• ACADEMICS: ELECTIVES   

     

    AP COMPUTERS is a full-year, rigorous, entry-level course that introduces high school students to the foundations of modern computing. The course covers a broad range of foundational topics such as programming, algorithms, the internet, big data, digital privacy and security, and the  societal impacts of computing. Computing affects almost all aspects of modern life, and all students deserve an education that prepares them to pursue the wide array of intellectual and career opportunities that computing has made possible. The course seeks to provide foundational knowledge and skills to meaningfully participate in our increasingly digital society, economy, and culture.  

    AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science. The course is designed to engage students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships within the natural world. The course requires that students identify and analyze natural and human-made environmental problems, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary, embracing topics from geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, chemistry, and geography.  

    In PHOTOGRAPHY, students cultivate creativity by learning the function and parts of the 35mm, Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera and lens. Students are learning to use a digital camera and flash, students completed an experiment in lighting to determine how the direction light can influence the way a subject is rendered.  Students have created a digital clipping file as a reference to identify compositional techniques and three types of motion (blur, pan and stop) that professional photographers use to create aesthetically pleasing images. During the course of this term students will create their own photographic images using the same compositional techniques.  In addition to lighting, students have learned, about film speed (ASA) and size options (small, medium, and large formats).  They have learned how to care for and operate the 35mm SLR camera and lens.  Now, they can select the appropriate lens (focal length) for the desired result and manipulate the lens for desired depth of field (short, medium or long) and perspective.  

    WOMEN IN LITERATURE explores literature of women writers to consider how they attempt to reimagine their own worlds through prose. We will read literature spanning over a hundred years to think about how the representation of women in literature, the public’s reaction to women writers, and the perceptions of a female’s place in society have changed throughout history. Through the assigned readings will attempt to answer questions such as: What barriers do female authors face as writers? How does the representation of female characters differ between novels written by men and novels written by women? What responsibility do female authors have to challenge patriarchal structures? To what extent are the “female outcasts” that continue to reappear as protagonists a way for female authors to reimagine a women’s place in society during their historical time period? By the end of the course, students should gain a better understanding of how literature has been used, and continues to be used, by female authors as a means of reshaping society into a more feminist and equitable world.  

    CHILDREN IN PERIL is a standards-based and inquiry-based interdisciplinary case study that examines the history and consequences of policies that harm children. Students conduct authentic historical research on slave children and indigenous children who were separated from their families in the past and make connections to the current plight of migrant children separated from their families at the United States southern border. This four-part case study utilizes rigorous primary and secondary texts and incorporates mini-lessons, guided reading activities, and collaborative learning opportunities that focus on historical inquiry, critical thinking, vocabulary development, and writing skills to actively engage students in their education. At the end of the case study, students choose how they demonstrate their knowledge, understanding, and literacy skills by selecting one or more of the following options:  

    • writing an editorial/argumentative article   
    • writing a personal narrative, narrative poem, or graphic novel   
    • writing an informational article  
    • writing a PSA, script, play, skit, or screen play  

    WAYNE STATE DUAL-ENROLLMENT

    2D DESIGN STUDIO is a dynamic introduction to contemporary studio art and design practices. Core Studio provides a base of knowledge that students will use in all disciplines of art and design; such as the use and discussion of formal elements and principles of design, composition skills, research and ideation methods, material handling, craftsmanship, and visual language. 2D Design Studio is comprised of Surface, Space, and Time Studio courses. Surface Studio focuses on 2-dimensional concepts and composition through analog and digital projects. Space Studio focuses on 3-dimensional space including concepts and techniques like installation, wearable objects, digital fabrication, and wood shop techniques. Time Studio covers time-based media like sound, video, performance, and serial design. In all the courses students engage in concepts and techniques through rigorous hands-on projects and exercises.

    DRAWING is based on providing a solid foundation in painting and drawing fundamentals through a rich exploration of traditional media and techniques. Intermediate and advanced courses encourage students to develop a critical and conceptual approach to their contemporary art and culture. The program includes a graduate curriculum offering Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in both Painting and Drawing. This program at WSU has a long history of producing nationally prominent artists, offers a diverse array of courses designed to prepare students pursuing careers in art.