The Freshman Seminar is designed as a bridge course for incoming 9th-grade students who need or desire support in multiple subject areas to prepare for their first year of study at Xavier. Through a cohort model, this course provides support for the academic and social transition from middle school into high school. Due to COVID-19, this course will be conducted online. Students will participate in the following preparatory modules:
English I Prep - This subject module is designed for incoming freshman students who want to improve their English language arts skills before entering Xavier. Through the context of the two texts assigned as required summer reading for all incoming ninth-graders, students will read, discuss, and analyze The Five People You Meet in Heaven and The Alchemist; PDF of texts provided. Students will work on reading for overt and implicit meaning in these texts, supporting the development of more sophisticated interpretative skills. Emphasis will be placed on reading comprehension, the discovery of new vocabulary, and textual analysis in order to become a stronger reader. Students will strengthen knowledge and application of skills related to grammar, paragraph unity and coherence, and essay structure, in order to become a stronger writer.
Math Prep - This subject module is designed for preparing incoming freshmen for mathematics at Xavier. Emphasis will be placed on reinforcing and further developing the fundamentals of algebra. Topics include but are not limited to the following: arithmetic, evaluating algebraic expressions, solving equations and inequalities, factoring, and developing problem-solving skills. Students will be grouped according to math level in order to best support the needs of each student.
Scientific Literacy Prep - This subject module is designed for preparing incoming freshman students for Science at Xavier. Students will learn important skills in developing and generating labs, science experiments, research, and all things Science! This module will focus on developing important skills such as interpreting, observing, inferring, measuring, recording, and communicating. Students will focus on the process of how to create and generate lab reports by breaking and examining each part. This module will also focus on how to communicate scientific information and data.
Study Skills Prep - This subject module is designed for preparing incoming freshmen for the busyness of high school life and balancing academic and co-curricular activities. Through the context of the English Prep, Math Prep, and Scientific Literacy Prep Modules, students will work toward developing the following skills: getting organized, effective study and test-taking skills, social integration skills, time management, academic accountability, note-taking and journaling, goal setting, stress management, and academic planning.
This seminar is a non-credit course.
Registration fee: $40 (includes materials and one Xavier t-shirt; does not include the cost of summer reading books)
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