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Southern Oregon University

Session I Classes: June 21-27, 2015

for 5th and 6th graders

NOTE: We schedule classes based on the date we receive payment and registration forms. We make every effort to ensure that students get their starred choice and one of their top three choices each period. You will receive your class schedule at ACADEMY check-in.

Course Descriptions 2015

Communication/Language Arts

KEEPING THE PEACE
Conflict happens between people at every age and in every setting. Developing skills like active listening and being able to interpret how people use non-verbal communication will help you reap the benefits of diffusing conflicts before they escalate. You’ll explore how to referee conversations and how to devise strategies of communicating with others to find mutually beneficial resolutions in situations at home, at school and with friends that will serve you for a lifetime.
Instructor: John Cornet has been an AP teacher at Phoenix High School since 1999 and has taught at SOU.  He was a finalist for Oregon Teacher of the Year in 2006 (twice nominated), and recipient of the Imagine Award for Community Peacemaking in 2009. 

QUESTION THIS!
As a student you are always being asked to answer questions in your classroom, on quizzes, on tests and on the playing field in school athletics. Turn the tables and discover how to unlock your potential for inquiry as the one who crafts and then asks the questions in this exciting class. You will learn how to think more critically and how to ask more effective and probing questions to get the answers you seek.
Instructor: Clint Rodreick is a Phoenix High School Social Studies Teacher who has been teaching for 7 years.  He teaches AP and Pre-AP courses and is also the Speech and Debate coach.  Mr. Rodreick's educational focus and inspiration is to encourage students to think critically and deeply about the world they live in.

PSYCHED!
What does Nature vs. Nurture mean? How do we create memories? Come explore the power of the mind as you begin to understand that human interaction is one of the keys to lifelong success.   You’ll survey the psychology of why people respond to situations when they do. You’ll delve into the psychology topics of human interaction, learn about multiple intelligences and explore how psychological conditions affect our learning and our perceptions. Instructor: John Cornet has been an AP teacher at Phoenix High School since 1999 and has taught at SOU.  He was a finalist for Oregon Teacher of the Year in 2006 (twice nominated), and recipient of the Imagine Award for Community Peacemaking in 2009. 

THE ART OF POETIC INQUIRY
Poets have used the written word as a means of exploring, exposing and inquiring about human nature, politics, philosophy, nature and art for centuries. Using your own fabulous inquiry skills, you will exercise your mind and explore what it means to use this written form to ask the questions that matter most to you. Discover how the simplest forms of poetry such as haiku, ballads or free verse can help you to craft powerful observations and questions about the world around you. At the end of the week you will have your own publication of your work to take home.
Instructor: Sherri Beeler teaches English and Paper/Altered Arts and her published artwork appears in multiple magazines.

Visual Arts

HYDRAS, HARPIES AND HEROES: CREATING A GRAPHIC NOVEL
Perseus beheaded the snake-headed Medusa. Theseus bested the half-bull, half-human Minotaur.Hercules carried Cerberus, the three-headed dog, up from Hades. Using the fascinating tales of Greek Mythology as a guide you will learn the style of a graphic novel, including how to visually map out your pages, how to use ‘interior’ and ‘exterior’ shots to illustrate your story and what symbols to use to indicate characters' thoughts, dialogue, whispered words, or shouts. Let your imagination soar and you will take home a masterpiece mini-book showcasing your own story and artwork.
Instructor: Sherri Beeler teaches English and Paper/Altered Arts and her published artwork appears in multiple magazines.

CREATIVE CLAY SCULPTURE
Experience the art of Japan while you learn how to sculpt beautiful oranina (Japanese clay flutes), dishes, garden sculptures and other traditional Japanese pieces. Take home many of your creations that have been fired and glazed. Instructor: Wataru Sugiyama is an international sculptor and native of Japan. He has exhibited his work throughout the United States, England, Switzerland, Germany and Japan. S1 Bling it On 050

THE MINDFUL TREASURE CHEST
A wish is a desire you have for something to happen and can take many forms. The word derives from the Old English word wyscan and the word vanchati in Sanskrit, meaning desire. Capture your wishes in a treasure chest of your own design as you build a three dimensional container using a variety of materials that will house depictions of your wishes, hopes and desires. Revealed from inside out, inspire yourself as you think ‘inside the box’ and transform this simple, versatile form into a personal piece that expresses your inner life’s vision.
Instructor: Samar Dawisha is a mixed media artist, performer and art educator. She has taught art (from painting to sculpture), performance and clay animation in the Rogue Valley for over 20 years to children, teens and adults.  

