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Live and Online Coursesoffered by: Live and Online Courses offered by Mark Cruthers and Deborah Cruthers Courses Offered Through: Courses Offered Through EIE ACADEMY Martin and Carolyn Forte http://www.eieacademy.com/index.html eieacademy@aol.com (626) 821-0025 Using AuthorGen Technology http://www.authorgen.com/ Live and Online: Live and Online We are for the first time offering our AP courses online as we conduct the course live weekly at EIE Academy. With authorGen technology we are able to do this. Motivated Students: Motivated Students If you are a motivated home school student and want to get ahead consider AP courses. Courses Offered 2007/2008: Courses Offered 2007/2008 Summer 2007 Honors Economics (accelerated) May 26 - June 8 Offered by Mark Cruthers Fall 2007 – Spring 2008 A P Exams given in May 2008 A P Literature (live and online) Offered by Deborah Cruthers Mondays 8:30am-11:30am A P Psychology (live and online) Offered by Deborah Cruthers Mondays 11:45am-2:45pm A P European History (live and online) Offered by Mark Cruthers Thursdays 4:30pp-7:30pm Honors Economics: Honors Economics Online only 4:00pm – 7:00pm See Schedule ECONOMICS (Honors) Accelerated: ECONOMICS (Honors) Accelerated This course is designed to meet district (CJUHSD), state (CA) and national standards for economics. The student that studies economics gains a deeper understanding of the marketplace, economic situation of the nation, and the world they live in. Each student will learn to make more informed decisions, and better understand national and international economic concerns. This course is also designed to be taught online and at an accelerated rate using authorGEN technology. It is critical that students keep up with the class’s reading and work assignments and take notes during the online lectures and discussions. Because the curriculum will be given in a two week period the student needs to devote much of their focus on this course until it is concluded. Part of the make up of this course is to deliver the material in a shorter time period for the convenience of the student. The student then in this time period must work hard to keep up and learn the material. Economics is a wonderful discipline and a 'must' for students who wish to achieve success in a market oriented globalizing world. I will explain economic concepts and help the student gain a deeper understanding of the workings of the world they live in everyday, but the student must do their part by diligently working and studying during the progression of this course. The class will meet online between 4:00p and 7:00p (10 meetings) over a two week period. Please see schedule. Course Objectives: Describe the economic problem of scarcity and the importance of economic reasoning. Analyze the U.S. economy in a global setting. Examine the role of government in the American Economy. Identify and explain economic indicators. Course Text: Prentice Hall, Economics: Principles in Action, 2007 Ed. ISBN # ISBN- 0131334875 Organization: This course is organized around the textbook, Economics: Principles and Practices. The student is required to read all assigned readings and complete all assigned work. Class will be a combination of lecture, discussion, and some group work. Tests will be a combination of multiple choice, matching, and short essay given after the completion of the assigned chapter reading. Grades will be based on a weighted point system. Tests and assignments will have designated weighted points that will accumulate over the grading period. Because this course is created for home schoolers, the home schooler’s parents will decide the final grade to be issued to the student. The homeschool is considered a legal private school under state law that is headed by the parent. The instructor is only a hired vendor reporting what he believes is an accurate reflection of the student’s performance in this course. ECONOMICS OUTLINE OF COURSE OBJECTIVES: ECONOMICS OUTLINE OF COURSE OBJECTIVES Students understand common economic terms and concepts and economic reasoning. Big Ideas: Limited resources and unlimited wants lead to scarcity and the need for choices. The market system deals with scarcity through incentives, which allow political and personal liberty. Content: Understand the underlying issue of scarcity and the choices made by individuals, businesses, and governments. Topics: Scarcity of resources, land, labor, capital, entrepreneurship Economic choices Opportunity costs, marginal cost and marginal benefit, trade-offs Private property Incentives in a market economy Students analyze the elements of the United States market economy in a global setting. Big Ideas: The U.S. market system allocates scarce resources. America’s economic activities are interdependent with other nation’s economic activities. Topics: Property rights, voluntary exchange, profits, incentives and competition Laws of demand and supply The relationship between price and quantity demanded, the effects of a change in demand on price The relationship between price and quantity supplied, the effects of a change in supply on prices International competition Students analyze the influence of the U.S. government on the American Economy. Big Ideas: Government economic policies and interaction in a market economy have both benefits