KEIO ACADEMY OF NEW YORK
SENIOR ACADEMIC EXTENSION COURSE DESCRIPTION BOOKLET 2020-2021 Course GPA Gradings Honors *** Intermediate ** Standard*
SEN AE COURSES 2020-2021 American Film ** "It's not what a movie is about, it's how it is about it." - Roger Ebert This course will introduce students to American cinema from the classic silent film to the contemporary blockbuster as well as provide the opportunity for students to analyze film as a form of visual storytelling. Students will consider how American movies provide both a commentary on and an attempt to capture the quintessential American dream and myth. Students should be prepared to read about, write about, watch, and discuss movies. Art A*** Advanced Placement Art A can be considered as a pre- college art class. Art projects will incorporate aspects of painting, drawing, mixed media art, color theory, and art history. Successful student artwork will be photographed as part of the class for placement in the students’ art portfolios. Student-initiated art projects will also be included as a component of the class. Studio Art Course (Drawing, Oil Painting and Designing)
The AP art course focuses on composition, creative concepts and innovative ideas of visual art in the media of drawing, oil painting, and design. Students will develop observational and perceptual skills and will learn traditional techniques of studio materials and tools that will help them design and create original artworks. Students are required to purchase their own art materials. Astronomy** This course is designed to discuss and explore the ideas that humans have formulated to explain the origin and evolution of the universe and understand its components such as stars, galaxies, constellations and planets. Students will explore the early history of the astronomy leading up to the current understanding of modern astronomy and the scientific terminology used by astronomers. We will be using visual aids such as television to visualize different concepts and possibly arrange a trip to a nearby planetarium or watch the skies using a telescope or a powerful binocular. Astronomy** This course provides students with the knowledge and tools they need to plan an astronomical observation of planets, stars and galaxies. We start closer to home to discuss what causes the seasons and the phases of the moon and how human understanding of the universe, and our place in it, evolved over the past thousand years." Chinese Culture (in conversation)* We will start with “What do you know about China? / What would you like to know about China?” We will explore: Chinese Food, Travel in China, Chinese Education, Chinese-American Journeys… Books/Photos/Video clips will be used, for example the documentary film American Factory. Community Service** The purpose of this class is to make students aware of how they can make a difference by helping others. Students will research and discuss possible organizations to help and come up with plans that can be executed. After doing community service work, they will reflect and write a summary about what they learned from the experience and what would they would do differently next time.
Current Events (a deep dive discussion)** Each student will lead a five minute discussion about a current event in the news, complete with questions and answers and sourced links. We will follow how this current event unfolds over the semester and offer solutions and/or challenges based upon our research into the chosen topic in the news. Environmental Science** What makes us do what we do? How are my personal beliefs and actions related to what I ate this morning? Does nature have more influence over nurture? Is it up to us to create our own ideal environment? Do we have the power to shape our future? Find out how humans are deeply connected to the environment using hands on activities. German* This introductory German course will include proper pronunciation of German, terms of praise and disapproval, terms of general instruction, common student responses and questions, engaging in simple conversations, understanding fundamental grammar concepts, counting, and practice in reading and writing small passages. History of Pop** This discussion-based course will study modern culture through popular music. The course will start with the arrival of the Beatles and the transformative 1960s. The class will conclude with the changing music industry heading into the 1990s with an analysis of future trends. History of Warfare*** War and its consequences have shaped history to the present day. This course will survey military history with an emphasis on connections between wars across cultures and millennia. A key outcome will be understanding what wars of the past have to teach us today about avoiding war. Human Development** Human development is the process of a human person through the stages of infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Topics include developmental psychology, cognitive-developmental and behavior perspectives, development of identity, and the processes and influences that affect the developing person. We will also learn positive human development in our rapidly changing global environment. Case studies will be shared as well. Introduction to G Suite** Do you want to know useful skills to improve your life? Learn how to use G Suite, including Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Keep, Forms, and Calendar. Help yourself to create, collaborate, share feedback, work together with others anytime and anywhere, and build digital skills for the future. Introduction to Latin** Come learn the foundations of the ancient Roman language of Latin and explore Roman culture! Even better, research shows that studying Latin will improve and expand your English fluency and academic vocabulary. Nearly 60% of English words (especially high-level words) derive from Latin, which makes it very important for advanced study in science, medicine, law, and the humanities.
