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Upper School Courses

Upper School Courses

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Contact Rebecca Zug at rzug@wilmingtonfriends.org to register and if you have a question about financial aid. 

Creative Writing Workshop (Grades 9,10,11,12)
July 8-26
9am to noon
$800

This course will be offered as a summer semester elective. It is designed for all levels of writers, from the beginner to the consummate word shark. The course will focus on writing in a variety of genres, including short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, drama, and script writing. Students will examine a wide variety of professional work in these genres, with a particular focus on the methods writer’s use to create these works. They will also work on writing exercises included in Ann Lamott’s Bird by Bird, Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones, and Mary Oliver’s A Poetry Handbook. Students will learn to critique the work of their peers, with specific focus on revising these works toward a final portfolio that will serve as this class’s culminating assessment. Contact Rebecca Zug if you have a question about financial aid.

African American History Summer Workshop -- THIS IS COURSE IS NOW FULL
July 8-26

$1300
This course will be offered as a summer semester elective for rising 9-12th grade students. The course will explore the experience of Americans of African descent in America, a history that spans four hundred years. It is organized chronologically and begins on the coast of West Africa, moves through the rise of slavery in the Americas, the origins and developments of American ideas about race, and the formation of an African-American culture and identity. It then continues with emancipation at the end of the Civil War, and culminates with a look into 20th century black intellectual thought as well other contemporary issues.The course explores these dimensions of the African American experience, and in so doing, highlights the multifaceted ways they made their own history while simultaneously shaping and contributing to the history of the United States. Week three of the course is an external exploration where students immerse themselves in several key sites related to the African American experience, including travel to Atlanta, Birmingham and Montgomery. At the end of the course, students will give a presentation based on their learning experience during the course. Cost includes the overnight trip to Atlanta and Montgomery, Alabama. Maximum of 8 students.

 
Introduction to Climate Dynamics (Grades 10, 11, 12) -- TO BE OFFERED IN 2020
July 8-26
9am to noon

$800


This course provides an in-depth examination of the dynamic processes that affect the earth’s climate with focus on the past, present, and future. Students will learn to appreciate climate as an ever changing system from both a large and small scale perspective. By studying the factors that influence climate we can address the important question on whether the earth is warming, and, if so, is it attributable to human activity? Students will be involved in a variety of engaging activities that should generate real and deep interest and insight into our natural world. These will include special demonstrations, hands-on lab work, simple mathematical models, video clips, and the review of scientific papers. A major feature of the course will be a deep-dive student investigation into a specific climate-related topic of their choice. By the completion of the course, students will have the ability to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the subject through presentations and discussions. Successful students will be those who have a curiosity about the physical world along with an interest in science and math. The course is open to rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders who have taken a high school level science course and possess good algebra and trigonometry skills.