Unit 1: Challenges
Foundational stories are ways of making sense of life, of examining our past, of understanding our present, and of envisioning our future. Fate and destiny may play a role in our lives. Wherever we go, we meet life’s challenges. As we meet those challenges, we develop the qualities that enable us to grow, and we anticipate other critical challenges we may encounter. Challenges benefit both society and each individual; for without challenges, neither society nor the individual can move forward. Every challenge a society encounters provides opportunities for that society to examine issues, to foster the exchange of ideas, and to explore ways to rise to the challenge. The challenges we encounter lead us to examine our existence and to make decisions that shape our society and ourselves. The world influences us, and we, in turn, influence the world.
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Eight: The Miracle Worker
Independent Novel Study
At the beginning of class you will have 5-10 minutes of silent reading. You will choose a book from the library and work on the following assignment:
Unit 2: Mysteries
In explorations that engage our mind, body, and spirit, we find joy and fulfillment. Life is filled with mysteries from the extraordinary to the common. The human brain, for example, is a fascinating yet mysterious subject. Its endless capabilities, such as storing memories and imagining possibilities within and beyond this world, continue to amaze and confound us. We wonder how memory shapes us, and we speculate on the role of destiny in our lives. Our memories are significant to who we become. For centuries, humans have searched for answers to life’s mysteries; even now, as we explore and ponder these mysteries, we discover and encounter different ways of knowing or explaining those mysteries. We seek answers from nature, environment, science, faith, traditions, etc. On our quest for answers, we journey into worlds unknown: worlds within, worlds beyond, and worlds remembered.
Four: Observation Report
Five: The Age of Miracles class novel study
The Age of Miracles Chapter Questions
Six: The Greatest Showman
Seven: Historical Persona Essay
Nine: Final Exam Review