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Tuesday

Exploring American History with American Girls (Session 2)

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Tuesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 16, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Dec 1

Reg. Opens Nov 15 8:00 am


Students will explore United States History from 1764-1824 – – American, French, Swedish immigrants, and African-American. (Cécile, Kirsten, Addy & Samantha). We plan to include the historical events of the country for the time studied. In addition, we will explore the culture, lifestyle, geography and inventions of the time. Students will write short journal entries, create timelines and be involved with one project during the semester, which the students will present. We also begin to talk about some literary terms such as character, setting and conflict as they are used in literary analysis.  NOTE:  Students do NOT need to have participated in Session One to enroll in Session Two.  Each session is a stand alone session.

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Grade Range: 3rd - 6th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Minecraft + Architecture History

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Wednesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Dec 1

Reg. Opens Nov 15 8:00 am


The Minecraft + Architecture History course will teach students about 10 architectural styles to include Egyptian, Native American, Roman, Greek, Medieval, Renaissance, Victorian, early American, Modern and 21st Century architecture.

During the course students will create many builds in Minecraft. It is preferred that students create their builds on the *QwestCraft Minecraft server but they can also create their builds on their own home computer or even on Minecraft pocket edition (tablet) or console (Xbox, etc.). Server participation is not required for this course. Students will also write discussion posts, complete assignments, quizzes, and provide feedback to classmates about their Minecraft architecture creations.

*Only Java ‘Vanilla’ Minecraft for PC/Mac computer is supported on the server. Please email stemqwest@gmail.com if you have any questions about Minecraft version compatibility.
There are a total of 1000 points available to be earned throughout the class. All points are weighted evenly. Points for completing a discussion post are weighted equally as points awarded for Minecraft builds.

Instructor: Ryan Rasar

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Understanding the World Around You: An Introduction to Sociology

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Thursday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 18, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Dec 1

Reg. Opens Nov 15 8:00 am


We live in an interconnected society; therefore, understanding that society is imperative. Sociology is the study of the larger society including social interactions, groups, conflicts, and culture. It uses the scientific method to help analyze and understand social behavior. Sociology attempts to explain patterns in society and why those patterns occur. As an introduction to Sociology, this class will cover the major theories of study as well as sociological concepts of culture, socialization, status, deviance and stratification. We will also look at sociological perspectives of race, gender and inequality.

Instructor: Laura Forde

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

You Decide! Applying the Bill of Rights

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Wednesday,      9:00 am - 10:30 am ET

Class Begins: Jan 18, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Dec 1

Reg. Opens Nov 15 8:00 am


The United States Constitution was drafted in Philadelphia in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention. However, many delegates felt that the document was not truly complete, since it did not include a  list of rights that offered people protections from abuses of power by the government. These delegates felt that the lack of these rights would prevent ratification by the States, and after further deliberations, crafted ten Amendments to the Constitution that are known collectively as the Bill of Rights.

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

An Introduction to World Religions

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 18, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Dec 1

Reg. Opens Nov 15 8:00 am


Across the globe, people have asked questions such as:

  • Where/How did the world begin?
  • Who are we?
  • What is our purpose is in life?
These questions, when viewed through the prism of different religious traditions, have a variety of answers. Throughout human history, religion has played a role in history, literature and current events.  Without a basic understanding of various religious traditions, students often can’t relate to what they read in fiction and non-fiction texts.   In this survey class, we will explore some of the major faiths practiced by people worldwide.  For each one studied, we will learn about:
  • Sacred objects
  • Festivals
  • Traditions
  • Sacred places
  • Rites of passage

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Connections: A Social Studies/Social Sciences Class

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Wednesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Dec 1

Reg. Opens Nov 15 8:00 am


Because Social Studies encompasses more than history and geography, it is important to include the other elements into our curriculum. This course reinforces what many students already know and gives them a chance to practice their knowledge, while also increasing their understanding.

This class will:

• Study immigration and US citizenship, including interacting with the following questions: What is immigration? What do I need to know about immigration in US history? How do people become citizens? What are my responsibilities and rights as a US citizen? (Students across the globe can share information regarding their own countries and I will help.)

• Discuss citizenship and ethics and use reading, along with mixed methods to examine citizenship issues in our world.

• Learn the answer to the question, "What is digital citizenship?" This segment will facilitate students becoming responsible and productive digital citizens. (includes social media etiquette and ethics)

• Practice self- care and self- regulation using methods such as breathwork, meditation/visualization, creative writing, journaling, movement, etc.

