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Track 3, 7th-12th, Class Descriptions

ART / DRAMA

ART:  MULTI-MEDIA / 3-D, 7th +

55 min. class, 30 weeks, Terri Kryzer

Multi-media / 3-D art is an exciting, hands-on, creative class that focuses on a variety of mediums including drawing, pastels, painting, and 3-D art.  Students will learn shading, blending, form and texture through a variety of projects. 

This course includes drawing, designing, one clay piece-glazed and fired, paper projects, cardboard and tape, printmaking, needle felting, working with joint compound, wood and a multi-media project on canvas. 

This class invites and encourages students to explore, fashion and learn not only about art but their ability to create.

NOTES:

  1. This class is offered at two differenct times during the 2019-2020 school year to ensure all students in Track 3 have the opportunity to take art.  
  2. A $30.00 supply fee will be collected by the tutor on the first day of class.  Venmo, cash or check made out to Terri Kryzer (pronounced Kree-zer).

Cost:  Early Registration = $290/year ($300 after July 7th) + $30 supply fee payable to Terri Kryzer on the first day of class.  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 


Introduction to Graphic Design, 7th - 12th

55 min. class, 15 weeks, first semester only, Gretchen Gramenz-Adamich

An introduction to digital Graphic Design which encompasses creating visual concepts to communicate ideas for information, inspiring and grabbing the attention of an intended audience or consumer group.  Design principles, color theory, typography, layout, etc. and their relationships will be introduced.  Symbols as well as other graphics will be examined and software will be introduced and discussed.  

Class time will be visual, interactive and content heavy, with many design principles introduced.  Students will practice the techniques and implement the ideas they learn in class and also at home.

Homework will be approximately 1-2 hours a week.  Students may need to print some assignments on their own.  Instructor will work with students for final assignment for display in Teach Co-op's Art Showcase at the end of the semester!  

Prerequisite:  A laptop, either Mac or PC is required.  This is not optional.  Smart tablets may be used if there is a keyboard, stylus and it has the capacity to run the full version of Adobe Suite (Photoshop and InDesign), or full versions of Scribus and Gimp.  

Note:  It is not possible to take this class without a computer or software; please email tutor for questions prior to class registration.  

Cost:  Early Registration = $145/semester ($155 after July 7th) + $10.00 Supply Fee for Handouts.  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 

 

PICTURE THIS!  INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY, 5th - 9th 

55 min. class, 30 weeks, Wendy Sulzer

An introduction to the world of photography, no matter the photography device used.  Students explore the fundamentals such as visual aspects of picture taking including "rule of thirds," leading lines, negative & positve space, use of light, shutter speeds, ISO, apertures, and the exposure triange.

Class will be active, engaging and hands-on.  Teaching time will emphasize and encourage practice during class (both indoors and outdoors), a weekly photo challenge to be completed between classes in a home or yard setting, as well as critique of works during class time.  Students can participate in Teach's Art Showcase at the end of both semesters with each student printing their own photos and mounting them for display.

The overall goal is for students to learn skills they can use to improve their ability in taking photographs which they can carry with them for a lifetime. *NO reproduction of:  Picture This! without permission of Wendy Sulzer Photography

Older students (grades 8+) will be required to do some assigned reading and prepare short reports on a topic approved by the tutor.

Prerequisite:  This is an introductory class; a digitial camera with ability to shoot in various modes is required.  Cameras must have an SD card slot.  Also need SD card for camera, spare set of batteries as students will be encouraged to practice often.  Also recommended is a camera strap and case to keep camera protected.

Note;  Email tutor for questions on camera make and model prior to class registration!  Also, it is advised students take time prior to the beginning of class to become familiar with how to operate their camera, adjust their ISO, aperture (f-stop) and shutter speeds by READING the manual and bringing it to class.

Texts or Materials:  Camera

Cost:  Early Registration = $250/year ($260 after July 7th) + $20.00 Supply Fee for Prints and Supplies.  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 

THEATER I, 7th - 12th

85 min. class, 13 week session, first semester only, Julie Nelson

Are you interested in exploring the world of acting?  Do you need a class to fulfill your fine arts requirement?  Or maybe you are simply looking for a fun elective class to take.  Well, then Intro to Theater is the class for you!  In this class you will learn about the basics of theater and acting.  You will tap into your creative side by participating in fun theater activities, exciting acting improvisations, and creating original group skits.  You will develop skills in vocal projection and clarity, the use of vocal and facial expressions, the use of body language and gestures, and proper staging techniques.  You will also learn the basics of character analysis and how to develop a believable character.  These skills will all be applied to scene work and monologues which will be rehearsed and performed in class.  This unique class will increase self-confidence, develop creativity, build teamwork, and teach you the basic techniques of acting - all done in a fun, positive environment.  Students should expect an average of two hours of weekly homework.  Full, active class participation is required!  

