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Academy
  Course Listing
         2019 – 2020
Punahou Academy Course Listing
                                       2019 – 2020

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               Punahou School     •   1601 Punahou Street   •   Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96822
Art (continued)
 Contents                                      Introduction
Introduction                              2   The following 2019 – 2020 course information will assist you in understanding course selection
                                              procedures and requirements for graduation. Punahou awards a diploma to each student who
Graduation Requirements                   3   earns at least 22 credits during four years of high school and who meets the course
                                              requirements described in this catalog. It is the responsibility of each student to take all
Important Information                     3
                                              required courses needed to meet graduation requirements.
Art                                       4
                                              A full-time student in the Punahou Academy (grades 9 through 12) must be enrolled in at least
Design Thinking,                              five half-credit courses per semester (excluding PE and JROTC), four of which must be taken for
Technology and Fabrication 10                 a letter grade.

English                                  13
                                              All semester grades, with the exception of Credit/No Credit courses, are weighted equally to

Language                                 21   compute Grade Point Average (GPA). With the exception of School Year Abroad (SYA) and Global
                                              Online Academy (GOA) courses, only graded courses taken at Punahou are reflected in
Mathematics                              29   Punahou’s GPA. Each course earns one-half credit per semester except JROTC, which earns
                                              one-half credit per year; ASPE, which earns one-quarter credit per quarter; Marching Band,
Music                                    35   which earns one-quarter credit per year; Sophomore Literary Seminar, which earns one-quarter
                                              credit; and College Guidance, SURF I and II, which are required and no credits are earned.
Non-Departmental                         39

Physical Education                       41

Science                                  44

Social Studies                           52

Support and Wellness
(The S+Well)                             60

Theatre                                  62

Global Online Academy                    64

Summer School                            74

Travel and
International Relations                  80

Interdisciplinary Courses                82

Other Offerings                          84

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Graduation Requirements and Important Information
Graduation Requirements                         Some independent study and teaching           Travel and Study Abroad
It is the responsibility of each student to     assistant courses must be taken CR/NC,        Programming
take all required courses and to be             and count toward the credit requirement
                                                for graduation. In addition, all PE courses   In order to make the necessary travel
accountable for meeting graduation                                                            arrangements, the application deadlines
requirements.                                   may be taken CR/NC.
                                                                                              for these programs vary. Please read the
                                                In any semester, a student must be            Travel and Study Abroad section in this
A student needs to earn a total of 22           enrolled in a minimum of five or a            catalog for specifics. Students may
credits in the following subject areas.         maximum of six half-credit courses,           contact their deans or Wo International
                                                excluding PE, Learning Strategies, Study      Center, depending on the program, for
English                                         Hall, Guidance, ROTC, SURF I and II and       more information and an application.
Four credits                                    College Guidance. Four courses must be
                                                taken on a graded basis. Declaration of       Students must also register for the related
                                                CR/NC status by students must be made         Summer School course as described for
Language                                                                                      each program in the relevant academic
Two credits from two consecutive levels of      by the deadline stated in the Academy
                                                Daily Bulletin each semester.                 department section. This is done during
a single language                                                                             course programming with deans.

Mathematics                                     Programming Process
Three credits                                                                                 Summer School Programming
                                                At grade level assemblies, the deans brief
                                                students about graduation requirements        Students may register for a total of one
Physical Education                              and course offerings.                         credit during the summer as long as class
Two credits                                                                                   times do not conflict. For example, they
                                                In February, deans meet with students         make take a 1/2 credit course in Art or PE
                                                individually to enroll them in courses. At    along with an English or Social Studies
Science                                         the end of the third quarter, a list of the
Two credits of laboratory courses                                                             course. The exception is they may not
                                                selected courses is made available. From      register for both an English course and a
                                                that point, changes will depend on course     Social Studies course. If they enroll in a
Social Studies                                  availability as some courses will be closed   one credit Math or Science course,
Three and one-half credits                      and changes will not be possible.             including Ka Hālāwai Hou – Hawaiian
                                                Although students may choose from many        Voyaging, they may not sign up for an
Visual and Performing Arts                                                                    additional Summer School course.
Two credits                                     courses, they must choose carefully. With
                                                as few exceptions as possible, Punahou        Summer School registration for credit-
                                                programs, schedules and staffs courses        bearing courses takes place during course
Other Courses                                   according to demand. This accommodation       programming with the deans in February.
Three and one-half credits                      rarely happens in other schools, and it       Registration for non-credit courses,
Any course exceeding departmental               requires course request counts be accurate.   including SAT Prep, Music School and
requirements for graduation or those            Course offerings depend upon sufficient       Dance School courses, is completed
courses identified as not meeting               enrollment and available staff. Some          through the Summer School Office.
departmental requirements for                   combinations of courses may result in         Summer School courses may sometimes be
graduation.                                     scheduling conflicts and in some cases        overenrolled and, because of limited
                                                students may have to alter their course       space, students are not guaranteed their
                                                selections.                                   first choice in course selection. In such
Credit/No Credit Option Courses
                                                                                              cases, priority is given to seniors first, then
(CR/NC)                                                                                       juniors and so on. All things being equal, a
                                                Global Online Academy (GOA)
Students are permitted to enroll in                                                           lottery may be held to determine which
specified courses on a Credit/No Credit         Programming
                                                                                              students are placed in a particular course.
option basis. The objective of this privilege   Registration for online courses offered
                                                                                              All course offerings are subject to sufficient
is to encourage students to extend their        through GOA is done during general
                                                                                              enrollment. Please check the Summer
academic horizons in courses of interest,       course registration with the deans.
                                                                                              School section in this catalog for the dates
which will benefit their general education,     Students may enroll in only one GOA
                                                                                              and times courses will be offered.
without the pressure of letter grades.          course per semester and, due to limited
Students may elect Credit/No Credit status      class size, selection may be by lottery if
in any course if graduation requirements        necessary. Preference is given to juniors
have been met in the subject area for           and seniors.
which they wish to declare CR/NC. In order
to earn a credit (CR), students must meet
the teacher’s expectations, which shall be
no less than a C (2.00) grade, unless
otherwise announced. Advanced
Placement courses must be taken for a
letter grade.
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Art (continued)                                                     Art

                                                                     The Visual Art curriculum extends beyond skills, techniques and
                                                                     concepts. The faculty provide environments that promote purposeful
                                                                     exploration towards the creation of visual expressions. Our intent is to
                                                                     have students develop the habits of mind and practice that allow
                                                                     them to become curious, confident, and resilient individuals devoted
                                                                     to enriching the world and the lives of people around them.

