Academics
Signature Programs
The Fourth Period Electives

Academic

Chess
Creative Writing & Literary Magazine
Cognitive Psychology
Forensic Science
Identity, Power, and Privilege: Windows into Modern American Culture
Latin, Beginning and Advanced
Literary Criticism, Analysis, and Joyful Discussion
Social Psychology: The Environment That Shapes Us


Full Year Course that meets once a week 

Latin, Beginning - is for students who are interested in learning the basics of the Latin language and various topics concerning the Roman World. Emphasis is put on Latin vocabulary and grammar and how these relate to modern languages. Some time is also spent in discussing Ancient Greek, the heroic age, Greek and Roman mythology, and the influence of Eastern religions on the Mediterranean world. Students in Beginning Latin will have the opportunity to participate in the National Latin Exam in March and are also encouraged to join the FA trip to Rome or Greece (held every three or four years). 

Latin, Advanced - is a higher level Latin course for students who have previously studied Latin. The class is tailored to the interests and backgrounds of the students and puts particular emphasis on being able to appreciate Latin literature in the original language. A great course for the student who wants to understand that “carpe diem” should not be translated as “seize the day,” and that “alumni” can be used with any group that contains at least one man. Students in Advanced Latin will have the opportunity to participate in the National Latin Exam in March and are also encouraged to join the FA trip to Rome or Greece (held every three or four years). Open to students in all grades with Beginning Latin as a prerequisite. 

Full Year Course that students may add or drop at trimester breaks 

Chess Club - is an elective that will give students an opportunity to learn the game of chess, improve their chess skills, and to enjoy competing against their peers. New players will be taught the basic rules, the value of pieces, and how to checkmate. More experienced players will learn different opening and defense strategies as well as various chess tactics. While students will have the chance to measure their progress by playing against each other, the main focus will be on encouraging good sportsmanship and on having fun. 

Creative Writing & Literary Magazine - Calling all Creative Writers! Throughout the year, we will write and workshop many genres of writing including poetry, short stories, personal narratives, and drama. We mix in games, contests, and studies of famous writers. During the first trimester, the course focuses primarily on producing and workshopping in-class projects. During the second and third trimesters, we turn our attention towards the production and publication of Resonance, FA’s literary magazine. This course is limited to 12 students with preference given to high school students. 

Literary Criticism, Analysis, and Joyful Discussion - will feature the reading and discussing of short essays, or portions of longer literary works. The plan for the course is that students will devote the first third of the 70-minute block to reading a chosen short essay, which will then be collectively discussed and analyzed over the remaining time. The initial list of authors includes George Orwell, Christopher Hitchens, Paul Fussell, Noah Harari. E. B White, and Mark Twain, but there will be many others. Chosen essays will deal with a variety of themes and genres; certainly social, moral, historical, and philosophical topics will be explored, but perhaps science themes as well. In a real sense, the course is envisioned as a weekly micro “book club” experience with a weekly short essay taking the place of a longer work. 

Trimester-long Courses 

Forensic Science (grades 9-12) -  is a dynamic and interactive course where students can learn the ins and outs of being a forensic scientist. In the first trimester, they are put in the role of a criminal investigator collecting evidence and mapping crime scenes. In the second trimester, students are lab technicians analyzing evidence such as handwriting, fingerprints, and blood spatter. In the third trimester participants are expert witnesses testifying in the courtroom. 

Social Psychology: The Environment That Shapes Us  - How do our social interactions and environments shape our common behaviors and beliefs? How do our individual actions shape the experience for those around us? Social psychology is the discipline within psychology used to explain these experiences. This trimester long course will provide an introductory understanding of this intriguing field. Students will explore the fluidity and potential power of social influences through interactive seminars, conducting social psych exercises, and relevant readings. 

Identity, Power, and Privilege: Windows into Modern American Culture - In American culture, which identity groups inherited power, came into power, or have lost power? Which identity groups have the role of granting others access or permission? How do these social constructs shape modern American culture, both on a national level and in our local communities? Using research, discussions, current writings, relevant media, and self-discoveries, students will be immersed in learning about identities, both individual and group, and the interdependent relationship between identities and systems of power and privilege. Diving even deeper into these complex relationships, students will explore agents of change, the driving energy behind these movements, and the potential cultural responses.

Forensic Science T2 (grades 9-12) - is a dynamic and interactive course where students can learn the ins and outs of being a forensic scientist. In the first trimester, they are put in the role of a criminal investigator collecting evidence and mapping crime scenes. In the second trimester, students are lab technicians analyzing evidence such as handwriting, fingerprints, and blood spatter. In the third trimester participants are expert witnesses testifying in the courtroom. 

Cognitive Psychology -Inquisitive minds welcomed! How do we make decisions? How can two different people interpret the same experience in dramatically different ways? Is there a limit to how much our memory can improve? Cognitive psychology is the discipline within psychology that explores how our thinking, reasoning, memory, and perception impact our beliefs and behaviors. This trimester long course will discuss styles of learning, judgment, attention and focus, and other fascinating thought processes as we explore the inner workings of the human mind through discussion, current research, and self-discovery. 

Forensic Science T3 (grades 9-12) - is a dynamic and interactive course where students can learn the ins and outs of being a forensic scientist. In the first trimester, they are put in the role of a criminal investigator collecting evidence and mapping crime scenes. In the second trimester, students are lab technicians analyzing evidence such as handwriting, fingerprints, and blood spatter. In the third trimester participants are expert witnesses testifying in the courtroom.  Prerequisite: Forensics T2.
 
Back
© Falmouth Academy. All Rights Reserved.