HUMANITIES CLASSES

bRAINMAKER currently offers math classes, clubs, and tutoring only. However, we are pleased to have the opportunity to coordinate our schedules and share our facilities with several affiliated humanities instructors. Please note: Each of the classes & programs below is run independently, so each has its own registration process. 

United States History:

Wednesday 11:00-12:45,

Thursday 9:00-10:45,

9th-12th graders, advanced younger students upon approval.

This course provides a high-quality survey of U.S. History.  In order for young people to understand the country that we live in now and what challenges we face moving forward, they need a solid foundational course in United States history.  Using a balanced, academic textbook allows young people to seek historical truth behind the partisan battles that divide us today as a nation.  The course provides the foundational knowledge that is essential to becoming a thoughtful, engaged citizen in the ongoing experiment known as American democracy.

 

U.S. History can be a stand alone course.  Students can also use this course as preparation for AP U.S. History, as this is one of the leading textbooks used to prepare for that exam.  The curriculum is also designed to be taken in conjunction with U.S. Literature, also offered by Dr Saldino.  Together, they form a powerful and cross-disciplinary U.S. Humanities curriculum.   

Section 1: Wednesdays 11-12:45.  Section 2: Thursdays 9-10:45 (students will enroll in one section)
Cost: $400 per semester (year long course), plus $150 registration fee. Course will need 6 students to run.

 

Textbook:

The American Pagaent, 16th edition

 

Students will need to purchase a new or used copy of this exact edition in order to facilitate class discussion and ease of reference.  This edition, which is not the most current one, can be found for less than $25.

American Literature:

Wednesday, 9:00-10:45

Thursday, 11:00-12:45

9th-12th graders, advanced younger students upon approval.

This course traces a trajectory of English Literature that intends to educate and inspire high school students about the power of literature to shape and reflect understandings of the human experience.  Students will read a series of classics from the tradition, study literary terms through these texts, discuss the ideas that arise in reading, and develop their ability to express themselves in writing with regard to these texts.  Reading, writing, and speaking are the core triad of a thoughtful language education, and this course seeks to develop students’ capacities in each of these areas.  Particular attention will be paid to enhancing students’ abilities to write in their authentic voice with grammatical accuracy, structural soundness, and increasing depth of insight.  This is a high-quality college preparatory course, with the option for students to take it as an Honors/AP prep course with extra work. 

American Literature can be a stand alone course.  The curriculum is also designed to be taken in conjunction with U.S. History, also offered by Dr Saldino.  Together, they form a powerful and cross-disciplinary U.S. Humanities curriculum.  

Section 1: Wednesdays 9-10:45.  Section 2: Thursdays 11-12:45 (students will enroll in one section)
Cost: $400 per semester (year long course), plus $150 registration fee. Course will need 6 students to run.

(Course can be retitled “Composition and Literature” on a transcript if “American Literature” has already been taken for high school credit.) 

 

Book List (subject to change before August-exact ISBNs to follow):

The Crucible, Arthur Miller

Last of the Mohicans, James Fenimore Cooper

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass

The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry

1984, Goerge Orwell (Yes, he’s British!)


 

Students will need to purchase new or used copies of these exact editions listed above in order to facilitate class discussion and ease of reference.  Poetry, essays, short stories (Wendell Berry, Poe, O. Henry, Bambara, Thoreau, MLK, etc.) will be provided as digital links. 

Register by completing this Google Form.  And questions may be directed to andrew@aspirehighasheville.com.

Biography:  Andrew Saldino, PhD.

Andrew has over 20 years of experience teaching high school, college, middle school, and even preschool.  He earned an undergraduate degree from University of Notre Dame in Great Books, and a PhD from Syracuse University in Philosophy of Religion.  He spent years as a college professor, started a Montessori Middle School program, served as Director at Odyssey High School, and created/ran Aspire High, an innovative high school program---www.aspirehighasheville.com.  He loves to teach, and he is passionate about high quality education that empowers young people on their personal journeys. He has two sons, ages 14 and 11, and school is always in session when dad is around.

Andrew Saldino, PhD

Latin 1: $250/semester + $75 annual registration fee

Monday, 11:00-12:45

 7th-12th graders

 

Salvete! This two-semester course will cover fundamental Latin structures (e.g., verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions) and provide a review of English grammar in the process. Students will build vocabulary, reading, and writing skills, and gain a deeper understanding of Latin’s influence on the English language. Students will also do a special project each semester about Roman culture. Learning Latin is very challenging but is worth the effort! This course will also be very challenging but will be fun!

 

(Text to be determined. It is expected to be less than $30.)

 

Course registration form and questions: please email me at asheville.schola@gmail.com or feel free to call me directly at 206-251-5611 between 12:00-7:00 p.m.

Bio: Gennell Lockwood, M.Ed.

 

I have had over 20 years of experience teaching English in community colleges and universities, including M.I.T., Boston University, Tufts University, and the University of Seattle. I have also provided tutoring in English, Latin, and German. After receiving a B.A. in Classical Humanities from the George Washington University, I was awarded a scholarship through the Fulbright Hays Commission to study Classical Linguistics in Bonn, Germany. I have a total of eleven years of formal Latin education, which continues to give me a deep appreciation of the language and a very solid foundation for learning other languages. My passion for learning and instructing languages is matched with a love for international travel and deep appreciation of other cultures. At present, I am trying my best to play the cello beyond “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and overcome a life-long inability to read a map.  

Gennell Lockwood, M.Ed.