TUSCULUM COLLEGE UPWARD BOUND
SUMMER PHASE
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

*Graduates Only*

Biology- Student will earn 4 college credits to transfer to the institution of his or her choice. This course will serve to introduce the student to the scientific method, characteristics of life, biochemistry through the study of macromolecule structure and function, cell biology through the study of cell structure and function, enzymology, metabolism, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, genetics, DNA replication, nuclear and cell division, transcription, translation, and DNA technology.

 

Morning Classes

Navigating Math – Pre-Calculus: This class will teach pre-calculus concepts, paying close attention to its usefulness in Navigation.  Concepts to be examined are Trigonometric Functions, Coordinate Systems, Basic Graphing, and Orienteering (The math of knowing where you are at all times). 

Geometry with Quilting: Have you ever thought about the shapes from Geometry and what they are used for? Well Geometry is very much about quilting. In this class we will explore shapes, sewing techniques, and design a quilt square.

The French Experience: What do Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Orlando Bloom, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Natalie Portman, Queen Elizabeth and Robert DeNiro have in common? Ils parlent français! (They all speak French!)  These celebrities recognize the importance of learning French.  French is spoken in over 43 countries worldwide.  How would you like to join the Hollywood elite and speak French?  While you learn French, you will travel within France and to French-speaking countries without ever having left Greene County.  Now’s your chance to not only learn to speak a little French, but also learn about the exciting, beautiful, and romantic French culture and its many contributions to the world in an interactive and interesting course!

Russian: The Russian Studies seminar is designed to be an informative and fun study of communist and post-communist Russia.  A fresh new approach to the study of Russia will be presented as students discover what Russia is really like.

Children’s Literature: Explore anthropomorphism, genres, history, and culture through children’s literature. A useful and fun class for future teachers or those who just enjoy reading kids’ books. Read stories aloud, write your own children’s book, and research topics on children’s literature.

Quilled Creations: Paper quilling was a hobby in the 18th century. Students will learn about paper quilling and the art of rolled paper. Investigate patterns and forms of many kinds. Use your new knowledge to roll small strips of paper and make 3-dimensional designs on various types of cards. The designs will make an eye-catching card to give to special friends.

Writing Toward Home:  This course addresses the reading, writing and thinking skills essential for success in high school while exploring themes related to self and community.  Students read analytically and respond to a variety of short essays.  Workshops allow students to share their work with others as well as work o prewriting and revision skills, essay structure and grammar.  Also, the course addresses the issue of writing as an enjoyable means of expression.

 

English Literature Week

 

#1- English Literature and Composition:  “The literary works of Flannery O'Connor often contend that religious belief can only be consummated by direct confrontation with evil, and for those uncommitted and unprepared, tragedy seems inevitable. For O'Connor's religious "pretenders," a moment of religious grace--a revelation of Truth--often does come, but at a devastating price.” (Excerpt from Light and Shadow: Religious Grace in Two Stories by Flannery O'Connor© 2002, David Allen Cook).  Come join us as we spend the week exploring some of the most intriguing and entertaining short stories of Flannery O’Conner!

#2 - English Literature and Composition: This class will focus on short stories with a common theme: surprise endings! We will read stories by Faulkner, O. Henry, and others to investigate themes such as irony, foreshadowing, and style. Creative writing and research papers will help improve your writing skills.

#3- Twilight: Bella, Jacob, Edward! No, you’re not dreaming! There really is a class devoted to Twilight.  Come along as we take a deeper look into the novel that caused you to lose so much sleep and maybe even spurred your interest in baseball!
Pre-requisite:  Must have read Twilight and the movie doesn’t count!

 

#4 - English Literature and Composition: This course addresses the reading, writing and thinking skills essential for success in college.  Emphasis will be placed on theme, point of view, characterization, plot, figurative language and writing a critical analysis.  Students read analytically and respond to twentieth century American literature.

