twelve Grade (Senior)


twelve (Senior)

Senior Year

Supplies needed:

You will need loose-leaf notebook paper, dividers, and binders to make your study journals, along with pens and pencils for writing. Ideally, you will also have printer paper and ink for the literature study guides, and to print a copy of the final draft of your senior term paper. You can read the materials online and write your answers on notebook

paper if necessary, and keep a

digital file of your paper.

You may find the literature novels

at your local library or purchase them online.

If you have not already,

you will need to create a free student account with Saylor. You will also need a free account with Carnegie-Mellon University for your statistics course,

if you do not have one.Download the Senior Year Course Curriculum list here.

Photography 3 HERE
Make your own  photo book HERE.


Senior English

Begin each quarter spending 2 weeks reading your

novel and completing the activities included with the

study guides. Finish your novel study with a book report.

Use the remaining weeks of the first two quarters

to work through the tutorials of the


of Calgary’s Basic Elements of English website,

and the Norton College Writing Essentials site.

Complete all online readings and exercises.

This should provide a good review of grammar and writing skills from

your previous studies.

You will spend the final two quarters researching

and writing a senior term paper. (Read the information provided here before starting.)

You should also spend at least 2 hours a week in “free”

reading, using novels and non-fiction books of your choice.

(Be sure to recordall reading materials on your Reading List.)

Grammar & Composition – The Basic Elements of EnglishWriting Essentials

Literature – 1st Quarter: A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens (Study Guide)

2nd Quarter: The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer (Study Guide)

3rd Quarter: (Choose 1) Beowulf, translated by Burton Raffel (Study Guide) OR Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (Study Guide)

4th Quarter: Hamlet*, by William Shakespeare (Study Guide)

*This edition is highly recommended as it

provides a modern “translation” along with the

original text to help students understand what they are reading.

Senior Term Paper –

The Senior Term Paper will be a historical research paper that will

use the elements and style generally required for college-level work, in

preparation of your post-high school studies. Begin with reading the

information found

at the Reading, Writing, and Researching for History: A Guide for College Students website. Next, choose one of the following general topics, narrow it down to a strong thesis as described

in the guide, and write a 17 – 20-page

(double-spaced; this will be about 4,250 – 5,000 words) paper with at least seven

different resources cited. (If you are having trouble with constructing a

thesis, you may want to follow the advice offered here.)

Focus your term paper on one of the following time periods:

1. Ancient Egypt, Greece, or Rome

2. The “dark ages”

3. The Renaissance

4. The exploration of the “new” world

5. The American Revolution

6. The American Civil War

7. World War I or II

8. The Great Depression

9. The age of space exploration

10. The fall of the Soviet Union

Remember, you are writing a term paper.

The above topics are much too broad by themselves.

Pick a time period that interests you and then focus on a specific event

or idea, or a comparison of different events. While this is a history research paper,

keep in mind this is also the culmination of your

grammar and essay writing studies throughout your high school years.

You should use good grammar, proper punctuation and spelling, and format your

paper using the MLA style.This grading rubric can be used to evaluate your paper in

terms of possible letter grades.Study Journal cover


Probability & StatisticsProbability & Statistics

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Complete the lessons and activities from the course and watch the physics videos.

(You may watch 26 videos a semester, or divide them in any way that fits your schedule.)Introduction to Mechanics

The Mechanical Universe… and Beyond videos

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World History 2Early Globalizations – East Meets West (Units 7 – 11.)World History in the Early Modern and Modern Eras

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Elective 1:

Art HistoryIntroduction to Western Art: Prehistoric to High Gothic

Introduction to Western Art: Proto-Renaissance to Contemporary Art

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Elective 2:

Health, 1 semesterHealth

Food & Nutrition Through the Lifespan

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Foreign Language Electives Social Sciences Electives Science Electives Fine Arts Electives

Electives – Foreign Language

Course Title Resource & Description
Various Languages BBC Languages Offers full exploratory and beginner level language instruction in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese & Greek.  Tools include video instruction, mp3 phrase downloads, and more.  Each language offers a “Gauge your level” section, to determine starting place.
French I & II Francais Interactif is a complete college-level first year French course (corresponding to French I and French II of high school level French; one semester of college coursework usually equals one year of high school coursework). This course includes all the basics of language study — vocabulary, grammar, listening, speaking, culture, and practice. The site is complete with sound files, grammar exercises, cultural information, videos, and even internet explorations.
Grammar explanations and practice link to a clever sister site, Tex’s French Grammar, which provides detailed grammar explanations for the entire French grammar plus sound files and interactive exercises for grammar practice. For high school French I, use chapters 1 through 6; for French II, use chapters 7 through 13. (University of Texas – Austin)
German I Beginners German provides a full German I course online, including extensive instruction in German grammar. 20 chapters of which 12 are currently online, practice exercises, online grammar lectures and reference section. Includes sound files. (University of Exeter, United Kingdom)
Icelandic I Icelandic Online: Modern Icelandic Language and Culture Includes all instructional materials and sound files. Free signup. (University of Iceland)
Italian I Oggi e Domani A complete, online Italian I course with interactive instructional components, sound files, quizzes, and tests. (University of New York at Brooklyn)
Ancient Greek I Ancient Greek with Thrasymachus This extensive, complete curriculum guide includes detailed lesson plans for the teacher, materials for the student, and student exercises. The curriculum guide accompanies the textbook, Thrasymachus, by C. W. E. Peckett and A. R. Munday, and was written by a professor of classics at Duquesne University and a high school teacher of Greek and Latin at St. Paul’s School (a private independent school). You will need to download a Greek font for your computer (directions are included). (Alison Barker)
NOTE: It is helpful to have the textbook Thrasymachus, published by C. W. E. Peckett and A. R. Munday, Bristol Classical Press, 1990. However, it is possible to use the curriculum guide as is if you do not have access to the book.
Modern Greek Modern Greek 101 & 102 (Elementary) 
Modern Greek 201, 202, & 203 (Intermediate)
Modern Greek 301 & 302 (Advanced) 
Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Modern Greek, with online instructional materials, quizzes, and sound files. You need to register to use this site, but registration is free. (Kypros-Net in collaboration with CyBC, Government of Cyprus)
American Sign Language (ASL) ASL University Lessons
First and second semester high school language course in American Sign Language. Third semester available soon…