and costs. Content: Understand the role of the government in protecting the economic rights of individuals and businesses and addressing negative externalities of the market system. Analyze the aims and tools of fiscal and monetary policies and their influence on economic activity. Topics: Environmental concerns Property rights, consumer rights Tools of Fiscal policy Course Outline: Course Outline Students analyze the elements of the United States labor market in a global setting. Big Ideas: Labor in the United States is impacted by the global economy. Topics: Labor market as influenced by American labor unions (labor movement) Tools used by unions to gain benefits for its members Wage determination Current labor market skills The influence of changing technology on labor International labor and capital mobility Students analyze the aggregate economic behavior the United States Big Ideas: Total production (aggregate supply) and total spending (aggregate demand) defines the nature of the U.S. economy. Content: Understand the major indicators of economic stability. Topics: Inflation rate measurement Measurement of economic growth (GDP) Short-term and long-term interest rates and their significance Factors that increase economic productivity Students analyze issues of international trade, and explain how the U.S. economy effects, and is affected by economic forces beyond its borders. Topics: Absolute and comparative advantage Benefits of trade Barriers to trade, consequences of trade restrictions Changing international political borders and territorial sovereignty The effects on a global economy Balance of trade Determination of exchange rates, the U.S. dollar in a global market Slide17: SCHEDULE OF CLASS TOPICS and ASSIGNMENTS AP Lit: AP Lit Live and Online EIE Academy or Online Mondays (see schedule) 8:30am – 11:30am Slide19: Course Syllabus Welcome to AP Literature and Composition! Advanced Placement Literature and Composition is offered to all students who wish to take an accelerated Advanced Placement course in Literature and Composition for college credit. AP Literature and Composition is meant to be the equivalent of one freshman introductory course in literature. General Course Information This course is designed to engage students in the reading and criticism of works of literary merit. Students will learn about the various components of fiction, poetry, and drama. Other elements of literature such as elements of style, including figures of speech, literary techniques, poetic devices, and thematic meaning will be exhausted. The course will also cover the five elements of voice in literature, and specifically poetry: diction, detail, syntax, imagery, and tone. The course will give the student a thorough grasp of six novels and four dramas as well as broad knowledge regarding several other works including short stories and poetry. Much is expected of the Advanced Placement student in this college survey course. Students taking this course will engage in critical thinking, journaling, and essay writing in reference to the literature they read. In addition, students will learn to write a research paper on a major author and his/her works. Course Assignments Literary Boot Camp We will spend some time towards the beginning of the course going over literary terms and vocabulary. We will also go over terminology and vocabulary that pertains to each text we read as we read it. Research Paper Each student will write a research paper on his/her choice of a notable author and his/her writings. The instructor will lead students in all aspects of writing a research paper throughout the year. Free-Response Essays (FRQ) Students will be given practice FRQ’s as writing assignments in addition to other writing assignments. Multiple Choice Excerpt Questions Students will be given excerpts of literary merit accompanied by ten to sixteen questions surveying their literary knowledge and understanding of literature. Tests and Quizzes Students will be given periodic quizzes on vocabulary, literary terminology, and novel lessons. There will be one test for each section of the course (fiction, poetry, drama). AP Lit syllabus: AP Lit syllabus The AP Exam The AP English Literature and Composition Exam consists of two parts: the multiple-choice section, which counts for 45% of the total exam score and the free-response, or essay section, which counts for 55%. Multiple-Choice Section- Students will be given 1 hour to complete the 55 multiple choice questions on the exam. The questions on the multiple-choice section of the exam are usually based on a given text. An excerpt from a novel, play, or poem is provided and students are then asked questions regarding the text. The type of questions asked measure the student’s comprehension of words or phrases in context, identification of grammatical components such as structural patterns, rhetorical procedures, and figures of speech, and recognition or interpretation of imagery, tone, purpose, genre, and theme. Free-Response Question (FRQ) Section- Students will be given 2 hours to complete the 3 free-response essay questions on the exam. The first FRQ covers a work of prose or poetry. This may have two excerpts included for the purposes of comparison and/or contrast. The second FRQ also covers a prose or poetry piece. The last FRQ covers a novel or play of literary merit. The