#5 - English Literature and Composition: In this class we will be reading and exploring the National Book Award Finalist Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.  The novel delves into the raw and complex issues one young woman faces as she encounters two traumatic events at a tumultuous time in her young life. 

#6 -  Blue Willow Story: Does your family own a set of Blue Willow Plates, or perhaps a piece of two of willow design?  If they do or if they do not, doesn’t matter.  We will learn about the “tradition” of the willow design, use this tradition to design your own story, and create your own one of a kind willow pattern.  We will study the history of this design and learn about the different maker’s marks and areas of origin as we read about this design written by a member of the Spode family.

#7- Poetry: Poetry writing like other art forms provides students the opportunity for self-expression. Through poetry writing students will define the world around them, conceptualize it, and capture its ambience.  Poetry writing in the classroom is important for the nurturing of creative thinking, for imagery, for fantasy, and for self-expression. Students in this class will have fun learning about and writing different types of poetry, as well as learning about different types of art to illustrate their poems. They will also exercise the creative side of the brain with daily puzzles that will prove to be both challenging and fun!

 

 

 

Exploring the Southern Appalachians: Discover our southern mountains like you never have before - what lives there, why it lives there, and how you can enjoy living there for 3 days, too!

The French Experience:  What do Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Orlando Bloom, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Natalie Portman, Queen Elizabeth and Robert DeNiro have in common? Ils parlent français! (They all speak French!)  These celebrities recognize the importance of learning French.  French is spoken in over 43 countries worldwide.  How would you like to join the Hollywood elite and speak French?  While you learn French, you will travel within France and to French-speaking countries without ever having left Greene County.  Now’s your chance to not only learn to speak a little French, but also learn about the exciting, beautiful, and romantic French culture and its many contributions to the world in an interactive and interesting course!

Horror Films in Context: Who doesn’t love a scary movie? Grab your popcorn and get ready to analyze themes and cultural influences of classic horror films, such as Hitchcock’s Psycho. We will also use supplemental readings by Edgar Allan Poe and other authors of the macabre to enhance the experience and stimulate discussion.

Traveling Journal: Take a trip during this week of class with your traveling journal.  We will bloom artistically with each journal entry, and we will never know where the journal will travel to each day.    Your journal will fit the old saying, “the journey is the destination”.  If you do not know what this means, you will.  Like adventure and suspense?  If so, this could be your destination.

Chemistry of Food:  Everything you hear, see, smell, taste and touch involves chemistry and chemicals.  This is true for the food you eat.  This course will explore the three primary components in food: carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins.  The course will contain experiments and background information focusing on the chemistry and structure of these compounds found in foods.

Ecology: Ecology is a class that will introduce the student to applicable concepts in the science fields with emphasis on preparing students for upper level science courses.  This course emphasizes critical and analytical reasoning skills. In addition, this class will develop better laboratory skills by stressing the gathering, recording and analysis of data in field exercises.

Poetry:  Literature VS film: The written word goes head to head with the spoken word.  Which medium will win? During an intensive battle students will review stories, plays, and novel excerpts – reading and rereading for important elements such as tone, mood, theme, and conflict.  When reading muscles are fully sculpted, students delve into the world of film.  They will watch excerpts from classic literature and compare what they view to what they read.

Optical Illusion & Tessellations: Do you always believe what you see? Maybe you should, maybe you shouldn’t. In this class we will explore the strange, stranger, and strangest of the optical world. Be prepared to be fooled.

The French Experience:  What do Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Orlando Bloom, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Natalie Portman, Queen Elizabeth and Robert DeNiro have in common? Ils parlent français! (They all speak French!)  These celebrities recognize the importance of learning French.  French is spoken in over 43 countries worldwide.  How would you like to join the Hollywood elite and speak French?  While you learn French, you will travel within France and to French-speaking countries without ever having left Greene County.  Now’s your chance to not only learn to speak a little French, but also learn about the exciting, beautiful, and romantic French culture and its many contributions to the world in an interactive and interesting course!

