Category Archives: High School

June 18th, 2020 by 
Human Origins: Human Evolution from Prehistory to the Agricultural Revolution Many history books leave out prehistory (the time before written records), but the study of human evolution is essential to understanding how we became capable of everything that followed. In this class, students will explore how our prehistory sets the stage for how humans adapted to their environments and formed communities before the Agricultural Revolution, when humans began building villages and farming their food source. This class is multidisciplinary, weaving history, art, science, and more through discussion, research and writing assignments, and hands-on projects. Taught by Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT …
June 18th, 2020 by 
Approaching Controversial Memorials Memorials are a very public expression of remembrance for historic people, places, and events, but some memorials are controversial. In this 4 week project-based class, we’ll explore what makes a memorial controversial, memorial design, how memorials affect our understanding of history, the impact memorials can have on communities, and how memorials can contribute to continued oppression in our society. By looking at past and current action against controversial memorials, students will create their own criteria for how history should be represented through memorialization and re-design a memorial of their choice or create a campaign to have a …
June 14th, 2020 by 
The Stargazer’s Club - Family Series Do you and your family love to look at the night sky, imagining what is out there in the vast universe? Wouldn't it be fun to be part of a community of stargazers? The Stargazer's Club is an online community that meets monthly to learn about the cosmos. This club is geared for the whole family, from littlest to adults. Using the course, The Stargazer's Notebook, as a guide, members of the club will map the night sky, get information about special events, and prove the heliocentric model for the planetary motion. Each month there …
June 14th, 2020 by 
Project-Based Human Heredity Has there ever been a time when it felt more important to understand Human Genetics?  This high-interest course introduces the principles and applications of human heredity, AKA human genetics. In addition to human genetics, student will accrue general knowledge about genetics and the evolution of all organisms. The first three weeks of this class will focus on general principles of genetics.  After that, students will build on this knowledge as they apply those principles in a pertinent and meaningful way as they learn about human heredity and genetics. This course will cover Mendelian and molecular genetics, cell …
June 10th, 2020 by 
Protest Songs through History: A Reading, Writing, and Listening Project If music is the pulse of a generation, then the times our have been racing are captured in protest songs. We can learn so much not only about the events that inspired these emotional, passionate displays but also about how music offers a platform for people who feel otherwise unheard. This class uses Dorian Lynskey’s book 33 Revolutions per Minute to explore 12  protest songs ranging from 1939-2008. Learners will explore pieces like Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” Carl Bean’s “I Was Born This Way,” Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” and Green …
June 8th, 2020 by 
High School Writing with Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers (No Live Meetings) This is an asynchronous class. That means there are no live meetings. Students will receive assignments each week that are due by the start of the following week. They will receive individual feedback and interact with one another through discussion boards. Class content consists of reading assignments, reading guides, video instruction, quizzes, short writing prompts, and four multi-draft essays. Malcolm Gladwell's best-selling book Outliers explores the American mythology surrounding success. Gladwell uses a series of engaging stories to carefully tear apart some mainstream assumptions about what it means to be successful. We …
June 8th, 2020 by 
Exploring Philosophy with The Good Place: Season 1 In this 7-week class, learners will watch Season 1 of The Good Place (available for streaming on Netflix and for rent from other locations) with viewing guides. Each week, we will have a live discussion over the previous week’s episodes. The final two class periods will be reserved for final projects. Learners will be invited to create 10-minute presentations in any format they’d like (audio, video, visual, etc.) and discuss one of the philosophical topics from the class in more detail. Upon enrollment, you will receive a form to fill out. This will …
June 8th, 2020 by 
