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Quarter beginning January 10, 2022

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Role Play Economy: Industrial America

Role Play Economy: Industrial AmericaClosed

Quarter(s): 3,4

Day(s): Mon

Open Spots: 0

The Industrial Revolution of the 18th century built modern society and represented the most significant and rapid transformation in human history. This lured the population away from rural farms into urban centers where they could work in factories, kick-starting the consumer culture that continues to this day. Whole ways of life would be changed, or even destroyed altogether, replaced by an industrial machine hungry for resources, outputting goods and luxuries at a scale never before seen. How these goods were made and transported to new markets of eager consumers would make or break the fortunes of many.

Moving on from Agrarian America, the class will transition from farm to factory. Students will begin the semester as "independently wealthy" barons and tycoons of various mid-century industries. The class will use a custom Role-Playing Game to simulate a fully industrialized economy. From day one, students will be assigned to key roles in industry, from railroads and shipping, to a variety of factories or resource extraction. They must manage their initial investments wisely or risk being overrun by their classmates. They will endeavor to dominate their market and rule the supply and demand, or risk ending up penniless. In true role-playing fashion, will create characters and build their "backstories" to fit into this economy. Will they be Carnegies and Rockefellers, or will they run out of steam?

Using the lessons taught in class, students will navigate their interconnected business world, learning to either cooperate with or destroy their rivals. Using their carefully documented ledgers, the class will learn to manage key business elements, from keeping their labor force happy enough not to strike, forging deals and making partnerships, and of course, influencing government policy to their benefit.

The end of the semester should make clear how each business is interdependent on another, the benefits of cooperation or forceful acquisition. What role does a good (or bad) government play in encouraging and safeguarding investment and for whose benefit? Above all, it should stress the importance of keeping orderly records, making safe vs highly rewarding investments, and how to successfully manage working relationships. By recreating the circumstances of the industrial revolution, and navigating them in the role playing game, students should understand the why and how, to the history they've played through.

Topics in this Series: Agrarian America (Semester 1), Industrial America (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.

Prerequisites: None

Workload: Students should expect to spend 1-2 hours per week outside of class.

Assignments: Course documents including period plans, photographs and recreations will be made available through a class Google Drive link emailed to parents (and students who provide their email address), as well as a class reading list of articles/excerpts and YouTube playlist for any videos watched in class or assigned as homework.

Assessments: Informal assessments will be given at the instructor's discretion, but assignments will not be scored or graded. Each student's financial success in the game will be an indicator of their learning and participation for purposes of assigning a grade. Parents will also be given shared access to their student's business plan with instructor and ledger, with instructor comments at the conclusion of class.

Textbook/Materials: None

What to Bring: Paper or notebook, pen or pencil

Credit: Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in History, Economics, or Business for purposes of a high school transcript.

10:00 am-11:55 am


(Semester Long)

Ancient Justice: Crime & Punishment in the Roman Republic

Ancient Justice: Crime & Punishment in the Roman Republic Add to Cart

Quarter(s): 3,4

Day(s): Mon

Open Spots: 2

This class will explore the judicial processes of the Roman Republic. Starting with the Regicide of the Tarquin King, followed by the first legal code, the Laws of the 12 Tables, all the way to the Codes of Emperor Justinian. This Semester will explore the foundation of the Roman Legal system that endures in some forms to this day. Like a traditional mock trial program, the class will hear cases, and students will defend themselves. Real historical cases will be studied and trial parts assigned to the class, which will be debated from the perspective of Plebes and Senators of ancient Rome. The class will serve as the jury and, if necessary, select period-appropriate verdicts and explain how they arrived at their decisions, while striving for period accuracy.

Topics in this Series: Crime & Punishment in Ancient Greece (Semester 1); Roman law, From Republic to Empire (Semester 2). Students continuing from first semester receive priority pre-registration for second semester.Workload: Students should expect to spend 0-1 hours per week outside of class. Assignments: Google Drive (period maps, photographs and recreations) and YouTube (videos) links will be e-mailed to parents/students for homework or supplemental investigation. Textbooks: None Assessments: Will not be given. Lab/Supply Fee: The cost of photocopied class documents is included in the course fee.Credit: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a component (partial) credit in History or Civics for purposes of a high school transcript.

