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Electives

6th Grade Elective Classes

 

Social Studies – Full Year

In this course, the student studies the ancient civilizations of the Near and Far East, Greek and Roman civilizations, continuing through Medieval European life.  Typically, the rise and fall of civilizations and empires are studied, highlighting the legacies provided to successive societies.  Sixth grade Social Studies Performance Standards (History, Geography, Civics and Government, Literacy and Economics) are included in this course.  Reading, writing, speaking, and research strategies are integrated throughout the course.

Language Arts – Full Year

The sixth grade language arts program addresses instruction and acquisition of basic skills in the reading process through a district approved curriculum.  Literature appreciation is encouraged through the use of selected novels, short stories, plays and poetry.  Convention, as well as the organization and development of paragraphs, are stressed as part of the writing process.  Speaking and listening skills are an integrated part of the course, and library and research abilities are reinforced along with technological skills, as appropriate.

Gifted Language Arts

Questioning and problem posing are two of the techniques used in the sixth grade-gifted program to modify the required sixth grade language arts and literature content.  These modifications make the content more abstract, complex, multifaceted, and open-ended, and thus, more appropriate for advanced learners.  The distinction between the regular education program and the gifted program is in the academic level of the work, not the quantity of work.  In this program, the teachers coach in response to individual strengths and interests, crafting lessons that balance risk-taking and support.  Curriculum and instruction are designed in ways to reinforce basic skills while helping students experience, accept and embrace challenge.
 

Mathematics – Full Year

The goal of Mathematics 6 is to provide the student the foundation for success in 7th Grade Mathematics.  The student uses reasoning, analyzing, evaluating, communicating, and justifying furthering developing problem-solving skills.  Areas of emphasis include, but are not limited to, fractions, decimals, and percent’s.  Other areas of study are number sense and operations, algebraic thinking, geometry, measurement, data analysis and probability.

 

Accelerated Mathematics 

Accelerated Mathematics 6 builds upon and extends the curriculum standards of Mathematics 6.  The pace is accelerated and includes focus on multiple approaches to problem solving and critical thinking.  The District Benchmark Assessment, grades, and teacher recommendation determine placement.

 

Science - Full Year

Science 6 is an inquiry, laboratory-based course that focuses on the use of science process skills to facilitate the mastery of the state science standards.  Areas of study include, but are not limited to, scientific hysical Education - Semesterand practice, physical, life, and earth science content, and science and society with the focus for sixth grade being earth and space science.  Reading, writing, speaking, and research strategies are integrated throughout the course.

 

Physical Education - Semester

The purpose of the Physical Education program is to utilize a variety of moderate and continuous activities to promote health and fitness.  Through this program, participants will learn responsibility and social skills.  Daily physical efforts are required and graded.  Physical Education is required for one year or two semesters in middle school.

 

Information Technology - Semester

Student focus is on developing high quality products using a variety of computer software applications including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.  Research skills on the Internet are emphasized.  Students have the opportunity to evaluate websites for validity and accuracy of information, as well as design elements of the web pages.  They use this knowledge to develop web pages of their own.  Students also learn basic networking and animation.

 

EXPLORATORY ARTS OFFERINGS – QUARTER:  (CHOICES OF ELECTIVES ARE NOT GUARANTEED)

Exploratory Art

An introduction to basic art media and development of initial skills.  The exploration of a variety of media will expose the student to options for self-expression and encourage the pursuit of art study as a valuable component of education.

Exploratory Drama/Speech

Students will develop and expand skills in public speaking, listening, organization, writing and evaluating.  This class provides opportunity for extemporaneous and prepared oral presentations and the development of interpersonal communications and leadership building skills

Exploratory Spanish

An introduction to the Spanish language and its cultures.  Students will enjoy learning the basics of the language through conversations, games, videos and skits.

 

FULL YEAR ELECTIVES

  • Beginning Band
  • Intermediate Band
  • Beginning Orchestra
  • Advanced Orchestra. 

After school performances are considered an extension of the instructional process and are required for these electives.  Students may choose only one of these for the year.


 

7th Grade Elective Classes

 

Social Studies - Full Year

In this course, the students will examines the history, geography, economics, government and cultures of New Mexico, Mexico and Canada.

 

Language Arts - Full Year

A variety of genres are used for literature appreciation in order to comprehend, analyze, interpret and evaluate.  Work is designed to foster increased independence. Students demonstrate increased proficiency in all steps of the writing process, with emphasis on revision and editing, and have opportunities for listening and viewing through appropriate forms of technology, speaking and research.

