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My Courses at Chantilly High School

US/VA History HN

This course focuses on the development of the American nation from the 1500’s to the present. This course meets the requirements of the state-mandated Standards of Learning test, which will be administered in the spring. This course is going to be fast paced, demanding and will require the student's best effort. We are not going to just learn the “x’s and o’s” of American History. We are going to interpret events, analyze their historical significance, synthesize different perspectives, make broad thematic connections, and constructively use evidence to support conclusions to key historical problems.

Theatre arts 2

Theatre Arts 2 is integrated and built upon concepts and skills from Theatre Arts 1. Through various models of expression and performance, students explore dramatic literature, theatrical styles, and historical periods. Students study and respond to a variety of theatre experiences that will refine their communicative, collaborative, analytical, interpretive, and problem solving skills. Students will expand their artistic abilities and appreciation for theatre arts. Participation in co-curricular activities and performances may be required to receive credit for this course. This course may be used to satisfy the graduation requirement for a credit in fine arts.

Government HN

Virginia and United States Government Honors deepens and advances the curriculum of Virginia and United States Government. Students examine both the structure and function of American government at the international, national, state, and local levels. The course focuses on political decision-making, comparative political and economic systems, and the student's role as a citizen. Critical thinking, writing, research, and group-process skills are refined. Additionally, students will apply social science skills -historical thinking, geographic analysis, economic decision making, and responsible citizenship – to course content. Virginia and United States Government is required for graduation.

English 11 HN

English 11 Honors focuses on improving reading, writing, and communication skills throughout the entire year. This course is a survey in American literature, and throughout the year the student will be exposed to short stories, poetry, nonfiction, plays, and novels from a variety of time periods. ln addition to reading and understanding American texts, students will be expected to write for a variety of contexts and audiences, and will be required to complete narrative, persuasive, research, and analytical essays.

AP Macro/Micro Economics

Advanced Placement Macro/Micro Economics class consists of TWO college-level courses Principles of Macroeconomics (in the fall), and Principles of Microeconomics (in the spring). This class DOES count for the new, Virginia-mandated course in Economics and Personal Finance. The main purpose of the courses is to help students become economic thinkers and problem solvers. In so doing, students will be well prepared for the AP Exams in Micro- and Macro-Economics (which are on May l6 and 18, 2018).

AP Environmental Science

A.P. Environmental Science (APES) is a course designed to prepare the student for the College Board exam in May. We will study the systems of nature, the environmental impact of people, and emphasize the material needed to be successful on the APES exam. Students who are successful in this course are those who make a commitment to learning by reading the textbook and taking notes; studying for tests and quizzes; and staying actively involved in classroom activities and discussions. The course will look at five interconnected fundamental goals. The five goals are:

1. Development of an extensive working body of knowledge regarding the environmental sciences.
2. Improvement of skills to assess, acquire, and analyze information from a variety of sources.
3. Improvement of abilities to integrate ideas, draw conclusions, and synthesize responses.
4. Improvement of both verbal and written communication.
5. Enhancement of learning through sharing of ideas via dialogue and presentations.

Here's a YouTube Video presentation I prepared for EARTH-DAY 2018

The quantity of material studied in our yearlong class corresponds to a three or four credit hour, single-semester college course. A.P Environmental Science has not been widely accepted for credit by colleges and university. (At some of the colleges that do not automatically accept the course, the student may be able to petition to be rewarded AP credit. This will require that the student demonstrate mastery of the material via the AP tests and provide documentation of laboratory and class work.)

Precalculus w/Trigonometry

Precalculus with Trigonometry includes all the topics of Trigonometry and a thorough treatment of functions through the study of polynomial functions, rational functions, logarithmic functions, exponential functions, and inverse functions. Topics include continuity, maximum and minimum values, and an intuitive approach to limits. A transformational approach to graphing is used with families of related graphs. Numerical, graphical, and algebraic solutions are considered for all problems as applicable. Emphasis will be placed on problem solving techniques. Graphing utilities, especially graphing calculators, are integral to the course.

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