Graduation Requirements                              Drawing II                                               Life Drawing
Students must earn two credits in the                Drawing II is a natural extension of                     In Life Drawing, students learn basic
Visual and Performing Arts. All Art                  Drawing I. Having learned the basic skills               drawing skills and are encouraged to
Department courses may be taken to                   of drawing, students are given the                       develop a personal style. Students of all
fulfill the Visual and Performing Arts               opportunity to further express their ideas               skill levels have the opportunity to
requirement or general elective credit.              and feelings and to develop their own                    produce works of art based on the human
Courses taken to fulfill the Visual and              themes. Students have the opportunity to                 form, using a variety of drawing media
Performing Arts graduation requirement               produce artwork on a range of surfaces                   including graphite, charcoal, pen and ink,
must be taken for a grade; courses taken             using a variety of drawing media                         pastels, watercolor and acrylic paint on a
for general elective credit may earn either          including graphite, charcoal, ink, pastels,              variety of surfaces. The wide range of
a letter grade or Credit/No Credit.                  watercolor and mixed media. Drawing II is                artistic abilities and interests among
                                                     designed to deepen experience, develop                   students is accommodated through
                                                     self-confidence, instill understanding and               individualized attention, critique and
Course Offerings                                     encourage growth in artistic capability in               discussion. Guidance is given to those
Drawing I                                            the art student.                                         students wishing to strengthen their
Drawing I is an introductory course which            Open to grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: Drawing I.   art portfolio with drawings of the
focuses on developing skills through the             Semester course. One-half credit. Satisfies Visual and   human form.
exploration of various drawing materials             Performing Arts graduation requirement or general        This course allows students to draw
                                                     elective credit. Lab fee.
such as graphite, charcoal, ink, pastel,                                                                      from live nude models. This is a privilege
watercolor and mixed media. Students                                                                          in the Academy and provides excellent
learn to develop basic skills and use a                                                                       drawing opportunities for the serious and
variety of media with an emphasis on                                                                          mature student.
process, creativity and innovation.                                                                           Open to grades 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: Drawing I
Drawing is a fundamental activity in                                                                          recommended but not required. Semester course.
the visual arts, which involves critical                                                                      One-half credit. Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts
thinking, learning to ask questions and                                                                       graduation requirement or general elective credit.
making judgments.                                                                                             This course may be repeated for credit. Lab fee.
Open to grades 9, 10, 11, 12. No Prerequisite.
Semester course. One-half credit. Satisfies Visual
and Performing Arts graduation requirement or
general elective credit. Lab fee.

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Painting I                                                Printmaking                                          Black and White Film Photography
Painting I is an introductory course                      Printmaking is a 21st century studio art             Black and White Film Photography serves
which teaches basic painting skills and                   course. It blends art skills, including              as a comprehensive technical primer on
includes the study of value, color, space                 drawing and design, with history, theory             black and white still photography using
and texture. Through the experience of                    and studio practice of printmaking.                  film. Through lectures, demonstrations,
several paintings, students become                        Drawing is an essential, learnable tool for          discussions, critiques and lab activities,
familiar with these elements and explore                  artists and one students can practice to             students master basic skills which include
their relationships. Students learn to                    gain confidence and proficiency. This                operation and maintenance of a camera
stretch and prepare canvas, in addition                   course explores drawing and mark-making              system, darkroom procedures, negative
to being introduced to a variety of                       through various printmaking media, with              archiving and photo retouching.
painting surfaces.                                        an emphasis on newly developed and                   Students are assigned lessons in which
Open to grades 9, 10, 11, 12. No prerequisite.            environmentally friendly working methods.            light sensitive film and paper are exposed,
Semester course. One-half credit. Satisfies Visual        Students have the opportunity to create              developed, proofed and printed. Each
and Performing Arts graduation requirement or             the print matrix and make original print             student needs a manual exposure control
general elective credit. Lab fee.
                                                          editions using: stencil methods; photo-              camera (i.e. 35mm SLR) or a camera with
                                                          based processes, such as intaglio-type and           the ability to override automatic exposure
Painting II                                               solarplate; mono-type; mezzotint;                    of the shutter speed and aperture. Used
Painting II is a natural extension of                     drypoint; engraving; and digital                     cameras in excellent condition start from
Painting I. Students are introduced to                    printmaking.                                         $100 and up. Students can buy and sell
the traditional method of painting using                  The course deepens students’                         their cameras at the beginning of the
oil paint and various mediums. Having                     understanding of visual art through studio           semester online, at local camera stores or
learned the basic skills of painting,                     experimentation, immersion in popular                from each other. The photography teacher
students apply techniques and                             visual/contemporary culture, analysis of             (Alex Selarque, aselarque@punahou.edu)
processes with more confidence and                        art and development of personal vision.              will help to facilitate communication
intent. Connections between historical,                   Films, museum and gallery visits, slide              between students who need a camera and
contemporary and the students’                            discussions and study of contemporary                those who want to sell.
paintings are discussed. Painting II is                   texts complement the studio instruction.             Open to grades 9, 10, 11, 12. No prerequisite.
designed to deepen experience, develop                                                                         Semester course. One-half credit. Satisfies Visual
                                                          Open to grades 9, 10, 11, 12. No prerequisite.
self-confidence, instill understanding                                                                         and Performing Arts graduation requirement or
                                                          Semester course. One-half credit. Satisfies Visual
and encourage growth in the artistic                                                                           general elective credit. Lab fee.
                                                          and Performing Arts graduation requirement or
capabilities of the art student.                          general elective credit. Lab fee.
Open to grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: Painting I.                                                        Color Digital Photography
Semester course. One-half credit. Satisfies Visual and                                                         Color Digital Photography serves as a
Performing Arts graduation requirement or general                                                              comprehensive technical primer on
elective credit. Lab fee.
                                                                                                               color still photography using modern
                                                                                                               digital technology. Through lectures,
                                                                                                               demonstrations, discussions, critiques and
                                                                                                               lab activities, students master basic skills
                                                                                                               which include operation and maintenance
                                                                                                               of a camera system, computer import and
                                                                                                               export procedures, digital archiving and
                                                                                                               photo retouching using Adobe Bridge
                                                                                                               and Photoshop.
                                                                                                               Students are given assignments in which
                                                                                                               a digital photograph is taken, imported,
                                                                                                               organized, proofed, enhanced and
                                                                                                               printed on inkjet and dye sublimation
                                                                                                               printers, then saved to disk. Each student
                                                                                                               needs a camera that can shoot RAW files
                                                                                                               with controls to manually adjust the
                                                                                                               shutter speed, aperture and ISO. All DSLR
                                                                                                               (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras fit
                                                                                                               this requirement.
                                                                                                               Open to grades 9, 10, 11, 12. No prerequisite.
                                                                                                               Semester course. One-half credit. Satisfies Visual
                                                                                                               and Performing Arts graduation requirement or
                                                                                                               general elective credit. Lab fee.