TIE DYE TRANSFORMATIONS
Some people called tie dye "The Folk Art of the 1960s." Come and learn the guarded secrets of how to create bright, beautiful tie dye colors that will never run or fade away. Using certain dyes and fabrics together, you’ll discover how to produce stunning results during a brief dye chemistry lecture-demonstration showing the folding and dying techniques used in this colorful, creative process. Then you’ll create your own unique wearable art pieces to keep and show off!  
Instructor: Susan Lamoreaux holds a B.A. in English from Southern Oregon University. She began her career as a dye artist in 1993 after touring textile villages in Guatemala.

SHAZAM! SUPER HEROES AND HEROINES IN ART
Bring all of your kid super powers with you and learn how to draw the essential parts of virtually every Superhero or heroine in history. You’ll explore the shapes, sizes and style of these characters as you create drawings of Batman fighting crime in Gotham or Wonder Woman’s homeland Themyscira and her famous Lasso of Truth. Villains may also make an appearance as you draw as many details of each superhero story as you can imagine!
Instructor: Craig Honeycutt has a Master’s in Art Education and is a local artist and art educator with more than twenty years teaching experience.

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Social Studies

21st CENTURY COBBLER
People say that the secret to life is comfortable shoes. You might think that Nike and Adidas have the comfortable shoe market cornered, but now is your opportunity to beat the kings at their own game. You will design, produce and engage in a flashy marketing campaign to sell your brand new, state-of-the-art athletic shoe. You'll begin to understand the competitive world of advertisement, supply and demand, and the goal that drives all shoe companies—profit.
Instructor: Jessica Courtney is a professional Art Coordinator and graphic designer. She is a resourceful artistic visionary skilled in translating abstract concepts into practical solutions with artistic design. She holds a B.F.A. in Advertising Art Direction and Graphic Design.

ORDER IN THE COURT
Take part in the exciting process of the American judicial system. Learn what it takes to become a judge, juror, prosecutor, defender or witness. Learn to organize facts, develop your speaking and questioning abilities, and understand the concepts of justice through jury deliberation. This will be a courtroom drama you will never forget. 
Instructor: Anna Schatz specializes in test prep and has a background in law and teaching. She is a Rogue Valley native and longtime Portlander.

FRIEND OR FOE?
Tensions are at an all-time high on the continent of Excelsior. Eight nations are on the brink of war and you are the leader.  Do you have what it takes to lead a nation? Will you collectively seek peace, or go to war to achieve global domination? In this realistic simulation you will form alliances, sign treaties, engage in spying and espionage, and manage your military and resources. You will learn how leaders of a nation must protect their national interests, and decide if the nations of the world are your friends or foes!
Instructor: Heather Woodward holds a M.A.T degree with endorsements in English and Special Education. She has been a teacher for ten years at South Medford High School. She loves to design hands-on activities that engage students in real world problem solving situations. 

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES AND WORLD PHILOSOPHY
How do we form our views about the world? What does it mean to be ‘free’? Explore both personal and global perspectives in this engaging class as you use Plato’s Allegory of the Cave to study how human beings perceive what is real and what is illusion.  Through this lens, you’ll examine the implications of vastly different perspectives on major world issues and learn to reach your own informed conclusions on a variety of social issues.
Instructor: Clint Rodreick is a Phoenix High School Social Studies Teacher who has been teaching for 7 years.  He teaches AP and Pre-AP and is the Speech and Debate coach.  Mr. Rodreick's educational focus and inspiration is to encourage students to think critically and deeply about the world they live in.

THE UNUSUAL SOCIETY OF HISTORICAL EXPLORERS
Fasten your time traveler’s seatbelt and get ready to explore past worlds in the Unusual Society of Historical Explorers! Each day you will dive into a new time period and explore its language, food, manners, period dress, lifestyle and more. Using the latest technology, you will “map” eras like the Renaissance, the Jazz Age or 2nd Century conquerors like the Vikings and will use historical maps to track information on cultural heroes, social trends and fashions for each historical period. Prepare to discover uncharted lands and learn something new every day! Instructor: Joye Otto has been a classroom teacher for over 15 years. She loves working with middle school students and in particular, loves to create things with digital tools.