Psychology: Students will learn the essentials of psychology during the daily classes.  The students will begin with exploring what psychology is and who had a major impact on the field.  They will also discover what intelligence is, the intricacies of perception, how sleeping patterns and dreams affect the psyche and how motivation works in our lives.  At the end of the week-long class, each student will have a fundamental knowledge of psychology.

Creative Writing: Do you love to write creatively and for fun? Strengthen your creative writing skills through the practice of free writing, fun writing prompts, and peer reviews, then put it all together to create a portfolio or chapbook to take home and showcase your work.

Yoga: Mind, Body and Soul: Come learn physical and spiritual techniques for achieving balance and harmony through yourself and with others and your environment. After consistent practice, you will notice a stronger, more supple and shapely body. Your spine will become more elastic, your joints will loosen, your lungs will expand, your circulation will be stimulated, and your stamina will increase. Additionally, you will learn from the control and discipline gained in regular practice, to still your anxiety and stress as you focus your mind. 

Ecology:  Ecology is a class that will introduce the student to applicable concepts in the science fields with emphasis on preparing students for upper level science courses.  This course emphasizes critical and analytical reasoning skills. In addition, this class will develop better laboratory skills by stressing the gathering, recording and analysis of data in field exercises.

Clay Animation:  Come have some fun working with clay and create your own characters.  Take your characters and with the use of special software create a clay animation movie.

MONEY MONEY MONEY!: In this course, we will discuss basic economics and talk about the big picture of how an economy works.  Then we will cover some more useful information about personal finance!  We will talk about banking, checking and savings accounts, credit cards and debt, and budgeting.  When we finish our course, you will understand some more of the news you hear about the economy, and will be better prepared to be smart with your money when you start working yourself!

Probability & Statistics: (Pre-req.- students must have taken Geometry). We will explore where real-world meets the math world.

Storytelling: Have a flair for drama, or just want to learn how to be a better storyteller at your next social gathering? Learn the art of storytelling, the history behind it, and perform for your classmates.

Service Learning: Service Learning integrates experiential learning, academic study & community service. Students will participate in a series of activities to prepare themselves to serve in the community. Leadership qualities will be exemplified such as teamwork, good citizenship, and oral communication skills while helping others.

Microsoft Publisher:  Microsoft publisher is used by many businesses and advertising agencies.  If you like being creative, come to this class and show us what you can do.  In this class we will use Microsoft Publisher to help us create flyers, newsletters, calendars, and brochures. 

 

*AFTERNOON CLASSES

Journalism: Explore journalism through writing, editing, photography, and layout. Work in teams to put together newsletters, talk about Web-based journalism, and creatively express yourself and the news with your Upward Bound classmates.

Dance: The Evolution of Dance - Have you ever wanted to learn how to turn, leap, and move like the dancers you've seen on stage, in movies, and on the dance floor?  If so, sign up.  We'll take a look at traditional forms of dance as well as current trends.  So, grab your dancing shoes (tennis shoes will be OK, too) and sign up.  Just be prepared to dance everyday!!

Theatre:  Methods and Madness: Have you ever wondered what it felt like to be on stage, under the bright lights, with thunderous applause sweeping over you?  Or, maybe, you have simply wondered how those bright lights work, how actors know where to go on stage, or how they make those fights look so real.  If any of these scenarios apply to you, and if you are interested in a class where learning and laughter go together, then you want to be a part of this class!

Art: Spend those hot summer afternoons creating artwork!  Expand upon your current drawing, painting, and sculptural skills, and use your imagination to produce unique works of art.  Art projects range from quick sketches to finished paintings and sculptural objects.  Open to all levels of abilities, from the beginner to the experienced artist.

Work Study: If you are a rising senior or high school graduate and have chosen to do work study, please indicate this as your first and only choice for afternoon classes.