My name is Seth Olson, and I teach AP United States History, Theatre Explore, and Elements of Theatre.
I am excited to start my fourteenth year at VSAA.I look forward to experiencing the energy, creativity, and caring that characterize the students who attend our school.I also look forward to working with parents, finding new ways for you to participate and support your child’s learning. I have some big changes ahead, teaching high school social studies!Thank you for your patience as I adjust, for providing a quiet space for your student to study, and for keeping in touch with their learning and with me on any concerns.Feel free to browse through the syllabi for details on the classes I teach. Together, we can make it a great year!
Miss a class? Lose a worksheet? Need more information on an assignment? Check out the links below to get yourself caught up!
Play Reading Journal Click here for the play reading journal format. Remember, journal entries should be typed in 14 point font, Times New Roman or equivalent, and 1.5 spaced. Submit your final work into Turnitin.com.
Semester 2 Play Reading Journal Click here see a list of Shakespeare's plays, separated by category, as well as some other options for playwrights if this is your second time in my class.
Tech Hours Form Click here to get the form for your Tech Hours. If this is your first time in an Elements class, you need 5. If it's your second or third, you need 10.
Interested in participating in our 2017 Summer Shakespeare performance? Click the link for more information about auditions and rehearsal!
AP United States History
Below are links and assignments from my AP United State History class. Students in either Period 1, 4, or 6 may find these useful!
AP US History Syllabus Click here to view my syllabus for AP US History. This year (2016-17), we will be studying pre-Columbian North America (1491) through present day.
AP US History Calendar Click the above link for a calendar of assignments and assessments. This site is still under construction.
AP Central Click the link to visit the College Board's page on AP United State History. It is a great resource for preparing for the test!
Gilder-Lehrman Website Check out the Gilder-Lehrman website for video reviews of each time period, further supporting documents, and an interactive timeline of events. It is very helpful in reviewing for the exam.
APUSH Review Website Having trouble with the chapters? Click the link to watch videos on each chapter, as well as access other helpful materials.
APUSH Exam Reviews Click on this link for a collection of videos that review the major events of each time period. This site includes a variety of resources.
AP Comparative Government & Politics
Below are links and assignments from my AP Comparative Government & Politics class. Students in either period may find these useful!
AP Comparative Government Summer Assignment Click here to view the Summer Assignment for AP Comparative Government & Politics. Both activities are DUE Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 (the first day of class). See Mr. Olson for questions.
Liminal Choice Form Click the link to go to the Google form to share your group's topic for the Life on the Edge project. Be sure to explain WHY your topic is Liminal.
Annotated Works Cited Page Click on the link for directions on how to make an annotated works cited page for your ballad research. Due: Friday, September 16th!
Life on the Edge: Calendar Need a blank calendar to plan your time? Click the link and start planning how you will accomplish your art before Spring Break.
Life on the Edge: Progress Check Click the link to download the Progress Check page. This reflective document is DUE Friday, February 10th, and the following week we will begin one-on-one progress checks.
Life on the Edge: Adult/Peer Feedback Form Complete the following form by seeking feedback from an Adult AND a Peer who are KNOWLEDGABLE in the art form you used to make your project. This form is DUE Tuesday, February 28th.
Life on the Edge: Portfolio Checklist Write an artist statement and audience paper, then compile all of your material from the project into a final portfolio. Be sure to include all of the elements on the checklist. Final Portfolios are DUE Friday, March 17th at the END of Core.
Artist Statement & Audience Paper Not sure how to write an artist statement or an audience paper? Click this link for a page that describes both of these reflective pieces.
Life on the Edge: Final FQs Following the completion of your project, write these reflective final Fundamental Questions about the project. Final FQs are DUE Friday, March 31st!
Fundamental Questions Need a refresher on the FQs? Read through this list of questions to jog your memory on the Framework for Inquiry.
Five Voices Here's another way to think about the Five Voices and how they are interconnected!
The Creative Process Artist all experience a cyclical process as they create art. Use this diagram to help you know where you are!
VSAA Mission Statement
Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, a focused learning community, believes that students learn best when arts and academics are integrated. Through collaboration and inquiry, individuals are challenged to think critically, creatively, and artistically.