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 2018 Summer Shakespeare production of "Two Gentlemen of Verona"? Click the image above for more information about auditions and rehearsal!
TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA CAST LIST Attached is the Cast List for "The Two Gentlemen of Verona". PLEASE EMAIL ME TO ACCEPT OR DECLINE YOUR ROLE! Congrats to everyone and see you Monday, July 9th at 9:00AM!
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!
2018 AP US History Summer Assignment Click the link above to see the 2018-19 Summer Assignment for AP United States History. Assignments are DUE the first day of school (Wednesday, August 29th). Please contact Mr. Olson if you have questions.
2018 APUSH Summer Assignment Article Click the link to read the Summer Assignment "1491" by Charles C. Mann from The Atlantic magazine (March 2002). You may use the link in the above document to read it online.
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.
AP Comparative Government Syllabus Click here for the syllabus for AP Comparative Government & Politics. This is a full year course for Yellow Team (11th & 12th) students.
AP Comarative Government Calendar Wondering what's due and when? Check out this page for information on assignments and due dates! This document will updated regularly, so check back every few weeks!
Last Updated: Tuesday, October 10th
Essentials of Comparative Politics Having trouble with all that vocabulary? Want some help understanding proportional representation? Click the link to visit W.W. Norton & Company's website on Essentials of Comparative Politics. This site, by one of our authors, covers the theory, but not the countries!
AP Practice Exams.com Looking for practice tests, class notes, videos, study guides, FRQs, or other materials? This site has it all! Click here to help with your AP test prep!
OWL Purdue Website The Online Writing Lab can help you with many of your writing queries and conundrums.
Dictionary.Com A free online dictionary for all of your spelling needs.
Here's a few links on this year's theme and Core. Also take a look at the foundations that make our school an interdisciplinary paradise!
Red Team Core Syllabus Freshmen and Sophomores, want to see what Core is all about? Click the link above to visit the Red Team Core syllabus.
Red Team Calendar Want to know what's up with Red Team? Click the link to the Google Calendar of Red Team dates!
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.
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.