If you want students to master something–call it R–and R is a means to S, then work on S; R will slip unobtrusively in under the radar….” -Bob and Ellen Kaplan, Out of the Labyrinth, p. 87

I need an overarching theme, question, or mission for Algebra 2 that transcends and motivates the required skills.

The content goals of Algebra 2 are to invert, transform, solve, and apply graphical, tabular, and analytic representations of linear, quadratic, exponential, sinusoidal, and rational equations. That’s R.

What’s S?