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.
Project: Magical Realism
The essential question is, “How can we use our creative voice to influence societal structures?” When looking at the problems in society, such as the inequality inherent in many social structures caused by the outsized influence of special interest groups and corporations on governments, individuals often use creative outlets to expose these inequities. Those outlets include film, literature and art. Students will emulate this process through an exploration of the use of magical realism in their literature, film, government, and art classes. The semester will culminate in a magical realism film or a surrealistic self portrait
Project: The Metamorphosis of Self
The essential question for Semester B is, "How does self-perception and presentation of self communicate to others who we are? Why does it matter?" In their GMS classes, students explore issues related to identity and place in society. For instance, in their English class they analyze literature with protagonists who have transformed in some way due to societal influences and internal conflicts; in Economics class they compare their lives to those who are less fortunate around the world, examining relative wealth and how this relates to self-perception; in Film class they view films that examine how our socio-economic position influences how we see ourselves, how others perceive us, and what it means for each of our futures. In Art class students study stereotypes and how those stereotypes influence our identity and other people’s perceptions of us. The semester will culminate in a multimedia memoir that represents students' metamorphosis of self throughout high school.
12th Grade Team
Government & Economics Teacher
Anna Thackeray and Rebecca Burney
English 12 Teachers