Barbara Huckabay

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11th Grade Journalism - Course Description

Students interested in the field take this class to hone their writing, reporting, editing, photography, and digital publishing skills. The journalism students create all content for, and publish, the school's monthly newspaper,The Waldorf Chronicle.

11th Grade Medieval History - Course Description

The Middle Ages are often defined as the millennium between the 5th-century fall of Rome and the 15th-century Age of Discovery. This class studies a European world cut adrift from its ancient moorings and slowly reinventing itself. The ideas of Constantine, St. Benedict, Mohammed, Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, Pope Urban, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Marco Polo, Joan of Arc, and others illuminate themes of authority, freedom, orthodoxy, heresy, love, and war. The readings include selections from the Rule of St. Benedict, Einhard’s Life of Charlemagne, the Anglo Saxon Chronicle, the poetry of the troubadours, and Boccaccio’s Decameron. Students develop the ability to work logically and creatively with primary source material.

11th Grade: Creative Writing - Course Description

In this course, we will tackle many typical genres-- think short stories, poetry, screenplays-- but also experiment with less typical ones-- serial "tweet" stories, podcasts, letters to the editor-- all of which full under the very large umbrella of Creative Writing today. If you are interested in learning not only the ins and outs of conventional creative writing, but also the more experimental avenues opening up in the literary world today, please sign up!

12th Grade Creative Writing - Course Description

In this course, we will tackle many typical genres-- think short stories, poetry, screenplays-- but also experiment with less typical ones-- serial "tweet" stories, podcasts, letters to the editor-- all of which full under the very large umbrella of Creative Writing today. If you are interested in learning not only the ins and outs of conventional creative writing, but also the more experimental avenues opening up in the literary world today, please sign up!

12th Grade Journalism - Course Description

Students interested in the field take this class to hone their writing, reporting, editing, photography, and digital publishing skills. The journalism students create all content for, and publish, the school's monthly newspaper,The Waldorf Chronicle.

Ancient History - Course Description

The study of early history shows human beings joining in ever-larger groups to practice the highest of arts: living together harmoniously and productively. This class begins with a brief look at the earliest humans, continues with an introduction of farming and settled living, and then looks at the rise and fall of empires. The class is divided into three parts: Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, and Ancient Greece. Readings include the Epic of Gilgamesh, laws of Hammurabi, Herodotus’ observations of the Egyptians, the myth of Isis and Osiris, and Pericles’ funeral oration. The class spends a morning sketching in the galleries of the Oriental Institute.

Classical History - Course Description

This class continues the study of ancient history to create a firmer foundation for the 11th grade medieval history class. Students begin with a closer look at the life and teachings of Socrates, continue with the conquests of Alexander the Great, and then turn their attention to Rome. Students trace the development of Rome from its semi-mythical origins, then through the rise of the Republic, the Punic Wars, and the building of the Empire. The class concludes with the rise of Christianity and Constantine. Primary sources include Plato, Plutarch and Livy.

Parzival -Course Description

Parzival is a vast, complex tale of adventure and romance written in the early thirteenth century by Wolfram von Eschenbach, a minnesinger who claimed – perhaps facetiously – to be illiterate. It tells of Parzival’s journey from clownish ignorance, through sorrow and doubt to become a Knight of the Round Table and Lord of the Grail. The grail is not a cup in this story, but a mysterious stone that has power to nourish and to heal. In addition to the challenging reading, students keep a journal addressing themes of the class, to develop artistic responses to the story, and to write a final essay.

Russian Literature - Course Description

Russia encompasses eleven time zones and climates that range from arctic to subtropical. Russian history discusses tyrants, heroes, artists, saints, and rebels. In this class, literature is a gateway to Russian history and culture as well as to archetypal human questions. We begin with fairy tales and icons and continue with stories of Russia's acceptance of eastern orthodox Christianity, the Mongol invasions, and the biography of Peter the Great, all of which give insight into Russia’s simultaneous attraction to and rejection of the West. We read Gogol, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Akhmatova, and Yevtushenko.

Welcome to 9th Grade English! Course Description

Welcome to 9th Grade English!

This class introduces students to the writing and research expectations of high school. They are given a variety of opportunities to conduct research, to plan and write essays and reports, and to make presentations to the class. A theme of the year is unprejudiced, accurate observation. The content is modern history and literature with the aim of giving students an understanding of issues of the present day. Units often include the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights movement, the modern short story, Animal Farm by Orwell and related events of Russian history, the Cold War, and Things Fall Apart by Achebe and related events of African history.