Kodiak Literature (grades 2-4):
Literature for grades 2-4 is often closely connected to art as well as other areas of the curriculum such as science or social studies. During literature class, the class reads aloud both fiction and nonfiction selections, such as novels, stories, and poetry. Texts are selected that engage the students at their intellectual level and guide them to become more secure with more complex language and vocabulary. These books and stories lead to writing projects such as expanding a scene, comparing two characters, using the plot structure to create alternative stories, and writing autobiographies. By selecting a story or section of a novel, the class collaborates to create a play to perform for the wider school community and parents. Using the writing process in a supportive way in which the class brainstorms together, students compose dialogue for scenes or create alternative endings for plays.
Kodiak Social Studies (grades 2-4):
The 2-4 Social Studies curriculum follows the New York State Social Studies Learning Standards, the National Geography Standards, and the National Council for Social Studies Standards. Our Social Studies instruction and assessment incorporate our methods of inquiry, involve discussion and decision making, and provide opportunities for citizen involvement. Students are provided with the opportunity to learn about the social, geographic, economic, and historical characteristics of the world's peoples and cultures, help students to understand and apply the concept of historic chronology, and explores how different world communities meet their basic needs and wants. Students explore communities throughout their towns, state, United States, and the world.
Humanities (Literature & History, grades 5-6):
Grade 5-6 Humanities focuses on what causes change. What elements of the past persist over time. How did our species evolve, change, thrive, and affect the evolution of other species. What makes a civilization? Students will learn about geography, how civilizations began, and what each civilization contributed to subsequent generations. They will explore primary source documents, investigate how the environment contributed to the civilization, and how people adapted to change over time.
Humanities (Literature & History, grade 7):
Grade 7 Humanities begins with examination of Greek Mythology through personal and creative expression. Students will explore the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values. The course continues with an examination of the Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations starting with fairness and development. Students will explore rights and responsibilities; the relationship between communities; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.
Humanities (Literature & History, grade 8):
Grade 8 Humanities is designed to examine the change from the fall of the Roman Republic to the Enlightenment (18th century AD). The course will introduce students to the vast sweep of civilization and the basic social, political, and economic movements. The fall of Rome, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the development and expansion of nation-states, and the revolutionary theories of the "Age of Reason" will be emphasized.
Language and Literature (grade 9):
Students focus upon developing critical reading and thinking skills, and increasing clear, effective expression through writing and discussion. This will be explored throughout the year through the overarching theme of "The Hero's Journey." Students will acquire objectives through consistent examination of ideas, themes, and characteristics of classic and contemporary cultures as manifested in the following novels: Old Man and the Sea, The Great Gatsby, and To Kill a Mockingbird.
Individuals and Societies (grade 9):
Grade 9 Individuals and Societies focuses on the foundation of contemporary global society. To achieve this, students explore the industrial revolution, World War I, the Roaring Twenties, The Great Depression, and World War II. Students focus primarily on the causes of global conflicts, as well as the resulting socio-economical issues, as well as exploring the social and cultural changes that occurred as a direct result of the radical political and technological changes during the time period.
Language and Literature (grade 10):
The key goals of this course are the love of reading and confidence in reading and writing. This class emphasizes clear paragraph structure, vivid expression, and the logical development of ideas. Creative writing is also developed. Students read short stories, novels and plays such as The Lottery, Brave New World, and The Crucible. Students also read poetry by Frost, Dickinson, and Whitman, and famous speeches such as I have a Dream, and The Gettysburg Address. They read informational texts to help them write argumentative, informational, and narrative essays. This class also believes in the value of interdisciplinary education; working with teachers of other disciplines such as Science, or History, students are exposed to a variety of topics such as the problem of climate warming where students, after thoroughly researching the topic, take a position on the issue and design brochures and advertising for an awareness raising campaign.
Individuals and Societies (grade 10):
Grade 10 Individuals and Societies focuses on developing an understanding of the many issues that create the modern world. Students explore the many innovations and changes that began in the 1950s, rippled through the 1960s, and continue to alter our world today. In addition, this course also places a heavy emphasis on the methods behind academic research, and how to communicate those findings in an academic manner.