6th Grade Elective Course Descriptions

8600010 Introduction to Technology; Grade 6, 7, 8 – Year Long

Introduction to Technology will expose students to the facets of technology. Students will learn the basics of computer programming, game design, engineering, and robotics. Students will learn basic programming concepts through the Lego EV3 robotics platform. Students will explore the 7 fields of technology through hands on projects and activities. Students will learn the skill of Technical Drawings and Sketches.

8600090 Exploring of Technical Design Technology; Grade 6, 7, 8 – Year Long

Exploration of Technical Design Technology gives students an opportunity to explore the area of technical design technology and its associated careers. Students will be given the opportunity to solve technological problems using a variety of tools, materials, processes and systems while gaining an understanding of the effects of technical design technology on our everyday lives. Students will bring their creative minds, creative abilities, and hands-on skills together to solve challenges.

9009200 Coding Fundamentals; Grade 6, 7, 8- Year Long

Coding Fundamentals assists Information Technology students in making informed decisions regarding their future academic and occupational goals and to provide information regarding careers in the career cluster. The content includes but is not limited to foundational knowledge and skills related to computer coding and software development. Students will learn C++ basics and gain experience using a software compiler.  Instruction and learning activities are provided in a laboratory setting using hands-on experiences with the equipment, materials and technology appropriate to the course content and in accordance with current practices. 

0103000 Digital Art and Design; Grade 6, 7, 8- Year Long

Students explore the fundamental concepts, terminology, techniques, and applications of digital imaging to create original work. Students produce digital still and/or animated images through the single or combined use of computers, digital cameras, digital video cameras, scanners, photo editing software, drawing and painting software, graphic tablets, printers, new media, and emerging technologies. Through the critique process, students evaluate and respond to their own work and that of their peers to measure artistic growth. This course incorporates hands-on activities, the use of technology, and consumption of art materials.

1700000 Research I – Science Fair Support; Grade 6 – Year Long

The purpose of this course is to support students in the Science Fair process by developing basic knowledge and skills in the research process with emphasis on determining and refining research questions.  The content should include, but not be limited to, the following:
-research process
-research topics
-research questions and hypotheses
-definition, analysis, and evaluation of research questions
-review of literature and other resources
-formulation of hypotheses
-report formats, styles, and content
-directed investigations
-critical analysis of research
-a major research project, preferably cross-disciplinary

0400000 M/J Theater I; Grade 6, 7, 8 – Year Long

Students will participate in a variety of aspects of theater production -- from writing and directing to set design and performing. Students will learn the history and importance of theater and be able to evaluate its role in shaping attitudes and impacting society. Students will create multiple artistic works, including commercials, public service announcements, TED Talks, plays, and short movies. Students will work in groups and individually to hone skills for effective communication through the arts. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom

1007000 M/J Speech and Debate I; Grade 6, 7, 8 – Year Long

The purpose of this course is to develop students' beginning awareness, understanding, and application of political science and public speaking. The content should include, but not be limited to, the following: learning and practicing a variety of speech formats, learning and demonstrating appropriate formal and informal public speaking techniques for audience, purpose, and occasion, using research and writing skills to support selected topics and points of view, collaboration amongst peers, especially during the drafting and practicing stages. Students will be exposed to all modes of speech and debate during first semester, and will choose their desired event during second semester. Students will have the opportunity to speak at public events and compete in middle school debate tournaments.

1009000 M/J Creative Writing I; Grade 6, 7, 8 – Year Long

The purpose of this course is to enable students to learn and use writing and language skills for creative expression in a variety of literary forms. Emphasis will be on development of a personal writing style. The content includes the following: a study of a variety of genres, including poetry, one-act plays, the short story, and memoir to determine and practice. Writing for varied purposes and in varied genres; effective listening, speaking, class discussions, and collaboration among peers, including group writing projects. Participation of National Novel Writing Month takes place during the month of November; students continue to revise drafts during second semester.

1508000 Fitness; Grade 6 – Year Long

This course is designed for 6th grade students. The purpose of this course is to provide a foundation of knowledge, skills, and values necessary for the development of a physically active lifestyle.

 

 

 

 

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