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Art (continued)
Photography II                                          Digital Art                                          Videography
Photography II utilizes the student’s                   Digital Art offers a unique approach to              Videography combines cinema/television
technical knowledge to apply an                         understanding basic visual language.                 literacy with artistic production. Culture
understanding of processes for narrative                Computer applications and tools allow                and art are examined through assignments
and aesthetic outcomes. Assignments                     students to explore new ways of                      which emphasize elements such as
focus on mastering black and white and                  conceiving and constructing works of art.            framing, perspective, movement, audio
color techniques while synthesizing                     At the same time, the course provides a              and editing while using conventions of
composition and culture in authentic                    deeper understanding of art and its basic            documentaries, short narratives and
photography as well as manipulated                      principles through assignments designed              experimental visual essays to
visual images. All work is printed as                   to integrate with and build upon                     communicate ideas.
16" x 20" enlargements with the intent to               foundation art skills, especially drawing
                                                                                                             During the initial quarter, students learn
exhibit in the annual Kirsch Gallery show.              and design.
                                                                                                             to independently shoot video, record
Students who have completed Black and                   The course teaches fundamentals of                   sound, and edit with a non-linear video
White Film Photography produce black                    technology-based art, including basics of            computer application.
and white photographs in the darkroom                   digital photography, digital drawing with
and color assignments by scanning                       a Wacom tablet, iPad, CAD, 3D printing               During the following quarter, students
processed film, importing it into Adobe                 and animation. Students engage in                    work collaboratively in assigned and
Bridge then working with Photoshop                      manipulation and creation of digital                 self-assigned teams on projects that
before printing to a large format inkjet                imagery using computer software                      challenge their creative, social, technical
color printer. Students who have                        including: Photoshop, Flash, SketchUp                and management skills. Students learn to
completed Color Digital Photography work                and various creative apps. Digital Art is            synthesize linear processes, such as script
entirely with digital media. An optional                designed to expand understanding of                  writing, scheduling and edit lists, with
field trip opportunity off-island is typically          visual art through technology, historical            non-linear editing tools. Videos are
offered once a year. Each student needs                 and cultural context and formal art                  screened and critiques involve discussions
either a film or digital camera. Please see             analysis and critique.                               around pretext, subtext and context. Each
the descriptions for Black and White Film                                                                    student needs a video camcorder or D-SLR
                                                        Open to grades 9, 10, 11, 12. No prerequisite.       with video recording capability. A tripod is
Photography or Color Digital Photography                Semester course. One-half credit. Satisfies Visual
for camera requirements.                                                                                     preferred, but optional.
                                                        and Performing Arts graduation requirement or
Open to grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: One of      general elective credit. Lab fee.                    Open to grades 9, 10, 11, 12. No prerequisite.
the following: Black and White Film Photography or                                                           Semester course. One-half credit. Satisfies Visual
Color Digital Photography. Semester course.                                                                  and Performing Arts graduation requirement or
One-half credit. Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts                                                        general elective credit. No lab fee.
graduation requirement or general elective credit.
Lab fee.
                                                                                                             Introduction to Ceramics:
                                                                                                             Handbuilding
                                                                                                             This course focuses on handbuilding as a
                                                                                                             process of making ideas come to life. With
                                                                                                             a certain amount of relaxed concentration
                                                                                                             and serious play, students experiment
                                                                                                             with four major techniques: pinch, coil,
                                                                                                             slab, and sculpture-in-the-round. In
                                                                                                             addition, tooling, finishing, glazing and
                                                                                                             firing are experienced. Students come to a
                                                                                                             deeper understanding of their creative
                                                                                                             process by focusing on their physical work
                                                                                                             with clay. There is ample opportunity for
                                                                                                             individual expression within and beyond
                                                                                                             the requirements.
                                                                                                             Each student must keep a sketchbook.
                                                                                                             Students write and sketch, which may be
                                                                                                             subjective, reflective and descriptive.
                                                                                                             Historical and cultural perspectives are
                                                                                                             introduced and may require research,
                                                                                                             group discussion, written observation,
                                                                                                             peer review and evaluation.
                                                                                                             Open to grades 9, 10, 11, 12. No prerequisite.
                                                                                                             Semester course. One-half credit. Satisfies Visual
                                                                                                             and Performing Arts graduation requirement or
                                                                                                             general elective credit. Lab fee.

