• AP Classes at East Leyden

    2017-2018

     

    AP English Literature and Culture

    Teresa French tmfrench@leyden212.org

    Required: Grade 12 One Credit; Prerequisite: Grade 9, 10, 11 English

    A survey of major works of British and world literature as well as preparation for the Advanced Placement examination comprise the basis of this course. Because many colleges and universities award immediate advanced standing to students who excel in the AP Literature & Composition examination, course emphasis is placed upon developing college-level critical reading and writing skills. Students write numerous formal essays and critically analyze fiction, drama, and poetry from the time of Sophocles to the present.

     

    AP Seminar

    Lori Garcia lgarcia@leyden212.org

    Required: Grade 10 One Credit; Prerequisite: Grade 9 English

    AP Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives. Using an inquiry framework [QUEST], students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies, and foundational literary and philosophical texts; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts, and personal nd design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team. Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances. Students learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in research based written essays, and communicate evidence-based arguments.

     

    AP English Language and Composition

    David Narter dnarter@leyden212.org

    Required: Grade 11 One Credit; Prerequisite: Grade 9, 10 English

    Students in this class work to acquire a graceful and masterful command of the stylistic elements of writing. They also analyze the rhetorical strategies and stylistic devices writers use to express their points of view.

    The first semester of this course is centered around the reading and analysis of persuasive texts.  There, students will learn to identify and write compositions analyzing rhetorical modes and strategies, classical appeals, and stylistic devices.  The class also addresses the construction of formal essays including focus upon rhetorical structure, stylistic strategies and cohesion.

    The second semester centers around demonstrating a command of  rhetorical strategies studied in the first semester. Methods of support, logical fallacies, counter claims, and framing are studied and practiced in debates and persuasive essays.




    AP Biology

    Joseph L. Gagliardi JGagliardi@leyden212.org

    Required: Grade 11, 12 One Credit; Prerequisite: Two units of science including one unit of Chemistry or Chemistry Honors; two units of math & concurrent enrollment in third unit of math.

    AP Biology is organized into and structured around four big ideas and the enduring understandings identified in the Curriculum Framework. Understanding the fundamental concepts that define these four ideas and how the same key ideas provide the foundation for many different topics is essential for building and organizing a coherent conceptual framework. All essential knowledge will be taught and all learning objectives will be addressed through this curriculum. The course will focus on inquiry-based laboratory work and the use of the seven science practices in both lab and non-lab activities.



    AP Chemistry

    Jeff Vail jvail@leyden212.org

    Required: Grade 12 Two Credits; Prerequisite: Three years of Science, Physics

    This two-period class is a comprehensive study of chemistry involving extensive laboratory experience. Mathematical application of concepts is stressed; therefore, a strong mathematics background is essential. The course will provide excellent preparation for further college studies in science.



    AP Physics I

    Mark Reeves MReeves@leyden212.org

    Required: Grade 11, 12 One Credit; Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Pre-Calc

    AP Physics I is an Algebra-based, introductory college level physics course that explores topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power, mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. Through inquiry-based learning, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills.

     

    AP Physics II

    Mark Reeves MReeves@leyden212.org

    Required: Grade 12 One Credit; Prerequisite: AP Physics I

    AP Physics II is an Algebra-based, introductory college level physics course that explores topics such as fluid statistics and dynamics; thermodynamics with kinetic theory; PV diagrams and probability; electrostatics; electrical circuits with capacitors; magnetic fields; electromagnetism, physical and geometric optics; and quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics. Through inquiry-based learning, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills.



    AP European History

    Michael Tazic mtazic@leyden212.org

    Required: Grades 10, 11, 12 One Credit; Prerequisite: Global Studies or Global Studies Honors

    The study of European History since 1450 introduces students to cultural, economic, political, and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which they live. Without this knowledge, we would lack the context for understanding the development of contemporary institutions and the role of continuity and change in present-day society and politics, and the evolution of current artistic expression and intellectual discourse. In addition to providing a basic narrative of events and movements, the goal of the AP program in European History is to develop an understanding of the principal themes in modern European History, an ability to analyze historical evidence and interpretation, and an ability to express historical understanding in writing.



    AP Psychology

    Theodora Kahn tkahn@leyden212.org

    Maura Gavin mgavin@leyden212.org

     

    Required: Grades 11, 12 One Credit; Prerequisite: None

    This year-long course provides an accelerated study of psychology. Students acquire understandings equivalent to those gained in a college-level introductory course. Coursework offers a general study of terms and concepts that psychologist use as well as concentration in theories of learning development, personality, emotions, feelings, self-awareness, problems of the unconscious, and social psychology. This course will prepare students to take the College Board Advanced Placement Exam.

     

    AP US History

    Johanna Heppeler jheppeler@leyden212.org

    Required: Grade 11 One Credit; Prerequisite: None

    This course is part of a national program which enables top students to obtain college credit for high school work. In preparation for the national advanced placement exam, students will be expected to do extensive reading of primary source documents, develop analytical essays, and demonstrate critical-thinking skills by identifying significant themes in American History. This course chronologically examines the development of the United States.



