Biology for Grades 9-12 (8:30)
Course: Biology for Grades 9-12 (8:30)
Instructor: Debbie Black
Curriculum: Apologia Exploring Creation with Biology, Dr. Jay L. Wile, 2nd edition (ISBN: 1932012540)
Course Description: This course will introduce students to the concepts and methodology of general biology. It strongly focuses on the vocabulary of biology, the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems. Students will be required to keep an organized notebook, which will be graded at the end of each semester. Due to the depth of the material and lab requirement, this class will meet for 1.5 hours per week. This class will be taught by Debbie Black, who received a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Teaching Certificate with a Science Concentration from UNC-Greensboro. Since then, she has worked as a nurse, a Guilford County school teacher, a homeschool mom, and a tutor for a local homeschool group. (30 Weeks)
Honors Extra: Throughout the year, the students will work on developing their research/critical thinking skills as they focus on a biology topic of their choice with teacher approval. By the end of the year, the students will have completed a 7-10-page research paper; develop and execute an experiment; and create and present a Science Fair Project. The final fulfillment to receive honors credit is to complete lab reports for all in-class labs, which classmates in general biology will not. With the honors designation, the students work more independently with instructor and parent supervision as needed.
**All Honors Extra classes meet from 10am-Noon on Thursdays at Greensboro Seventh-Day Adventist Church (1320 Fleming Rd). Students will also receive weekly instruction on a rotating schedule of topics including: study skills, research, public speaking, and debate. The honors option will incur an additional tuition charge of $150 per course.