There's an intensity to the start of our year supplied by the junior curriculum. Each junior in American History writes a thesis paper on a topic of choice. They are now coming to explore possible ideas. Often a parent or grandparent will make a suggestion over the summer based on family history. Sometimes they are inspired by a novel or a movie or a current event. We give suggestions for overview and background readings. We have also placed many ideas in a course on Classrooms on Elm Street, our Moodle site.