student responds to a question prompt regarding the content of each piece. In total, the FRQ section is comprised of three essays: one prose, one poetry, and one open question. Required Text: Perrine’s Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense 9th Edition Thomas R. Arp and Greg Johnson ISBN: 1-4130-0654-X (Please use this ISBN #- there is another version of this anthology) Other Resource/Texts: The novels and plays read in this course may include such authors as: (check with Deborah Cruthers) Charles Dickens Alexander Dumas William Shakespeare Sophocles William Golding Jane Austin Emily Bronte Moliere Jonathan Swift Rudyard Kipling Voltaire Charlotte Bronte Poetry covered may include: Byron, Keats, Tennyson, Ulysses, Browning, Shakespeare, Auden, Dickenson, Hemmingway, T.S. Elliot, John Donne, and Poe The works covered in this course (other than the Perrine anthology) are included in the resource materials bundle sold at EIE. Each student is required to purchase the entire bundle per each semester. Being on the ‘same page’ will both assist us in our class readings and discussions, and support EIE.` 21 AP Psychology: AP Psychology Live and Online Live at EIE Academy Online Mondays 11:45am-2:45am Slide21: Welcome to Advanced Placement Psychology! The Advanced Placement Psychology course offers a wide summary of all major psychological principles to all students who wish to complete studies in secondary school, equivalent to an introductory college course in psychology. Upon passing the AP Examination, the student will have completed the requirements for one college level introductory psychology course. Course Objective The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Students study psychological content, standards, and phenomena within each major subfield of psychology. They will also learn about the methods of psychologists within their science and practice. Psychological ethics are also explored throughout the course. This course is taught from a Christian perspective. The instructor will utilize scholarly research in support of that perspective. Issues that do not stand up to a Christian Worldview will be rebutted by biblical standards through the use of modern science and psychological studies. Some concepts, such as the fundamental structure of the theory of evolution, will be taught in this course due to the nature of the AP Exam; however, students will receive much information on current scientific evidence that contradicts the theory. While this class will not be evangelistic in its content, integration of faith and ADVANCED PLACEMENT PSYCHOLOGY From A Christian Worldview Summary Outline of Course Content: Summary Outline of Course Content History and Approaches Research Methods Biological Bases of Behavior Sensation and Perception States of Consciousness Learning Cognition Motivation and Emotion Developmental Psychology Personality Testing and Individual Differences Abnormal Psychology Treatment of Psychological Disorders Social Psychology AP Psychology Syllabus cont.: AP Psychology Syllabus cont. Course Texts Psychology: Themes and Variations 6th Edition, by Wayne Weiten 2004 Wadsworth, a division of Thomson Learning, Inc. Tests, Quizzes, and other Assignments Lectures and Reading: Most chapters will be covered in two class sessions. Students are expected to read assigned text material before the lecture covering that material begins. Quizzes: There will be one quiz per chapter. The quiz is designed to assess the students reading comprehension of the material in each chapter. Quizzes are to be completed within a 30 minute time period without the help of any materials. Tests: One test will be given per chapter. An additional exam will be given for the Statistical portion of the course. Tests are to be completed within a 1 1/2 hour time period without the use of any subject matter material. It is critical that the student take all exams very seriously and approach each honestly. Each student must maintain at least 70% average on the Tests. If a student scores less than 70% on any test, he or she must re-read the chapter. The exam will assist students in practicing overall writing skills and utilization of their critical thinking skills, as well as, assess knowledge and understanding of the material. The student is not allowed to refer to the textbook, notes or any other materials once he/she has begun the test. Other Assignments: Review Questions Matching Grading Policy: Test 30% Quizzes 40% Assignments 30% Slide24: SCHEDULE OF ASSINGMENTS Slide26: TBA- additional readings and activities in the resource pack. AP European History: AP European History Thursday Live and Online Live at EIE Academy Online 4:30pm – 7:30pm ADVANCED PLACEMENT EUROPEAN HISTORY: ADVANCED PLACEMENT EUROPEAN HISTORY Welcome to AP European History! 