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Summer Independents
Susan Barth, 2nd Semester 2020-21

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Language Arts / Social Studies

Korean Films & History
Melissa Park, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Melissa's virtual room 101 : Tue/Fri 1:25-2:45

LA / 0.5; WHist / 0.5

This is a class for anyone interested in films and/or specifically Korean cinema. It’s been around for 100 years now, since the 1919 March 1st Independence Movement when Korea fought for independence from Japanese colonial occupation. There are awesome stories and storytellers from Korea beyond (and including) Bong Joon-Ho and his 2019 film, “Parasite.”

NOTE: for every film we’ll watch in this class you’ll need to read English subtitles to understand the dialogue, (unless you’re fairly proficient in Korean language). You will do projects based on the films—these will be opportunities to demonstrate LA or WH competencies. We will discuss films in class in contexts of e.g. symbolism, theme, historiography, historical analysis of events and their interpretations, film influences, and more.

(Will post more details ASAP!)

Some content warnings: The films I’ve chosen are not predominantly focused on the following elements listed below, but sometimes they come up—obliquely, in brief scenes alluding to/mentioning: drug addiction, rape/sexual assault, sexual harassment, bullying, death, illness [e.g. mental illness, cancer], murder, suicide, sexuality, violence involving guns, knives, war, (and maybe zombies…?). Sometimes I may skip a few scenes ahead…

Students will have the choice whether to view and/or participate in discussions of particular films or work on alternative projects. Specific content warnings will be repeated before we start/resume each film in class. (In my opinion, the films are often less, and/or not any more, intense than most films/shows viewable on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc.).

Possible films we may watch are:
Seopyeonje
The King and the Clown
The Housemaid (1960)
I Am Sun Mu
The Host
Parasite
Sunny
House of Hummingbird
Poetry
Burning
and more…

ALSO: if interested in working with a tutor this semester, ask me about details and/or fill out this short form for the UW College Buddy Program

Mathematics

...And a Side of Math... [Independent]
Lydia Wynn, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Zoom - https://seattleschools.zoom.us/j/83015320485?pwd=cEhpTjdydEtGMDhqSFJTR0YzeTRPdz09 : Mon 3:00-3:50

MA - Algebra 1A / 0.5; MA - Algebra 1B / 0.5; MA - Algebra 2A / 0.5; MA - Algebra 2B / 0.5; MA - Geometry A / 0.5; MA - Geometry B / 0.5

We will meet on Wednesdays as scheduled by the student.

For students who have not received full credit in a previous or required math class. We will explore what hasn’t worked for them in past math classes and create an alternate pathway to help student find their definition of success Students who haven’t found success in previous math classes should have been in high school for at least 2 years

This class will look like a few projects that students are working on in their natural lives and we work together to establish the mathematical connection and complete some work to demonstrate the mathematics competencies that may be missing from the student’s transcript.

The purpose for this class is to fulfill any math competencies that have not previously been met. This will be student driven and project based.

Algebra 1A/1B (LIVE) - Mon/Thu
Akil Srinivasan, 2nd Semester 2020-21
LIVE on Zoom - find link on schoology course page : Mon/Thu 1:25-2:45

MA - Algebra 1A / 0.5; MA - Algebra 1B / 0.5

This is a condensed semester of Algebra 1A and 1B, focusing on the most essential skills in Algebra 1. This course is appropriate for any students who are interested in taking it, regardless of whether they feel confident in math or not. In addition to learning the fundamentals of algebra, we’ll be devoting weekly class time to developing number sense, mathematical inquiry projects, and pattern recognition. Additional support time is available outside of class for students who would like additional help or more advanced challenges.

We will playfully explore basic functions, data tables, and graphs, representing mathematical stories in multiple ways. You will explore, challenge, and apply the algebraic skills to real-world and societal problems through unit projects. We do a lot of talking, experimenting, and modeling with “stuff.” You are expected to ask lots of questions!

