43 Throughout its 35 year history, the School Within a School, has always believed that students are more enthusiastic and engaged in learning in a more personalized environment that focuses on projects in which students teach and learn from each other, in addition to the use of traditional assessments. SWS continues to emphasize humanistic, student centered learning in a creative, supportive atmosphere that accommodates both a broad academic spectrum and individual learning styles. Confident in the knowledge that education is not something that takes place only inside school buildings, SWS courses extend learning to the surrounding community and beyond, requiring a high level of commitment and integrity.
cThese two (SWS) classes have proven to be the most influential of my career as a student. First of all, I was empowered as a young woman&Secondly, I was motivated as a student to become a life-long learner; taking responsibility for my own education. I was taught to rely on myself, as well as teachers and textbooks.
I was expected to learn difficult concepts and understand many lessons in history. But most importantly, I was inspired as a human being. I was encouraged to feel empathy and compassion for every group we studied.
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become a better person because of this course. d Clare Seletsky, Class of 2004 cThe SWS program renewed my faith in school. It focused on events in history omitted from the standard high school history texts. SWS made me become passionate about history.<br><br> Before I enrolled in this program, my future plans were undefined. After being in the program, I realized not only that I wanted to attend college, but I also wanted to change the world. SWS encouraged me to try to make a difference and affect people on a global scale; and has given me the confidence to know that I am capable of doing so. d Jared Greenleaf, Class of 2005 cThrough this integrated English and History class, and my incredible relationships with my teachers, I have conquered fears that were huge issues for me.<br><br> I have gained a curiosity and passion for learning about our history, local and global issues, and for reading. d Sara Calkins, Class of 2005 AMERICAN STUDIES Grade 11 3 CREDITS SWS 10E 1 CREDIT 3 ENGLISH SWS 10S 1 CREDIT 3 S. STUDIES SWS 19 1 CREDIT 3 AMERICAN STUDIES ENRICHMENT SEMINAR A cooperatively taught, two credit integrated U.S. History and American Literature course.<br><br> Through this interdisciplinary approach, students will explore our nation 9s past through numerous types of learning activities, including class discussion, cooperative learning, group and individual projects and presentations. Novels, short stories, essays and poetry will be examined for both literary merit as well as impact on, or response to historical events. Students will have many opportunities to refine research and essay writing skills.<br><br> Themes of race and membership, economics and technology, war and peace, and contemporary America will be investigated. Musical and artistic expression from our country 9s past will be also be emphasized throughout the year. Students MUST fill out an application to the program and will be selected through a lottery.<br><br> Honors credit available with approval of SWS staff for either or both of the following: SWS 10E 1 CREDIT - ENGLISH SWS 10S 1 CREDIT 3 SOCIAL STUDIES SWS 19 1 CREDIT 3 AMERICAN STUDIES ENRICHMENT SEMINAR AMERICAN STUDIES ENRICHMENT SEMINAR Grade 11 SWS19 1 CREDIT REQUIRED WITH AMERICAN STUDIES As an extension of classroom learning, this required seminar provides further academic integration of the SWS English and History curriculum. Including outdoor initiatives to promote cooperation, self- confidence and team building skills. The seminar also includes a guest speaker forum.<br><br> Additional field experiences in the surrounding community and beyond will further enrich the curriculum and require a high level of commitment and integrity. SCHOOL WITHIN A SCHOOL 3/21/2008 44 WORLD CITIZENSHIP IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM Grade 12 3 CREDITS SWS 20E 1 CREDIT 3 ENGLISH SWS 20S 1 CREDIT 3 SOCIAL STUDIES SWS29 1 CREDIT 3 WORLD CITIZENSHIP ENRICHMENT SEMINAR Current Nauset students have expressed the need for a course which allows and encourages them to become effective citizens of the world. We will investigate peaceful ways to effect change towards a politically and environmentally sustainable future.<br><br> Students will be expected to explore important topics of their own choosing and then to synthesis their findings in creative ways which enhance and enliven class discussion. WORLD CITIZENSHIP ENRICHMENT SEMINAR Grade 12 SWS29 1 CREDIT Required with World Studies As an extension of classroom learning, this required seminar provides further academic integration of the SWS English and History curriculum, including outdoor initiatives to promote cooperation, self- confidence and team-building skills. The seminar also includes a guest speaker forum.<br><br> Additional field experiences in the surrounding community and beyond further enrich the curriculum and require a high level of commitment and integrity. FACING HISTORY AND OURSELVES Grade 12 2 CREDITS SWS 40E English 1 CREDIT SWS 40S Social Studies 1 CREDIT Prerequisite: U.S. History A cooperatively taught two credit integrated history and English course.<br><br> This interdisciplinary approach begins with issues of personal identity; moves to consideration of historical events and judgment of those events; and ends with examples of positive participation in both the past and present. Through an examination of the events that led to the Holocaust, students come to understand that few events in history are inevitable and most are the result of choices made by countless individuals and groups. Even the smallest decisions may have profound consequences that affect generations to come.<br><br> Throughout, students and teachers confront the moral questions inherent in a study not only of racism, anti-Semitism, and violence, but also of courage, caring and compassion. Students will explore novels, short stories, children 9 s literature, essays, poetry, music and art and will refine research and writing skills. They will also have the opportunity to complete college essays and scholarship letters, and participate in several related community events.<br><br> This course, as former students have said, had an amazing impact d on them, one that has continued to affect them long after graduation. MYTHOLOGY FOR WRITERS Grade 12 SWS33 1 CREDIT - ENGLISH Through a structural examination of classical eastern and western mythologies, students will comprehend the interaction of myth and culture. Students will study the universal plot, themes, characterization and conflict present in all mythology in order to bring these fundamental aspects into their own writing.<br><br> Students will also produce an original screenplay and a documented research paper. INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY Grade 12 SWS 45 FALL ½ CREDIT 3 SCIENCE SWS 55 SPRING ½ CREDIT 3 SCIENCE Seen through an SWS model curricular approach, this course will examine the heavens and the relationship of humans to them. Major constellations and heavenly bodies will be identified: a basic overview of celestial navigation will be provided as well as a discussion of cosmology and the implications of quantum physics.<br><br> We will look at space programs of the past, present and future, track satellites and study the building and operation of light telescopes. The course will conclude with an examination of the promise and problems inherent in extra-terrestrial colonization. <br><br>