Course Description: In 2D Studio Art, you’ll learn how to bring your artistic visions to life. Whatever medium you prefer—painting, drawing, photography—this course will teach you the design elements and principles needed to create a work of art, explore your artistic inspirations, travel back in time to look at art in different cultures, and gain insight about the art of critiquing. If you’ve ever dreamed about making a living as an artist, this course will give you the tools and background that you need to turn those dreams into a reality!
Course Description: You’ll enjoy a deeper understanding and appreciation for all things digital as you explore this special genre of art found in everything from advertising to animation to photography and beyond. In this course, you’ll learn about the evolution of art, the basic principles of art and design, and the role of art in politics and society. Additionally, you will actually create your own digital art and make it come alive. Give your creative side a boost with this Digital Art and Design course!
Course Description: Middle School Health aids students in creating a foundation of personal health. Beginning with properly defining health, this course then builds upon basic health practices to emphasize the importance of balance. Attention is given to each of the six dimensions of wellness; namely, physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, social, and environmental. Students are taught the skills necessary to improve every aspect of health. They are also encouraged to reflect upon their own personal wellness each week.
Course Description: English is the study of the creation and analysis of literature written in the English language. In English 7A, you will explore different elements of fiction such as theme, characters, setting, and plot. You will also improve your writing by developing the skills required for academic writing. You will evaluate how change affects society and an individual’s personal growth by analyzing various informational texts. In addition, you will conduct a group discussion on the topic of change. In the latter part of the course, you will examine various poetic devices and elements of drama. You will also compare a dramatic text to its film version. In the final unit, you will analyze elements of writing such as tone, audience, purpose, and structure in informational texts.
Course: 072002 Grade: 7 Credits: 1 Prerequisites: English 7A
Course Description: English is the study of the creation and analysis of literature written in the English language. In English 7B, you will analyze the literary elements of point of view and conflict in literature. You will study the features and techniques of persuasive writing. You will evaluate the use of the literary element of conflict in informational texts. In addition, you will learn about the main characteristics of public speaking and deliver a persuasive speech. In the latter part of this course, you will investigate the topic of identity in literature. In the final unit, you will read novels and explore various literary elements.
Course Description: English is the study of the creation and analysis of literature written in the English language. In English 8A, you will explore the features of different forms of literary writing such as diaries, memoirs, informative essays, and fictional narratives. You will also improve your writing by learning about persuasive writing techniques. You will compare and contrast a literary piece across different mediums, including drama. You will engage in a dramatic reading of poetry and learn how to give multimedia presentations. In the latter part of the course, you will analyze informational texts to understand the history of the Civil War. You will also analyze various types of literary works to better understand literary elements such as point of view, conflict, theme, structure, and setting.
Course: 082002 Grade: 8 Credits: 1 Prerequisites: English 8A
Course Description: English is the study of the creation and analysis of literature written in the English language. In English 8B, you will analyze nonfiction texts to explore what they reveal about the process of growing up. You will also analyze elements of poetry such as theme, structure, meter, language, and sound to help you read poems and compose a poem of your own. You will read novels and analyze their literary elements and their use of literary devices. In the final unit, you will reflect upon and evaluate certain aspects of your past, present, and future while reading Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.
Course Description: Mathematics is the study of the patterns around us. Using the tools in this course, you will learn more about how to solve problems using expressions and equations. When you understand how to work with numbers in equations, and how to manipulate equations, you can more easily solve problems you encounter in everyday life.
Course: 071002 Grade: 7 Credits: 1 Prerequisites: Math 7A
Course Description: Mathematics is the study of the patterns around us. In this course, you will learn more about geometry, statistics, and probability. Geometry is a branch of mathematics that uses formal methods of thinking to show relationships between points, lines, surfaces, and solids. Statistics and probability are closely related subjects. In statistics, you will practice collecting and analyzing numerical data to make decisions. Probability is the study of the likelihood that an event will occur. For example, what is the likelihood that you will win a spelling bee if there are 40 participants? Knowing more about these three disciplines will help you solve problems you encounter every day.
Course Description: Mathematics is the study of patterns around us. In Math 8, Semester A, you will explore transformations and solve linear equations. You will also solve real-world problems with two linear equations. In this course, you will study and interpret functions that can help you solve problems you encounter in everyday life.