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Introduction to Ceramics:                               Glass Blowing I                                         Metals-Jewelry I
Wheel Throwing I                                        The course teaches students to form hot                 Metals-Jewelry I is an introduction to the
This course concentrates on wheel                       glass by off-hand blowing techniques.                   techniques of design and metalsmithing
throwing as a discipline to align the mind,             Students study a variety of shapes and                  essential to making small-scale sculpture
body and the material. The methods                      proportions and apply them to functional,               and jewelry. Students develop skills
described, demonstrated and taught are a                decorative and expressive forms. Color,                 through exploration of traditional and
combination of Western and Eastern                      optic molds, surface applications,                      emergent processes. Traditional use of the
traditions in pottery. In addition, modern              grinding, polishing and sand blasting are               jeweler’s saw, soldering, polishing, simple
and popular expansions are presented.                   presented as modifications of basic forms.              forming, wax work and bronze casting
The aim of this course is to give students              Students focus on craftsmanship and                     are complemented through a series of
an introduction to the techniques of                    purposeful control, while being                         digital explorations in 3D modeling,
wheel work in the context of a holistic                 encouraged to personalize their work.                   scanning and 3D printing. Evidence of the
environment, where body-mind                            The course consists of two lectures and                 student process consists of finished pieces
integration, awareness and full                         three hours of lab per cycle with the                   made in silver, bronze, brass, copper and
participation are essential. There is ample             option to use open lab time for additional              ABS plastic.
opportunity for individual expression                   hot and cold glass work. Grading is based               The course emphasizes development of a
within and beyond the requirements.                     on mastery of basic forming techniques in               personal aesthetic through design as well
Together with “throwing,” which means                   hot glass and on additional credits earned              as mastery of techniques and a sense of
“turning” of a completely symmetrical pot               through optional work, design, research                 excellence in craft. Visual research and
from a lump of clay on the wheel, tooling,              and critiques of studio glass. Keeping a                drawings are required in the process of
finishing, glazing and firing techniques                notebook is required.                                   developing each assignment.
are learned. Each student must keep a                   Open to grades 11, 12. No prerequisite. Semester        A sketchbook is required.
sketchbook/journal in which he/she                      course. One-half credit. Satisfies Visual and
                                                                                                                Open to grades 9, 10, 11, 12. No prerequisite.
develops reflections, along with drawings               Performing Arts graduation requirement or
                                                                                                                Semester course. One-half credit. Satisfies Visual
of other ceramic works and class notes.                 general elective credit. Lab fee.
                                                                                                                and Performing Arts graduation requirement or
Students also explore historical and                                                                            general elective credit. Lab fee.
contemporary ceramic art.                               Glass Blowing II
Open to grades 10, 11, 12. No prerequisite.             In this course, students use glass as a                 Metals-Jewelry II
Semester course. One-half credit. Satisfies Visual      creative medium. Advanced techniques
and Performing Arts graduation requirement or                                                                   Building on techniques from Metals-
                                                        in glass forming and decorating are                     Jewelry I, students continue to
general elective credit. Lab fee.
                                                        presented and practiced as students                     develop a personal aesthetic through
                                                        prepare personally expressive pieces                    metal at a small scale. Advanced design
Ceramics: Wheel Throwing II                             of glass.                                               and metal working techniques are
Wheel throwing II continues the challenge               Students explore the expressive                         explored, including the entire metal
of expression through sculptural as well                possibilities of glass through practice                 casting process. Research related to
as functional forms. Centering takes on                 assignments and then create presentation                historical and contemporary design,
additional significance as the student                  groups based on design elements and                     sculpture, and jewelry supports individual
seeks to find the center of the aesthetic               function. They are expected to keep a                   choices between technical and conceptual
gesture, trimming away all that is not                  journal and to complete critical studies of             areas to pursue. All work leads to an
needed to find the essence of craft                     studio glass.                                           emerging personal aesthetic for students.
brought to art form.
                                                        Open to grade 11, 12. Prerequisite: Glass Blowing I     Students choose to create projects using
In this contract course, each student uses              and consent of instructor. Semester course.             silver, bronze, brass, copper, ABS plastic
wheel and handbuilding methods to                       One-half credit. Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts   and other related materials. A sketchbook
complete several major assignments,                     graduation requirement or general elective credit.
                                                                                                                is required.
including a sculpture piece, a lidded jar, a            Lab fee.
                                                                                                                Open to grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite:
teapot and a student-designed work. A                                                                           Metals-Jewelry I. Semester course (Spring semester).
sketchbook of designs, forms, glaze and                                                                         One-half credit. Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts
chemical notes and aesthetic and                                                                                graduation requirement or general elective credit.
historical reflections are a part of                                                                            Lab fee.
the course.
Open to grades 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: Wheel Throw-
ing I. Semester course. One-half credit.
Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts graduation
requirement or general elective credit. Lab fee.

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Art (continued)
Sculpture                                            Studio Art                                               English 2A/2B: Visual Storytelling (ID)
Students in this course are asked to think,          Studio Art is a non-media specific art                   Visual Storytelling explores the intersection
design and create in three-dimensional               course focusing on strengthening the                     of the visual arts with the English language.
space. Students also explore design and              creative process and defining the creator’s              In this course, students foster composition
composition of three-dimensional                     unique and original voice. Catering to a                 and communication skills as the means to
objects. Students work with concepts of              diverse group of students working in 2D,                 gain a better understanding of themselves
construction and expression as they                  3D and 4D, with varying levels of art-                   and the world around them. Within every
explore the qualities of line, space,                making experience, the class’ core                       individual is an artist and a storyteller, and
texture and form using a variety of                  unifying principle is the concept of what it             students try their hands at personal
techniques and ideas. They experience a              means to be creative and how to create                   essays, autobiographical comics and
range of materials including, but not                meaningful work. Students are                            self-portraiture to develop these abilities. By
limited to, clay, plaster, fiber and                 encouraged to experiment and explore                     honing the foundational skills required to
found objects.                                       ideas through a variety of media to                      think critically about, and engage creatively
The study of sculptors throughout history,           develop skills to go from being a rule-taker             with, images and words, students give their
including a focus on contemporary artists,           to a rule-maker.                                         imaginations expression through these
is an important aspect of this course,               The course structure is centered around                  powerful media. In so doing, they are better
helping to inspire and inform the                    the individual student exploring ideas                   equipped to tell the story of who they are as
decisions that students make in their                with the teacher as a facilitator. Class time            well as analyze verbal and visual media
own work.                                            is devoted to discussions on creative                    more broadly. A sketch journal is required
                                                     strategies, what to do when you don’t                    for this course.
There is ample opportunity for individual
expression within and beyond the                     know what to do, critiques, field trips and              Semester 1 – Design and Line: In this
requirements. Each student must keep a               visiting artists. The teacher aids the                   semester, students develop the
sketchbook. Students write and sketch,               student in finding strategies of art-making              fundamentals of reading and writing
which may be subjective, reflective and              that match the student’s learning style.                 alongside drawing and the design process.
descriptive. Historical and cultural                 Students end the semester with the                       Together, students study conventional and
perspectives are introduced and may                  presentation of a portfolio of images of                 graphic narratives to build their analytical
require research, group discussion,                  the work done for this course.                           skills and draw inspiration for creating and
written observation, peer review                     All students are welcome: both students                  analyzing their own work, both written
and evaluation.                                      who have a focus in mind as well as those                and drawn. The first semester of the
                                                     seeking to find a focus in their work. This              course concludes with a collaborative
Open to grades 9, 10, 11, 12. No prerequisite.                                                                ’zine or course exhibition.
Semester course. One-half credit. Satisfies Visual   course can be used to prepare a portfolio
and Performing Arts graduation requirement or        for application to the Advanced                          Semester 2 – Color and Quest: In this part
general elective credit. Lab fee.                    Placement Art Portfolio, potentially                     of the course, students develop the
                                                     earning AP credit after submission and                   fundamentals of reading and writing
                                                     review. Students preparing an AP portfolio               alongside painting and color theory.
                                                     in the visual arts are encouraged to take                Together, students study conventional and
                                                     this course sequentially over the course of              graphic narratives to build their analytical
                                                     two semesters.                                           skills and draw inspiration for creating and
                                                     Open to grades 10, 11, 12. Prerequisites: At least two   analyzing their own work, both written
                                                     studio art courses. Semester course. One-half credit.    and painted. The second semester
                                                     Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts graduation          concludes with student-designed Quest
                                                     requirement or general elective credit. This course      Project, a student-directed storytelling
                                                     may be repeated for credit. Lab fee                      project capping their sophomore year
                                                                                                              in English.
                                                                                                              Open to grade 10. Prerequisite: English 1. Year course.
                                                                                                              Two credits: one credit in English, one credit in Visual
                                                                                                              and Performing Arts. Satisfies English requirement
                                                                                                              for grade 10. Lab fee.