Electives – Social Sciences

Course Title Resource & Description
History of Religion in America Divining America: Religion and the National Culture Includes essays by leading scholars tracing religious issues and influences across American history. Extensive links to supplemental resources and primary source documents accompany each essay. Used together they provide a course of study in the history and influence of religion on American history and culture. (TeacherServe, National Humanities Center)

Electives – Science

Course Title Resource & Description
Astronomy From Stargazers to Starships A complete course, physics and algebra-based. (U. S. Government, NASA)

Electives – Fine Arts

Course Title Resource & Description
Music Theory Introduction to Music Theory A basic music theory course; includes instruction, assignments, and sound files. (Connexions)
Music Appreciation Sound Reasoning is a music appreciation course with built-in “listening galleries” and an interactive online workbook. (Anthony Brandt, Connexions)

Public Speaking, 1 semesterSpeech




Waiting by Edmund Blair Leighton, public domain image
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She Walks in Beauty
The Prisoner of Chillon
abridged reading

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Ripe Hachiya persimmons on a tree in December, licensed under GNU Free Documentation license by author Downtowngal
The Norton Anthology of Poetry has provided a web companion with several poems read aloud. Here is their homepage where you can find several additional resources.  Below are links to the poems on their site.  Click on the links to go to their site, and then click on the speaker beside the text of each poem to hear it read aloud.  You’ll need QuickTime for the audio player to work.
Image of Chaucer as a pilgrim from Ellesmere Manuscript in Huntington Library in San Marino California.  This manuscript is an early publishing of Canterbury Tales.
Geoffrey Chaucer (1343 – 1400) The Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale
Sir Patrick Spens Early Modern Ballads
Thomas Wyatt (1503 – 1542) They Flee from Me
Elizabeth I (1533 – 1603) When I Was Fair and Young
Edmund Spenser (1552 – 1599) Sonnet 75
Shepherd by Strambu Ipolit, 1871-1934
Christopher Marlowe (1564 – 1593) The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) Sonnet 146
John Donne (1572 – 1631) A Valediction Forbidding Mourning
Anne Bradstreet (1612 – 1672) To My Dear and Loving Husband
Anna Letitia Barbauld (1743 – 1825) The Rights of Woman
Old Chelsea Bridge, London by Pissarro, 1871
William Blake (1757 – 1827) London
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834) Kubla Khan
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809 – 1892) Ulysses
Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892) Song of Myself
Emily Dickinson, black and white photograph
Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886) #712
William Butler Yeats (1865 – 1939) Easter 1916
Wallace Stevens (1879 – 1955) Sunday Morning
William Carlos Williams (1883 – 1963) This Is Just to Say
Marianne Moore (1887 – 1972) Poetry
Wilfred Owen (1893 – 1918) Dulce Et Decorum Est
Dulce et Decorum est, One of many, many graveyards in the Somme battlefields, this one is on the main road between Albert and Baupaume, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0, by author Chris Hartford from London, UK
Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967) The Weary Blues
W. H. Auden (1907 – 1973) In Memory of W. B. Yeats
Dylan Thomas (1914 – 1953) Fern Hill
Gwendolyn Brooks (1917 – 2000) We Real Cool
Denise Levertov (1923 – 1997) Tenebrae
Adrienne Rich (b. 1929) Diving into the Wreck
Derek Walcott (b. 1930) A Far Cry from Africa
1593 map Northern Hemisphere, Gerard de Jode
Rita Dove (b. 1952) Parsley
Li-Young Lee (b. 1957) Persimmons

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Edith Wharton’s 1911 novel Ethan Frome tells the story of a tragic love triangle. Set in the highly symbolic wintry landscape of Starkfield, Massachusetts, the narrative centers on the title character’s fraught relationships with his “sickly, cantankerous” wife Zeena and his young, beautiful cousin Mattie Silver. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett for Librivox)
You can stream individual chapters of this book using the player widget located on its LibrivoxInternet archive page
Total running time: 3 hours, 13 minutes

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