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French V Honors

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Full year
This course challenges students to communicate with more accuracy, at a more refined level, and with a greater lexical repertoire.
Using a variety of authentic materials such as poetry, novels, films, and articles from the current press, the class explores topics of modern Francophone literature, historical and cultural interest.
Student productions include leading discussions, interviewing guests and creating a presentation for another French class, relating the literature to cultural elements of its era or our own.   Student interests guide the selection of the novels to be read during the second part of the academic year.
Independent work.
Analytical assignments or compositions, résumés, poems, biographies are given over the course of the year. French composition writing is expected to be perfect in terms of formatting, structure, grammar, and presentation.
Promoting rational and critical thinking skills, the language is discussed and used from all perspectives, literary, cultural, social, and political.
It is based on participation, oral, and writing skills, readiness, and contribution to the discussions, debates and, individual book review.

Au delà des mots: A textbook to provide the student with an immediate and first-hand acquaintance with literary styles, achieving a truly objective and exhaustive comprehension and appreciation of both the content and style of a literary work. The questions offered, beginning with the reading of Jean Giono’s work, will discover not only the obvious meaning, but also the deeper, and sometimes hidden, intentions of the author. The student’s imagination and intuition been stimulated orally, he may then be ready to produce original and interesting compositions.
A review of grammatical materials is introduced as needed.
Littèrama XXe: gives a panorama of the literary production from the century stated in the title, linked to the social, historical and contemporary artistic contexts. Attention to the cultural aspects is combined with numerous activities, which summarize the criteria for the systematic analysis of texts. The volume is accompanied by an audio CD with some of the anthological extracts from the book.
·      “L’homme qui plantait des arbres.“Jean Giono
·       Excerpt from ‘Le désert” J M G Le Clézio, 2008 Nobel Prize
·      ‘Le pont Mirabeau” and “L’adieu” poems. Guillaume Apollinaire.
·      Auguste Rodin. Camille Claudel. Cultural studies
·      ‘La Civilisation, ma Mère!...”Driss Chraïbi.
·      ‘La grammaire est une chanson douce” Erik Orsenna
Excerpts from:

                  Marcel Proust. Colette. Simone de Beauvoir. Albert Camus.Tahar Ben Jelloun. Samuel Beckett. Jacques Brel 


·      Camille Claudel
·      L’enfant noir
·      Si le vent soulève les sables
·      TBD

Human Crossroads

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Human Crossroads: Confronting Global Challenges through Time, Identity and Place

Human Crossroads asks students to respond to some of the world's greatest challenges using an interdisciplinary approach that draws from the intersection of geography, history, anthropology and sociology.  The curriculum is comprised of units dedicated to central thematic questions ranging from the meaning of human identity to the value of borders, the possibility of religious pluralism and vexing problems of global inequities.  Each unit starts by asking, "what is where, why there, why care?" using maps.  Course material and projects include current events, academic texts, online resources and data visualizations.  Students learn to read actively, analyze maps, interpret data, write thesis-driven essays and synthesize information, with according skill-based assessments.  This class is not only intended to develop academic skills, but to foster curiosity, self-reflection, global citizenship and a renewed commitment to the pursuit of truth, love and justice in the world.


Media Arts

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In this year-long course, students will learn the fundamentals of video production, including lighting, cinematography, sound recording, and editing. Although the class is intended for the novice filmmaker, experienced students are welcome, and projects will be adapted to challenge their individual skill levels. Class time will be primarily devoted to student- and instructor-designed projects that may include video poetry, music videos, public-service announcements, short features, and documentary projects. Our emphasis will be on developing projects from concept (preproduction) through construction (production and postproduction) to culmination (screening).


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Join the staff of the of the Garrulous Pine yearbook. Fundamentals of layout and design, typography, and photography will be intertwined with understanding different forms of journalistic writing. Experience is required for editorial staff. All others are welcome, and we’ll gladly put you to work! This class will meet two times per week for the entire year; upon completion, students will receive a half-credit.

Drawing & Painting

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Students in this course have the opportunity to express themselves in drawing, painting, and printmaking techniques. Emphasis is placed on acquiring a wide range of skills. In print-making, students will produce block prints, mono prints, embossings and etchings. Using the campus, we will draw and paint outdoors.  Studio work will include portraiture and life drawing from professional models. Projects include both assigned and independent, student-initiated pieces in traditional and contemporary formats. The class provides time for skill development, which supports students’ independent work.

Beginning Tennis

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This course teaches students who are new to the game the fundamentals of tennis. Instruction will include the proper technique and key mechanical components to successfully hit forehands, backhands, serves, volleys, and overheads. Drills and team match play, rules, and etiquette are included.

Rock Climbing

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Students learn the basics of climbing and belay techniques, equipment maintenance, climbing safety, and risk assessment.

Advanced Instrument Study

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Advanced music students may combine private lessons outside of school, weekly practice, and performance in two concerts to receive half an arts credit. Instructor approval is required.

Piano Study

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Full year

This course is for the beginning or intermediate student who wants to expand knowledge and increase skills on the piano. A required practice regimen will be discussed and agreed upon and must be maintained for course credit. A weekly meeting time with the instructor is arranged.

Instrumental Duets and Ensembles

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Advanced music students may form duets, trios, or ensembles to explore classical literature and performance. Participation in Catlin Gabel concerts, directed by the instructor, is required. Open to all Upper School students.

Applied Theater Concepts

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The class is an introduction to many aspects of theater, including costuming, makeup, stage management, and properties. The class focuses around eight learning projects in makeup, mask-making, costume adaptation, sound editing, the projected image, prop construction, set design, and qualities of light. Each student will then identify an area of concentration. The course requires participation in two mainstage productions and the Director’s Festival of One-Acts. Each student will also attend one performance experience per semester and will maintain an electronic learning portfolio of the work of the class. Open to all students.

Outdoor Leadership & Adventure

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The program is a group-oriented effort to expose students to new skills and experiences associated with outdoor education. It is progressive and is designed so that individual sessions build on previous ones. Attendance at all events is important for success, for both the individual and the group. Activities include a ropes and challenge course, orienteering, GPS work, canoeing, rock climbing, Ultimate Frisbee, rappelling, ecology, hiking, route finding, and mountain biking. To meet a one-term PE requirement, a student must participate in 36 hours of OLA activities. There is one required weekend trip over the course of the term.

CPR/First Aid

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CPR and First Aid follows the American Red Cross syllabi for Adult CPR, AED, and first aid. The course is taught using videotapes and handbooks, and students will practice established procedures in dealing with emergencies in CPR, the automatic external defibrillator, and first aid. Students demonstrate competency in these procedures using mannequins and classmates to pass the certification. The course will cover the following: recognizing emergencies, personal protection, what to do before providing care, prioritizing care, rescue breathing, cardiac emergencies, choking, administering CPR and the AED, sudden illness, wounds, bleeding, burns, heat emergencies, and injuries to bones, muscles, and joints. At the end of each unit, students take a written examination for American Red Cross certification.