This class will cover the main content units of:
1. Numbers, Properties, Variables, and Equations
2. Intro to Functions
3. Linear Functions
4. Intro to Quadratic Functions
5. Brief Intro to Exponential Functions

In addition to the mathematics content, students are expected to

  • listen with respect to another person’s explanation;
  • provide help when asked;
  • ask for help when needed;
  • play an active role in sustaining a safe and encouraging learning space for one another; and
  • treat all materials gently so that they may be reused.

Geometry A/B (LIVE) - Tue/Fri
Akil Srinivasan, 2nd Semester 2020-21
LIVE on Zoom - find link on schoology course page : Tue/Fri 1:25-2:45

MA - Geometry A / 0.5; MA - Geometry B / 0.5

This is a condensed semester of Geometry A and B, focusing on the most essential skills in Geometry. This course is appropriate for any students who are interested in taking it, regardless of whether they feel confident in math or not.

This is a hands-on, socially constructed, introductory course in Geometry. As this class is the first course of formal Geometry, we will begin learning how to define and classify. In other words, how are things named in a way that makes sense? There are some new symbols to learn and some new terms to assimilate.

We will take a trip into the world of logic, where you will learn skills that will help you construct and rebut arguments in other aspects of your life. We will explore reasoning with some grand explorations into shapes—— in what ways is it possible to construct things? How do sides affect angles, angles affect length? How little do you need to know about shapes to answer other things? There are so many shapes and so many questions worth asking.

We will embark on an historical journey into the art of constructions with compass and straightedge, and many non-European ancient origin stories of geometry.

We will draw, construct, and measure angles and explore dynamically how they are formed and how one angle can affect another. These explorations will be self-constructed and interactive, where we will practice thinking and talking together about our ideas. The conversation about angles will develop into a conversation about triangles. We will ask (and answer questions) about individual triangles (i.e. If you know the lengths of two sides, can you say anything meaningful about the third side? If two sides of a triangle are equal, are you privy to any information about its angles?) Finally, we will learn what conditions need to be met before we can conclude that two triangles are congruent.

We will learn how to construct geometric arguments, which are similar to supporting a thesis in a research paper. We will do this through formal proofs, flowchart proofs, and paragraph proofs. You will be encouraged to create your own version of what makes sense as a way to prove something conclusively.

We will expand our study of triangles to polygons. We will investigate quadrilaterals very closely. There will be so much to play with and so much to experience.

We will explore, challenge, and apply these geometry skills to real-world and societal problems through unit projects. We do a lot of talking, experimenting, and modeling with “stuff.” You are expected to ask lots of questions!

This class will cover the main content units of:
1. Geometry Foundations and More Constructions
2. Transformations
3. Triangles
4. Congruence, Similarity and Quadrilaterals
5. Trigonometry and Pythagorean Theorem
6. Area and Volume

In addition to the mathematics content, students are expected to

  • listen with respect to another person’s explanation;
  • provide help when asked;
  • ask for help when needed;
  • play an active role in sustaining a safe and encouraging learning space for one another; and
  • treat all materials gently so that they may be reused.

Math Competency Completion - Wed 1:25 pm
Akil Srinivasan, 2nd Semester 2020-21
LIVE on Zoom - find link on schoology course page : Wed 1:25-2:45

MA - Algebra 1A / 0.5; MA - Algebra 1B / 0.5; MA - Geometry A / 0.5; MA - Geometry B / 0.5

This is a class to help you get remaining competencies done for a math class(es) you didn’t complete either last semester or during your time here at Nova.

COORDINATOR, please specify amount and type of math credit needed in the enrollment note

Ask your previous math teacher(s) what the competency/ies are that you still need to do. We will co-create a plan for you to practice and demonstrate these competencies, whether this is through completion of uncompleted work / work in progress, or kick-starting a different plan to meet competencies that feels do-able (and interesting!) to you through a project or portfolio creation.

This will be a small class section of ~20 students, and your attendance is required for this once a week class.

