention to good breath support and body alignment. A further goal is to develop independence in deciphering a printed musical score and learning to sing from sight. The ultimate goal is to become both a both a better singer and musician, and to experience beautiful music in communal harmony. Theultimate goal is to become both a better singer and musician and to experience beautiful music in communal harmony. Students may sign up for a full year of study, or take the course on a term by term basis.
MUS310
Bands: Wind/Rock/Jazz
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course provides an opportunity for experienced woodwind, brass, and percussion players to collaborate in a variety of ensemble settings including concert band, woodwind chamber groups, brass ensembles, saxophone ensembles, percussion groups, and jazz/rock bands.Ensemble assignments are made by the course instructor, and additional ensemble coaches are drawn from the applied teaching staff. Students work on improving their blend, technique, intonation, musicianship, ensemble playing, and improvisational skills. May be taken as 6th course: MUS310P-(p/f).
MUS310P
Bands: Wind/Rock/Jazz (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course provides an opportunity for experienced woodwind, brass, and percussion players to collaborate in a variety of ensemble settings including concert band, woodwind chamber groups, brass ensembles, saxophone ensembles, percussion groups, and jazz/rock bands.Ensemble assignments are made by the course instructor, and additional ensemble coaches are drawn from the applied teaching staff. Students work on improving their blend, technique, intonation, musicianship, ensemble playing, and improvisational skills.
MUS320
Chamber Music
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course provides opportunities for instrumental musicians to collaborate, rehearse, and perform in a variety of ensemble settings. Ensemble assignments are made by the course instructor, and additional ensemble coaches are drawn from the applied teaching staff. Students regularly coach each other in a uniquely collaborative seminar format, exploring questions of performance practice, technique, history, theory, and performance psychology while studying great works of chamber music literature. This course is open by audition to string players (violin, viola, violoncello, and contrabass), pianists, and wind players who demonstrate sufficient proficiency to play repertoire for chamber ensemble. May be taken as 6th course: MUS320P – (p/f).
MUS320P
Chamber Music (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course provides opportunities for instrumental musicians to collaborate, rehearse, and perform in a variety of ensemble settings. Ensemble assignments are made by the course instructor, and additional ensemble coaches are drawn from the applied teaching staff. Students regularly coach each other in a uniquely collaborative seminar format, exploring questions of performance practice, technique, history, theory, and performance psychology while studying great works of chamber music literature. This course is open by audition to string players (violin, viola, violoncello, and contrabass), pianists, and wind players who demonstrate sufficient proficiency to play repertoire for chamber ensemble.
MUS500
AP Music Theory
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Music is a language: this course examines and develops skill in using that language. Following a brief introduction to the rudiments of notation (clefs, pitch, and rhythm), most of the year is spent exploring structure and organization in music (tonality, meter, form, and the four elements), and mastering idioms that convey meaning. Class and homework time is divided between written work, ear training, and composition. Written work includes counterpoint and figured bass realization. Aural skills are developed through regular melodicand 4-part harmonic dictation, and through sight-singing. Composition offers opportunities for students to apply their theoretical knowledge, to practice creating and developing musical ideas, and to experiment with expressing themselves in this abstract language. Students who do well in this course will be prepared to take the Music Theory AP examination in May.
THE200
Acting I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course explores the basic principles of acting including ensemble building, improvisation, voice, movement, textual analysis and theater vocabulary. Class assignments include writing and performing monologues and presenting scenes and projects. Students also explore various texts from classical to contemporary. NO PREVIOUS ACTING EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY. May be taken as 6th course: THE200P-(p/f).
THE200P
Acting I (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course explores the basic principles of acting including ensemble building, improvisation, voice, movement, textual analysis and theater vocabulary. Class assignments include writing and performing monologues and presenting scenes and projects. Students also explore various texts from classical to contemporary. NO PREVIOUS ACTING EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY.
THE300
Acting II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course follows Acting I (although preferable, it is not necessary to take Acting I prior to this class) and is an in-depth study of the actor’s craft. Students explore more challenging texts and continue to develop their ability to analyze and perform more complex characters. Ensemble work continues to be the foundation of this class and students will continue to strengthen their voice, movement and interpretive skills. Students will also havethe opportunity to study plays and theater practitioners from around the world. NO PREVIOUS ACTING EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY. May be taken as 6th course: THE300P-(p/f).
THE300P
Acting II (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course follows Acting I (although preferable, it is not necessary to take Acting I prior to this class) and is an in-depth study of the actor’s craft.Students explore more challenging texts and continue to develop their ability to analyze and perform more complex characters. Ensemble work continues to be the foundation of this class and students will continue to strengthen their voice, movement and interpretive skills. Students will also havethe opportunity to study plays and theater practitioners from around the world. NO PREVIOUS ACTING EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY.
THE402
Take to the Stage!
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mrs. Hynds & Ms Speed
P7
Have you performed on stage yet? Here’s your chance because in this class, both actors and directors collaborate to present a small public performance at the end of term. Students will contribute to the development of a creative ensemble and examine elements of play direction including: casting, textual deconstruction, character analysis, blocking, rehearsaltechniques and other related aspects of play production. No experience is necessary. May be taken as 6th course. May be taken as p/f: THE402P-(p/f).
THE402P
Take to the Stage! (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mrs. Hynds & Ms Speed
P7
Have you performed on stage yet? Here’s your chance because in this class, both actors and directors collaborate to present a small public performance at the end of term. Students will contribute to the development of a creative ensemble and examine elements of play direction including: casting, textual deconstruction, character analysis, blocking, rehearsaltechniques and other related aspects of play production. No experience is necessary. May be taken as 6th course – THE402.
THE404
Making Stuff Up: Improv
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Ms Speed
P3
Improvisation is not just about making people laugh (but there is a lot of laughter involved). Improv is an invaluable skill in the actor’s toolkit. In this class, we will beginby exploring some classic short-form improv exercises and move on to longer form, including sketch comedy, Harolds, and other long-form games. We will also use improv as a tool to create characters, deepen relationships, and explore “the moment before”.
THE407
Film Studies
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mrs. Hynds
P5 P6
This course analyzes and critiques classic and contemporary cinema from around the world.We shall examine basic elements of film production, comparative filmmaking styles and variousgenres. Additionally, we study prominent international filmmakers. There is a weekly screening of at least one film.
THE408
Speak the Speech
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
The works of William Shakespeare are meant to be spoken aloud, not just read independently, so in this class, we will build an ensemble focusing on understanding Shakespearean text towards the goal of performance. The class will begin with independent pieces of text, including sonnets, soliloquies, and scenes. Term 2 will focus on a single specific text. As a class, we will discuss and decide on a concept for the play, examining the historical, social, and political contexts of the text and how different concepts would contribute to all aspects of production. We will work towards performance-ready scenes, wherein all actors will have the opportunity to engage with a substantive role and sharpen skills in textual deconstruction, character development, scene study, movement, and use of language. Although the class is highly performance-based, no acting experience is required. May be taken as 6th course: THE408P-(p/f).
THE408P
Speak the Speech (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
The works of William Shakespeare are meant to be spoken aloud, not just read independently, so in this class, we will build an ensemble focusing on understanding Shakespearean text towards the goal of performance. The class will begin with independent pieces of text, including sonnets, soliloquies, and scenes. Term 2 will focus on a single specific text. As a class, we will discuss and decide on a concept for the play, examining the historical, social, and political contexts of the text and how different concepts would contribute to all aspects of production. We will work towards performance-ready scenes, wherein all actors will have the opportunity to engage with a substantive role and sharpen skills in textual deconstruction, character development, scene study, movement, and use of language. Although the class is highly performance-based, no acting experience is required.
THE500
Act/Directing for Production
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Acting I or Acting II
After completing Acting I and II, committed and experienced acting students are encouraged to progress to a more advanced study of acting. Students are encouraged to contribute to the development of a creative ensemble as well as develop their self-sufficiency as actors. In addition to learning advanced acting techniques, a major performance project is presented at the end of the term. May be taken as 6th course: THE500P-(p/f).
THE500P
Act/Directing for Prod (p/f)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Acting I or Acting II
After completing Acting I and II, committed and experienced acting students are encouraged to progress to a more advanced study of acting. Students are encouraged to contribute to the development of a creative ensemble as well as develop their self-sufficiency as actors. In addition to learning advanced acting techniques, a major performance project is presented at the end of the term.
HEA200
Health Issues
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course examines topics related to human sexuality, alcohol and other drugs, stress management and general adolescent development. Through classroom presentations and discussions, students will study a variety of issues, which are especially pertinent to theirown personal awareness and development.
HIS200
Topics in Western Civilization
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course examines major themes and episodes in the development of Near-Eastern, Mediterranean, and European societies from antiquity to the French Revolution. Using a diverse selection of historical and literary texts to highlight the tensions, ideas, and key events that have shaped our world, the course also provides students with a foundation of core skills, including source analysis, research methods, historical interpretation, and analytical writing. Topics include the wars, politics, and ideas of Ancient Greece and Rome, the Renaissance, the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment, and the influence of religion, in particular Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, on societies and cultures.
HIS210
Africa and Latin America
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course uses literature, along with a rich variety of historical sources including documents and films, to study cultural and political developments in Africa and Latin America. The course explores how the forces of conquest, colonization and commerce have shaped the lives of individuals and communities on these continents. We also focus on the process of upheaval and change associated with decolonization, independence and revolution in these regions. Along with being interdisciplinary, texts rely heavily upon indigenous voices and focus on a range of countries including Nigeria, Kenya, the Congo, South Africa, Mexico, El Salvador, Brazil and Cuba. The course is designed to build each student’s foundation in key historical skills including active reading, argumentative writing and inquiry-based research.