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Arts and Letters (ID)                                   Independent Art Studio                                     Global Sustainability by Design:
This course assumes that every human                    Independent Art Studio is an advanced                      Product Design for Sustainable
being is creative and that development                  course of self-directed studio work under                  Entrepreneurship (ID)
of imagination is good for the soul. As                 the guidance of a sponsoring teacher.                      Product Design for Sustainable
students walk through the doors of the                  Media availability is limited so students                  Entrepreneurship is an interdisciplinary
Arts and Letters classrooms, they become                must confer with, and receive permission                   course that prepares students to build a
poets, writers and artists. Meeting with                from, a sponsoring teacher before                          better world through design and
both an English teacher and an Art                      enrolling in this course. A contract for the               entrepreneurship. Students use the
teacher, students study art as viewers and              course is developed by the student, and                    principles of design and design software
creators, with an emphasis on how art                   approved by the teacher and Department                     and technology to create products that
springs from experience and how experience              Head prior to the beginning of the                         help address a real-world problem. They
is altered by art. The art section of the               semester. This course is appropriate only                  learn how to develop an entrepreneurial
course focuses on a variety of media                    to those few independent students whose                    mindset while championing an idea. Some
including artists’ books and printmaking.               projects do not fit in the Studio Art course.              of the questions students explore include:
Professional artists and writers provide                Open to grades 11, 12. Prerequisites: All level I and II   Why is culture and place important when
examples for inspiration and analysis.                  courses available in the medium to be studied,             designing for sustainability? What kinds
Students examine art in local museums                   and permission of the sponsoring teacher. Each Art         of responsibilities does a designer and
and galleries and seek to understand the                Department teacher may accept no more than four
                                                                                                                   entrepreneur have to an audience, a
function of art and literature in our                   Independent Art Studio students in one semester.
                                                        Semester course. One-half credit. Satisfies Visual and
                                                                                                                   consumer, and the environment? How
school community.                                                                                                  can design inspire positive action?
                                                        Performing Arts graduation requirement if taken for
Open to grades 11, 12. Prerequisites: English 2.        a grade or general elective credit if Credit/No Credit.    While working on projects connected
Semester course. One credit: one-half credit            Lab fee.
in English, one-half credit in Art. Satisfies English                                                              with United Nations Sustainable
graduation requirement and Visual and Performing                                                                   Development Goals, students expand their
Arts graduation requirement or general elective                                                                    understanding and practice of visual art.
credit. Lab fee.                                                                                                   Application of the elements and principles
                                                                                                                   of design along with design process and
                                                                                                                   thinking provide a foundation for all
                                                                                                                   student work. Techniques and concepts
                                                                                                                   related to foundational drawing, 3D and
                                                                                                                   sculptural design are be developed and
                                                                                                                   understood through traditional and
                                                                                                                   emergent technologies. The use of CAD
                                                                                                                   and 3D modeling combined with rapid
                                                                                                                   prototype machines such as 3D printers,
                                                                                                                   laser cutters and CNC routers facilitate
                                                                                                                   student understanding of the relationship
                                                                                                                   between process and product. Students
                                                                                                                   practice reading, writing, presentation
                                                                                                                   and critical thinking, with a focus on
                                                                                                                   formulating a thesis with clear
                                                                                                                   supportive evidence.
                                                                                                                   Students who complete Global
                                                                                                                   Sustainability by Design in grade 9 are
                                                                                                                   strongly encouraged to continue to Social
                                                                                                                   Studies Sustainability by Design Capstone
                                                                                                                   in grade 10.
                                                                                                                   (See page 12 for course description.)
                                                                                                                   Open to grade 9. Social Studies Gateway course.
                                                                                                                   Two credits: one credit Social studies, one credit
                                                                                                                   Visual and Performing Arts. Satisfies Social Studies
                                                                                                                   graduation requirement and Visual and
                                                                                                                   Performing Arts graduation requirement.

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Art (continued)                                                              Design Thinking, Technology and Fabrication

                                                                              The Punahou Design Thinking, Technology and Fabrication department
                                                                              builds and maintains a student-centered, school-wide environment
                                                                              designed to empower the development of the social-emotional skills,
                                                                              technical abilities, design thinking and growth mindset needed to
                                                                              translate the Aims of a Punahou Education into positive and purposeful
                                                                              action in the real world.
                                                                              Design thinking is the central system students use to organize their
                                                                              creative activity into meaningful action. The design thinking model
                                                                              emphasizes developing a deep understanding of an issue or a person
                                                                              before defining their needs, brainstorming solutions, creating
                                                                              prototypes and testing to learn more about the user. Each phase of
                                                                              the design cycle is strongly linked to habits of mind such as resilience
                                                                              to failure, life-long learning and openness to new ideas which are key
                                                                              components of our direct instruction.
                                                               The program offers students a continuous and articulated set of
                                                               technical skill building experiences. It is important that as their
                                                               understanding of problems and challenges in the world grows, so too
                                                               does their ability to design, build, test and deploy increasingly realistic
                                                               and sustainable solutions to those problems. Technical experiences
      include access to rapid prototyping technologies such as CAD software, CNC output machines, 3D printers, laser cutters,
      coding, electronics, robotics and virtual reality but also are inclusive of traditional building skills such as sewing, woodcraft,
      and metal fabrication among many others.
      The department is committed to direct instruction for the development of social-emotional skills, which enable students to
      understand themselves, work in groups to solve problems and to develop the complex and critical ability to empathize with
      clients, fellow designers and people from different cultures. Even more importantly, social-emotional skills transcend the
      design process and are critical to developing the character needed to live the Aims of a Punahou Education.