Exploring Philosophy with The Good Place: Season 2 In this 7-week class, learners will watch Season 2 of The Good Place (available for streaming on Netflix and for rent from other locations) with viewing guides. Each week, we will have a live discussion over the previous week’s episodes. The final two class periods will be reserved for final projects. Learners will be invited to create 10-minute presentations in any format they’d like (audio, video, visual, etc.) and discuss one of the philosophical topics from the class in more detail. Upon enrollment, you will receive a form to fill out. This will …
June 8th, 2020 by 
Writing from Different Viewpoints: Ethics and the Future Want to be able to debate like a pro? It starts with being able to fully explain different viewpoints, and that starts with truly digging in and understanding people who disagree with you. In classical rhetoric, a tool to practice this incredibly important skill is the dissoi logoi. (Read more about by clicking here to see a link on ThoughtCo.). Basically, the dissoi logoi presents two (or more) sides of a specific issue from the voice of a single speaker, demonstrating with style and clarity how the perspectives inform one another. The writer — of course — likely has …
June 8th, 2020 by 
Writing from Different Viewpoints: Ethics and the Family Want to be able to debate like a pro? It starts with being able to fully explain different viewpoints, and that starts with truly digging in and understanding people who disagree with you. In classical rhetoric, a tool to practice this incredibly important skill is the dissoi logoi. (Read more about by clicking here to see a link on ThoughtCo.). Basically, the dissoi logoi presents two (or more) sides of a specific issue from the voice of a single speaker, demonstrating with style and clarity how the perspectives inform one another. The writer — of course — likely has …
June 8th, 2020 by 
Understanding Identity: Introduction to Intersectionality Studies “Identity” is a concept that we see many people discuss and share today.  In this course, we will learn how identity is thought of, expressed, and talked about. We will also explore historical and social contexts for how people with different identities have been treated when they were not in the majority.   We will also explore the concept of "intersectionality," which is an important concept today that helps us to understand how social differences and categories affect how people live their lives. We will discuss how this concept brings together gender, race/ethnicity, LGBTQIAA+ …
June 8th, 2020 by 
Reboots and Retellings for High School We will discuss and examine how stories can be remade and retold in new and/or flashier ways, sometimes to be more relevant to modern audiences, sometimes to make more money. We will look at several examples as a class to learn and practice our analysis skills, then students will choose a story to take lead on to explore as it is retold.  List of potential topics for students: Hercules/Herakles, Clash of the Titans, Wicked / Wizard of Oz, Circe, Song of Achilles, Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, Transformers, I Am Legend. Taught by Sabrina Weiss …
June 6th, 2020 by 
Survive a Zombie Apocalypse Students will develop a Zombie Management Plan to help us survive a zombie apocalypse. Different types of zombies will be researched and discussed through books, movies, and games. Taught by Sabrina Weiss Enroll in ClassWhat Makes SEA Online Classes Special Class Duration: October 26-December 14 Class Size: 3-8 learners Age Range: 14+ Full Enrollment: $180 Full Enrollment with Feedback Add-On: $210 Full Class Description Students will develop a Zombie Management Plan to help us survive a zombie apocalypse. Different types of zombies will be researched and discussed through books, movies, and games. This class will be …
June 6th, 2020 by 
World War Z and the Real World We will use the book, World War Z, as a focal point to open discussion about complex world issues. Starting with the text, we will explore the sociopolitical issues that contributed to the zombie conflict in the book, then expand our discussion to understand the real world inspirations for the topics. Taught by Sabrina Weiss Enroll in ClassWhat Makes SEA Online Classes Special Class Duration: August 31-December 18 Class Size: 3-8 learners Age Range: 14+ Full Enrollment: $360 Full Enrollment with Feedback Add-On: $400 Full Class Description We will use the book, World …
April 7th, 2020 by 
What is Intersectionality? "Intersectionality" is an important concept today that helps us to understand how social differences and categories affect how people live their lives. In this course, we will discuss how this concept brings together gender, race/ethnicity, LGBTQIAA+ studies, and other ideas to better explain how the same thing in society can be very different across people. Taught by Sabrina Weiss Enroll in ClassWhat Makes SEA Online Classes Special Class Duration: June 29-July 12 Class Size: 3-8 learners Age Range: 14+ Total Price: $40 Full Class Description "Intersectionality" is an important concept today that helps us to understand how …