HIS220
Asia in World History
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course serves both as an introduction for students who have never studied Asian history and as a means, for those with foundational background, to further explore the societies, politics and belief systems of India, China and the Middle East. While students focus primarily on one of the three regional civilizations each term, they also trace the complex web of commercial and cultural exchange paths that crossed Asia and stretched to Europe, Africa, and Oceania. Along the way, they inquire into the relationship between these early pathways and modern global ones. Secondary source texts provide scaffolding for the course, but we also read from primary spiritual texts like the Bhagavad Gita, the Confucian Analects and the Qur’an, as well as from early travelogues, histories and manuals on ruling and warfare. Throughout the year, students develop and hone skills in active reading and viewing (of film and still images), discussion and debate, historical research, and the presentation of oral, multi-media and written arguments.
HIS230
Big History
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Where did everything come from? How did we get where we are now? Where do humans fit in? Where are things heading? These are questions that origin stories from different cultures have addressed for thousands of years. This course explores the modern scientific origin story of how the universe and life within it has grown more complex over the last 13.7 billion years. This tale, itself thousands of years in the making, has been woven together bya wide spectrum of scientists and historians. Together, students will engage powerful ideas and common themes across the entire time scale of history, from the Big Bang and creation of star systems to the emergence of the Earth’s first microorganisms and the recent rise of human societies. The course juggles huge objects such as galaxies with tiny ones such as atoms, while it examines both events that took a billionth of a second and stories that span billions of years. Because Big History relies upon content, concepts and texts drawn from many disciplines, students will need to carefully weigh how scholars develop and justify their claims about the past, and how, over time, new claims serve to refute or refine earlierones. Students will also have the opportunity to create their own narratives, explanations and arguments in response to Big History’s essential questions.
HIS400
United States History
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This survey course charts the emergence of modern America through a study of its past. More than a purely political and chronological review, the course also examines social, economic and cultural aspects of our heritage. In addition to the basal textbook, the course uses many primary documents, interpretive secondary sources, guest lectures, and multimedia technology. Careful attention is given to the development of historical skills, from researchand writing to the conceptualization of individual historical interpretations. This course isrequired of all juniors not enrolled in American Studies or Honors United States History.
HIS500
AP Seminar: Global H20
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chemistry
Clean water is essential for the living world and the global economy, but in many areas the supply of uncontaminated water is in danger of disappearing. In this AP Seminar course students explore the environmental, social and economic issues associated with the worldwide struggle to acquire clean water. As part of the AP Capstone Program of the College Board, theAP Seminar course challenges students to guide their own inquiry process as they learn to askgood research questions, understand and analyze arguments, evaluate multiple perspectives, synthesize ideas, collaborate effectively, communicate persuasively using written and oral expression, and reflect on their learning and skill development. AP Seminar: Global H2O Resources is an interdisciplinary course designed to foster inquiry, global awareness, scholarship and creativity. Students examine the a viability and use of clean water at local,national, and global levels by means of investigative case studies, debates, independent and collaborative projects, chemistry lab work, and field trips to local sites. Students who takeAP Seminar are eligible to pursue a capstone project during senior year in the AP Research course. May also be taken as Science: SCI500.
HIS501
AP Seminar Global Food Systems
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
In this AP Seminar course students explore the complexity of global food systems while developing their skills as critical thinkers and global citizens. The course will focus on local and global issues related to agriculture and food production, nutrition and culture, and hunger and food insecurity. As part of the AP Capstone Program, the AP Seminar course challenges students to guide their own inquiry process as they learn to ask good research questions, understand and analyze arguments, evaluate multiple perspectives, synthesize ideas, collaborate effectively, communicate persuasively using written and oral expression, and reflect on their learning and skill development. Throughout this interdisciplinary course, students will deepen their understanding of food systems through debates, seminar discussions, independent research, collaborative projects, oral p resentations, visual essays, guest speakers, chemistry lab work, and field trips to local farms and food producers. Students will take advantage of pioneer valley’s rich agricultural heritage, Deerfield Academy’s awardwinning dining hall, and other contacts in the valley and around the world as they seek out and analyze divergent perspectives about food systems and their environmental, economic, cultural, and health impacts. Students will be challenged to move from ideas to action as they analyze systems, identify problems and propose solutions related to food around the globe and on their plates. May be taken as Science: SCI501.
HIS503
His: American Studies
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This is an interdisciplinary course combining honors-level U.S. history and American literature. The course fulfills both the junior English and history requirements, and prepares students for the Advanced Placement exam in American history. Students examine the social, economic, political, and cultural heritage of the United States through a combinationof primary documents, interpretive secondary sources, and representative works of American literature and art. Close, critical analysis, responsible oral discourse and expository writing are emphasized. American Studies is team-taught and meets for a double period.
HIS513
Honors United States History
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This honors course goes beyond the U.S. History survey to approximate introductory college course work in the field. The primary difference, however, is in degree and not kind as students read a wider range of historical materials, especially primary sources from the eras under consideration. Interpretive investigations and projects include both oral and written assignments, and required term papers. Students in this course are expected to take the AP examination in May.
HIS600
American Empire
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
At the dawn of the 21st century, the United States is a superpower without rival, an immensely powerful, wealthy country whose influence stretches to every corner of the world. This course charts the path that America has followed to gain this lofty global position, from the early 19th century to the present day—a multi-faceted story that is political and social, military and cultural, environmental and technological, national and international. This history of triumphant struggles and bitter setbacks is about ideas too, so students alsostudy the champions and opponents of America’s imperial ascent. Because the idea of an American empire is itself controversial, this course offers a comparison to some of history’sother great empires in order to see what is distinctive about America’s imperial project. This course also considers the internal and external challenges facing the United States in the 21st century, a time when much anxiety exists about the future of the American empire.
HIS601
Moot Court: US Constitution
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Lyons
P2 P3
In this class, students assume the role of lawyer and justices to examine, argue, and rule upon significant cases before the United States Supreme Court. From the extent of our privacy to the limits on the powers of the federal government, the Supreme Court is the arbiter of many critical issues in American society as it seeks to balance the often conflicting rights of individuals with the broader interests of society. Topics for debate include privacy issues (including as gay marriage), equality under the law (including affirmative action), and freedom of speech. Assessments primarily consist of moots courts on recent or current notable cases before the Court.
HIS602
Global Soccer
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Rajballie
P1
In this course, we examine the world’s most popular sport and its most widespread cultural practice – soccer (football). We investigate the game’s history and its power as a cultural force in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Readings and case studies highlightintersections with politics, violence, war, nationalism, identity, class, race, gender, globalization, finance, marketing, literature, film, and art. The course combines general analysis with national and regional case studies that invite connections across boundaries oftime and space; and, at a more general level, it invites students to think critically about the social, cultural, and political significance of sport and entertainment in the twenty-first century. The course stresses close reading, critical thinking, and discussion.
HIS604
Freedom Summer to Ferguson
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Heise
P5 P6
Fifty years ago, Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act which, combined with the Civil Rights Act of the previous year, signaled the end of the Jim Crow era in American history. Or so we thought. Despite the election of our first African American president, full racial equality has proved elusive in our politics, economic life, schools, and our criminal justice system. And frustration and anger are growing, as the recent outcries in Ferguson, Missouri and New York suggest. Drawing upon a variety of print and filmsources, this course surveys the American quest to fulfill its promise of freedom and equality over the past fifty years, noting both its achievements and its shortcomings.
HIS607
Modern Europe, 1870-1945
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course surveys the history of Europe from the confidence and splendor of the late nineteenth-century to the material and moral ruin of the mid twentieth century. We examine modern Europe’s glories as well as its divisions and failure to solve internal problems that twice brought it to the brink of self-destruction. Social, economic and cultural history are integrated within a framework of political narrative. Special attention is given to late-nineteenth-century imperialism, the modernism of the Belle Epoque, the Great War, the rise of Fascism, the Spanish Civil War, the Second World War, and the Holocaust. Film, literature and memoir are used extensively to understand, interpret and evaluate the human experience of the era. The course stresses critical thinking and discussion skills, and activities include debates, roundtables and simulations. Stu dents also acquire an up-to-dategrounding in information literacy and research skills that will serve them well in college and beyond. Open to juniors and seniors. [This course is offered every other year, and alternates with Postwar Europe: History, Film and Literature since 1945.]
HIS609
What is America(n)
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Ms Rivellino-Lyons & Ms Corcoran
P3
Despite being only one country among many that make up The Americas, the United States has curiously laid claim to the term “American.” Yet the notion of who and what is American has historically been malleable, shifting along with the expanding borders of the United States and its evolving political and cultural climates. In this seminar, we will follow threads of “Americanness” by looking at current topics such as the debate about admitting Muslim refugees into the country, questions about Ted Cruz and his claim to natural-born citizenship, and the Black Lives Matter movement. While specific topics will be determined by student interest, we will trace the development of these topics through historical documents and images, newspapers, music, and documentary films. Along the way, we will ask: Who gets to be an American? Where is America? How do you identify an American? Who isn’t American and why does the “anti-American” keep shifting? And why do Americans seem so patriotic?
