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12th Grade Overview

Theme: Discover Your Voice

GMS 12th grade students are expected to complete collaborative semester projects that connect the ideas that they are studying in their English, Economics and Government, and Video and Art classes.  Students will improve their analytical skills through a rigorous Linked Learning approach, drawing connections between literary concepts, styles, and media itself, in order to create work that is current and relevant.  As they write, plan, design, edit, distribute and exhibit their work, they will learn about standards of professional performance and the protocols for success in a group-based environment.  They will also continue to develop the speaking, reading, writing and analytical skills they’ve learned during GMS classes and will continue to use in college and beyond. 

Semester A

The Driving Question is, “What is Formalism and how is it illustrated in art, literature, and government?” The GMS 12th Grade interdisciplinary Formalism Essay has students write an essay in their English class that defines formalism and explains how this concept applies in literature, film, art, and government using examples discussed in class, as well as Cleanth Brooks’ essay, “The Formalist Critics,” to clarify their introduction. They need to cite at least two examples from each work on Formalism that they read in class to support their analysis. For their Government class, students identify examples of formalism in government that helped to advance our democracy and were incorporated into the essay. If the student is in Media class, they choose four crew positions and explain how they work together to help create a film as an example of Formalism. If they are in the Art class, they study how a painting is composed of its basic elements, or “the formal elements of art,” and how they pertain to formalism or formalist art theory to connect to the subject.

Semester B

In the 12th grade GMS, students psychoanalyze human nature in the unit called "The Self." In English class, students will write a poem analyzing themselves and their nature. Then, students will read Macbeth and analyze the ambition and greed of human nature. In Economics, students will create a budget plan of all their expenses, thus understanding their own personal greed. In their film class, students will take their poem and turn it into a five-minute film with a voice over. In the art class, students will create a five-ten-second animation that is a visual representation of their poem. 


12th Grade Team


Elias Rodriguez

Government & Economics Teacher

John Crossley

Filmmaking Teacher

Anna Thackeray and Rebecca Burney

English 12 Teachers

Kevin Keady

Animation Teacher