Students should bring to class:  a notebook or paper, a folder, writing utensils, and a highlighter

Cost:  Early Registration = $165/session ($175 after July 7th).  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 


ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS

ADVANCED WRITING (IEW), 8th - 12th

55 min. class, 30 weeks, Nancy Djerf

This class is designed to prepare the high school student for college and PSEO courses where quality writing skills are an expected medium to communicate.  This course expands upon repeated practice to refine effective skills in order to effectively handle the challenges of the course.  

Based on the foundations and methods of Institute for Excellence in Writing, this class will use the skills learned in previous levels to strengthen note taking, structural and stylistic techniques, and report writing to focus on more advanced IEW skills such as:  timed essays, writing from "essay prompts," critques, analytical writing skills (ACT and SAT writing portion has changed to an analytical focus), flashbacks, imitation of style, "super essay" (multi-resource) research paper, which will include in-text citations and a works cited page.  Students will be required to present their research papers using a PowerPoint presentation.  Some grammar and vocabulary will be included, however, the focus will be on writing.

Prerequisite: Successfully completed two years of IEW or have teacher approval to register.  **Regardless of past writing experience, no mid-year entry is allowed.**

Homework:  Weekly homework approximately 2-6 hours depending on assignment.

Required Materials:

  • IEW Student Resource Notebook (SRN-S-$19) 
  • Access to a computer and printer
  • 2" - 3" ring binder 
  • 12 tabbed dividers
  • loose leaf filler paper and writing utensil
  • different colored fine-tipped markers or colored pencils for homework assignments
  • Mini stapler
  • USB flash drive

Cost:  Early Registration = $325/year ($335 after July 7th).  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 

 

INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE, 7th - 9th

55 min. class, 30 weeks, Hannah Powers

Explore reading with purpose and thinking and writing about literature! This introductory course teaches the basics of literary analysis,and encourages students to see and question the connections that build a work of literature. The course will give a firm grounding in the five literary elements of plot, characterization, setting, conflict and theme.

Students should be prepared to share ideas in class discussions, prepare for class with weekly reading assignments, and complete short weekly writing assignments, along with a final paper or project.

Required Materials:

Notebook, Binder, Post-Its, Highlighter and Writing Utensils

The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

Bud not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

Note: Books can be borrowed from the library, sourced electronically, or purchased.

Cost: Early Registration = $300/year ($310 after July 7th).  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 

 

BRITISH LITERATURE (IEW), 9th - 12th

85 min. class, 30 weeks, Hannah Powers

Class Objective:

To gain familiarity with and grow to understand important works of British Literature.  This class aims to give students the experience and tools to think and write about literature as craft.

Class Description:

This course will cover literary works from the Anglo-Saxon era through the 20th century, including Beowulf, The Tempest, and Great Expectations.  With IEW's Windows to the World and Teaching the Classics, the course will also explore literary devices, such as imagery and foreshadowing. Students will be equipped to read closely, ask good questions, support their observations, and relate them to their prior knowledge and to other texts. They will develop analytical skills that can be applied to any kind of literature.  Students should be prepared to share ideas in class discussion, write analysis papers, and prepare for class with weekly reading assignments.

Required Materials:

  • Notebooks, Post-Its, Highlighter and Writing Utensils
  • Beowulf translation by Seamus Heaney
  • The Tempest by William Shakespeare (Dover thrift edition preferred)
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • TBD:  Jungle Book / The Secret Garden / Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe / Silas Marner / Sir Gawain and The Green Knight / Persuasion / Pickwick Papers /  (Student Choice)

Note:  Books can be borrowed from the library, sourced electronically, or purchased.

Cost:  Early Registration = $350/year ($360 after July 7th).  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 

 


MATH

MATH LAB - Pre-algebra through Pre-Calculus, including Statistics, College Algebra, and ACT prep, 7th+

55 min. class, 30 weeks, Esther Williamson

Do you have a math student who needs extra math homework help on a weekly basis? Register for one of our new math homework help classes where a qualified math instructor can give one-on-one assistance. Classes will be limited to 3 students to maximize the amount of time the instructor can devote to each student.

Requirements:

  1. Students should bring their current math curriculum, homework, pencil, and solutions manuals (if they have them) each week. If the math class is online, they should bring a laptop as well.
  2. Students should come prepared with a great attitude and questions about the concepts they are struggling with.