HIS610
Modern Times:20th C. World His
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Dynamic, violent, and unpredictable, the past fifty years have been tumultuous—a time of wonder and tragedy, of great breakthroughs and disastrous breakdowns. This course examines important ideas of the past one hundred years, but concentrates mainly upon the major developments, discoveries, trends, and tensions of the post-1945 period. The course may address issues ranging from total war and its impact on thought and culture, the Cold War andthe collapse of communism, decolonization and nationalism in developing countries, genocide and human rights, technological change, emerging environmental challenges, the impact of the September 11 attacks, and the financial crash of 2008.
HIS611
Understanding the Holocaust
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Lyons & Mr. Baker
P5
Perhaps more than any other event in world history, the Holocaust raises fundamental questions about humanity and society. This course addresses those concerns from the interdisciplinary perspectives of history, literature, philosophy, religion, and psychology. We operate through close textual reading, class discussion, reflective journal and short paper writing, critical film viewing, and presentations by speakers. May also be taken as PHI611.
HIS620
India and China: 2.5B & Change
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
The world is changing at an astonishing pace, and India and China, with their high economic growth rates and combined populations of more than 2.5 billion, contribute significantly to that change. This interdisciplinary, topics-based course draws upon the socio-political, economic, environmental and demographic histories of India and China not only to better understand the impact of change on the two nations, but also to clarify the degree to which our fates in the global landscape are bound to theirs. Topics include controversial international policies (free trade, decisions regarding war and peace), resource management (water, oil, coal) and history’s largest human migrations. Texts range from scholarly journal publications to the morning’s Wall Street Journal. Students learn and teach through discussion, debate, small group problem-solving exercises and position papers. They complete the course with an analytical research project on a relevant topic of their choice.
HIS640
Economics
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission
In the first half of the year students are introduced to microeconomic theory through thestudy of such concepts as supply and demand, the law of diminishing returns, marginal utilityand the theory of the firm and industry. The second half of the year focuses on macroeconomicanalysis and its historic development from Keynes to Friedman. Such concepts as national income analysis and monetary and fiscal policy are covered in depth. We also focus on public policy and current political/economic issues through the use of case studies and supplementalreadings.
HIS690
Hist. Research: Memory & Myth
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Our understanding of the past not only influences our policies for the future, but shapesour identity. Yet that understanding is often flawed and rooted in myth, leading to disastrous consequences. Using source material that ranges from the writings of historians tofilms in popular culture, students examine how and why humans have interpreted and reinterpreted the past, and the consequences of those interpretations for nations and individuals alike. Topics may include the meaning and memory of the American Civil War, one or two of the totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century, the Vietnam War, and the recent financial crash of 2008. Such case studies aim not only to develop the historical sensibilities of students, but also the skills of research and writing to prepare students for the second half of the course, during which students select a topic of inquiry, formulateand revise a question, conduct extended independent research, and write a research paper.
HIS691
AP Research: Memory & Myth
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Our understanding of the past not only influences our policies for the future, but shapesour identity. Yet that understanding is often flawed and rooted in myth, leading to disastrous consequences. Using source material that ranges from the writings of historians tofilms in popular culture, students examine how and why humans have interpreted and reinterpreted the past, and the consequences of those interpretations for nations and individuals alike. Topics may include the meaning and memory of the American Civil War, one or two of the totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century, the Vietnam War, and the recent financial crash of 2008. Such case studies aim not only to develop the historical sensibilities of students, but also the skills of research and writing to prepare students for the second half of the course, during which students select a topic of inquiry, formulateand revise a question, conduct extended independent research, and write a research paper.
ARA100
Arabic I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is an introduction to the Arabic language and Arabic-speaking cultures. With an emphasis on developing communicative skills and solid grammatical structures, students will work with a variety of media to master the alphabet, basic reading and writing skills, and develop listening and speaking skills in the Modern Standard Arabic and the Levantine dialect. Students learn the basic linguistic structures of the Semitic Language family and anappreciation of Arabic calligraphy art.Students in this class will have the use of iPads through which they submit a variety of homework assignments. Learning mediums include iPad apps, interactive websites, videos, recordings, as well as the tried and true pen and paper. Much of the content is introduced through homework and then honed and molded in the followingclass through activities and speaking experience. Class is conducted mostly in Arabic with some English when needed.
ARA103
Arabic I Accelerated
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Students in Accelerated Arabic are expected to advance through material at a more rigorous pace following the same format outlined in Arabic 100.
ARA200
Arabic II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Arabic I or the equivalent
This course builds upon skills developed in the first year of Arabic and follows a similar format of course delivery, homework variations and a blended instruction format. The emphasis on developing communicative skills and solid grammatical structures continues as students work to master their communicative skills in the Modern Standard Arabic and the Levantine dialect.Students in this class will have the use of iPads through which they submita variety of homework assignments. Learning mediums include apps, interactive websites, videos, recordings, as well as the tried and true pen and paper. This class is conducted in Arabic.
ARA203
Arabic II – Accelerated
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Arabic I Accelerated or the equivalent
Students in Accelerated Arabic II are expected to advance through material at a more rigorous pace following the same format outlined in Arabic 200.
ARA300
Arabic III
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Arabic II or the equivalent
This course builds upon skills developed in Arabic 200, and it follows a similar format of course delivery, homework variations and a blended mode of instruction. Intermediate levelcommunicative skills and detailed grammatical structures continue as students work to master skills in the Modern Standard Arabic and the Levantine dialect. Students in this class will have the use of iPads through which they submit a variety of homework assignments. Learning mediums include apps, interactive websites, videos, recordings, as well as the tried and truepen and paper. This class is conducted in Arabic.
ARA303
Arabic III – Accelerated
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Arabic II Accelerated or the equivalent
Students in Accelerated Arabic III are expected to advance through material at a more rigorous pace following the same format outlined in Arabic 300.
ARA400
Arabic IV
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Arabic III or the equivalent
At this level of Arabic, students continue developing language skills through authentic texts and literature in Modern Standard Arabic. Grammar is integrated through classroom discussions and activities. In Arabic IV, students continue expanding vocabulary, improving listening comprehension and developing advanced communication skills in both the Levantine and Egyptian dialects of Arabic. Students in this class will have the use of iPads through which they submit a variety of homework assignments. Learning mediums include apps, interactive websites, videos, recordings, as well as the tried and true pen and paper. This class is conducted in Arabic.
ARA403
Arabic IV – Accelerated
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Arabic III Accelerated or the equivalent
Students in Accelerated Arabic IV are expected to advance through material at a more rigorous pace following the same format outlined in Arabic 400.
ARA500
Arabic V
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Arabic IV or the equivalent
At this level of Arabic, students continue developing language skills through authentic texts and literature in Modern Standard Arabic. Grammar is integrated through classroom discussions and activities. In Arabic IV, students continue expanding vocabulary, improving listening comprehension and developing advanced communication skills in both the Levantine and Egyptian dialects of Arabic. Students in this class will have the use of iPads through which they submit a variety of homework assignments. Learning mediums include apps, interactive websites, videos, recordings, as well as the tried and true pen and paper. This class is conducted in Arabic.
ARA503
Arabic V – Accelerated
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Arabic IV Accelerated or the equivalent
This class focuses on the individual student’s stated goals and objectives as it continues to develop language skills through authentic texts and literature in Modern Standard Arabic. Grammar is integrated through classroom discussions and activities. In Accelerated Arabic IV, students continue to expand vocabulary and develop advanced communication skills in the dialects of choice. Students in this class will have the use of iPads through which they submit a variety of homework assignments. Learning mediums include apps, interactive websites, videos, recordings, as well as the tried and true pen and paper. This class is conducted in Arabic.
ARAONL1
Intro to Arabic-ESA Online
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
The Eight School Association offers an Introduction to Arabic course. It is a team-taughtpilot online class that integrates synchronous and asynchronous web tools in teaching and learning. Students work with a variety of online media to master the Arabic alphabet and sounds, build vocabulary, acquire basic grammar skills, and read and comprehend Modern Standard Arabic. Students will learn how to speak about themselves, their families and their environment, to maintain basic conversations, and to compose paragraphs. This course focuses on Modern Standard Arabic with an exposure to Levantine colloquial through music, songs, and short videos. By the end of this course, students will have both a solid command of basic linguistic structures and skills, in addition to a further understanding and appreciation of Arab culture and Art. Students’ progress is assesse d through performance on weekly assignments and projects. This year-long course is open to 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students, with permission of the department and is worth the equivalent of one term of creditfrom the ESA. As such, it does not count as one of five required courses, nor does it satisfythe Deerfield language diploma requirement.
CHI100
Chinese I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is an introduction to Chinese through exposure to listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students learn Pinyin Romanization and simplified characters. The course emphasis is on oral proficiency as well as mastery of basic grammar structure. Oral proficiency is developed through the use of communication activities, including class discussion, role-playing, group projects, and presentations. Class work is supplemented by various technology tools and online resources.
CHI200
Chinese II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chinese I or the equivalent
This course is a continuation of Chinese I skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. In addition, the course includes an in-depth study of grammar. Students strive for accuracy while focusing on the ability to communicate in varied contexts and with proper grammar. Class work is supplemented by various technology tools and online resources. Class is conducted in Chinese.
CHI300
Chinese III
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chinese II or the equivalent
This intermediate level course continues to develop proficiency in Chinese, emphasizing self-expression through classroom discussions, compositions, communication activities, and reading a variety of short stories. Students undertake a complete review of grammatical structures. Class is conducted in Chinese and supplemented by various technology tools, online resources, and other cultural materials.