NOTE: there will also be times when you and I may need to meet for an extra appointment here and there to support longer discussions and/or working together on practicing specific competencies. Additionally, to make this all work, it’s vital that students practice creating time and space (and grace towards yourself) to work towards an agreed-upon goal for self-paced work, every week. Another possible resource: UW tutor program, let Akil know if you’d like a tutor!

Social Studies

History Competency Completion-Section 1, TUES 9am
Melissa Park, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Melissa's virtual room 101 : Tue 9:00-10:15

LA / 0.5; SS - US History 11A / 0.5; SS - US History 11B / 0.5; UE - Focus / 0.5; WHist / 0.5

This is a class to help you get remaining competencies done for a history (or LA) class you didn’t complete either last semester or during your time here at Nova.

Ask your previous history/LA teacher what the competency/ies are that you still need to do. We will co-create a plan for you to practice and demonstrate these competencies, whether this is through completion of uncompleted work / work in progress (e.g. Constitutional Issues CBA, inquiry history project or paper) or kick-starting a different plan to meet competencies that feels do-able (and interesting!) to you.

This will be a small class section of no more than 15 students, and your attendance is required for this once a week class. (There is a Tues section and a Fri section.)

NOTE: there will also be times when you and I may need to meet for an extra appointment here and there to support longer discussions and/or working together on practicing specific competencies. Additionally, to make this all work, it’s vital that students practice creating time and space (and grace towards yourself) to work towards an agreed-upon goal for self-paced work, every week.

ALSO: if interested in working with a tutor this semester, ask me about details and/or fill out this short form for the UW College Buddy Program

History Competency Completion-Section 2, FRI 9am
Melissa Park, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Melissa's virtual room 101 : Fri 9:00-10:15

LA / 0.5; SS - US History 11A / 0.5; SS - US History 11B / 0.5; UE - Focus / 0.5; WHist / 0.5

This is a class to help you get remaining competencies done for a history (or LA) class you didn’t complete either last semester or during your time here at Nova.

Ask your previous history/LA teacher what the competency/ies are that you still need to do. We will co-create a plan for you to practice and demonstrate these competencies, whether this is through completion of uncompleted work / work in progress (e.g. Constitutional Issues CBA, inquiry history project or paper) or kick-starting a different plan to meet competencies that feels do-able (and interesting!) to you.

This will be a small class section of no more than 15 students, and your attendance is required for this once a week class. (There is a Tues section and a Fri section.)

NOTE: there will also be times when you and I may need to meet for an extra appointment here and there to support longer discussions and/or working together on practicing specific competencies. Additionally, to make this all work, it’s vital that students practice creating time and space (and grace towards yourself) to work towards an agreed-upon goal for self-paced work, every week.

ALSO: if interested in working with a tutor this semester, ask me about details and/or fill out this short form for the UW College Buddy Program

US 11B (ES): Experiment & Empire
Melissa Park, 2nd Semester 2020-21
Melissa's virtual room 101 : Tue/Fri 10:30-11:45

SS - US History 11B / 0.5

This U.S. History 11B class, also counts as an ethnic studies credit (11A is offered as a separate class that meets on M/Th).* A student can take this 11B class without having taken 11A previously (although it’s recommended to take 11A first or simultaneously).

In this class we’ll focus on content and processes informed by indigenous African epistemologies/frameworks to critically examine structures of settler-colonialism, engage in opportunities to learn to know and love self, develop/refine a historical consciousness, and define ways to navigate a colonized society.

Two main areas of focus for this semester’s class are examining dominant and critical narratives of the “experiment” of America’s interracial democracy, during the period of “Radical Reconstruction” and if/how we can learn from its successes and “failures” after the Civil War, as well as America’s continued structures and narratives of its empire building.

(more details to be posted here asap.)

ALSO: if interested in working with a tutor this semester, ask me about details and/or fill out this short form for the UW College Buddy Program