Curriculum Overview and Essential Questions

Overview of Curriculum 2020-2021

  ENGLISH SOCIAL STUDIES WORLD LANGUAGES
GRADE 9
Class of 2024
Academy English 193:
World Literature
Academy Social Studies 193:
World History: Beginnings to C.E. 1750
Academy World Language 193:
French
  Teacher:
Christopher Morgan
GBN
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Teacher:
David Vincent
GBN
847.509.2638
Teacher:
Scott Field
GBS
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GRADE 10
Class of 2023
Academy English 293:
World Literature
Academy Social Studies 293:
United States History
(with preparation for AP U.S. History Exam)
Academy World Languages 293:
Spanish
  Teacher:
Hillary Kane
GBS
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Teacher:
John Meyer
GBS
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Teacher:
Anne Walsh
GBS
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GRADE 11
Class of 2022
Academy English 393:
American Literature
(with preparation for AP English and Composition Exam)
Academy Social Studies 393:
Global Studies
Academy World Language 393:
Chinese
  Teacher:
Tom Kucharski
GBS
847.486.4485
Teacher:
Jamie Ellinger Macon
GBN
847.509.2642
Teacher:
Hong Wu
GBS
847.486.4273
GRADE 12
Class of 2021
Academy English 493:
World Literature
(with preparation for AP English Literature and Composition Exam)
Academy Social Studies 493:
21st Century Global Challenges
Academy World Language 493:
German
  Teacher:
Debra Cohen
GBS
847.486.4486
Teacher:
Matthew Whipple
GBS
847.486.4496
Teacher:
Laurie Haugh
GBS
847.486.4515

Essential Questions for Study

In their four years together, Academy students and their teachers freely cross disciplines, cultures, and centuries. The Academy faculty deems the following questions essential because they nurture reflection and discussion on identity, expression, perspective, change, conflict, and truth—concepts that define us as individuals and bind us as a learning community.
 
Identity
What groups, formal and informal, do humans create and belong to? How do groups shape identity?
How do humans create voice and identity through form and structure?
What role does national identity play in forming individual identity? What role does personal imagination play in shaping national identity?
How can we better understand others’ perspectives and other cultures’ values? 
How do we consider and evaluate the various sources at our disposal?
 
Expression
Do spiritual and material pursuits result in greater happiness or wisdom for humans?
What can stories tell us about what it means to make sense of the world?
How do history, literature, and languages shape us? What happens when we interpret history, literature, and languages through lenses of gender, race, social class, family, community, or personal experience?
What is the role of language in global issues?
 
Perspective
How has technology affected humans’ relationship with the earth?
How do humans succeed or fail to co-exist?
What is the American definition of success? What roles do convention, creativity, and fulfillment play in this definition?  Are there alternative definitions? 
How can we better understand others’ perspectives and other cultures’ values? 
How do we consider and evaluate the various sources at our disposal?
 
Change
Why and when did inequality among humans emerge? With what consequences?
What has caused the reconception of the universe and how have humans handled new ideas?
What have we gained, or lost, through progress?
How do increasing globalization and accelerating technological change affect us?
 
Conflict
What are the notable achievements of “Eastern” and “Western” civilizations? Are such distinctions valid?
How do individuals and societies deal with extreme anxiety?
What is the place of questioning authority in the American identity?
What forces affect our understanding of the world?
 
Truth
What is education? What ends does it serve? What voices and groups tend to control discussion and inquiry?
As readers, writers, speakers, listeners, and thinkers, how do we work together in a mutually satisfying and productive way?
From what sources do we derive our values and beliefs? Do we freely choose them or are we programmed by history and culture?
What can be expected as a result of an Academy education?