CHI400
Chinese IV
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chinese III or the equivalent
This course aims to develop competency in advanced Chinese with an emphasis on fluency ofspoken language, reading, and writing. A variety of authentic materials is used to give students a deeper knowledge of Chinese language, culture, history, and social issues. However, a systematic study of Chinese vocabulary and grammar will continue to be emphasized and practiced through the use of the textbook. Students in this class are introduced to the format and material of the Chinese AP Language Examination. Class is conducted in Chinese.
CHI500
Chinese V
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chinese IV or the equivalent
This course is for students with a high degree of proficiency in oral and written Chinesewho wish to pursue Chinese at an advanced level. Students explore a variety of texts and materials in literature, history, social issues, culture, art, and music. Students are encouraged to read and write critically. Independent study and research are also encouraged. Class is conducted in Chinese.
CHI699
Chinese Tutorial
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission
This advanced course is a modern Chinese literature and writing class for students who love to read and write. Students explore a variety of readings and practice a wide range of writing styles in order to analyze and develop effective skills for literary analysis and appreciation. Narrative fiction, films, poetry, and critical essays are included. Students are expected to take an active part in class discussion. In addition, culture and history will be an integral part of this course. Class is conducted in Chinese.
CLA201
The Greek New Testament
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This is a two-term course that presents the narrative and theology of Christianity and introduces students both to the emerging canonical texts in their linguistic and historical dimension, and to non-canonical sources (Josephus, for example, and the Apocrypha). The course will focus on the central figures of Jesus and Paul and will use select critical passages, words and ideas to introduce to and engage students in analysis of etymology and word choice, enhancing and enriching their understanding. Our course will first introduce theideas and political structures present in the Jewish and Greco-Roman world in the early centuries before the Common Era, in an attempt to contextualize the environment in which a Christ was both sought after and found. We will then focus on the 1st century of the Common Era, which included the life of Jesus of Nazareth, the missionary journeys of Paul, a Hellenic Christian convert from Judaism, and the decisive fall of Jerusalem to the Romans many decades later. Finally, we will examine how interpretations and translation of the GreekNew Testament resulted in the cacophony of Christian expression in the second millennium in the Common Era. May also be taken as Religion: REL201.
CLA451
Homer’s Odyssey
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Dr. Burke
P5
No experience whatsoever in Greek, Classics, or Homer is expected or required for this course. The Odyssey is not merely the story of Odysseus’ return from the Trojan War. It also represents a rich, highly developed poetic tradition, replete with war-stories, sea yarns, and tales of adventure that combined, creates a veritable tour de force of story-telling thatwe know as the Odyssey. The poet of the Odyssey delights in the ability of story telling to establish, promote, and preserve reputation. In our study of the Odyssey this spring, we willexamine this dimension of the poem as we learn to appreciate the continued power of its poet not only to captivate and entertain, but also to ensure his own lasting fame.
FRE100
French I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is an introduction to French through exposure to listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course uses an aural-oral approach, which stresses oral proficiency as well as mastery of basic grammar. Various resources include access to an online text, technology sites (Edmodo, Voicethread, iBooksAuthor), and frequent filming of skits, songs, and dialogues. Class is conducted in French.
FRE200
French II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French I or the equivalent
This course is focused on a continuation of the skills learned in French I through exposure to listening, speaking, reading and writing. This course uses an aural-oral approachwith stresses oral proficiency as well as continuing the study of grammar. Various resources include access to an online text, technology sites (Edmodo, Voicthread, iBooksAuthor), and frequent filming of skits, songs, and dialogues. Class is conducted in French.
FRE203
French II Honors
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French I, instructor permission, & curr teacher approval
This accelerated intermediate level course is for students with a high degree of aural-oral proficiency. In addition to an in-depth study of grammar, students develop conversation skills and read a variety of short literary works from France and the Francophone world. Language applications such as Voicethread, Explain Everything, Notability,iBooks Author, and Book Creator will be used to enhance both written and oral production. Class is conducted in French. As with all honors classes at Deerfield, the honors courses require a substantial and consistent work ethic in order to master the material in a satisfactory manner.
FRE300
French III
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French II or the equivalent
This intermediate level course uses a grammatical and thematically structured curriculum,including a variety of readings. Using iPads, work in and out of the classroom is supplemented by software and online resources such as Book Creator, Voicethread, Explain Everything, YouTube, Prezi, and PowerPoint. In the course of the year, students will read literary texts such as Le Petit Prince. Emphasis is on oral and written expression. Class is conducted in French.
FRE303
French III Honors
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French II, instructor permission, & curr teacher approval
This accelerated third year course emphasizes discussion and composition. A thorough review of grammar is conducted. Students study the 19th century and read a variety of texts by 19th-century authors. Technology sites such as Edmodo, Collaborizeclassroom, Voicethread, iBooksAuthor, and filming of discussions and skits supplement class work. Class is conducted in French. As with all honors classes at Deerfield, the honors courses require a substantial and consistent work ethic in order to master the material in a satisfactory manner.
FRE400
French IV
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French III or the equivalent
This course is for students who would like to pursue the study of French at a more advanced level. Students review the fundamentals of grammar and continue to develop oral proficiency. Technology sites such as Edmodo, Collaborizeclassroom, Voicethread, iBooksAuthor, and filming of discussions and skits supplement class work. Students study the history of certain periods in order to place the literature they read and read a variety of works by writers from France and the Francophone world. Class is conducted in French.
FRE503
French IV Honors
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French III, instructor permission, & curr teacher approval
This accelerated course emphasizes oral proficiency, composition, and literary and oral analysis. Students will read a variety of genres from the Francophone world. This class will also examine French history through various films. Students are introduced to the structure of the Advanced Placement French Language and Culture Examination. Class is conducted in French. As with all honors classes at Deerfield, the honors courses require a substantial andconsistent work ethic in order to master the material in a satisfactory manner.
FRE510
French V
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French IV or the equivalent
This is a literature seminar that continues to emphasize grammar and composition in orderto polish students’ writing skills. Students read works by a variety of authors from France and the Francophone world. Oral presentations, debates and discussions are also used to continue developing oral competency. Class is conducted in French.
FRE603
French V Honors
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French IV, instructor permission, & curr teacher approval
This accelerated course emphasizes oral proficiency, composition, and literary and oral analysis. Students will read a variety of genres from the Francophone world. This class will also examine French history through various films. This course prepares students for the Advanced Placement French Language and Culture Examination. As with all honors classes at Deerfield, the honors courses require a substantial and consistent work ethic in order to master the material in a satisfactory manner.
FRE703
French VI Honors
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
French V, instructor permission, & curr teacher approval
This is a topics-based course for advanced speakers of French who have finished French V-Honors. The course is especially designed for those students who wish to continue their French studies at the college level. Readings explore a wide variety of topics such as issuesof contemporary France and the European Union. Open to students with permission of the instructor. This course may not be offered every year. As with all honors classes at Deerfield, the honors courses require a substantial and consistent work ethic in order to master the material in a satisfactory manner.
GRE100
Greek I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This introduction to ancient Greek is offered to experienced language students who wish to try something old and different. The goal is to learn to read ancient Greek as quickly as possible. The pace, content, and texts are matched to the interests and experience of the students in the class. Offered when three or more students request it, this course is open toseniors, juniors, and, with permission of the instructor, sophomores.
GRE200
Greek II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is a continuation of Greek I, offering a review of and advance in the fundamentals of Greek grammar and syntax for qualified students. In the fall and winter terms, students gradually engage more consistently with extended readings of authentic Ancient Greek from the Greek literary canon. As a culmination of the course in the spring, students will enroll in the Classics spring elective in which students engage in literary genres in translation that are integral to the Classical tradition.
LAT100
Latin I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
The beginning course in Latin aims to provide students with the fundamental skills and content necessary for the ongoing study of the Latin language and Classical history and culture. The curriculum covers the elementary concepts of the language as well as the history, cultures and geography of the Italian peninsula.
LAT200
Latin II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Latin I or equivalent
The continuation of the introductory Latin sequence, this course covers more complex syntax and prepares students to read authentic Latin literature by the spring term. Readings include passages from authors such as Augustus, Julius Caesar, Catullus and Suetonius. History and culture topics focus on the development of the city of Rome and the spread of Roman power and influence from the Early Republic to the Late Empire.
LAT300
Latin III
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Latin II or equivalent
In conjunction with a systematic review of fundamentals, students engage in selected readings of both prose and poetry. After a variety of readings in the fall, students progressto Cicero’s ‘Somnium Scipionis’ in the winter and selections from the ‘Amores’ and ‘Metamorphoses’ of Ovid in the spring. Readings are utilized to consolidate and expand knowledge of Latin and to increase understanding of Roman history and culture between the endof the 2nd Punic War and the death of Augustus. The requisite grammatical material for students who intend to take the College Board SAT II test in Latin will have been covered in this course.
LAT500
Latin IV
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Latin III or the equivalent
This literature course provides an in depth study of the Roman national epic poem of the age of Augustus. Through a close reading of extensive portions of the Latin text of the Aeneid students expand their skill at reading Latin and enlarge their knowledge about the life and history of the ancient Romans. The course covers the syllabus for AP Latin: Vergil exam and familiarizes students with the nature of that test so that they may, if they wish, sit for the exam in May.
