Middle and High School Additional Course Descriptions

 

Theater Techniques

Teacher - Tyler MacSweeney

Theatre Techniques

This is a performance class! No experience necessary. The purpose of this class is to build a foundation for an actor of any skill to draw upon. Throughout the course the student actor will be provided opportunities to address acting technique, form and movement. The majority of the student’s grade is earned by in class participation in acting exercises, rehearsals, and performance of actual scenes. Learn how to bring power and meaning behind your scenes. This will be accomplished through discussion of technique, exercises applying technique and theories, script analysis, research of theories, and scene work. Come and join us for a fun and engaging semester!

Objectives:

  • To help each student become a more well-rounded actor

  • To deepen the actor’s choices and make them aware of their physicality

  • To expose the student to different acting theories

  • To improve the student’s ability to work with others

  • To perform scenes


Drama Prodcution (After School)

Teacher - Tyler MacSweeney

Grace Co-op is pleased to offer a drama club, which is open to all teens, ages 11-18, in the homeschool community. The drama club will culminate in an original production performed in early December. Tyler MacSweeney, a homeschool graduate, will direct this production. This is a fantastic ministry opportunity, but mostly a whole bunch of fun.  

Meet the Director: Tyler MacSweeney graduated from the Red Bridge Academy in 2015 and will finish his theater degree this December. Mr. MacSweeney has years of experience in Christian Youth Theater where he has been performing and directing plays since the early 2000’s. For his senior year at RBA, he both wrote and directed a musical Christmas production that was truly unbelievable! This opportunity to have Tyler’s experience and expertise is one not to be missed.

Where: Raytown Christian Church

When: 3:30-5:30 on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons

Cost:   $120 per student (Sibling discount available)

No experience necessary!

For more information call Tyler MacSweeney at 816-223-9910 or email gracecoopkc@gmail.com.


Photography 101

Teacher - Leslie Thibodeaux

Overview

This course is designed for students that desire to develop a storyteller’s gift as well as technical understanding of digital photography through real life hands on experience. Beginning with basic camera functions, students will come to understand the relationship between shutter speed, aperture and their effects on exposure as well as a variety of assignments in the basics of composition. This will enhance their photography style and most importantly, encourage students to seize the opportunity to slow down, observe and capture the beauty of every thing and every moment bringing the world closer to The One who made it All!

Objectives

  • CAMERA MECHANICS- Manuel mode practice with shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and depth of field to create a valuable image.

  • COMPOSITION- Rule of thirds, framing, proportion, shape, perspective and contrast create visually compelling images.

  • LIGHT- Respecting Light’s superior source in Color and Black & White study.

  • ARTISTRY- Endless subject choices abound!:   Street Photography, Events, Night Photography, Portrait Photography, Sports Photography, Nature Photography, Landscape Photography, the Golden Hour, Children, Water,  Abstract, Artificial Light, Pets, Elderly, Food, Architecture, Cityscapes, Shadows, Fashion, Lines, Gardens.

Materials

Digital Camera with Strap and Battery - (must be able to put in manual mode)-(can be borrowed or bought used)

Lens – preferably small zoom lens

Computer with internet access

2 Memory Cards

Digital Photography 101 Book

Possible Lab Fee

Binder with dividers and paper




Art

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Group Voice

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Choir

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Latin I & II

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Students will begin to study Latin with the tutor acting as facilitator. Latin I exposes students to the language, culture and history of the Romans. An introduction to the language through the Henle Series emphasizes comprehension of the Latin language thru study, parse, and interpretation.. The result of the student’s study of Latin is improved knowledge of both English vocabulary (with English derivatives) and grammar, an expanded understanding of the relationship of the ancient world to his or her own, and appreciation of other foreign languages and culture. This course will build your English vocabulary and is great preparation for the SAT or ACT.

Academic Info: 1 high-school credit;

Students must have the following skills to succeed in this class:

*Great Attitude!

*Basic knowledge of grammar and spelling rules

*Time commitment -- must be prepared to dedicate an hour and a half per day to homework outside of class


Health/Personal Finance

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Physical Conditioning

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Spanish I

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Spanish I is a high school course which introduces students to the basic tools necessary to learn and apply Spanish language and culture.  By the end of the school year, committed and diligent students will learn to write, read, speak, and comprehend this language. In addition, they will learn about the culture and geography of Spanish-speaking countries. During class time, students will learn through organized conversation, sketches, games,  and weekly quizzes and drills. Due to the fact that this class meets twice, instead of five times per week and that daily practice is necessary for acquiring foreign language skills, it is PARAMOUNT that students prioritize attendance to class and complete homework daily rather than cramming for tests.

Time commitment and Homework:

  • Monday/Thurs Class time- because this is a spoken language, class time is imperative

  • 1 hour per day, 3 days a week- Depending on the speed of the student

  • Homework will include: saying vocabulary aloud, drilling the conjugation of verbs, as well as reading and writing from the text


Spanish II

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Spanish II is a high school course that solidifies basic knowledge of Spanish language and culture. Beginning with a review of the basics, the class will progress to a more complete understanding of the language. In this class, students will learn about the culture and geography of Spanish-speaking countries as well. In addition to increasing to an intermediate vocabulary, they will learn tricky verb conjugations: past, present, and future. During class time, the instructor will teach using organized conversation, sketches, games, and weekly quizzes and drills. Due to the fact that this class meets twice instead of five times per week and that daily practice is necessary for acquiring foreign language skills, it is PARAMOUNT that students prioritize attendance to class and complete homework daily, rather than cramming for tests.

 Prerequisites:

  • Spanish I

  • Placement Test May Be Required

Time commitment and Homework:

  • Monday/Thurs Class time- because this is a spoken language, class time is imperative

  • 1 hour per day, 3 days a week- Depending on the speed of the student

  • Homework will include: saying vocabulary aloud, drilling the conjugation of verbs, as well as reading and writing from the text


Hospitality

Teacher - Anoushka Riley

Class Description

This is an interactive class for hands-on learning. Building on understanding the Lord’s heart for generosity and showing hospitality, the students enrolled in the class will serve the school at special events and take charge of the year’s parties. They will decorate, prepare for special events, create beautiful table settings and practice planning events (both real and fictitious).The students will explore the many facets of Hospitality such as, lodging, food and beverage, tourism and travel. This year the students will also focus in detail on the management of the Bed & Breakfast industry. One day a week will be set aside for cooking. Students will be preparing food with a variety of themes while practicing visual presentation. This is one of the best kept secrets of our school and, while the title could sound intimidating, students love Mrs. Riley and this class is incredibly inspiring.

Book Purchase and Costs:

  • None

  • Because Mrs. Riley purchases all the supplies and ingredients every week, she requests a $30/semester donation, which can be paid in installments.

Books and Methods Used (no purchase necessary)

  • Hospitality Today An Introduction, Rocco M. Angelo and Andrew N. Vladimir, Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, Lansing, Michigan, 2007

  • Profesional Cooking, Wayne Gisslen, copyright by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Canada.

  • Exploring Hospitality Online materials