“Live sessions are awesome and a huge differentiator from other online offerings. We plan to take other science and writing online courses from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development - one per year.” ~ Parent
Writing and Popular Young Adult Fiction (ages 9 to 11)Live Session: 2020-2021: 4:00 p.m. pacific/TuesdaysRequired books for this course cost about $40.00Anticipated Weekly Time Commitment: 5-7 hours
Course Description: This course will provide an opportunity to practice a variety of types of writing and to develop solid writing habits. Students will utilize mentor texts, including popular young adult fiction, for both topic inspiration and examples of techniques employed by each author. In writing assignments, students will focus on a few specific traits of good writing (e.g., ideas and topics, organization, details and examples, imagery, sentence fluency, word choice, and voice). In addition, there will be small and focused grammar and word usage exercises to facilitate mastery of the conventions of Standard English.
Writing in the Humanities (ages 10 to 12)
Live Session: 2020-2021: 4:00 p.m. pacific/TuesdaysAnticipated Weekly Time Commitment: 5-7 hoursCourse Description: This class focuses on the key building blocks of creating smart, interesting arguments, a skill that students will draw on for the rest of their humanities careers. This class is divided into thematic units and will include various forms of fiction, nonfiction, film, critical thinking skills, and extended writing or speaking assignments. There will be lots of time for discussion, both on discussion boards and during Live Sessions.
Critical Thinking in the Humanities (ages 10 to 13)Live Session: 2020-2021: 4:00 p.m. pacific/TuesdaysRequired books for this course cost about $10.00Anticipated Weekly Time Commitment: 6-7 hours
Course Description: In Writing in the Humanities (see course description above), students began practicing textual analysis, creative and critical thinking, and written expression; Critical Thinking in the Humanities is a continuation of that with an emphasis on drawing logical inferences based on evidence gleaned from a text, as well as crafting and defending a valid thesis statement based on those inferences. The reading level and course content is equivalent to what might be expected in upper high school courses; students should enter having already developed strong reading and sentence-level writing skills. The class is split into four thematic units: Education, Intelligence, and Learning; Creative and Critical Thinking; Law, Justice, and Vengeance; and Humor, Satire, and Irony. Each unit includes a variety of texts to explore, including short fiction and nonfiction, film, poetry, and songs. For those students who have completed Writing in the Humanities, this format will look familiar; however, the objectives become more challenging in Critical Thinking in the Humanities, particularly in terms of the length and depth of assignments.
Please note, materials for this course are pulled from high school and early college level texts.Course Objectives:
Uncovering the Past: World Empires (ages 10 to 13)
Live Session: 2020-2021 4:00 p.m. pacific/Thursdays Required books for this course cost about $30.00Anticipated Weekly Time Commitment: 5-7 hours
Course Description: This course introduces students to historical thinking skills by studying some of the world’s greatest empires. Each semester students will explore a different empire, delving into its rise to power, the key figures during its reign, and the experiences of its people. As they become historical thinkers, students will also formulate and support arguments for the causes of each empire’s collapse and draw broader conclusions about the nature of empires.Course Objectives:
Pre-Algebra (ages 9 to 12)
Live Session: 2020-2021 4:00 p.m. pacific/Mondays
Anticipated Weekly Time Commitment: 5-7 hours
Course Description: Pre-Algebra is designed to prepare students for the Davidson: Explore or Davidson Academy Algebra 1 course. The work emphasizes employing multiple strategies and justifying answers through clear, written and verbal communication. The course includes very little repetition or extended practice on individual concepts and instead focuses on depth of understanding. Students’ problem-solving skills will be strengthened as well as the ability to manipulate rational numbers and variable expressions. Additionally, students will explore real world applications to give relevance to the skills that students are developing.Course Objectives:
Course Description: Algebra 1 covers the study of variables, constants, expressions and equations in a problem-centered, rather than topic-centered, format. The course is designed to develop skills necessary to adapt to novel problems and situations. These skills include investigating, conjecturing, predicting, analyzing, and verifying, as well as presentation skills. Concepts are reinforced through increasingly complex problem sets. This course structure demands that students be active contributors in class activities; they are expected to ask questions, share their results with peers, and to be prime movers of investigations. Collaboration is essential as students work through the exercises.Course Objectives:
Contemporary Science (ages 9-12)
Live Session: 2020-2021 4:00 p.m. pacific/Wednesdays The lab fee for this course is $100 with an additional $100 full refundable deposit after all non-consumable lab supplies have been returned.
Anticipated Weekly Time Commitment: 5-7 hours
Course Description: This introductory science course will touch on content topics that include: Earth science, astronomy, biological diversity, and historical developments in science. The main focus of this course will not be content knowledge (although students will gain content knowledge through the course) but instead on developing science skills such as: using the scientific method to design and evaluate investigations, writing proper lab reports, conducting scientific research online, evaluating sources and information for validity, using proper laboratory techniques, and collaborating with peers. These skills are essential for success in higher level science courses. This course includes hands-on science labs. Students will be sent a lab kit which includes most items needed for the labs.
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