'AP EURO' is offered to all students who wish to take an accelerated Advanced Placement class in European History for college credit usually equaling two-quarter courses. This course is also designed to be taught online using authorGEN technology. AP European History is a challenging course that is meant to be the equivalent of two freshman advanced history university courses. This course is a two-semester survey of European History from the Renaissance through the Twentieth Century. Solid reading and writing skills, along with the willingness to devote considerable time to homework and study are necessary to succeed. Weekly reading will average thirty pages, which include the textbook and source material throughout the academic school year. Emphasis is placed on critical and evaluative thinking skills, essay writing, interpretation of original documents, and historiography. Much is expected of Advanced Placement students in this college survey course. The student will read the entire textbook (about 760 pages) and additional materials. The student will also learn to analyze, reach conclusions, and support conclusions orally and in writing. Students are expected to synthesize material in order to understand many new ideas about the history of Europe and its people. In addition, students will do more than memorize names, dates, and other facts; he or she will use factual information to construct a meaningful larger picture. This involves the development of higher-level critical thinking skills in application and evaluation. The course will follow a semi-chronological path, but some topics and issues will bridge and overlap periods. Lastly, students will review trends and cycles over time endeavoring to apply subject matter to the current day. It has been said that history is the mother of all the social sciences, perhaps this is true. Course Objective:: Course Objective: Master a broad body of knowledge. Demonstrate an understanding of historical chronology. Use historical data to support an argument or position. Interpret and apply data from original documents including cartoons, graphs, letters, and art. Prepare and successfully pass the AP European History Exam given on May 5, 2006. The instructor will use rigorous testing and grading methods in order to allow students and parents to evaluate performance; he will keep students apprised of their performance throughout the school year. Mr. Cruthers will give the student a grade according to this syllabus. This course is organized around, The History Western Society (8th Ed.). ISBN 0-618-522-727. Each student will have a reading schedule in which the due dates of the reading correspond with the test dates. Lectures and discussions will be based on the textbook, as this is the key material found on the AP European History exam. The instructor will work to explain the text material and open the class for discussion to further aid the students understanding of the material. Other material will be discussed, including assigned extra-text material and essays. One Test is given per chapter for a total of twenty chapters. It is critical that the student takes all exams very seriously and approaches each honestly. Each student must maintain at least 70% average on the Tests. If a student scores less than 70% on any test, he or she must re-read the chapter. Tests will include four mini-essays and thirty multiple choice questions; these questions will assist students in practicing overall writing skills and utilization of their critical thinking skills, as well as, assess knowledge and understanding of the material. The student is not allowed to refer to the textbook, notes or any other materials once he/she has begun the take-home test. The instructor will assign numerous essay assignments, worksheets and practice exams throughout the year. These assignments must be taken seriously. Students should commit effective effort in order to gain critical skills and knowledge necessary for success on the AP Exam. All late home work will receive an automatic 30% grade reduction. Essay writing skill development is of particular importance. About twelve major essays will be assigned over the course of the year. The instructor will teach the student the AP rubric and evaluate each essay according to the rubric. Over the course of the year, the student will obtain tools and skills that develop his or her writing style in accordance with the AP rubric. The student will find these tools invaluable in future courses that involve writing. Grade and Notes: Grade and Notes Semester Grade: Test 60% Assignments 20% Essays 20% Because this course is created for home schoolers, the home schooler’s parents will decide the final grade to be issued to the student. The homeschool is considered a legal private school under state law that is headed by the parent. The instructor is only a hired vendor reporting what he believes is an accurate reflection of the student’s performance in this course Other Notes: The exam should be about $84.00 payable to the EIE who will then make a payment for all EIE students. If the student is online, he/she will make arrangements with their local high school’s AP Coordinator. Mr. Cruthers will work with the student throughout the school year to help him or her learn the material and pass the exam; however, he cannot guarantee that all students will pass the exam. Students must work hard and meet the standards set by the College Board and various universities to pass the exam. Many universities, including Stanford and Ivy League schools will demand rigor from the course and examination process or otherwise not agree to give credit for these courses. All students please come to class prepared, on time and ready to work If you are interestedplease contact Mark Cruthers: If you are interested please contact Mark Cruthers rousseau1789@yahoo.com

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