LAT600
Latin V
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Latin IV or the equivalent
This advanced course in the literature of the late Republic and early Empire asks students to apply the skills developed/acquired in previous courses as they read more deeply and produce more concrete analysis in both class discussions and in writing. This particular period was one of tremendous ferment in which literary experimentation and creative adaptation were hallmarks of the Roman cultural achievement. This achievement went hand in hand with the political turmoil that resulted in the establishment of the principate and an age of peace and stability known as the Pax Romana. Students will engage with a given genre or genres and cultivate the ability to approach ancient texts critically in light of their understanding of the historical and political context of this period. Classroom discussions go beyond the translation of texts to explore the implicat ions of not only the thematic content but also the style of the texts we read.
LAT699
Advanced Tutorial
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission
Advanced Tutorial may be offered to students who, in consultation with the department andwith its endorsement, wish to pursue an individualized course in classical studies.
SPA100
Spanish I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This course is an introduction to Spanish, and it presents basic grammar and vocabulary. Students develop their skills using text, video, and audio materials. Class is conducted in Spanish. Open to all students; juniors and seniors need permission of the Academic Dean.
SPA200
Spanish II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Spanish I or the equivalent
This extension of the student’s work in beginning Spanish includes an in depth study of Spanish grammar and vocabulary. Class is conducted in Spanish.
SPA300
Spanish III
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Spanish II or the equivalent
This course continues to develop the four basic skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students study short literary works, write compositions, review basic grammar and investigate a variety of cultural topics. The emphasis is on developing conversational proficiency while reinforcing proper grammatical usage. Class is conducted in Spanish.
SPA303
Spanish III Honors
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
minimum 90% in Spanish II
This course is for students able to pursue Spanish at a more comprehensive level and faster pace than those of Spanish III. In comparison to the Spanish III course, greater emphasis is placed on oral work in class, the grammar review is more sophisticated, and literary skills are more aggressively developed. Class is conducted in Spanish. With permission of the instructor, the more successful students may move from this course to the advanced courses, skipping Spanish IV.
SPA400
Spanish IV
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Spanish III or the equivalent
This course continues to develop proficiency in Spanish through study and practice in conversation, composition and reading. Through the study of Latin American and Spanish literature and history, students improve critical reading, writing skills, cultural awarenessand grammatical precision. Class is conducted in Spanish.
SPA402
Spanish IV – Community Service
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Spanish III or III-H
This course follows the readings and curriculum in the regular Spanish IV course but addsa community service component. Students will teach Spanish to third and fourth graders from Deerfield Elementary every other Wednesday during the seventy-minute period. Open to studentswho have finished Spanish III or III-H at Deerfield and who wish to serve the community whilecontinuing with their Spanish studies. Interested students should simply sign up as a first choice. Only 12 will be selected and those not selected will be automatically placed in Spanish IV. This course is a full academic year commitment. Speaking with Dr. Invernizzi about your interest before signing up typically increases the student´s chance of being selected. You will leave this course ready to teach Spanish or English (both as a second language) to children anywhere in the world. You will possess the tools and experience to make your class fun, exciting and productive. Excellent if you plan on summer jobs that require these skills.
SPA500
Spanish V
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Spanish IV or equivalent
In this course students continue to develop oral and written proficiency in Spanish through the study of the history, culture, and literature of contemporary Spain. By analyzingliterary texts, periodicals, and film of twentieth and twenty-first century Spain, students expand their vocabulary and develop more sophisticated language skills. Students are introduced to the format and material of the Spanish AP Language Examination, but they are neither required nor expected to take it. Class is conducted in Spanish.
SPA603
Honors Latin Amer. Literature
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Instructor permission
This course is divided into three distinct terms. In the fall we explore Latin American literature from its beginnings starting with pre-Columbian texts such as the Popol Vuh. Odd and even years will read different texts yet they will all come from the Conquest and the Colonial era. Winter term takes us to attempt longer and more contemporary texts. Some works read may be One Hundred Years of Solitude or Leafstorm by García Márquez. In the spring, though we typically begin with some short stories by such greats as Borges, Cortázar and María Luisa Bombal, we also delve into the world of film. This is an honors-level, year-long course and seniors may not drop in the spring.
SPA702
Exploring Hispanic Cultures
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Spanish VI Honors
This course is designed for our most advanced students of Spanish who, after having completed our Honors Latin American Literature Course, desire to delve further into the Literatures and Cultures of the Spanish Speaking world. The course surveys a representative and variegated body of texts from Peninsular Spanish, Latin American and US Hispanic Literature, Visual Arts and Cinema. It also helps students hone their analytical and criticalthinking skills. This course is aligned with the objectives, reading list and methodology of the AP Spanish Literature and Culture course. Even though the students are encouraged to takethe AP exam, they are not required nor expected to do it. The readings include short stories,theatre, the novel and poetry from different historical periods of Spanish and Latin AmericanLiterature. Special attention will be paid to the development of visual literacy: the students will be given the theoretical knowledge needed to analyze a wide range of visual texts such as films, paintings and graphic novels. This course is conducted in Spanish and all reading and writing for the course is also done in Spanish.
MAT101
Algebra I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This is a course in first year algebra with emphasis on such topics as the properties of the real number system, solving first degree sentences in one variable, the fundamental operations involving polynomial and rational expressions, systems of linear equations in two variables, fractions, factoring, ratio, proportion, variation, exponents, roots, quadratic equations, and problem solving. All of the material of a typical first year of algebra will be completed as well as a variety of enrichment topics.
MAT102
Algebra I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This is designed for a student who has already studied some or much of the material that is covered in a typical first year algebra program, but who would benefit from additional work with the topics of Algebra I. The fall term is devoted to a review of the basic skills and ideas of Real Numbers, followed by single-variable equations and inequalities which then leads to work with linear relations and their applications in the late fall and winter. Students end the winter with the study of quadratic relations and their applications, and then spend the spring term on introductions to exponential relations, probability and statistics, and the idea of functions.
MAT201
Geometry
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Math 101/102 or the equivalent
This course is designed for students who would benefit from significant reinforcement of topics from Algebra I as they pertain to geometric problems. The emphasis in this course is on recognizing the geometric relationships in shapes and solids. New concepts are introduced using inductive reasoning and exploration. Students who complete this course will be preparedfor a 300-level course.
MAT202
Geometry
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT102 or the equivalent
This course integrates material from both plane and solid geometry. However, the development of the material requires extensive use of the skills and concepts already studiedin algebra. The major emphasis is the study of the properties of two and three dimensional geometric figures from both a deductive and inductive reasoning approach. Additional topics include material from analytic geometry, exercises in logic, the graphing of functions and relations and elementary trigonometry. Students who complete this course will be prepared fora 300-level course.
MAT203
Honors Geometry
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Outstanding ability in MAT101/102 or the equivalent
This is an enriched version of Math 202 and is designed for the well-qualified math student. The course covers the same geometric topics as Math 202 but in greater depth. Students investigate additional topics at the discretion of the instructor. Successful completion of this course normally advances a student to Math 303.
MAT301
Algebra II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT101/102 and MAT202/203
This course meets the standards of a solid course in second year algebra. However, it is designed for students whose background indicates a need for a review of material from previous courses. As such it moves at a somewhat slower pace than Math 302. Students who complete this course are prepared for a 400-level mathematics course.
MAT302
Algebra II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT202/203 and MAT302/303
This course is intended for students who have achieved success in Math 102 and Math 202 or the equivalent. The material is developed with an emphasis on the functional approach and most topics include a range of applied problems. The main focus of the course is the analytical development of the linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions. Other topics developed include an analysis of both the real and complex number systems, systems of equations in two and three variables, and an introduction to trigonometric functions. Students may take a 200-level and this 300-level course concurrently. Students who complete this course are prepared for a 400-level mathematics course.
MAT303
Honors Algebra II
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT202/203 and MAT302/303
This is an enriched version of Math 302 and is designed for the well-qualified student. The course develops the same material as Math 302 but in greater depth. Students in this class are frequently asked to solve non-routine problems and to apply familiar concepts in new problem situations. Students may take a 200-level and this 300-level course concurrently.Successful completion of this course normally advances a student to Math 403.
MAT401
Precalculus & Statistics
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT301/302 or the equivalent
This is intended as a follow-up to Algebra II or an equivalent course. It is designed to complete the study of the elementary functions (linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric). Additionally, the course develops material from finite mathematics including an introduction to probability and statistics, and the normal distribution. Throughout the entire course modeling of real phenomena is emphasized.
MAT402
Precalculus
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT302 or the equivalent
This is a follow up to Math 302 and as such continues the development of functions and relations. The course includes a thorough study of polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions, an analytical development of conic sections, polar equations and graphs, matrices, and an introduction to data analysis. Calculator based graphing technology is incorporated into the course, and the instructional approach is greatly influenced by the fact that all students have immediate access to this technology.
MAT403
Honors Precalculus
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT303 or the equivalent
This is designed as a continuation of Math 303. The topics covered in this accelerated course include all those listed under Math 402 but the pace is such that the material will becompleted by the end of the winter term. Successful completion of this course normally advances a student to Math 603 (AP Calculus BC).
MAT450
Discrete Math. & Precalculus
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT401 or the equivalent
This course follows Math 401. It is also intended for students who have completed 402 andwho do not wish to study calculus at this time. This course provides a continued emphasis on the development of functions and relations, including a thorough study of polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and power functions. Further, data analysis and difference equations are used to model real world phenomena. Calculator and computer based graphing technology are incorporated into the course.
