Specials Course Descriptions

Freshman Seminar

(Grade 9)
Year-long

Freshman Seminar is a required course for all 9th graders.  The course orients students to community life in the Upper School and provides the setting to build their reflective e-portfolio in preparation for their senior graduation exhibition. Freshman Seminar is a .5 credit course and is graded Pass/Fail.

Yearbook

(Grade 9, 10, 11, 12)
Semester

Students who enroll in this course will become staff members of The Silhouette, Carolina Day’s student-led organization dedicated to creating and publishing the annual yearbook. Students will have the opportunity to pursue their individual interests in journalism, digital media design, photography, and advertising. Under the mentorship of senior editors, students will critically analyze both their own and their peers’ work to refine their skills in effective visual and textual communication. Staff members will collaborate with the Honors Journalism class.

Speech

(Grade 10, 11, 12)
Semester

Speaking and critical listening are crucial skills for the 21st century – especially for students living in a democracy.   Speaking in front of a group comes naturally to some, but it is stressful to others.  This project-based class covers a wide variety of speaking challenges.  The ultimate aim is to give all students the tools to mitigate stress and communicate effectively.  Class goals include identifying personal strengths and weaknesses as an oral communicator, disciplining the voice, learning to listen and analyze, communicating clearly, and organizing thoughts into effective structures.

Competitive Speech and Debate

(Grade 9, 10, 11, 12)

Year-long

Debate class offers an overview of the events offered at National Speech and Debate League tournaments.  Participation in this class empowers students to become effective communicators, ethical individuals, critical thinkers, and leaders in a democratic society.  Students select events based on individual interests; their work culminates in tournament participation.  Each student works towards improving communication skills (verbal and nonverbal), self-confidence, self-awareness, analytical skills, creativity, and collaborative skills. Students are assessed on their individual improvement in chosen events as well as on their willingness to experiment with new pieces and activities.

 

Advanced Competitive Speech and Debate

(Grade 10, 11, 12)
Year-long

Advanced debate builds on the concepts taught in the previous course. Students in Advanced Debate will take the lead in researching and writing new arguments and mentoring younger students. This course will encourage student leadership in the team, and help students develop organizational and research skills that will benefit them in college and career. Advanced debate students will also grapple with contemporary readings in argumentative, debate, and performance theory as they improve their abstract and practical understandings of speech and debate praxis. Students will be assessed on their individual performance as well as on their contributions to team success. Enrollment is not a requirement for participation on the team.

 

Independent Student Research Project

(Grade 11, 12)
Semester, Year-long

Question. Explore. Research. Share.  These four words are the building blocks for the Independent Student Research Project (ISRP). This experiential, educational opportunity is designed to provide students with a platform to develop their intellectual curiosity, as they delve into the exploration, through research, of a topic of their choice. The ISRP may be undertaken during a student’s junior or senior year, with the help and guidance from a chosen faculty mentor; it may be done individually or collaboratively with a partner/s.  Projects may encompass such areas as, but are not limited to, internships, films/videos, science and/or social studies research. Our hope is that students will take the opportunity to learn about something they have always wanted to explore--something for which they have a passion or care about deeply or about which they have always wondered. Students will earn .5 elective credits. There is the opportunity to earn an additional .5 credits, totaling 1 full credit, if approval is granted by the ISRP faculty advisor and the US Principal.

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