2019-2020-- ELECTIVE COURSE OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS

Ligon GT/AIG Basics Magnet Middle School

Elective courses are not required subject areas like reading and math, but are optional courses that may be of interest to your child.  Each middle school offers unique elective courses that your child can choose to take.   The elective courses listed below are options for 6th grade students. Your child will select 17 electives from this list. Mark 12 as “P” (primary) and 5 as “A” (alternate).  Your elementary school will support your child in entering their selections in our system. You can find out more information on our school’s website: http://www.wcpss.net/ligonms

It is important to note that the availability of elective courses is dependent upon each school’s master schedule, and choosing an elective does not guarantee its availability in your child’s individual schedule.

See online Elective Course Description guide for full description and requirements.
(http://www.wcpss.net/Domain/4031)

Course

Course Description

Math Counts (must be in 7+ math)

(Q)- For students who have a special interest in mathematics and who wish to extend their problem-solving skills.

Brain Games

(Q)- Learn to solve puzzles and master games which involve complex reasoning.  Have fun while exercising your brain and improving your problem solving techniques.  

Financial Finesse

(Q)-Learn what you need to know to get on a great financial path!

Math Art

(Q)-Explore and enjoy math through art and puzzles.

Fantasy Sports Math

(Q)-Football, baseball, basketball, hockey, and our own “March Madness” love of the NCAA.

“Lab-Busters”-Solving “myths” using the Scientific Process

(Q)-Urban legends or truth? How can you find out if what you hear about something happening is truth, a colorful hoax, or a little of both? Use the scientific process to discover whatever “myth” you choose to “bust”! This course replaced the old Science Lab elective.

Oceanography

(Q)- Examine the structure and function of marine life, organism interactions, and specific ecosystems such as coral reefs, estuaries, and lagoons.  

Animal Science-The Pet Vet

(Q)-Come journey into the science of our most loved pets.

Olympics of Science & Math (S)-

(S)-Students may have the opportunity to compete in local, regional, state, and national Science Olympiads. MUST TRY OUT, see website for date

Forensics-Who Done It?

(Q)-Use experimentation and the scientific method to investigate the world around you using forensics technology.

Principles of flight

(Q)- What does it take to be a pilot?

Space Adventures

(Q)-Study the history and mechanics of space exploration and travel.

Robotics (Robo Lab)

(Q)- -“You get to build really cool robots,” says a sixth grade student!

Spanish 1A

(Y)-An introduction to the Spanish language and culture.

German 1

(Y)-This course is an introduction to the German language and culture.

French 1A

(Y)-This course is an introduction to the French language and culture.

Japanese 1A

(Y)-This course is an introduction to the Japanese language and culture.

Chinese 1A

(Y)-Try this introductory course to Chinese language and culture.

Folktales and Mythology

(Q)- Explore folktales and myths from Africa, Asia, and America.

Yearbook

(Y)- 7th and 8th grade only. An introduction to the business of literary production that includes the sampling of technical concepts in layout design, sales, and marketing.  

Great Books

(Q)- Reading and discussion, comprehension, logical and critical thinking processes, and literary interpretation.

Creative Writing

(Q)-Polish your writing and make it more effective, lively, descriptive, and cohesive. This course is for the undiscovered writer in all of us!

Video Literature

(Q)- Discover how film media has been used to depict different aspects of literature from the core subject areas of language arts, social studies, and science.

Mystery & Suspense

(Q)- What makes a reader hang on the edge of their seat?

Film Analysis I & II

(Q)- Through the study of various genres and time frames of film, students will analyze the connections between personal preference, objective view, and critical reference.

Problem Solving

(Q)- Strengthening problem-solving and strategic skills through challenging strategic games.

Create a Nation

(Q)- Understand the 5 themes of geography and government structures by creating your own “ideal” of what a nation can be.

Chess

(Q)- The game of chess, its backgrounds and origins. Opportunities for learning, play, and competition advance through the levels.

Public Speaking & Debate

(Q)- Write, deliver, classify and critique formal and informal speeches.