MAT501
Calculus
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Math 502 and/or Math 402 or the equivalent
This course offers an introduction to the derivative and the integral. The pace of this course allows for a review of precalculus topics when necessary.
MAT502
AP Calculus AB
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT402 or the equivalent
This course follows the Advanced Placement AB syllabus, which incorporates an introduction to the derivative and the integral and their applications. Students in this course are required to take the AP exam in May.
MAT503
AP Calculus BC
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT 403 or the equivalent
This course follows the Advanced Placement BC syllabus, which incorporates an introduction to the derivative and the integral with their applications and work in infinite series. This four-term course, which begins in the spring term of the sophomore or junior year, is for students who are outstanding in mathematics. Open to students who have completedMath 403 or the equivalent, with permission of the department. Exceptional mathematics students entering Deerfield in the fall term with demonstrated excellence in precalculus may consult the mathematics chair as to placement in the fall. Students in this course are required to take the AP exam in May.
MAT503A
AP Calculus BC – Spr term
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT502 or the equivalent
This course follows the Advanced Placement BC syllabus, which incorporates an introduction to the derivative and the integral with their applications and work in infinite series. This four-term course, which begins in the spring term of the sophomore or junior year, is for students who are outstanding in mathematics. Open to students who have completedMath 502 or the equivalent, with permission of the department. Exceptional mathematics students entering Deerfield in the fall term with demonstrated excellence in precalculus may consult the mathematics chair as to placement in the fall. Students in this course are required to take the AP exam in May.
MAT510
AP Statistics
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Math 302 or 303 with permission, or Math 401 or 402
This course follows the Advanced Placement Statistics syllabus, which introduces studentsto the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data.Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes: exploring data by observing patterns and departures from patterns, planning a study by deciding what and how to measure, anticipating patterns by producing models using probability and simulation, and studying statistical inference by confirming models. May be taken concurrently with a 400-level or higher course. Students in this course are required to take the AP exam in May.
MAT600
Adv Calc & Diff Equations
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT502/503 or the equivalent
This course is for outstanding mathematics students. The content includes work on multivariable calculus, vector calculus, optimization problems, the calculus of fields, and ordinary differential equations, both linear and non-linear. Mathematica, the symbolic mathematics software, is used extensively in the course for displaying 3-D graphs, performingadvanced numerical analysis, and analyzing non-linear differential equations and systems of such equations. A licensed copy of the software is provided to all students.
MAT700
Proof and Number Theory
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT600 or the equivalent
This advanced mathematics tutorial is offered for students who are interested in pursuingmathematics in college. The curriculum focuses on the structure of mathematical writing and communication. This course covers the foundations of writing, critiquing and understanding the language of advanced mathematical proof, logic and Set Theory, Number Theory topics through Quadratic Reciprocity and Abstract Algebra topics through Cyclic Groups and LaGrange’s Theorem. During the spring term, students will focus on their own interests and readings, culminating in research and poster presentations for the Science and Mathematics Symposium. This course may be taken concurrently with Math600. This course is offered in alternate years with Linear Algebra.
MAT702
Foundation Proof & Nmbr Theory
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT602/603 or the equivalent
will be new
MAT703
Proof and Number Theory 2
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT704
Intro to Mathematical Proof
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Speer
P6
This is a one-term elective course designed to introduce students to the content, style, and structure of college-level, proof-based mathematics. We will explore topics in number theory and graph theory; additional topics may be added per the interests of the students or instructor. Along the way, students will learn the techniques of direct proof, proof by contradiction, proof by cases, and proof by induction. Students will also learn to typeset their work using the LaTeX markup language. Students in this course should be enrolled in BC Calculus or higher, and should intend to study math in college. It is expected that students have no prior experience with mathematical proof.
MAT800
Information Theory
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
MAT600 or the equivalent
This course serves as an introduction to the mathematics that describes electronic communication and data storage. The course prepares students for further study in computer science, mathematics, and statistics. Core topics include entropy, data compression, channel capacity, Kolmogorov complexity, and statistical inference. These concepts will be explored through a mix of proofs, practical examples, and pseudocode.
ONL100
Intro to Theater History
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Ms Doak, Choate Rosemary Hall
Online
Students in this class travel back in time, as the Internet permits, to explore the changing form and function of theater throughout history. Through an analysis of significant productions – from The Bacchae at the Theater of Dionysus in 405 B.C. Athens, to the Noh theater in the shogun court of 14th century Japan, to Death of a Salesman on Broadway in 1949–¬ the course introduces students to key moments and movements in theater history. Students investigate developments in stage architecture, the changing styles and methods of production, and the shifting “place” of the stage within culture. In addition to their study of key scenes from representative plays, students examine materials ranging from set designs and costume sketches, to historical diaries and newspaper reviews. Students are required to participate with their teacher and classmates in online discussions, write a series of reaction pieces, and design a theater-of-the-future independent project. This course is taught by a teacher from Choate Rosemary Hall. Open to students from other Eight Schools Association (ESA) schools. Permission of the Academic Dean’s Office is required.
ONL102
Democracy, Media & Politics
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Backon, Choate Rosemary Hall
Online
All politics is now “mediated.” Radio, television and the Internet suffuse our culture and transform the presentation of issues, candidates and the American governmental system itself. To understand politics, one must understand the role media play in politics. After a brief review of the earliest techniques of political communication in Ancient Greece, this course examines the idea and practical impact of the First Amendment and 19th/early 20th century newspapering. It then considers the emergence of radio and the dominant medium of television from the 1930s to TV’s political golden epoch, the 1950s-1990s. The final unit of study focuses on the virtues and limitations of the digital age. Instructional techniques include readings, lectures, videos, essay writing, discussions, a blog and Internet work. This course is taught by a teacher from Choate Rosemary Hall. Open to students from other Eight Schools Association (ESA) schools. Permission of the Academic Dean’s Office is required.
PHI200
Ethics
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
What is “the good life?” How do you define “right” and “wrong”? What do you do when confronted with an important decision that pits “right vs. right”? Students explore and sharpen their own moral reasoning as they investigate the strengths and weaknesses of major ethical theories. The class grapples with the ideas of such philosophers as Plato, Aristotle,Mill, Kant, Bentham, and Hobbes. Class discussions focus on the applications of theories to ethical issues and personal stories. Assessment includes analytical writing and independent research projects.
PHI300
Eastern Philosophy
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
“The more you know, the less you understand.” Lao Tzu. Together we will explore the incredibly rich landscape of Eastern philosophy. While deceptively simple, our texts invariably lead to meaningful self-discovery and insights about the world. The students will be asked to consider the significance and relevance of these perspectives. Can they help us navigate our own lives? Have they subtly influenced western thought when we were not looking?Along with the classic texts of Western interpretation, we will consider works such as Zen inthe Art of Archery, Tao Te Ching, What the Buddha Taught, and The Analects of Confucius.
PHI400
Political Philosophy
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Should there be a government? If so, what should be its responsibilities? What should be the extent of its authority? This course explores classic and contemporary debates in political philosophy. The students undertake a rigorous and critical examination of classic texts on issues such as leadership, justice, civil disobedience, human rights, and social contract theory. Texts by influential political theorists (including Sophocles, Plato, Locke,Marx, Nietzsche, Rawls) supplement a discussion of present day issues. Lively class discussions and independent research projects help students develop their ability to merge politics and philosophy.
PHI611
Understanding the Holocaust
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Baker & Mr. Lyons
P5
Perhaps more than any other event in world history, the Holocaust raises fundamental questions about humanity and society. This course addresses those concerns from the interdisciplinary perspectives of history, literature, philosophy, religion, and psychology. We operate through close textual reading, class discussion, reflective journal and short paper writing, critical film viewing, and presentations by speakers. May also be taken as HIS611.
PHI614
Existentialism: Live Dangerous
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mrs. O’Donnell & Mr. O’Donnell
P5 P6
One of the most interesting philosophical and literary movements of the last 150 years, Existentialism confronts the challenges of everyday human existence. Close reading, formal and informal writing, collaborative projects and lively discussion facilitated by a teaching team grapple with the problems of identity, personal responsibility, freedom, faith, and meaning in face of the absurdity of existence. In addition to the most prominent figures—Sartre, Camus, de Beauvoir, Nietzsche and Kierkegaard—an international cohort of writers may include Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Melville, Hawthorne, Kafka, Unamuno, and Tillich. A nod to the great pre-existentialist, Plato, establishes a foundation for our multicultural and cross-disciplinary perspectives and productions. May also be taken as ENG614
REL201
The Greek New Testament
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This is a two-term course that presents the narrative and theology of Christianity and introduces students both to the emerging canonical texts in their linguistic and historical dimension, and to non-canonical sources (Josephus, for example, and the Apocrypha). The course will focus on the central figures of Jesus and Paul and will use select critical passages, words and ideas to introduce to and engage students in analysis of etymology and word choice, enhancing and enriching their understanding. Our course will first introduce theideas and political structures present in the Jewish and Greco-Roman world in the early centuries before the Common Era, in an attempt to contextualize the environment in which a Christ was both sought after and found. We will then focus on the 1st century of the Common Era, which included the life of Jesus of Nazareth, the missionary journeys of Paul, a Hellenic Christian convert from Judaism, and the decisive fall of Jerusalem to the Romans many decades later. Finally, we will examine how interpretations and translation of the GreekNew Testament resulted in the cacophony of Christian expression in the second millennium in the Common Era.May also be taken as Classica: CLA201.