Introduction to the Law*** This goal of this course is to provide students with an overview of important areas in American Law, including Constitutional Law, Contract Law, Criminal Law, and Tort Law. Students will study the law through audio-visual media, class discussions and assigned readings Introduction to Programming with Python** In this course we will introduce students with basic computer programming concepts and terminologies such as variables, constants, operators, expressions, conditional statements, loops, and functions. Python is an easy and fun language to learn, and it is now one of the most popular programming languages. Italian Culture, Cooking and Conversation* This course will introduce students to la vita bella (the good life). The course will introduce Italian language, practicing basic communication and acquiring an ear through song. It will highlight various regions, demonstrating the fundamentals of Italian cuisine through cooking. It will survey culture through the arts. Japanese Calligraphy Students will learn how to write a basic stroke character with a calligraphy brush, read and learn the meaning of a Japanese poem like Haiku or an idiom, then learn about the writer or author and historical contents about the poem and copy a Japanese poem with a calligraphy brush Japanese Film** Students will study the films of Shima Iwashita beginning with Ozu’s An Autumn Afternoon (1962) and Kobayashi’s Seppuku (1962) before graduating to Gosha’s Sword of the Beast (1965). Special attention will be given to the many films she made with husband Masahiro Shinoda, including Assassination (1964) and Double Suicide (1969) Judo* Judo is the most practiced individual sport in the world. We will learn Judo techniques as a martial art and form of self-defense. We begin with Etiquette(Reiho) and Fall breaking (Ukemi), then Tachi waza, Koshi waza, Ashi waza and Katame waza through practice and Randori Free sparring. Then we will do the Final match. Learning from wisdom and living wisely* This is a life-learning course. Through studying English and Japanese proverbs students can learn their actual meaning, correct pronunciation, their relation to their respective cultures, share thoughts and experiences related to the proverbs and receive useful life lessons. Makerspace Challenge Description** Build the fastest wind powered car! Build the strongest bridge! Build a launcher that is the most accurate or can launch a ball the furthest! In this class, you will work in groups to build machines to meet a variety
of challenges given to you. This course will teach a variety of engineering skills, but your success in each challenge depends completely on your teamwork, imagination, and the ability to learn from your failures. Plan, build, test, fail, plan, build, and test again, developing problem solving skills and having fun along the way! Martin Scorsese’s Silence** Martin Scorsese’s movie Silence is an adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel Chinmoku (1966). Students will read the novel beforehand. Selected scenes from the film will be viewed. Discussions will compare novel and film to explore the ways in which Scorsese’s work is both an interpretation and a response. Math for High Flyers*** This course focuses on developing students’ problem-solving skills to the extent that they are comfortable participating in the American Mathematics Competition 12 (AMC12) and in the higher level mathematics competitions. The contents of the course is driven by the teacher’s preferences. Mindfulness Breathing and Vocal Exercises* This course will enhance students’ awareness through mindfulness-breathing and meditation. Students will recognize and clear their idle thoughts through focusing on their breath. They will notice their negative emotions and gain insight through acceptance of their thoughts and they will write in journals to reflect on their meditation sessions. We will also perform vocal exercises. The Microscopic World of Pond Water** This course explores the phytoplankton and zooplankton of Pond Water. Students will learn how to sample water for organisms, identify them using a light microscope and dichotomous keys, photographically documenting them with digital cameras, and measure different habitats for flora and fauna diversity. Students will become proficient with the light microscope, sampling techniques, and flora and fauna identification. Newspaper* We will brainstorm news topics from around the campus and create our own Keio Newspaper. Students will learn how to report on a variety of topics, including sports, academics, culture and society. Photographers and artists can also contribute to the newspaper. Nutrition and Muscle Development* Developing a strong body is not just through exercise. A good balance of nutrition and exercise is required. Through this course, students will learn how certain muscles develop and why you need to strengthen them. If you are an athlete, you will learn how these basic strengths will help you become better and avoid injury. Even if you are not an athlete, these basic strengths will help your body feel healthy. Students will also learn basic nutrition to help your body develop these muscles. We will discuss myths about nutrition such as –eating only carbohydrates before a marathon, drinking too much water can make you fat, avoiding chocolate because it has no nutritious value, drinking protein shakes before and after your workout to give you muscles. This class will be conducted through experience - please come to class prepared to train those muscles!
Podcasts: Learning to listen* Listening is a very critical skill in everyday life. It can also be difficult to catch real English without seeing a personâ€™s face. Podcasts are a good way to sharpen listening skills. We will be listening to a variety of podcast topics in everyday English to build comprehension, and learn new slang, idioms and expressions. Science of Color** How do we see? How do we describe colors in science? How do we respond to colors? What is the history of color? In science? In art? At the end of this course you will explain it all (or some of it). SAT Preparation** This course is for prospective US college applicants only. The SAT is a college entrance exam. There are three SAT sections. One of them is math. This course will give an introduction of SAT first, then concentrate on preparing students for the math section. The math section will cover algebra, geometry, coordinate geometry, trigonometry, problem solving and data analysis.