“Nobody Is Just a Body” is a self-directed health and physical education course for high school students. It is comprised of readings pertaining to health, wellness, and fitness, along with the study of several sports chosen by the student. Students utilize both scheduled readings and their own research to study health and physical fitness through a variety of topics.
Students maintain a Health and Physical Education Notebook, thereby creating a record of their study.
Each week the student reconsiders the focus question (the Big Q), building upon his or her knowledge base and thoughtfully reconsidering the topic of health in light of the week’s studies. The Big Q provides the focus for the course. It follows:
Consider the role of nutrition and physical health, along with mental and emotional health, as they relate to spiritual health. People are made of mind, body, emotions, and soul. What should we do to be healthy?
The physical fitness component of the course utilizes the student’s research of particular sports, which includes playing the sport and/or attempting particular actions required by the sport. In addition, students maintain an activity log for part of the year and study exercise and stretching.
This course encourages students to look beyond their bodies for a more complete picture of a healthy life.
The download contains an overview, including a list of topics and a book list, the Big Q, directions for completing the sports study, procedural instructions for the course, a 36-week schedule in two formats (extended and abbreviated), and the final essay question.
Ourselves, Book 1 by Charlotte Mason—1 chapter per week for the entire year
Nutrition for Dummies by Carol Ann Rinzler—read during first 10 or 12 weeks
The Way We Work by David Macauley—read in sections throughout the year
2 medical or sports biographies—read one per semester, student’s choice