REL300
Native America
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
“My friend, I am going to tell you the story of my life.” With these words, Black Elk retrospectively compounds deeply experienced Native sorrow with a profound reverence for all life, in whatever form and color it may come. It is true that Native people inhabited the Americas well before the “white man” arrived from Europe on large ships in the 16th century. The contributions of Native cultures are inextricably tied to the American story, and few regions are as ripe for inquiry in this regard as Deerfield. This course begins to tell the story of Native peoples through their history, their spirituality and their present lives on reservations. Particular attention will be given to the Native populations that consider the land of their people to be in the New England states and southeastern Canadian provinces. During the fall long weekend in October students will be invited to participate in a multi-day off-campus cultural immersion experience in Kahnawake, Quebec, as guests of the Mohawk community.
REL301
Islam and the Qur’an
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Flaska
P4
This course encounters the Qur’an in an effort to introduce foundational concepts of Islam, Islamic theology, modern Islamic societies and theocracies, and the diverse ways in which Muslims practice their religion. Muhammad, may peace be upon him, and the Qur’anic revelation, will be the foci of this course, along with the historical and contemporary ummah, the Islamic community, that both follows his teachings and honors his efforts. With periodic interdisciplinary gatherings attended by both students in this class and in Arabic I, while taught by teachers from the Foreign Language Department and the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department, particular attention will be given to classical Arabic languageand etymology, enriching students’ understanding of pivotal Islamic ideas. Students will gainan understanding of the historical setting in whic h the Qur’an was first revealed and how subsequent generations made sense of the scripture. The curriculum and conversations will also lend useful tips on how to read and better understand Islamic scripture. Ultimately, through attention to the diversity of Islam as a complex and evolving civilization, the course is designed to help students navigate through the Qur’an on their own and to speak accurately and confidently about Islam.
REL400
Religions of the World
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
The course begins with an examination and analysis of religious questions in the broadestsense. What is religion? What does religion attempt to explain? How can one be a “successful”adherent to this tradition? Students then survey major world religions: Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Class discussion and independent reading focus on the great books of these religions in an attempt to discover both the common and the unique elements.
ANA401
Anatomy & Physiology
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Biology
This course is a study of the structure and function of major systems of the human body. Lectures, laboratory work (including dissection), research papers, special projects and presentations offer students an exciting look at the relationship between anatomy and physiology.
AST401
The Physics of the Cosmos
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This introductory astronomy and physics course explores what our universe or Cosmos is, the rules that govern the matter within, where it came from and the means by which we observeit. The course will consist of both traditional classroom meetings as well as evening observations using the school’s various telescopes. Students will explore the dynamics of ourlocal neighborhood of star and planets while also venturing outside our solar system to explore other star systems, galaxies and exotic objects such as black holes. The scope of thecourse is broad but will primarily explore physics in the context of the universe as a whole and it’s role in our daily lives. May also be taken as Physics: PHY401
AST600
Astrophysics Research
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Phy 1A or AP B excellence,BC Calc enrollment,or permission
This is a three-term research course in which student teams conduct a year-long investigation in astrophysics or cosmology. Astrophysics is an effort to understand how everything in the universe works, from black holes to galaxies. Cosmology is a study of the nature of the universe itself that addresses questions like, “How did the universe begin?” and “What is the ultimate fate of the universe?” This course will begin with a survey of manyfascinating topics in astrophysics and cosmology. This survey will serve to spark interests and questions students may like to pursue through research. Students will then work in groupsusing quantitative research methods to investigate questions of interest to the group using existing data. Examples of potential projects include modeling exploding stars (supernovae) that can briefly outshine entire galaxies, and u sing galaxy clusters as cosmic telescopes tostudy the first galaxies to form in the universe over 13 billion years ago. Students in this course will develop skills that will serve them in a variety of career paths, including research methods, critical analysis of other’s research, effective collaboration, and how to communicate one’s work accessibly. Students will leave this course with a better understanding of the field of astronomical research generally, as well as an in-depth understanding of their chosen topics and those of other groups.
BIO400
Biology I-Survey of Biology
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chemistry
Biology I is a survey course encompassing all of organismal biology. It includes: the origin, history and evolution of life, the chemical basis of life, the mechanisms of genetic inheritance, gene regulation, cell and tissue functions, biological diversity, plant and animal anatomy & physiology, homeostasis, ecology, and behavioral biology. Emphasis is on thedefining concepts of biology, including structure and function, the characteristics of life, the symbiotic interactions of species in communities & between a species and its environment,the mutability of species, variation in populations, universal constraints to diversity such as surface area to volume ratios and historical contingency, the place of humans as a species, and the potential for life on other worlds. The course further emphasizes group and projectwork, laboratory experiences, and case based approaches to units.
BIO403
Biology I Accelerated
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chemistry
This single period class is intended for students with a high proficiency in chemistry. Biology IA is a comprehensive introductory survey of biology. The themes of molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, anatomy, ecology and evolution provide the conceptual framework of the course. Students are encouraged to take the SAT II subject test upon completion.
BIO500
AP Biology
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Chemistry
Advanced Placement Biology is a demanding college-level course designed for students withhigh aptitude and strong interest in science. The underlying principles of evolution, cell biology, genetics and systems interactions are developed in depth in accordance with the course syllabus issued by the College Board for Fall 2012. Emphasis is placed on inquiry-based laboratory activities and student-centered projects that complement the lectures and discussions. Students are expected to take the AP Biology examination upon completion of the course.
BIO600
Orthopaedic Biomechanics
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
AP Biology & instructor permission
Excellence in science
This course is designed to involve students in all aspects of orthopaedic research, including literature searches, critical reading, experimental protocol design, experiment execution, computer modeling, data collection, data analysis, and multimedia project presentations. Delving into the overlap between engineering and anatomy, students work in small teams based on common interests, sharing daily workload and developing their own specialties within the group. Topics to-date have included bruise mechanics, modeling Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, meta-analyses of child abuse symptoms, studies of intimate partner violence cases both present and historical, arthropod exoskeleton mechanics, and general functional anatomy. Course expectations are for students to work collaboratively in teams, generate weekly progress reports, manuscript production, and often in collaboration with professionals outside Deerfield. This course requires team work outside of standard class hours.
BIO620
Experimental Neurology
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Biology and instructor permission
From a conceptual perspective, Experimental Neurology will study cell physiology, neurotransmitter biochemistry and neuroanatomy. Experimentally, students will explore signaling in cockroach neurons. Students will construct microelectronic circuit boards allowing for cell-to-cell signals to be measured from short-lasting voltage spikes in which the electrical membrane potential of a cell rapidly rises and falls; indicative of an action potential. Furthermore, short-term cell cultures will be initiated for purposes of studying cellular structure. Imaging and photography of cell cultures will be used to understand function from structure.
CHE300
Chemistry I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Physics I/IA or department permission
This course enables students to develop an understanding of the fundamental properties ofmatter that provides the foundation for the development of quantitative models of chemical systems. Laboratory work, guided inquiry learning, group discussion and lecture are integrated into most aspects of the year’s work. Students who do very well in this course mayelect to take the SAT II Chemistry test at the end of the year.
CHE303
Chemistry I Accelerated
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Physics or concurrent Algebra II or H Geometry
The course is intended for students with high aptitude for science and math. Chemistry I Accelerated emphasizes inquiry learning through the development of problem solving and laboratory skills. Students are encouraged to take the SAT II Chemistry test upon the completion of this course. The exceptional student who is considering ChemIA might alternatively consider enrolling in AP Chemistry.
CHE500
AP Chemistry
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Concurrent or completed Honors Algebra II
This is a chemistry course for students with strong interest in science and exceptional quantitative skills. Meeting daily over double periods, the course meticulously covers the APlecture syllabus and laboratory syllabus. Students are expected to take the AP exam upon completion of this course.
PHY200
Physics I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This is an introductory physics course. Through guided inquiry, group discussion, and hands on investigations students will come to a functional understanding of the principles ofphysics. We study phenomena including mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics and others. Students create their own experiments, test their ideas, engineer and build their own structures and communicate their ideas to others. This course focuses on the concepts, principles, and ways of thinking that will underlie students’ further study of science.
PHY203
Physics I Accelerated
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Algebra I
This is an introductory physics course with an emphasis on data collection and analysis. Through guided inquiry, group discussions, and hands on investigations students will come to a functional understanding of the principles of physics. Students will investigate phenomena from the major themes of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics and others. Students will create their own experiments and be pushed to uncover, explain and extend patterns and principles in nature. This will be done through extensive use of computer-based data acquisition and analysis.
PHY401
The Physics of the Cosmos
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
This introductory astronomy and physics course explores what our universe or Cosmos is, the rules that govern the matter within, where it came from and the means by which we observeit. The course will consist of both traditional classroom meetings as well as evening observations using the school’s various telescopes. Students will explore the dynamics of ourlocal neighborhood of star and planets while also venturing outside our solar system to explore other star systems, galaxies and exotic objects such as black holes. The scope of thecourse is broad but will primarily explore physics in the context of the universe as a whole and it’s role in our daily lives. May also be taken as Astronomy: AST401
PHY402
Physics II: EV Engineering
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Physics
Throughout the fall and winter terms, students in this class will convert a 6-wheeled amphibious utility vehicle to run on electrical power. This course offers students a unique opportunity both to problem solve practical designs and to bring their ideas to fruition through the hands-on construction and implementation of their ideas. Students will be assessed on their ability to collaborate effectively and to demonstrate independence, resilience and time management. Additionally, students will study topics including gear ratios, thermodynamics, oxidation/reduction/electrochemistry, internal battery resistance, DCmotors, fuses, switches, motor controllers, variable resistors, and rolling resistance.