American Women

(Q)- Accomplishments and struggles of women in America since 1607 are explored in dynamic ways in this elective.

Around the World in 45 Days

(Q)- You and your team will need to become geographic and cultural experts in order to create successful trips for your travel agency customers, ensuring continued business. Are you up for the challenge?

Future Cities I

(Q)- This elective uses SIMCITY software to help you design your future city!

Free Enterprise

(Q)- Learn about the business world, and create a business of your own as you learn the scope of the free enterprise system and its components.

Youth & Law

(Q)-Through “peer simulations” of trials, video examples, and guest speakers, you’ll get a taste all the different aspects of the legal system.

MSEN*

(Y)-The goal of MSEN is to provide academic enrichment in the areas of math and science to students in grades 6-12 with the desire that they pursue careers in these fields. Prerequisite: MSEN application, found on Ligon’s website

Student Council*

(Y)- Develop leadership skills and participate in the electoral process. The Student Council plans and implements school-wide activities to build school community and spirit. Must complete application found on Ligon’s website

Video/TV Production

(Q)-In these courses, you will learn different aspects of how video is created and produced, and for what purposes.

Exploring Animal & Plant Science

(Q)- Agricultural Education is available to students who want to learn about the science, business, technology of plant and animal production, and/or about the environmental and natural resources systems.

Fundamentals of Biotechnology

(Q)- This middle school course focuses on the agricultural and medical industry with emphasis on the relationship of science and technology that affects agriculture, medicine, and health care.

Keyboarding

(Q)- This middle school course is composed of instructional modules designed to allow students to learn the touch method of keyboarding, basic word processing and document formatting skills.

Digital Literacy

(Q)- This middle school course is composed of instructional modules designed to allow students to learn digital literacy and computer knowledge, and document formatting skills.

Intro to Office Productivity

(Q)- This middle school course is composed of instructional modules designed to provide hands-on instruction using software common in the workplace.

Exploring Business and Enteprenuership

(Q)- This middle school course is designed to explore the nature of business, entrepreneurial skills, and to study related careers in fields such in financial services, information technology, marketing, office systems technology, public relations and promotion, and travel and tourism.

Technology & Society

(Q)- Students develop skills in researching information, communicating design information, and reporting results. Activities are structured to integrate physical and social sciences, mathematics, English language arts, and art.

Exploring Nutrition & Wellness

(Q)- The modules that are covered in this course are: interpersonal relationships, nutrition and wellness.

Understand Finance & Hospitality

(Q)- The modules that are covered in this course are: personal finance and resource management, food service and hospitality. Students are eligible to receive EverFi’s Vault™ and the NC eFoodhandler™ certifications.

Exploring Apparel & Design

(Q)- The modules that are covered in this course are: apparel, and interior design. Students are eligible to receive EverFi’s Vault™ and the NC eFoodhandler™ certifications.

Exploring Business marketing

(Q)- This class is designed to explore the nature of business in an international economy and to study related careers in fields such as entrepreneurship, financial services, information technology, marketing, office systems technology, public relations and promotion, and travel and tourism.

Exploring Environment & Natural Resources

(Q)- Topics of instruction include animal science, agricultural science and technology, plant science, agricultural issues, natural resources, food science, stewardship, consumer agriculture, and careers in agricultural science.

Exploring Relationships & Childcare

(Q)- The modules that are covered in this course are: interpersonal relationships, child development and education. Students are eligible to receive the American Red Cross® Babysitter certification.

Exploring Engineering & design

(Q)- This middle school course focuses on applying the design process in the invention or innovation of a new product, process, or system.

Invention & innovation

(Q)- Through engaging activities and hands-on projects, students focus on understanding how criteria, constraints, and processes affect designs. Emphasis is placed on brainstorming, visualizing, modeling, testing, and refining designs.

Exploring Agriculture Issues

(Q)- This middle school course introduces students to the industry of agriculture. Topics of instruction include agricultural science and technology, agricultural issues, food science, stewardship, consumer agriculture, and careers in agricultural science. English language arts, mathematics, and science are reinforced. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course are mentorship, school-based enterprise, service learning, job shadowing, and supervised agricultural experience. FFA competitive events, community service, and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.