Cost:  Early Registration = $220/year ($230 after July 7th) - this works out to just $7/session for semi-private math tutoring!  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND ECONOMICS, CLEP PREP 10th - 12th

75 min. class, 30 weeks, Rebecca Wahl

In this full year class, we will begin by studying the origin and implementation of American Government using a Christian worldview, which understands that God created and ordained government and has provided for us certain guiding principles to help us effectively maintain society and glorify Him. Using a variety of primary sources including the Constitution itself, we will examine the origin of our republic and the processes of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches. Within this study, we will examine the development of the party system, the voting process, and the interrelationship between the American Government and its people.

In the second half of the year, we will move from the way the government operates into a study of the economy. Over the course of the class, we will evaluate a variety of economic philosophies through a Christian lens. Within this study, we will examine supply and demand, competition, and the impact of economic policy on the government and the nation.

With appropriate levels of interest, motivation, and self-guided study of materials provided in class, a student will be prepared to take CLEP tests in American Government, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. As these are three of the more demanding CLEP exams, it is recommended ONLY for those students who are willing to work diligently on all assigned and extra opportunities throughout the year. If a student is interested in taking one or more of the CLEP exams, he or she should communicate those interests at the beginning of the year to the tutor, and the two will work together to select and prepare for the exams that may be best suited to the student’s demonstrated progress in class.

Students should expect weekly assignments to take between four to six hours and consist of a variety of reading, writing, and problem-solving activities. One to two longer writing assignments will be required for each semester of the class. While no group assignments will take place, we will engage in lively classroom discussion where group interaction will be required.

Students are requested to have a writing utensil and a supply of paper in loose-leaf or spiral form for note-taking in class. A calculator may be preferred for basic mathematical calculations. Other materials will be noted as needed on a week-by-week basis.

Prerequisites: Students will need to have an introductory understanding of American History and have completed Algebra I.   

Required Materials:  

  • Students are requested to have a writing utensil and a supply of paper in loose-leaf or spiral form for note-taking in class. Other materials will be noted as needed on a week-by-week basis.
  • Textbooks:

    1.    American Government in Christian Perspective, 3rd Ed. (ABeka)

    (2nd edition is also acceptable, though 3rd is preferred)

    2.    Economics:  Work & Prosperity in Christian Perspective, 3rd Ed.  (ABeka)

    (2nd edition is also acceptable, though 3rd is preferred)        

                        3.    A CLEP prep guidebook is recommended but not required for those students interested in taking one or                             more of the exams.

Cost:  Early Registration = $350/year ($360 after July 7th).  + $15 supply fee payable to Rebecca Wahl on the first day of class. A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 


SCIENCE

ABEKA BIOLOGY WITH LAB, CLEP-PREP, 9th - 11th 

85 min. class, 30 weeks, Erica Woytcke

A Beka Biology: Taught from a creationist perspective, this biology course, intended for 9th grade and above, provides an introduction to the concepts and methods of general biology. In-class labs will give opportunities to develop skills such as writing lab reports, microscopy, and analysis of lab data, which is based on the scientific method. Additional topics include zoology, botany, human anatomy and physiology, genetics, microbiology, cytology, and ecology.

This class will help prepare students for a biology CLEP test. Students will be expected to keep up with assigned coursework at home and will be given homework to complete on a weekly basis. Quizzes will be given in class, as well as a midterm and final exam. Note-taking will be required in class.

Homework: Students can expect to spend a minimum of 3 hours each week beyond class time to complete the necessary homework.

Note:  Tutor may take a mission trip during school year; it is possible that Miss Woytcke will want to schedule Skype or Zoom, or other lessons, with students expected to log in for online lessons, on November 5th and February 18th as part of the make up time that will be spent away from Teach. Teach will update this information as plans are finalized. Until then, please keep those dates open for lessons with Miss Woytcke. Thank you!

Required Materials:

  1. ABeka Biology – God’s Living Creation - 4th edition
  2. ABeka Biology Field and Laboratory Manual - 4th edition
  3. ABeka Biology Answer Key (optional, but recommended)

Cost:  Early Registration = $390/year ($400 after July 7th) + $30 supply fee payable to Erica Woytcke on the first day of class.   A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 

 

CHEMISTRY WITH LAB, CLEP-PREP, 10th +

85 min. class, 30 weeks, Erica Woytcke

This course is designed to be a high school chemistry course that gives the student a good foundation in chemistry in order to prepare him or her for a college-level course.  This class will also prepare the student to take the Chemistry CLEP test.

In order to understand this text, the student needs to have completed Algebra 1 and should have access to a scientific calculator. The course covers significant figures, units, classification, the mole concept, stoichiometry, thermodynamics, thermo chemistry, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, solutions, atomic structure, Lewis structures, molecular geometry, the gas laws, equilibrium and organic chemistry. Students who take and understand this course will be very well prepared for a tough university chemistry course. Hopefully they will also gain an appreciation for chemistry around them in their everyday lives.