 

Gifted Language Arts

Emphases on academic and intellectual growth and achievement as well as personal self-concept development, originality, creative freedom and respect for others.  The course encourages higher-level thinking and creativity in discussions, writing and projects in an environment in which students’ thoughts and ideas are respected and valued. 

 

Mathematics - Full Year

Students are expected to reason, analyze, evaluate, communicate and justify solutions for a variety of real-world problems. Emphasis is on evidence of students’ mathematical thought process, proportional reasoning, integers, simple linear equations, number sense and operations, algebraic thinking, geometry, measurement, data analysis, and probability.

 

Accelerated Mathematics

The pace of the course is a challenging Pre-Algebra curriculum where multiple approaches to problem solving and critical thinking will be emphasized.  Placement determined by DBA, grades, and teacher recommendation.

 

Algebra I

Students develop an understanding of the basic structure and language of Algebra.  Tables, models and graphs are used to interpret algebraic expressions, equations, and inequalities to analyze functions.  Other areas of study are number sense and operations, geometry, measurement, data analysis and probability.  DBA scores, grades and teacher recommendations determine placement.

 

Science - Full Year

Areas of study include, scientific thinking and practice, physical science, life science, earth/space content, and science and society, with the focus for seventh grade being life science.

 

Health - Semester

This course emphasizes students being able to use essential knowledge and skills required to adopt, practice and maintain healthy behaviors. Areas of study include adolescent growth and development, disease prevention, nutrition, refusal skills, substance abuse preventions, community health, emotional health, social health, personal safety and human sexuality.

 

Physical Education - Semester

The P.E. program utilizes a variety of moderate and continuous activities to promote health and fitness. Daily physical efforts are required and graded.  Physical Education is required for one year or two semesters in middle school.

 

ELECTIVE OFFERINGS:  CHOICES OF ELECTIVES ARE NOT GUARANTEED

Spanish - Full Year

This class builds on basic literacy skills already acquired in Spanish I.  Emphasis is placed on oral and written communication skills and cultural activities.  Students taste foreign foods, perform skits, watch videos, design a Latin American city and play games as they expand on their Spanish communication skills.  TEACHER APPROVAL REQUIRED.

 

Hands-On Spanish - Semester

Introduces students to basic literacy skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing, and to the basic structures of Spanish taught with the cultural context.  Areas of study include expression, comprehension, language and culture, language functions, connections and personal applications.  Emphasis is placed on oral and written communication skills and cultural activities.

 

Swing Chorus

This course is designed to give students with above average singing ability the opportunity to sing in a variety of musical styles such as pop, classical, jazz, rock, folk and other contemporary music.  Choreography will be included as part of the musical performance.  Thisgroup travels to Large Group Festival and other competitions representing Eisenhower around the city.  The group chooses a uniform each fall, which costs about $50.00, including shoes.  Financial assistance is available for students unable to pay.  AUDITION AND TEACHER SIGNATURE ARE REQUIRED TO ENROLL. 

 

Drama – Semester

In this course students will apply their knowledge in performance art to develop dramatic skills through pantomime, improvisation, and individual/group scene work.  Drama is an awesome outlet for creative and diverse talents where young actors will have the opportunity to learn the freedom of expression and gain confidence on stage.

 

Information Technology – Semester

This course builds on the skills learned during the sixth grade Information Technology course.  Student focus is on developing high quality products using a variety of computer software applications including Microsoft Work, PowerPoint, and Excel.  Research skills on the Internet are emphasized.  Students have the opportunity to evaluate websites for validity and accuracy of information, as well as design elements of the web pages.  They use this knowledge to develop web pages of their own.
 

Art – Semester

The emphasis of Art is on studio time and actual projects.  The projects will help students develop a variety of skills used in a variety of disciplines; drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and more.  Projects will vary from semester to semester, year to year, so this course may be taken multiple times.

ADDITIONAL FULL YEAR ELECTIVES

  • Beginning Band
  • Intermediate Band
  • Symphonic Band
  • Beginning Orchestra
  • Advanced Orchestra
  • Beginning Chorus
  • Advanced Chorus

After school performances are considered an extension of the instructional process and are required for these electives.  Students may choose only one of these for the year.

8th Grade Elective Classes

 

Social Studies - Full Year

This course examines the history of the United States from colonization through the Civil War and Reconstruction.  History, geography, civics and government, literacy and economics are included in this course.


Language Arts - Full Year

This course provides continued instruction encompassing reading, writing, research, listening and speaking skills.  Various reading strategies are taught as a means to appreciate and analyze various genres of literature.  A consistent vocabulary program is used to promote sophistication and precision of word choice.