Course Offerings                                              Engineering and Robotics II
Engineering and Robotics I                                    Engineering and Robotics II is designed to
This course provides students with an                         reinforce and further develop students’
opportunity to experience the engineering                     design and fabrication skills. Students
design process from start to finish. This is                  deepen their skills in CAD software, CNC
accomplished by collaborating with team                       machines and power tools through
members to design and build solutions to                      engaging with higher level engineering
real-world problems. Students use CAD                         projects and the design process to ideate,
software to design 3D models of devices                       prototype, fabricate and test engineering
then use computer-numerically controlled                      projects. Students continue to develop
machines (e.g., 3D printer, laser cutter)                     the skills in mechanics, electronics,
and power tools to bring them to life.                        programming, digital fabrication and
Students develop skills in mechanics,                         machine shop operations learned in
electronics, programming, digital                             Engineering and Robotics I.
fabrication and machine shop operations.                      Open to grades 9, 10, 11, 12. Prerequisite: Engineer-
Students may either participate as a team                     ing Projects I or Engineering and Robotics I. Semester
                                                              course. One-half credit. Satisfies general elective
member in FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), a
                                                              credit. This course may be repeated for credit.
robotics competition for pre-college
students or complete a design project
with a small group.
Open to grades 9, 10, 11, 12. No prerequisite. Semester
course. One-half credit. Satisfies general elective credit.

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Global Sustainability by Design:                        Global Sustainability by Design:                          Global Sustainability by Design:
Global Issues: Place, Perspective                       Product Design for Sustainable                            Science and Engineering
and Partnership (ID)                                    Entrepreneurship (ID)                                     for Sustainability (ID)
Global Issues: Place, Perspective and                   Product Design for Sustainable                            Science and Engineering for Sustainability
partnership is an interdisciplinary course              Entrepreneurship is an interdisciplinary                  is an interdisciplinary course that prepares
that prepares students to build a better                course that prepares students to build a                  students to build a better world through
world through research and storytelling.                better world through design and                           engineering challenges. Students use the
Students use interviews, historical inquiry,            entrepreneurship. Students use the                        design process to fabricate products (ex.
and systems thinking to strengthen written              principles of design and design software                  windmills, solar charging stations, etc.)
and oral communication and to challenge                 and technology to create products that                    that serve a real-world problem they
their definition of storytelling. By reading            help address a real-world problem. They                   identify in their communities. Students
works from throughout the world through                 learn how to develop an entrepreneurial                   explore questions such as: How can the
an analytical, critical, and empathic lens,             mindset while championing an idea.                        scientific process help us engineer a
students develop a deep understanding of                Some of the questions students explore                    sustainable future? How can curiosity and
place and community perspectives.                       include: Why is culture and place                         experimentation lead to innovative and
Students explore questions such as: How                 important when designing for                              enduring work?
can literature and reading works from                   sustainability? What kinds of                             While working on projects connected with
throughout the world through an                         responsibilities does a designer and                      United Nations Sustainable Development
analytics lens inspire critical responses?              entrepreneur have to an audience, a                       Goals, students deepen their
How does the study of history help us                   consumer, and the environment? How can                    understanding of the scientific processes
realize that ideas and actions of                       design inspire positive action?                           by identifying sustainability problems,
individuals and groups have consequences                While working on projects connected with                  performing proper research, formulating
and influence events? What are the best                 United Nations Sustainable Development                    hypotheses, gathering data, analyzing,
ways to communicate in order to connect                 Goals, students expand their                              forming conclusions, and re-evaluating.
stories from one community to another?                  understanding and practice of visual art.                 They practice reading, writing,
What kinds of narratives do cultures and                Application of the elements and principles                presentation and critical thinking, with
individuals create? What is my place in                 of design along with design process and                   a focus on formulating a thesis with
this world and how does my story matter?                thinking provides a foundation for all                    clear supportive evidence.
Students are empowered to address global                student work. Techniques and concepts                     Biology can be taken the summer before,
challenges, including those related to                  related to foundational drawing, 3D and                   the summer after, or concurrently with
poverty, inequality, climate, environmental             sculptural design are be developed and                    the science strand of Global Sustainability
degradation, prosperity, and peace and                  understood through traditional and                        by Design.
justice. While working on projects                      emergent technologies. The use of CAD
                                                        and 3D modeling combined with rapid                       Students who complete Global
connected with United Nations                                                                                     Sustainability by Design in grade 9 are
Sustainable Development Goals, students                 prototype machines such as 3D printers,
                                                        laser cutters and CNC routers facilitate                  strongly encouraged to continue to
expand their understanding of textual                                                                             Social Studies Sustainability by Design
analysis, thereby broadening their                      student understanding of the relationship
                                                        between process and product. Students                     Capstone in grade 10. (See page 12 for
definition of art and storytelling. Students                                                                      course description.)
develop a class community to practice                   practice reading, writing, presentation,
reading, writing, presentation, and critical            and critical thinking, with a focus on                    Open to grade 9. Social Studies Gateway course.
thinking skills with a focus on formulating             formulating a thesis with clear                           Year course. No prerequisite. Two credits. One
                                                        supportive evidence.                                      credit in Science, one credit in Social Studies.
a thesis with clear supportive evidence                                                                           Satisfies Science requirement and Social Studies
that analyzes a central argument. Finally,              Students who complete Global                              graduation requirement.
students are empowered to address global                Sustainability by Design in grade 9 are
stories, conflicts, and challenges, including           strongly encouraged to continue to
those related to poverty, inequality,                   Social Studies Sustainability by Design
climate, environmental degradation,                     Capstone in grade 10. (See page 12 for
prosperity and peace and justice.                       course description.)
Students who complete Global                            Open to grade 9. Social Studies Gateway course.
Sustainability by Design in grade 9 are                 Two credits: one credit Social studies, one credit Art.
strongly encouraged to continue to                      Satisfies Social Studies graduation requirement and
                                                        Visual and Performing Arts graduation requirement.
Social Studies Sustainability by Design
Capstone in grade 10. (See page 12 for
course description.)
Open to grade 9. Social Studies Gateway course.
Two credits: one credit in Social studies, one credit
in English. Satisfies Social Studies graduation
requirement and English graduation requirement
for grade 9.