Note:  Tutor may take a mission trip during school year; it is possible that Miss Woytcke will want to schedule Skype or Zoom, or other lessons, with students expected to log in for online lessons, on November 5th and February 18th as part of the make up time that will be spent away from Teach. Teach will update this information as plans are finalized. Until then, please keep those dates open for lessons with Miss Woytcke. Thank you!

Prerequisite: Completed Algebra 1

Homework: approximately 4 hours per week. Students can expect a test every two modules. There will be bi-weekly homework covering the review questions, as well as some additional projects.

Required Materials:

  • Discovering Design with Chemistry.  Dr. Jay L. Wile.  Berean Builders, 2015.  ISBN:  9780996278461
  • Students should bring: 3-ring (1-½") binder, paper, and a calculator to class

Supply Fee:  $30.00

Cost:  Early Registration = $370/year ($380 after July 7th) + $30 supply fee payable to Erica Woytcke on the first day of class.  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 

 

APOLOGIA PHYSICAL SCIENCE, 8th - 10th 

70 min. class, 30 weeks, Erica Woytcke

A systematic introduction to science designed primarily for grades 8th - 10th. Topics include the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather,the structure of the earth, physics of motion, Newton's Laws, gravity, and astrophysics. Lab experiments will be completed in class. Tests will be given in class and will each cover two modules. Students must keep up with reading and homework in order to fully comprehend the material and to be prepared for lectures, class discussions, and experiments.

Prerequisite: Algebra 1 (can be taken concurrently) and Apologia General Science (or equivalent science course)

Homework: 3-4 hours per week

Note:  Tutor may take a mission trip during school year; it is possible that Miss Woytcke will want to schedule Skype or Zoom, or other lessons, with students expected to log in for online lessons, on November 5th and February 18th as part of the make up time that will be spent away from Teach. Teach will update this information as plans are finalized. Until then, please keep those dates open for lessons with Miss Woytcke. Thank you!

Required Materials:

Supply fee:  $15.00

Cost: Early Registration = $355/year ($365 after July 7th) + $15 supply fee payable to Erica Woytcke on the first day of class.  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 

 


SPANISH

SPANISH I, 7th - 12th

85 min. class, 30 weeks, Mari Rodriguez

Students will learn Spanish through connections with other subjects, such as: music, literature, math, history, health, art, social sciences, geography and technology. Students will examine Latino/Hispanic culture and explore perspectives of Spanish speakers in regards to family, friends/friendship, sports/athletics, community service, food, social events and festivities, traveling and computer technology.

Also covered is Spanish grammar such as: definite and indefinite articles, word order and placement, plurals of adjectives, subject pronouns and conjugation of present tense verbs. Songs, dance, cooking, arts and crafts and other activities appropriate for 7th -12th students are incorporated into the class.

Class usually is 1 hour of teaching and 30 min of games and manipulatives to encourage students to learn more. 

Every other month during the year there is a “Cultural day”.  We will make items such as: Mexican tortillas, pyramids, Peruvian mask, molas from panama, ornaments for Christmas, etc. Topics rotate every year for variety year to year.

NOTE:  We also have an optional field trip to a Mexican bakery where students can learn how to make Mexican bread and decorate cakes. There is an additional fee for this; it will be announced closer to the date of the field trip.

Expect approximately 1-2 hours of homework per week. 

Required Materials:

Supply fee of $10.00 for handouts, misc.  Payable directly to tutor on first day of class.

Cost: Early Registration = $335/year ($345 after July 7th).  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th. 

SPANISH II, 7th - 12th

85 min. class, 30 weeks, Mari Rodriguez

A continuation of Spanish I. This involves a further study of Spanish grammar such as: using comparisons, demonstrative adjectives, direct and indirect object pronouns, commands, present progressive and past tense verb conjugations. Songs, dance, cooking, arts and crafts and other activities appropriate for 8th -12th students are incorporated into the class. The last Wednesday of each moth we have a cultural day where the students experience culture by trying and cooking Latino food.

Class usually is 1 hour of teaching and 30 min of games and manipulatives so students learn more.  I use quizlet, kahoot and other online games.

Every other month during the year there is a “Cultural day”.  We will make items such as: Mexican tortillas, pyramids, Peruvian mask, molas from panama, ornaments for Christmas, etc. Topics rotate every year for variety year to year.

NOTE:  We also have an optional field trip to a Mexican bakery where students can learn how to make Mexican bread and decorate cakes. There is an additional fee for this; it will be announced closer to the date of the field trip.

Expect approximately 1-2 hours of homework per week. 

Prerequisite: Spanish I or equivalent or tutor approval

Required Materials:

Supply fee of $10.00 for handouts, misc.  Payable directly to tutor on first day of class.

Cost: Early Registration = $335/year ($345 after July 7th).  A late fee of $10.00 will be added after August 15th.