Enriched Language Arts

In addition to the above, this program enables students to read more complex texts with understanding and appreciation.  Pre-AP strategies are utilized to help students excel toward higher-level and analytical thought processes. “Enriched” does not mean more work, rather “Advanced” work.  Students should be prepared to participate in class discussions and in-depth analysis work.
 

Gifted Language Arts

Critical thinking, creativity and communication compose the emphasis in this class.  Through the reading and analysis of great literature, classes examine essential questions and learn to construct and present its ideas in written and spoken form.  The class uses a variety of genres, literary texts and culturally and historically significant texts to expose the students to a multitude of ideas, cultures, people and societies.


Mathematics - Full Year

The goal of this class is to provide the foundation for success in Algebra 1 in high school.  The students use reasoning, analyzing, evaluating, communicating, and justifying to further developing problem solving skills.


Algebra I

Students develop an understanding of the basic structure and language of Algebra.  Tables, models and graphs are used to interpret algebraic expressions, equations, and inequalities to analyze functions. DBA scores, grades and teacher recommendations determine placement.


Honors Algebra

This course is designed for the student with exceptional ability and interest in math.  Students develop concepts techniques and theory in greater depth than Algebra 1.  Both acceleration and enrichment are integral components of the curriculum.  Students may receive high school credit for this course, which is a weighted grade in terms of GPA calculation.  Testing, grades and teacher recommendation determine placement.


Science - Full Year

Science is an in inquiry, laboratory based class that focuses on the issue of science process skills.  Areas of study include scientific thinking and practice, physical science, life science and earth and space content, science and society with the focus being physical science.
 

ELECTIVE OFFERINGS:  CHOICES OF ELECTIVES ARE NOT GUARANTEED

Art – Semester: 

The emphasis of Art is on studio time and actual projects.  The projects will help students develop a variety of skills used in a variety of disciplines; drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and more.  Projects will vary from semester to semester, year to year, so this course may be taken multiple times.


Advanced & Swing Chorus – Year Long

These course are designed to give students with above average singing ability the opportunity to sing in a variety of musical styles such as pop, classical, jazz, rock, folk and other contemporary music.  Choreography will be included in Swing Chorus as part of the musical performance.  These groups travel to Large Group Festival and other competitions around the city.  The groups choose a uniform each fall, which costs about $50.00, including shoes.  Financial assistance is available for students unable to pay.  AUDITION AND TEACHER SIGNATURE ARE REQUIRED TO ENROLL IN EITHER OF THESE COURSES.


Intro to FACS (Home Ec) – Semester

Students develop knowledge, skills and practice in the following areas:  careers, food and wellness (safety, sanitation, nutrition and food preparation skills), sewing and textiles, family life and friends decision making skills and child care.
 

Information Technology II – Semester

This course builds on the skills learned during the sixth and seventh grade Information Technology course.  Student focus is on developing high quality products using a variety of computer software applications including Microsoft Work, PowerPoint, and Excel.  Research skills on the Internet are emphasized.  Students have the opportunity to evaluate websites for validity and accuracy of information, as well as design elements of the web pages.  They use this knowledge to develop web pages of their own
 

Spanish I – Year Long

No previous Spanish is required for this class; however students are encouraged to have strong language arts and study skills.  This course is equivalent in content to the first semester of high school Spanish.  In addition to the language component, students will also learn about the people and cultures of the Spanish speaking world by watching videos, playing games, and making arts and crafts projects.
 

Spanish  II – Year Long

This course builds on basic literacy skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing – already acquired in Spanish 1 and on the basic structures of Spanish taught within the cultural context.  Areas of study included expression, communication, language and culture, connections, and personal applications.  Emphasis is placed on oral and written communications skills and cultural activities.  TEACHER APPROVAL REQUIRED.
 

Hands-On Spanish - Semester

Introduces students to basic literacy skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing, and to the basic structures of Spanish taught with the cultural context.  Areas of study include expression, comprehension, language and culture, language functions, connections and personal applications.  Emphasis is placed on oral and written communication skills and cultural activities.
 

Student Aide Program - Semester

Classroom and office aides do a variety of tasks:  filing, retrieving students, running errands, tutoring and answering phones.  PARENT APPROVAL IS REQUIRED.


ADDITIONAL FULL YEAR ELECTIVES

  • Beginning Band
  • Intermediate Band
  • Symphonic Band
  • Beginning Orchestra
  • Advanced Orchestra
  • Beginning Chorus
  • Advanced Chorus 

After school performances are considered an extension of the instructional process and are required for these electives.  Students may choose only one of these for the year.