Course: 081002 Grade: 8 Credits: 1 Prerequisites: Math 8A
Course Description: Mathematics is the study of patterns around us. In Math 8, Semester B, you will study the use of scientific notation and learn to use roots appropriately. You will also plot and compare irrational numbers and simplify expressions with irrational numbers. You will also explore the Pythagorean Theorem and probability, which you can use to solve real-world problems
Course Description: You will learn about how we hear music; how music affects our lives; important elements of music like rhythm, pitch, and harmony; different musical genres; singing and your voice; various instruments; music composition; and the history and culture of music over the years. Tune-up your understanding and appreciation for all things music by signing up for this course!
Course Description: Science 7A discusses the major life processes of organisms, including nutrition, growth and development, and reproduction. In the first unit, you’ll explore the cell as the structural and functional unit of life. The second unit covers the growth, development, and modes of reproduction in different plants and animals. In the third unit, you’ll learn about sensory receptors, photosynthesis, and cycles of energy transfer that occur in nature.
Course Description: Science 7B is about matter and energy. It discusses chemical changes that occur in matter, and it teaches how to identify different forms of energy. The course also covers force fields and the factors that affect their strength. In the first unit, you’ll apply the law of conservation of energy to the products and reactants in a chemical reaction. In the second unit, you’ll be introduced to gravitational, electric, and magnetic force fields. In the third unit, you’ll learn more about energy transformations in objects and systems as you study kinetic energy, potential energy, and thermal energy.
Course Description: Science 8A is an integrated science course that covers topics selected from Earth science and life science. This course discusses genes and inheritance, the evolution of species, and managing energy resources on Earth. In the first unit, you will explain how an organism’s genes transfer traits from parents to offspring. You’ll also learn about genetic diversity and genetic mutations. In the second unit, you’ll compare the anatomy and development of species to give evidence for evolution. You’ll also see how fossils and rock strata on Earth hold important clues about evolution. In the third unit, you will differentiate between renewable and nonrenewable energy resources on Earth. You’ll see how energy transforms as it moves from one sphere of Earth to another. In hands-on activities, you’ll devise ways to harness and control energy for human benefit.
Course Description: Science 8B is an integrated science course that covers topics selected from Earth and space science, physical science, and life science. This course discusses climate change and methods for confronting it, the physical features of waves and wave technology, and the positive and negative ways that humans and technology affect the Earth and its ecosystems. In the first unit, you’ll study the factors that have led to climate change and explore scientific solutions to address these changes. In the second unit, you’ll learn how waves and interactions between them can be used to develop new technologies. In the third unit, you’ll broaden your knowledge of technology-based and human-based threats to the environment and find ways to reduce their negative impact.
Course Description: In Middle School US History, Trimester A, you’ll learn about major events that took place in American history. In the first unit, you’ll evaluate historical data to develop your historical thinking skills. In the second unit, you’ll learn about the major events and developments of colonial America. In the third unit, you’ll analyze the causes and effects of the American Revolution. In the last unit, you’ll explore developments in the new nation, including the creation of the US Constitution, the Federalists and Antifederalists, the administrations of George Washington and John Adams, and the importance of the election of 1800.
US HIstory B
Course: 014002 Grade: 7 Credits: 1 Prerequisites: US History A
Course Description: In Middle School US History, Trimester B, you’ll learn about major events that took place in American history. In the first unit, you’ll analyze the importance of the Louisiana Purchase, the War of 1812, industrialization, and the Monroe era. In the second unit, you’ll examine the Jacksonian era, the impact of westward expansion, the reform movements of the mid-1800s, and the abolitionist movement. In the third unit, you’ll learn about the Civil War. You’ll analyze the factors that led to the Civil War and the impact of the war on the United States. In the last unit, you’ll explore the Reconstruction period.
Course Description: In Middle School Geography, Trimester A, is a single-trimester course designed to strengthen your knowledge about the modern world. In the first unit, you will explore how geography can help you gain a better understanding of the world and its people. In the second unit, you will learn about the influence of culture on the world. In the third unit, you will discover the relationship between art and society and study migration and population distribution. In the last unit, you will learn about the effect of physical processes on the environment and look at the ways people have adapted to and modified physical environments.
Geography B (Contemp World B)
Course: 084004 Grade: 8 Credits: 1 Prerequisites: World History A
Course Description: In Middle School Geography, Trimester B, is a single-trimester course designed to strengthen your understanding of government in the modern world. In the first unit, you will study the role of government and the responsibilities of citizens in contemporary societies. In the second unit, you will learn about democracy in the United States, and you will look at the structure of the Constitution. In the third unit, you will explore the functions of the US legal system as well as understand the rights and responsibilities of US citizens. Toward the end of this course, you will learn about the factors affecting the development of global trade and examine the structure and function of the US economy.