The Trident Academy program is guided by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and the South Carolina State Standards. Our high school is unique because in order to meet the needs of our older students, we employ an OG curriculum in conjunction with Project-Based Learning (PBL). Students will learn the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading and spelling through prescriptive, diagnostic, sequential, structures and multi-sensory teaching, but every lesson will begin with a Driving Question. For example,
Is global warming impacting Charleston, South Carolina?
This Driving Question is then followed by direct, explicit instruction and 1:1 instruction. Students learn to interpret the question, categorize, collect data and research in order to answer the question. For example,
Investigate whether the King Tides are higher than they used to be.
Students then begin in-depth, multi-sensory research projects on their topic. This includes using technology to research their respective topics, going on field trips relevant to their respective topics, and bringing experts in the field into the school to teach students. Project topics will be woven throughout core subjects and will commence with presentations.
Our high school is housed in a state-of-the-art classroom. All students earn a minimum of 24 Carnegie Units required for a high school diploma. The overarching project question will be intertwined into each of the following courses offered during the 2017-2018 academic year:
Language Enrichment and Development 1, 2, 3, 4
Language Enrichment and Development (LEAD) is an essential component of the Trident Academy approach for students with language-based learning differences. Students who struggle with reading, writing, or math receive one LEAD class every day; placement is determined by the individual needs of each student. Reading is taught using the Orton-Gillingham structured, sequential, multi-sensory and phonetic approach in an individualized tutorial setting. In high school, LEAD class may focus on advanced decoding strategies, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and written expression.
Writer’s Workshop 1, 2, 3, 4
Workshop is a high school-level LEAD course that is taught in a small group environment. Students apply the LEAD tools they’ve learned in writing essays, short stories, and the written portion of their Project Based Learning projects. Students are encouraged to research and write about topics they find engaging as they practice writing on the following themes: narration, definition, process analysis, cause and effect, and comparison/contrast. After students turn in each assignment, the teacher supplies detailed suggestions for revision. This feedback helps students learn how to improve their self-expression and self-editing skills.
English 9, 10, 11, 12
This course provides extensive study of composition skills, vocabulary development, and literary analysis. Course content includes writing creative, personal, and expository pieces as well as research; studying specific literary works and genres with an emphasis on structural elements and rhetorical devices; applying rules of standard mechanics and usage; and developing skills in speaking, listening, studying, test-taking; critical thinking; using evidence from text for support; and use of technology. These text-dependent analyses apply the process of evidence discovery and usage as the driving component for reading exemplar text and analytical writing. Student projects will include the creation of a year-long dictionary that the students add to every time they learn a new word in any class as well as an in-depth project on a previously “banned” book.
Integrated Mathematics 1
The goal of Integrated Mathematics 1 is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learned in the middle grades. This course covers concepts from Algebra; Geometry; Statistics and Probability. The students will learn about relationships between quantities; linear and exponential relationships; reasoning with equations; descriptive statistics; congruence, proof, and constructions; and connecting algebra and geometry through coordinates. Student projects will include designing and building a chick brooder as well as designing and building a garden.
Integrated Mathematics 2
The focus of Integrated Mathematics 2 is on quadratic expressions, equations, and functions; comparing their characteristics and behavior to those of linear and exponential relationships from Integrated Mathematics 1 as organized into 6 critical areas, or units. This course covers concepts from Algebra; Geometry; Statistics and Probability. Student projects will include designing and building a chick brooder as well as designing and building a garden.
The goal of Environmental Science is to provide students with the scientific principles to understand the interrelationships of the natural world and to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made. Topics to be explored include human population growth, earth’s systems and resources, energy, ecology, and environmental health. Student projects will include incubating eggs, raising chicks, and building a sustainable school garden.
U.S. History and Constitution
The goal of United States History and the Constitution is for students to learn the story of the American people from the period of the colonial settlement to the present day – the establishment of the British colonies and the transfer of English political traditions, the creation of the United States as a new nation, westward expansion, the American Civil War and Reconstruction, the response to industrialization and urbanization of the late nineteenth century, and the nation’s developing role in world affairs in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Student projects will include creating propaganda videos based on WWII propaganda.
The goal of Desktop Publishing is to introduce students to Google Classroom, Google Applications, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Suite. Students will complete the technology portion of each of their projects in Desktop Publishing class.
The goal of Physical Education is to help our students achieve and maintain a health-enhancing lifestyle. Students will participate in cardio respiratory fitness, muscular strength, and endurance on a daily basis.
The goal of Life Skills to increase students’ knowledge of, and ability to use, the skills necessary for everyday living. Students learn about money management, clothing care, food preparation, time management, personal health care, healthy relationships, basic work behaviors, attitudes and habits, job seeking skills, and effective communication with others.
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