Fall 2019 Online Classes
Annotated reading — which is really just a fancy way of saying “marking up your book as you go so you know what’s important” — can be an important tool in your critical reading arsenal, but like all tools, it may require a little practice to be truly useful for you as a reader. This class is an introduction to skills and strategies that can serve you well in annotated reading.
Being able to take good notes — and knowing how to make the most of those notes after you’ve taken them — can make a huge difference in your learning life. While taking notes isn’t hard, taking effective notes is a skill that can take practice and a little guidance. Mix and match the strategies in this course to create a note-taking system that’s effective for you. Click for details.
U.S. history classes tend to spend ages on the Civil War and almost no time on Reconstruction — which is a problematic omission because Reconstruction is one of the most compelling, transformative, and (viewed with hindsight) heartbreaking periods of U.S. history. This was a period of progressive social, economic, and political change which made huge strides toward equality, which deserve to be celebrated — even though post-Reconstruction politics would undo most of them and paint the era as a political failure. We should talk more about Reconstruction — so we will! Click for details.
The Salem Witch Trials are one of those fascinating, what-on-earth-is-happening-here historical moments that capture our attention because they are so anomalous. We’ll approach this topic like historians, working chronologically through primary sources (including court transcripts) to explore the unique combination of cultural, religious, and political forces that contributed to this infamous period of U.S. history. Click for details.
It’s creepy and it’s kooky, mysterious and spooky, and entirely fun to read — it’s American Gothic, a genre of literature that emerged in the United States as a particularly regional twist on traditional Gothic literature. We’ll look at how American Gothic explores the dark underbelly of U.S. history, including slavery, genocide, and environmental destruction, through works by Edgar Allan Poe, Shirley Jackson, Flannery O’Connor, William Faulkner, and more. Click for details.
This slender little novel is packed full of symbolism, psychology, and ideas about identity that were groundbreaking at the turn of the 20th century and that still have the power to shake up your reading life today. We’ll focus on close, careful reading, building critical reading and thinking skills as we explore this early feminist work. (Indignation about Victorian social roles for women encouraged.) Click for details.
We’ll be kicking off our year of U.S. literature with a look at one of the most ironically iconic poets in the canon — ironic because her work was never published while she was alive. Emily Dickinson’s work is deliberately elusive, hauntingly subversive, and just plain fun to read. We’ll consider her work in the context of its time, its contradictory perspectives on big ideas like Nature and Death, and its place in the 21st century canon. Click for details.
Our chemistry class is designed for students who want to explore the ideas and philosophy of chemistry, thinking critically and deeply about the atomic model, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, and the phases of matter. With lots of hands-on experiments to explore big questions and an emphasis on building a nuanced understanding of how chemistry works, this class moves slowly and thoughtfully through the history of chemistry thinking, opting for open-ended inquiry over lists of definitions and practice problems. This is a chemistry class for students who love the ideas behind science. Click for details.
Being able to translate things is the most fun part of Latin, and this year-long introduction to the Latin language emphasizes that aspect, using weekly translations as a jumping off point for building Latin vocabulary and developing an understanding of the basics of Latin grammar. We’ll also spend a little time exploring the mythology, history, and culture of ancient Rome — mostly because it’s too much fun to skip. Click for details.
You will be billed $100/month. You will have access to one class per month. You can change classes any time.
You will be billed $175/month. You will have access to two classes per month. You can change classes any time.
You will be billed $300/month. You will have access to all available classes each month. You can change classes any time.
Here’s how our online classes work:
You choose the subscription plan that is right for you. (You can choose to take one class, two classes, or unlimited classes with your monthly subscription.) You pay monthly, so you can cancel any time.
Sign in each month to choose your classes. (You can change classes any time by emailing us.) Make a note of your class’s length — some classes run a full year, others run for a few weeks. If your class ends mid-month, you can start a new class when it ends.
Log in to the classroom to watch the video lesson and download class materials each week. Classes are prerecorded so you can work on them any time. All curriculum materials are provided by us, so you won’t need to buy books or materials for most classes, but for some classes, you may need to procure a book yourself. (This is listed in the course description — most books are available through your library.)
Join your teacher and classmate for weekly chat sessions each week. You can ask questions, start conversations, and brainstorm ideas.
Submit any assignments to your teacher by the due date for grading and detailed evaluations. (Because of the nature of these courses, teachers may be unable to grade assignments submitted after the due date. Each student is permitted one deadline extension, but teachers may be unable to accommodate multiple extensions.)
Receive a transcript with your final grade and an evaluation at the end of the class.
Note: The Academy is closed for winter break during the month of December and from May through August for summer holidays. You will not be billed for those months, and there will be limited instructor availability during those times.