• Examine challenging social situations and roleplay ethical ways to handle them. It will be emphasized that we are all unique and have our own morals, but that we can all practice these skills.

• Create a social circle in our own communities. During this portion, students will generate ideas for social groups or networks that they can create based on their interests. This will also incorporate the final project.

Instructor: Ashley Matheny

Grade Range: 5th - 8th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Ideas that Changed the World

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Tuesday,      11:00 am - 12:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Dec 1

Reg. Opens Nov 15 8:00 am


Discoveries don’t usually come about with someone leaping out of a bathtub shouting “Eureka!” More often than not discoveries are the result of the coming together of efforts of a lot of different people. This class focuses on ten inventions, theories or discoveries that truly changed the world, and on the people who were involved in the process. The world is big multifaceted place. With that in mind, each class will focus on a different area of science. This interdisciplinary class will be sure to surprise you and to blow your mind!

 

Instructor: Geula Twersky

Grade Range: 5th - 9th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

In the News: Introduction to Journalism

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Wednesday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Dec 1

Reg. Opens Nov 15 8:00 am


Students will learn what journalism is, ethics of sound journalism, the differences between newspapers decades ago and present time and how to make/write a basic newspaper/newsletter. The internet and the student’s local newspaper will be used as tools as well as worksheets and ongoing projects. This class is designed to use the daily newspaper as a teaching tool.

Instructor: Jan Murray

Grade Range: 7th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Thursday

Ladies, Poets and Spies: A History of Women in The United States

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Thursday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Dec 1

Reg. Opens Nov 15 8:00 am


United States history often seems to focus on the achievements of men—from Pilgrims to presidents, astronauts and inventors, military generals and authors, our history books are filled with men.  Where were the women in all of this?   They were busy, too—busy writing, spying, campaigning, and creating.  In this class, we will study the women who shaped this country from the very beginning, learning to view our national history in a new light. We will cover United States history from the 16th century through the present, studying the biographies, writings and contributions of women in chronological order.  We will discover how they influenced history, their culture and society.

Instructor: Sara Moore-Gruver

Grade Range: 7th - 10th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Monday

Passport to the World: A Study of the Seven Continents in Ten Weeks

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Monday,      1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Dec 1

Reg. Opens Nov 15 8:00 am


This study is designed to create an understanding of the world around us by visiting the 7 continents of the world. It starts out with a basic lesson about where the continents are located. The students will explore the geography of each continent, important landmarks and at least one country on each continent. Students will be able to access videos via links provided to further enrich the study. There will also be a word bank/spelling/vocabulary for each continent, a fun, easy, but educational project for each continent, and each student will keep a “Travel Journal” and share their imaginary writings after each week’s studies.

Each student should have a good understanding of the location of each continent, some of its countries, people, culture and landmarks.

Instructor: Jan Murray

Grade Range: 3rd - 5th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Tuesday

Modern American History through the Lenses of Pop Culture

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Tuesday,      3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 15, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Dec 1

Reg. Opens Nov 15 8:00 am


Why was it such a big deal when Captain Kirk and Uhura shared a kiss on Star Trek? How did Michael Jackson become the biggest star of the 1980s? What made the last episode of M*A*S*H the most widely watched television program in history?

Were television shows supportive or critical of the Vietnam War? How did musicians try to address poverty, world hunger, and inner city decay? Are there hidden commentaries on social issues in blockbusters such as Star Wars?

Most of American popular culture is influenced by historical events. Throughout the 20th century, popular music, movies, and television frequently highlighted issues that affected the country and the world at large. In this class, we'll be looking at the most important historical events from 1950 to the year 2000 and discussing how they were reflected in modern media.

Throughout the class, students will be viewing and listening to media clips, reading about the historical events to which they allude, and writing critical essays about what they learn.

Instructor: Selena Robinson

Grade Range: 9th - 12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.

Wednesday

Holocaust & Human Behavior

Term: Winter 2018     Class Meets: Wednesday,      7:00 pm - 8:30 pm ET

Class Begins: Jan 17, 2018

Duration: 90 minutes,  Weeks: 10

Syllabus

Price: $300.00

$250.00 before Dec 1

Reg. Opens Nov 15 8:00 am


In this semester course, students will learn about the history of the Holocaust from a sociological perspective. Participants will study the complex dynamics of human behavior and how it affected the choices of the people living at the time. We will grapple with decisions and behaviors which shaped our history in the past and struggle with ensuring that humanity makes wiser choices in the future.

Instructor: Michelle Rapchik-Levin

Grade Range: 9th -12th

A minimum of 5 students must enroll for this class to be held.