Science/ Mathematics/Engineering

THE BUZZ ABOUT BEES
See what all the buzz is about and get a hands-on, up close opportunity to study the fascinating life of the honeybee.  Young beekeepers will get to try on protective bee suits and use beekeeping equipment to explore the inner workings of a bee hive.  You will record observations in your own Bee Log, conduct science experiments, taste real honey, and plant native wildflowers in the garden as a food source for the honeybees.  At the end of this fantastic class, you will receive your own Bee Badge as a certified beginner beekeeper, equipped with the knowledge and curiosity to be lifelong friends with the honeybee!
Instructor: Ryan King graduated from Southern Oregon University with a master's degree in environmental education.  His thesis focused on beekeeping. Ryan currently teaches science at Ruch Elementary School.

PHYSICS PHENOMENA
The laws of physics can create some strange surprises! Physics is the science of matter and energy and what happens when they interact together. You’ll explore these and other principles every day in this fabulously fun class. Perform experiments in the lab as you relate equations with physical phenomena including energy, electricity, magnetism and how they interact with each other using magnets and batteries. Investigate the properties of light and find out how it behaves under different circumstances as you ride this phenomenal wave of science!
Instructor: Joseph Zarate is a senior majoring in physics at Southern Oregon University who has been tutoring other students in physics for two years. He loves the fact that nature is full of quirks and interesting phenomena. He believes that discovering why things behave they do is even better! 

MOUSETRAP ENGINEERING
You will be challenged to use your creativity and construction skills to design and build a vehicle that will attempt to travel thirty meters powered only by the energy of a mousetrap! Advanced designs and speedier cars will be possible for those willing to exceed the challenge.
Instructor: Steve Roby has been teaching in the Rogue Valley for 9 years and is a teacher with the Logos Public Charter School. He holds a M.A.T. degree and has a passion for working with youth.

WHO DUNNIT?
Use your intuitive and hard science skills as you conduct forensic tests on the evidence found at a mock crime scene. You will learn crime scene analysis and study actual physical and chemical evidence for clues that MIGHT let you piece together what really happened at the crime scene. You will learn crime scene analysis and study physical evidence for clues. You’ll work with fingerprints, hair, fibers and trace evidence. Crack the case as you investigate and examine liquid samples, test fiber types, and interpret it all to piece together what really happened at the scene of the crime.
Instructor: Steve Roby has been teaching in the Rogue Valley for 9 years and is a teacher with the Logos Public Charter School. He holds a M.A.T. degree and has a passion for working with youth.

WILD MINDS ON PLANET EARTH
Step outside with yourself and use your inquiring mind to explore your connection to the natural world in this fascinating class. Each day you will spend time outdoors as you explore eco-philosophy through nature journaling, storytelling, art and hands on activities that help you ask important questions about your relationship and responsibility to the pulse of nature and all the creatures who benefit from it. 
Instructor: Dr. Nancy H. Shea is the Director of SOU’s Center for Sustainability. She offers a broad and unique pallet of experience, knowledge and passion. She began her career 30 years ago, as a teacher and nature guide. Unique to her experience is her Ph.D. in Philosophy with 15 years scholarship in human and environmental ethics.

Strategy

BRAIN BENDERS
Exercise your brain in this exciting class as you experiment using different mental strategies and new ways of thinking to keep you sharp and focused in school and beyond.  Unlock the mysteries behind words you use on a daily basis as you conduct research on Latin roots like ante or Greek roots like psych for words. You’ll use storyboards to map out shortcut strategies to easily succeed in reading comprehension and writing. Solve both simple and complex story problems with your classmates to sharpen your deciphering skills. Games and puzzles will provide an exciting platform for this fun-filled brain bending class.  
Instructor: Anna Schatz specializes in test prep and has a background in law and teaching. She is a Rogue Valley native and longtime Portlander.

THE MASTER MOVE
Learn how to think during a chess game by asking strategic questions as the game unfolds. It’s your move as you assess the situation on the board, have a blast with strategy, tactics, chess puzzles and even speed chess. Come join the fun!
Instructor: Ed Hirsch is a writer and conceptual artist who has taught foreign language classes (Romanian) and who designed the cooperative chess variant "Piece."