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Design Thinking, Technology and Fabrication (continued)
Global Sustainability Design Capstone             Reclaimed Woodcraft
(OFFERED 2020 – 2021)                             Reclaimed Woodcraft offers students
Global Sustainability by Design Capstone          opportunities to learn higher level
integrates students from the three                woodworking skills through the process
9th-grade Global Sustainability strands to        of reclaiming and upcycling discarded
form highly skilled design teams. Having          materials. Upcycling, also known as
practiced a range of skills in the 9th grade,     creative reuse, is the process of
students are ready to collaborate on a            transforming by-products, waste
single, long-range, authentic project of          materials, useless, or unwanted products
their choice. Students work closely with          into new materials or products of better
teachers from different departments, the          quality or for better environmental value
Punahou instructional centers and                 is one of the class cornerstones. Students
mentors in the community to guide                 explore the value and necessity for
their work.                                       upcycling as well as the skills required for
                                                  reclaiming materials in the field and
Open to grade 10. Prerequisite: successful
completion of a Global Sustainability by Design   transforming those materials in the
course in 9th grade. Semester course.             woodshop. Students visit various sites as a
One-half credit. Satisfies Social Studies         class to harvest discarded raw materials
graduation requirement                            such as wood pallets to be brought to the
                                                  woodshop for projects. Students use
                                                  design thinking and the design process to
                                                  apply woodworking techniques and
                                                  processes to reclaimed materials for the
                                                  fabrication of assorted products using a
                                                  full shop of hand and power tools in a
                                                  safe manner.
                                                  This is a high tech product oriented
                                                  woodcraft class which utilizes and applies
                                                  advanced technology in the form of CAD,
                                                  rapid prototyping, and technologically
                                                  powerful machinery. The goal is for
                                                  students to come away from this class
                                                  with knowledge and skills in design
                                                  thinking processes, shop safety, tool
                                                  operation, raw material characteristics,
                                                  fabrication, advanced woodworking,
                                                  creativity, and sustainability ethics.
                                                  Open to grades 9, 10, 11, 12. No prerequisites.
                                                  Semester course. One-half credit. Satisfies general
                                                  elective credit.

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English

                                                                                              The goal of the Academy English Department is to
                                                                                              teach students to read compassionately, think
                                                                                              exactingly, write clearly and gracefully, and act with
                                                                                              the compassion, exactitude, clarity and grace they
                                                                                              derive from their engagement with the English
                                                                                              language and with literature. We believe offering
                                                                                              students a wide variety of curricular challenges with
                                                                                              language and literature will increase their capacity for
                                                                                              perception, feeling, reason and tolerance; nourish
                                                                                              their imaginations; and inspire their actions.

Graduation Requirements
1. Four credits are required for graduation.             GRADE                                       GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY BY DESIGN:
                                                                      ENGLISH 1
2. Students should earn 2 credits total in                 9          2 SEMESTERS
                                                                                                     GLOBAL ISSUES: PLACE, PERSPECTIVE
                                                                                                           AND PARTNERSHIP (ID)
                                                                                                                    2 SEMESTERS
   English in their junior and senior years.
3. Every student must take at least one                  GRADE
                                                                                                         ENGLISH 2A/2B                         SOPHOMORE
                                                                  ENGLISH 2A/2B
   American Literature course.
                                                         10           2 SEMESTERS                   VISUAL STORYTELLING (ID)
                                                                                                              2 SEMESTERS
                                                                                                                                            LITERARY SEMINAR
                                                                                                                                                1 OR 2 SEMESTERS
                                                                                                                                         *Optional for all English 2AB Students

Course Offerings
                                                         GRADE
English 1                                                        REQUIRED                                       ELECTIVES
Students in English 1 read, write and                     11     One of the following
                                                                 American Literature Courses:
                                                                                                                Arts and Letters
discuss literature in ways that lead them                                                                       Buddhist Philosophy and the Game of Go
                                                           OR
                                                                                                                Creative Writing
to think more deeply about themselves,                           American Studies (ID) (2 semesters)            Creativity and Composition (ID)
                                                         GRADE
others, and the world around them.                                                                              Crime and Punishment
Learning to live as lifelong learners,                   12      American Voices
                                                                 Jazz Age
                                                                                                                Fiction and Film
                                                                                                                Ideas in Western Literature
students progress toward mastery of                              Nature
                                                                                                                Identity and Culture
course content goals and selected Aims of                        Short Story
                                                                                                                Journalism
a Punahou Education. English 1                                                                                  Junior English Honors
challenges students to improve critical                                                                         Magical Realism
and creative thinking, writing, speaking                                                                        Science Fiction
                                                                                                                Senior English Honors
and active listening, and engagement and                                                                        Senior Independent Project
collaboration. They consider questions                                                                          Shakespeare Performance: From Page to Stage (ID)
such as: Who am I? How can reading and                           Any of the courses in this column may also     Words R Us
                                                                 be taken as an additional elective once        Writing with Clarity and Grace
writing help me understand myself and                            the American Literature requirement has
this world? What do I value and why?                             been fulfilled.

What do I convey about myself through
my use of language? What understanding
of the world do I convey to others through
my use of language?
Open to grade 9. No prerequisite. Year course.
One credit. Satisfies English requirement for grade 9.

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Art (continued)
 English     (continued)