    AP US Government and Politics

    Robert Fowler rfowler@leyden212.org

    Elizabeth Wind ewind@leyden212.org

    Required: Grades 10, 11, 12 One Credit; Prerequisite: None

    This full-year course introduces students to key political ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the political culture of the United States. The course examines politically significant concepts and themes, through which students learn to apply disciplinary reasoning, assess causes and consequences of political events, and interpret data to develop evidence-based arguments. Students will also participate in the Civics legislative simulation. This course satisfies the U.S. and Illinois Constitution requirement for graduation.



    AP Computer Science Principles

    Megan Doherty mdoherty@leyden212.org

    Required: Grades 10, 11, 12 One Credit; Prerequisite: Department Approval

    Computer Science Principles Advanced Placement offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the underlying principles of computation. The course will introduce students to creative aspects of programming, understandings of the Internet and issues of cybersecurity/hacking, working with large data sets, using abstractions and algorithms, and impacts of computing that affect different populations. Students will learn to use current technologies in order to solve problems.

    AP Computer Science A

    Elizabeth Pater EPater@leyden212.org

    Required: Grades 11, 12 One Credit; Prerequisite: Department Approval

    This course is comparable to an introductory college course for computer science majors. Topics include large program design, algorithms, and data structures. The current programming language is JAVA. Students may take the Advanced Placement Exam for college credit.



    AP Statistics

    Matthew Rusek mrusek@leyden212.org

    Required: Grades 11, 12 One Credit; Prerequisite: Algebra II, Algebra II Honors

    This course examines how probability and statistics help us make sense of our world. The course deals with graphical and numerical techniques to study patterns in data; characteristics of data such as shape, location, and variability; differences between association and causation; and data collection.


    AP Calculus AB

    Frank Salerno fsalerno@leyden212.org

    Required: Grade 12 One Credit; Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus Honors

    This course deals with functions, limits, derivatives, chain rule, continuity, maximum, minimum, sketching graphs, integrals, and natural logarithms.

    AP French Language and Culture

    Michael Bodin mbodin@leyden212.org

    Required: Grade 12 One Credit; Prerequisite: French III or Teacher Recommendation

    French IV AP is conducted entirely in French. This course is designed to increase the student's ability to express ideas orally and in writing with accuracy and fluency, in order to equip them to use the language effectively in college and/or work, and to discuss literary works. The course provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their proficiency in French across the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) outlined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century.

     

    AP Italian Language and Culture

    Michele Curley mcurley@leyden212.org

    Required: Grade 12 One Credit; Prerequisite: Italian III or Teacher Recommendation

    Italian IV AP is conducted entirely in Italian. This course is designed to increase the student's ability to express ideas orally and in writing with accuracy and fluency, in order to equip them to use the language effectively in college and/or work, and to discuss literary works. The course provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their proficiency in Italian across the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) outlined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century.


    AP Spanish Language and Culture 

    Lydia Chavez-Gonzalez lchavez-gonzalez@leyden212.org 

    Required: Grades 10, 11, 12 One Credit; Prerequisite: Spanish IV

    Spanish V is conducted in Spanish. This class is designed to increase the student's ability to express ideas orally and in writing with accuracy and fluency, in order to equip them to use the language effectively in college and/or work, and to discuss literary works.



    AP Spanish Literature and Culture

    Patricia Carrillo pcarrillo@leyden212.org

    Required: Grade 12 One Credit; Prerequisite: Spanish V AP or Teacher Recommendation

    Spanish VI AP is conducted entirely in Spanish. This course is designed to continue students formal study of a representative body of texts from Peninsular Spanish, Latin American, and U.S Hispanic literature. The course provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their proficiency in Spanish across the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) and the five goal areas (communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities) outlines in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century.

    AP Research

    Gena Khodos gkhodos@leyden212.org

    Required: Grade 12 One Credit; Prerequisite: AP Seminar

    AP Research, the second course in the AP Capstone experience, allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, issue, or idea of individual interest. Students design, plan, and implement a yearlong investigation to address a research question. Through this inquiry, they further the skills they acquired in the AP Seminar course by learning, analyzing, and synthesizing information. Students reflect on their skill development, document their processes, and curate the artifacts of their scholarly work through a process and reflection portfolio. The course culminates in an academic paper of 4,000-5,000 words (accompanied by a performance, exhibit, or product where applicable) and a presentation with an oral defense.

     

    AP Studio Art

    Lynette Rosen lrosen@leyden212.org

    Required: Grades 11, 12 One Credit; Prerequisite: Three semester hours of art are suggested and instructor recommendation is needed.

    This year-long class offers college credit for creating a portfolio of artwork, which includes a series of works that is based on a theme each student chooses for themselves. Instead of a test at the end of the course, students submit the artwork they have created throughout the year. Students can choose to work in any media, including photography, graphic design, painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, or mixed media.