Computers/Video/Photography

SHUTTERBUG ADVENTURES
Get ready to go wild with your camera as you go on daily scavenger hunts in this exciting class. Each day you’ll work from a new list that might include landmarks on the SOU campus, specific items to search for, or special themes that you’ll seek out and photograph as you sharpen your creative eye. As you travel in this photo safari you’ll learn about lighting, composition, perspective and how to frame your best shots.  Please note: All students need to bring a digital camera with fully charged batteries.
Instructor: Mary Wilkins-Kelly is an artist who enjoys sharing her love of mixed media and photography with her students. She has 19 years of teaching experience.

PROGRAMMING ADVENTURES WITH ALICE 3
Prepare yourself for the wonderful world of computer programming! Alice was designed to teach the principles of computer programming while making it easy and fun to create an animation for telling your story, playing an interactive game or making a video.  Your results may not be Halo or Hollywood, but with a little effort you will learn how to show off some pretty amazing 3D worlds.No prior experience necessary!
Instructor: Michel Knowles has a passion for technology and programming and is a recent graduate of SOU with a B.S. in Computer Science/Multimedia. He also holds degrees in the applied sciences from Rogue Community College and the U.S. Air Force.

Performing Arts

FROM THE PAGE TO THE STAGE: THE ART OF DRAMATIC WRITING
Discover the excitement of writing an original play for the stage or a screenplay for film or television in this new class. You’ll explore the key elements of dramatic writing, develop dialogue driven scenes and have the chance to see and hear your characters come to life as they are performed by other students.  Pull out all the stops and watch your creative instincts come to life on stage!
Instructor: Wind Woods is a playwright and educator. Currently working on a doctorate in Theatre at UC Irvine, Wind has taught a variety of courses in the performing arts and creative writing fields from K-12 to the university level.

FUN WITH FENCING
En guard…ready…fence! Safe inside a mask and jacket, you will be introduced to the exciting sport of fencing. Learn the skills of “touching” (scoring on) your partner while avoiding being scored on and learn the respect, ethics and camaraderie involved in this sport.
Instructor: Dylan Shelton has fenced both foil and epee with the Southern Oregon Fencing Center for four years and has taught SOU-sponsored fencing classes. 

HISTORY OF WOMEN AND SWORDS WORKSHOP
Lunge into the history of famous and not so famous women who have wielded swords on and off the stage as you get hands-on sword play experience in this blast of a class.  Both boys and girls who are interested in learning about women warriors in history and how sword play on stage is choreographed and executed will experience the thrill and skill behind stage fights.  You’ll share a presentation of your sword play skills with your workshop participants for the final class.
Instructor: Oona Meade
has 20 years of makeup experience encompassing film, fashion, print work, television and theatre. She worked for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the Hair and Make Up Department and has taught theatre make up skills seasonally through Southern Oregon University’s Outreach Education Program engaging youth in theatre studies.

SERIOUSLY SHAKESPEARE
Spice up your summer with some Shakespeare in this fun filled, interactive class. No experience is required and skeptics who think they can’t understand the rich language of the Bard are invited to attend! You’ll amaze yourself as you learn strategies to speak and perform some of Shakespeare’s most famous monologues with polish and ease. Through voice and movement exercises, you will bring to life the rhyme, rhythm and meter in Shakespearean language in ways that will impress everyone around you!
Instructor: Wind Woods is a playwright and educator. Currently working on a doctorate in Theatre at UC Irvine, Wind has taught a variety of courses in the performing arts and creative writing fields from K-12 to the university level.

STAGE MAKE UP FOR THE THEATRE
Amaze yourself as you learn about the magic of theatrical make up in this new class! You will get hands on experience with basic make up techniques from a professional and experiment with creating a variety of ‘looks’ including old age, black eye, broken nose and more as you  transform faces for onstage performances of all kinds.  Discover how lighting, distance and audience perspective all affect how the magic of stage make up works. Instructor: Oona Meade has 20 years of makeup experience encompassing film, fashion, print work, television and theatre. She worked for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the Hair and Make Up Department and has taught theatre make up skills seasonally through Southern Oregon University’s Outreach Education Program engaging youth in theatre studies.


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