• Curriculum

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    Resources and links for celebrating and learning during Black History Month

    February is Black History Month and a great opportunity to teach about issues and actions of people who have helped shape the world.
    Whether speakers, inventors, artists, actors or authors....Black History Month will give you a chance to learn about them all!
    Here is a collection of resources that I have put together to help with that! If you have others, please let us know as well!
    Understand as well, that all parts of this may not be 100% secular!



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    Published on 12-16-2014 01:57 PM
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    American School has been a leader in high school distance education for more than a century, offering the accredited high school courses you need at a cost you can afford. In 2015, weíre taking steps to ensure we remain a leader for years to come.

    We know that students learn in different ways. Some prefer an entirely paper-based curriculum, which has been our primary course delivery method since our founding in 1897. Others, however, feel more comfortable learning online. Thatís why we are proud to offer entirely online versions of our General High School Program and College Preparatory Program. Both diploma programs consist of 18 units of credit with ample room for electives. For more information about all of our online learning offerings, including our online diploma programs and online exams which are available for most of our paper-based courses, visit www.americanschool.org/online-learning.

    If you are planning on going to community college or directly into the workforce after graduation, consider enrolling in our General High School Program. Students complete 11-13 required courses and may consider taking Business, Career and Technical Education courses as their electives.

    If you are planning on attending college after graduation, consider enrolling in our College Preparatory Program. Students complete 12-15 required courses and may consider taking Fine Arts or World Languages courses as their electives. In order to give our students a wider variety of online World Languages courses, we partnered with Rosetta Stone and are happy to have ten of their most popular courses in our curriculum, including Arabic, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese, all of which are becoming more valuable in the global marketplace, as well as English as a Second Language.

    In its 118-year history, American School has educated more than three million students from across the country and around the world. Many of them, such as bestselling author Christopher Paolini and actress Jessica Alba, have gone on to become famous, but all of our students enjoy the benefits of what we call our Four Cís ó curriculum, caring student service, credibility and cost.

    Students work entirely at their own pace, but they are never alone. American School tries to make distance learning as personal as possible. For example, our instructors write personalized, handwritten comments when they grade exams in paper-based courses and offer similar feedback when grading exams online. Our staff is available during normal business hours to answer ...
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    ArtAchieve: Let us teach art FOR you

    ArtAchieve makes it easy for anyone to teach sophisticated art lessons for elementary and middle school students.




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    Published on 08-27-2014 02:55 PM
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    Your child proudly hands you his or her latest piece of writing. Maybe it's a short, choppy paragraph about his obsession, Minecraft. Maybe it's her rambling horse essay that plods on and on and on. Or maybe it's a poignant, well-thought out anecdote about a recent swimming meet, but it's filled with spelling and punctuation errors.

    After you smile and say, "Good job, sweetie! Thanks for sharing that with me," you ask yourself: How do I grade this? Should I even grade it at all?

    The truth is, whether or not to grade your student's writing depends on a number of factors. But, before we look at times when grading might be appropriate, let's expel some common myths:

    MYTH #1 - Correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar equal good writing

    Writing is about the Mind Life. Punctuation, spelling, and grammar are the mechanics of writing and cannot lead to quality writing no matter how well they are mastered. No one ever finished a novel and said, "The comma placement was exquisite. The use of periods moved me. The utter care to spell every word correctly changed my life."

    Mechanics support the ability to convey the mind life in writing which is why we work on them. However, if someone amputated my hands and gouged out my eyes,

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    Published on 07-07-2014 01:23 AM
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    This is another great blog reprint from unschooling blogger, Idzie Desmarais. Idzie has graciously allowed us to reprint her blog post from her blog, I'm Unschooled. Yes, I can write! Thank you Idzie!

    Idzie Desmarais is a (grown) unschooler, feminist, green anarchist, (confusedly) queer, pagan(ish) woman who makes her home in the Montreal area. She spends her time reading fantasy novels, writing, cooking up lots of tasty food in the kitchen, and dreaming of the homesteading intentional community she wants to help found someday.


    The Value in Writing for an Audience, Not a Grade

    After not reading any non-fiction books in quite a while, I picked up Better Than College by Blake Boles this afternoon and started reading. Instantly, something sparked a blog post idea. Blake writes:
    Instead of working on homework, papers, and presentations destined to be seen once and tossed into a trashcan, self-directed learners turn much of their hard work into useful products for other people.
    I don't know about "products," per se, but definitely something useful and appreciated.

    Reading that, I had a thought that somehow had never occurred to me before. Most young people view non-fiction writing as something primarily done to get good grades, something that is only useful insofar as it pleases a teacher or professor and thus leads to good marks.

    I've never written a five paragraph essay. Count paragraphs, you say? Construct an essay based on a rigid outline? Why would I do that? I've worked within word or space or time constraints numerous times, writing articles for magazines or talks for conferences. But I've never written an essay expected to adhere so closely to a specific outline, nor have I ever written something designed to please just one specific person. ...
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