PHY421
Electric Vehicle Testing
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Creagh
P4
Throughout the spring trimester, students in this class will spend the first few weeks ofthe term putting the finishing touches on both the drivetrain and electrical systems of the vehicle converted to run on electrical power. An essential step in ensuring maximum efficiency and safety of the vehicle is extensive testing of the componentry. Students will study topics related to motor controllers, battery charging, battery management, rolling resistance, gear ratio, torque, amperage draw, battery efficiency and energy efficiency. Thiscourse offers students a unique opportunity both to problem solve practical designs, and to bring their ideas to fruition through the hands-on construction and implementation of their ideas. Students will be assessed on their ability to collaborate effectively and to demonstrate independence, resilience and time management.
PHY500
AP Physics I
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Algebra II
This course is intended for students with a strong aptitude for science and a keen interest in the physical world. The introductory physics syllabus is covered in depth and at a rapid pace. Major topics include mechanics, the study of motion and forces, energy and momentum; electricity and magnetism; geometric optics, waves and light. An advanced-level textbook is used, and emphasis is placed on the development of problem-solving skills. Students will be prepared to take the SAT II Physics Test upon completion of the course. Students are expected to take the AP Physics B exam.
PHY501
Advanced EV Engineering
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Electric Vehicle Engineering
Advanced Electric Vehicle Engineering is a two-trimester course offered to students who have demonstrated a keen interest and proficiency in Physics II: EV Engineering. This course will be offered to those who have already completed the conversion of a vehicle from an internal combustion engine to an electric motor. Students will measure the efficiency of the vehicle and make necessary modifications to maximize, torque, velocity, runtime and maneuverability. Possible areas of concentration include, but are not limited to: solar power, efficiency and effectiveness of tracks vs. wheels, testing gear ratios to determine maximumvelocity vs. torque capabilities, and efficiency and effectiveness of charging options.
PHY550
AP Physics C
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Past or current Calculus BC and first year physics
This is a second year course for students who have a serious interest in studying physicsbeyond the introductory level. The AP syllabus is followed as the major themes of physics arestudied in detail through lecture, laboratory and demonstration. This course regularly uses double periods, and the out of class work can be extensive and demanding. Students are expected to take the AP Physics examination.
PHY600
Physics II: Exp Design/Robots
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
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W
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Precalculus, AP Phys I or AP Phys C or permission
This course is rooted in the idea that people learn best when actively engaged in projects that are sustained, personally meaningful, and enjoyable. Through both research and engineering design students learn the fundamentals of experimental design, data collection and analysis. Students will work in teams to solve problems of common interest. Topics in thepast have included ballistics optimization, robotics, renewable energy assessment, and computational simulations of complex systems.
SCI410
Forensics
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Dr. Cullinane
P1 P3
This course explores the concept of intentional versus unintentional trauma, the specificsymptoms of child abuse and intimate partner violence, ballistic trauma, and criminal profiling with specific emphasis on serial killers. An in-depth but highly specific content of anatomy will be covered as well as basic engineering principles as related to trauma biomechanics. Datasets include historical court records, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention causes of injury and death tables, various orthopaedic sources, books, essays, andprimary research literature. The course involves class participation, group and partner work,and independent assignments. There is a quiz or other assignment every week.
SCI411
The Science of Performance
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Calhoun
P4
In the past 100 years we have seen speed, strength and power of athletes improve dramatically through advances in our understanding of biomechanics and physiology as well as advances in materials science. This lab-based course will examine the physics behind a variety of sports using video analysis, motion detectors and force sensors to develop data driven models of the human body and athletic equipment. After generating an understanding of the physical science, the course will shift and examine the biological mechanisms that drive athletic performance. Students will conduct frequent laboratory assignments and have the opportunity to conduct independent research projects as culminating experiences.
SCI412
Future Farming
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
S
Elective
NCAA
AP
Mr. Bakker
P6
A few years ago a NASA Engineering Design Challenge asked students to design, build and test plant growth chambers suitable for space travel and other planets. The book and the movie The Martian showed aspects of this same problem. Engineers designing cities of the future are working on using plants to solve problems of food, clean air, and clean water. In this course students will design and build hydroponic, aquaponic, and other growing systems for plants and learn to use them to grow food and improve our living environment.
SCI500
AP Seminar: Global H20
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Sophomores may be eligible with permission of the instructor
Clean water is essential for the living world and the global economy, but in many areas the supply of uncontaminated water is in danger of disappearing. In this AP Seminar course students explore the environmental, social and economic issues associated with the worldwide struggle to acquire clean water. As part of the AP Capstone Program of the College Board, theAP Seminar course challenges students to guide their own inquiry process as they learn to askgood research questions, understand and analyze arguments, evaluate multiple perspectives, synthesize ideas, collaborate effectively, communicate persuasively using written and oral expression, and reflect on their learning and skill development. AP Seminar: Global H2O Resources is an interdisciplinary course designed to foster inquiry, global awareness, scholarship and creativity. Students examine the a viability and use of clean water at local,national, and global levels by means of investigative case studies, debates, independent and collaborative projects, chemistry lab work, and field trips to local sites. Students who takeAP Seminar are eligible to pursue a capstone project during senior year in the AP Research course. May also be taken as History: HIS500.
SCI501
AP Seminar Global Food Systems
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
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Elective
NCAA
AP
In this AP Seminar course students explore the complexity of global food systems while developing their skills as critical thinkers and global citizens. The course will focus on local and global issues related to agriculture and food production, nutrition and culture, and hunger and food insecurity. As part of the AP Capstone Program, the AP Seminar course challenges students to guide their own inquiry process as they learn to ask good research questions, understand and analyze arguments, evaluate multiple perspectives, synthesize ideas, collaborate effectively, communicate persuasively using written and oral expression, and reflect on their learning and skill development. Throughout this interdisciplinary course, students will deepen their understanding of food systems through debates, seminar discussions, independent research, collaborative projects, oral p resentations, visual essays, guest speakers, chemistry lab work, and field trips to local farms and food producers. Students will take advantage of pioneer valley’s rich agricultural heritage, Deerfield Academy’s awardwinning dining hall, and other contacts in the valley and around the world as they seek out and analyze divergent perspectives about food systems and their environmental, economic, cultural, and health impacts. Students will be challenged to move from ideas to action as they analyze systems, identify problems and propose solutions related to food around the globe and on their plates. May be taken as History: HIS501
SCI510
AP Environmental Science
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Chemistry or department permission
Advanced Placement Environmental Science is a challenging double-period course designed for students with a strong interest in environmental issues. The central theme of global sustainability is developed through lectures and debates and specific topics are explored by means of case studies, laboratory activities and field trips to local sites. The material is multi-disciplinary in nature and students are encouraged to draw upon a wide range of academic resources, including readings in sociology, ethics, economics, law and ecology. Students are expected to take the AP Environmental Science examination.
SCI601
Design for Living
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
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Elective
NCAA
AP
In this course students explore the interactions between plants and humans to design better indoor living environments. Using the research skills learned in the AP Seminar course, students investigate the biological, chemical, and technological issues of remediating indoor environmental toxins using symbiotic living systems. Students research and design automated systems that use plants to chemical pollutants from the environment to create both functional and beautiful living spaces. The course culminates with an Academic Paper written and defended for AP credit and possible publication.
SCI691
Design for Living
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
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Elective
NCAA
AP
In this course students explore the interactions between plants and humans to design better indoor living environments. Using the research skills learned in the AP Seminar course, students investigate the biological, chemical, and technological issues of remediating indoor environmental toxins using symbiotic living systems. Students research and design automated systems that use plants to chemical pollutants from the environment to create both functional and beautiful living spaces. The course culminates with an Academic Paper written and defended for AP credit and possible publication.
SCI692
AP Research: Design for Living
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
WS
W
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Elective
NCAA
AP
In this course students explore the interactions between plants and humans to design better indoor living environments. Using the research skills learned in the AP Seminar course, students investigate the biological, chemical, and technological issues of remediating indoor environmental toxins using symbiotic living systems. Students research and design automated systems that use plants to chemical pollutants from the environment to create both functional and beautiful living spaces. The course culminates with an Academic Paper written and defended for AP credit and possible publication.
SCIONL1
Water and Humanity-ESA Online
9
10
11
12
FWS
FW
F
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W
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Elective
NCAA
AP
Water and Humanity examines the dynamic relationship between water and human development.Exploring water from a multidisciplinary, project-driven perspective, students will think critically about the central role water has played and must continue to play in the viabilityof all civilizations. Students will engage in innovative project planning to consider, understand, and propose solutions to complex water issues. Using blended methodology involving online videoconferencing and learning, face-to-face conversations and lessons, as well as field research, this course will focus on the value of water and on the issues that water scarcity presents within the contexts religious belief and practice, the human-w ater relationship in fine art and architecture, national and imperial infrastructure, and industrial development. Students will also think about the place of water in their own local,regional, and global communities, while researching and proposing their own solutions to complex water issues – culminating in a comprehensive Capstone project. Students will enjoy the advantages of this online and interdisciplinary platform, which enables them to engage indialogue and collaboration across the Eight Schools Association, with the goal of furthering thinking and conclusions about water’s central dilemmas.