12:00 pm-12:55 pm


(Semester Long)

Virtual 1

Modern World History (Lecture Section) *HYBRID*

Modern World History (Lecture Section) *HYBRID* Add to Cart

Quarter(s): 1,2,3,4

Day(s): Mon

Open Spots: 1

This year-long, full credit high school course offers an in-depth look at how our world developed from 1200 CE to today. Long before jet travel, many portions of the globe were connected. By the early 1200s, Persian historian Juvayni, reported that one might walk safely from Southeast Asia to Eastern Europe- thanks to Mongol army units. Silk Roads linked Moscow to Tibet. Vibrant Indian Ocean trade circulated goods, people, and animals from China to Indonesia to India, with linkages to East African coastal cities and the wider Muslim world, including Arab and Turkic peoples. In 200 more years, Muslim Admiral Zheng He would command China's legendary treasure fleet.

Despite a few sporadic contacts, most of the Old World remained ignorant of lands from the Arctic Circle to the volcanic Tierra del Fuego. Here in the Americas, precursors to Incan and Aztec empires built urban city-states, while farther north, Cahokia's pyramids and Mesa Verde's cliffside apartments boomed, the Iroquois League united five great nations, and countless other populations lived as hunter-gatherers, horticulturists, whalers, fishers, and farmers. At 1200 CE, when this course begins, two halves of the world had not yet collided, but soon would.

We will use the tools and perspectives of historians to see how this collision happened and what else built the world we know today. You will analyze primary sources and secondary sources. You will learn to identify symbols, develop arguments based on evidence, and think critically about the arguments of others. We spend a lot of time interpreting maps, letters, paintings, sculptures, photographs, speeches, and other material to understand context, causation, and continuity and change over time. By the end of the course, you may not have memorized dozens of dates (unless you wanted to), but you WILL have a much clearer idea of who was where, when, and why-- and how that has affected us.

*INSTRUCTOR'S NOTE*This is a reading-heavy course suited for students who can commit to completing homework BEFORE each meeting. That prepares you for active discussion, role play, and activities in class. The course is not lecture-based, but instead is taught as a participatory seminar. Students cannot learn the rich course material by simply attending. However, if you come with your readings finished, ready to ask questions and apply what you've learned, the world is yours!

LEVELS:This course is offered at three levels: On-Level, Honors, and Advanced Placement (AP). Each has a different workload, but all meet together. AP students work at a university freshman level and have the potential to earn college credit or placement through the spring 2022 AP exam. AP students start class two weeks earlier, with online homework due in mid- and late August. Honors students have assignments that engage higher-level analysis and historical thinking skills. On-Level students use the same college-level textbook, but have fewer readings, less homework, and less rigorous assessments.

SCHEDULE: There are two weekly meetings: (1) Friday in-person for all class members; and (2) Monday online in a virtual classroom from 10:00 am - 10:55 am. The Monday online session is required for AP students, but open to all students and recorded for those who cannot attend live. For Honors and On-Level, this is a 28-week course which follows the Compass calendar but ends two weeks early due to the AP exam. AP students have the equivalent of 31 weeks, as they begin two weeks before the regular Compass start date and have an additional session for a mock exam.

WORKLOAD: Honors and On-Level students should plan 4-5 hours each week outside of class meetings for reading and homework. AP students typically need 6 hours or more, depending on reading speed and experience. All levels use materials written at a freshman college level, so students must be highly-skilled readers or else have robust reading support at home.

Assignments: All assignments will be posted on a password-protected Canvas classroom management site. There, students access assignments, upload homework, take automated quizzes and tests, track grades, message instructor and classmates, and attend virtual conferences.

Assessments: Completed homework, projects, quizzes, and tests receive points and narrative feedback. Parents can calculate a letter grade using the student's points earned divided by points available, in weighted categories that include assignments, reading quizzes, tests, and participation and presentations. Parents may view all scoring and comments at any time through the Canvas site.

TEXTBOOK: Registered students will receive an e-mail with the required textbook(s) over the summer.

REGISTRATION. All students register online for the same course, but students must designate their choice of On-Level, Honors, or AP by emailing Compass before August 4. Once the course has begun, students may move down a level at any time, but the instructor will consider "bumping up" on a case-by-case basis only.

AP FEES:An additional tuition fee of $175 is assessed for students approved to take AP level, due to additional instructional time. Families will receive a separate invoice for this amount before the start of classes. The fee is not refundable if the student decides midyear to switch to Honors or On-Level. The fee for the College Board's AP Modern World History exam in May 2022 is not included; each family is responsible for scheduling and paying for their student's AP exam.

AP APPROVAL: Students who have taken a prior course with the instructor may seek approval for AP level through a conversation or e-mail with her. For students new to this instructor, a short questionnaire and brief written assignment about a sample textbook chapter are needed to request approval for AP level.

CREDIT: Homeschool families may wish to count this course as a full credit in World History for purposes of a high school transcript.

10:00 am-10:55 am


(Year Long)