Global Sustainability by Design:                         English 2A/2B                                       English 2A/2B – Visual Storytelling (ID)
Global Issues: Place, Perspective                        English 2 continues to build on the core            Visual Storytelling explores the
and Partnership (ID)                                     English skills – reading, writing and               intersection of the visual arts with the
Global Issues: Place, Perspective, and                   relating – in addition to focusing on               English language. In this course, students
Partnership is an interdisciplinary course               developing the following enduring                   foster composition and communication
that prepares students to build a better                 understandings:                                     skills as the means to gain a better
world through research and storytelling.                 • critical thinking leads us to more                understanding of themselves and the
Students use interviews, historical inquiry                conscious, open-minded and active                 world around them. Within every
and systems thinking to strengthen                         control of our own lives                          individual is an artist and a storyteller,
written and oral communication skills and                                                                    and students try their hands at personal
                                                         • community building through awareness              essays, autobiographical comics and self-
to challenge their definitions of
                                                           of self and others allows us to develop           portraiture to develop these abilities. By
storytelling. By reading works from
                                                           more compassion and empathy for one               honing the foundational skills required to
throughout the world through an
                                                           another                                           think critically about, and engage
analytical, critical and empathic lens,
students develop a deep understanding of                 • the qualities of both our “process” and           creatively with images and words,
place and community perspectives.                          our “final products” are interdependent           students give their imaginations
                                                                                                             expression through these powerful media.
Students explore questions such as: How                  As students develop these understandings,           In so doing, they are better equipped to
can literature and reading works from                    they explore the Essential Question posed           tell the story of who they are as well as
throughout the world through an                          by literary critic Christopher Clausen when         analyze verbal and visual media more
analytical lens inspire critical responses?              he observed, “All great literature addresses        broadly. A sketch journal is required for
How does the study of history help us                    directly or indirectly two questions: What          this course.
realize that ideas and actions of                        kind of world is this, and how should we
individuals and groups have consequences                 live in it?” These questions provide the            Semester 1 – Design and Line: In this
and influence events? What are the best                  thematic basis for the selected literature          semester, students develop the
ways to communicate in order to connect                  as well as the fuel for the Quest Project, a        fundamentals of reading and writing
stories from one community to another?                   student-directed storytelling project               alongside drawing and the design process.
What kinds of narratives do cultures and                 capping their sophomore year in English.            Together, students study conventional and
individuals create? What is my place in                                                                      graphic narratives to build their analytical
                                                         Open to grade 10. Prerequisite: English 1. Year
this world and how does my story matter?                 course. One credit. Satisfies English requirement
                                                                                                             skills and draw inspiration for creating and
                                                         for grade 10.                                       analyzing their own work, both written
Students are empowered to address                                                                            and drawn. The first semester of the
global challenges, including those related                                                                   course concludes with a collaborative
to poverty, inequality, climate,                                                                             ’zine or course exhibition.
environmental degradation, prosperity,
and peace and justice. While working on                                                                      Semester 2 – Color and Quest: In this part
projects connected with United Nations                                                                       of the course, students develop the
Sustainable Development Goals, students                                                                      fundamentals of reading and writing
expand their understanding of textual                                                                        alongside painting and color theory.
analysis, thereby broadening their                                                                           Together, students study conventional and
definition of art and storytelling. Students                                                                 graphic narratives to build their analytical
develop a class community to practice                                                                        skills and draw inspiration for creating and
reading, writing, presentation and critical                                                                  analyzing their own work, both written
thinking skills with a focus on formulating                                                                  and painted. The second semester
a thesis with clear supportive evidence                                                                      concludes with the student-designed
that analyzes a central argument. Finally,                                                                   Quest Project, a student-directed
students are empowered to address global                                                                     storytelling project capping their
stories, conflicts and challenges, including                                                                 sophomore year in English.
those related to poverty, inequality,                                                                        Open to grade 10. Prerequisite: English 1. Year
climate, environmental degradation,                                                                          course. Two credits: one credit in English, one credit
prosperity and peace and justice.                                                                            in Visual and Performing Arts. Satisfies English
                                                                                                             requirement for grade 10 and Visual and Performing
Students who complete Global                                                                                 Arts graduation requirement. Lab fee.
Sustainability by Design in grade 9 are
strongly encouraged to continue to Social
Studies Sustainability by Design Capstone
in grade 10. (see page 12 for course
description.)
Open to grade 9. Social Studies Gateway course. Year
course. Two credits: One credit in English, one credit
in Social Studies. Satisfies English requirement for
grade 9 and Social Studies requirement.

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Sophomore Literary Seminar                            American Literature – The Jazz Age                    American Literature – Nature
The Sophomore Literary Seminar meets                  The 1920s bring to mind a fascinating                 “I went into the woods because I wished
for two one-hour meetings each cycle as a             array of cultural associations: flappers,             to live deliberately, to front only the
supplementary seminar to the required                 bootleggers and jazz, to name a few. It               essential facts of life, and see if I could
English 2 course. This seminar is for                 was the first decade in which American                not learn what it had to teach, and not,
students who are genuinely interested in              popular culture captured the attention of             when I came to die, discover that I
reading, writing and discussing ideas, and            the world. For better or for worse, many of           had not lived.”
who possess the self-direction to pursue              the decade’s characterizing traits are still          – Henry David Thoreau, Walden
these interests beyond the English 2                  present in American politics and culture
course. Students collaborate with peers in            today. From a literary standpoint, the                Literature asks us to more carefully reflect
the mutual pursuit of a greater                       Roaring Twenties did not disappoint. This             on who we are and how we live. In this
appreciation for literature, greater                  course looks at some of America’s most                course, students analyze a variety of texts
understanding of the connection between               celebrated authors and their works.                   that invite the contemplation of the
literature and identity, and greater                  Students examine the cultural setting in              questions and answers nature has provided
mastery of the craft of writing. Students             which they wrote and the philosophical                for generations of American writers and
may enroll in this course for a year or for           questions that gave our modern era the                artists. Beginning with the early Americans,
one semester. Each semester culminates                name “The Age of Anxiety.” What do these              students consider ways in which native
in the production of a literary work                  authors have to say about finding                     cultures relate to the land in fundamentally
designed by the students based on their               meaning in a world where the value of all             different ways from Western cultures.
individual or collective passions. Students           traditional idols – God, man, reason,                 Students then move forward in the
in this course are assessed using a                   science, progress – is uncertain? How do              American tradition, analyzing various texts
mastery-based system and receive credit               they define the American identity, or                 to consider the answers the natural world
based on their achievement of the                     answer the age-old question “What is the              provides and the questions it elicits.
competencies of the course.                           meaning of life?” Students analyze                    Although the core of this course is rooted in
                                                      Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby,”                a careful study of various American texts,
Open to grade 10. One-quarter credit per semester.
Satisfies general elective requirement.               several short stories by Hemingway,                   students also reflect on contemporary
Credit/No Credit.                                     Faulkner, Wharton and Hughes, and                     environments, considering the connection
                                                      poetry by Eliot, Cummings and Pound.                  to current environmental initiatives in
                                                      Readings are accompanied by a study of                Hawai‘i today and how these influence
American Literature –                                 jazz music, modern art and clips from                 one’s own personal relationships with the
American Voices: Celebrating                          1920s films.                                          land. Students participate in a hands-on,
Culture through Literature                                                                                  experiential garden lab where they develop
                                                      Open to grades 11, 12. Prerequisite: English 2.
This course focuses on the diverse voices             Semester course. One-half credit. Satisfies English
                                                                                                            direct relationships with sustainability and
of minority/ethnic cultures in America,               graduation requirement for American Literature.       evaluate how the choices made in everyday
including Latinx, Native-American,                                                                          life shape environmental impact. In the
African-American and Asian-American                                                                         garden lab students learn by doing and
writers. Students read and reflect on                                                                       reflect on the educational consequences of
poems, short stories, essays and novels                                                                     those experiences. This course is only
from these cultures. In addition, they                                                                      offered in the Spring semester.
explore their own heritage, discovering                                                                     Open to grades 11, 12. Prerequisite: English 2.
both commonalities with and differences                                                                     Semester course (Spring semester). One-half credit.
between those different from themselves.                                                                    Satisfies English graduation requirement for
                                                                                                            American Literature.
Open to grades 11, 12. Prerequisite: English 2.
Semester course. One-half credit. Satisfies English
graduation requirement.

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