Design & Creativity

(Q)- Through engaging activities and hands-on projects, students focus on understanding how criteria, constraints, and processes affect designs. Emphasis is placed on brainstorming, visualizing, modeling, testing, and refining designs.

Tennis 2

(Q)- Designed for the student who is interested in competing and perfecting individual skills.

Track & Field

(Q)- This course is designed for the beginning student who is unfamiliar with, or interested in, learning the fundamentals of sprinting, distance running, jumping, and throwing events.

Sports Variety

(Q)- Designed for students interested in improving coordination, confidence, and knowledge in a variety of sports and activities with a very minimal amount of competition.

Golf

(Q)- This course is designed for the beginning student who is unfamiliar with or interested in learning the fundamentals of golf.

Archery

(Q)- A beginning class in archery focusing upon the development of target shooting and retrieval skills, history, terminology, safety, and care of equipment.

Personal Fitness

(Q)- This course is designed for any student who is interested in improving muscular strength, endurance and flexibility, body tone and cardiovascular endurance at an individual level.

Lacrosse

(Q)- Students are introduced to the history, terminology, safety, equipment, scoring, and basic skills of lacrosse.

Soccer 2

(Q)- An intermediate course for improving game strategy, and individual skill.

Basketball 2

(Q)- An intermediate course for those who want to improve skill proficiency and game knowledge through competitive game situations

Healthful Living

(Q)- This course is designed for students to gain knowledge & adapt to healthy living.

Team Games

(Q)- Team Games is a physical education elective that incorporates a variety of team sports played outdoors on the fields and courts.

Rhythmics and ropes

(Q)- Designed for students interested in improving fitness and muscle tone by “moving to the beat”.

Volleyball

(Q)- Designed for the student who is interested in competing and perfecting individual and team skills.

Drawing 1, 2*

(Q)- Drawing I is a wonderful first choice for students who are interested in taking two-dimensional arts courses during middle school.

Painting 1

(Q)- In this introduction to Painting, students will understand and apply the basics as related to elements of art Color, Value, Line and Shape.

Pottery 1, 2

(Q)- This course is an introduction to the versatile, organic material of clay. Prerequisite: Foundations of Art.  Level 2 builds on this course

Sculpture 1, 2    

(Q)- This course is an introduction to the versatile, organic material of clay. Prerequisite: Foundations of Art

Foundations of Art

(Q)- Students are encouraged to take an exploratory approach to the creative process within this course.

Printmaking*

(Q)- Printmaking will be presented as a commercial form of Art through the creation of multiples. Prerequisite: Foundations of Art

Intro to theatre

(Q)- Learn the basics of all aspects of theatre production!

Acting

(Q)- Explore characters and situations through their creative resources using theatre games and extended improvisational situations and prepared scripts.

Tech 1, 2

(Q)- Learn the basic concepts of technical theatre, including stagecraft, lighting and sound.

Costumes & Makeup Design

(Q)- Learn how to make the show happen! Become a quasi-expert in the area of theatre design. This class will explore theatre costumes and make-up design.

Improvisation (acting)

(Q)- In this course, you will explore improvisation techniques to develop skills in spontaneous acting.

Modern Dance 1, 2

(Q), (S)- This course serves as the entry point into the dance department for all 6th graders.

Choreography

(Q)- In this course, students will study the elements of dance composition. Prerequisite: Previous dance experience

Jazz 1, 2

(Q), (S)- This course serves as the entry point into the dance department for all 6th graders.

Tap 1, 2

(Q), (S)- This course serves as the entry point into the dance department for all 6th graders.

Contemporary Jazz (dance)

(Q)- This hybrid jazz class teaches a non-traditional style of jazz to a

generation that is experiencing its evolution.

Yoga

(Q)-

Beginning Band (Brass: trumpet, trombone) (Woods: Clarinet, flute)

(Y)-Students learn to play a brass, woodwind, or percussion instrument. Emphasis is on the acquisition of basic musical skills and systematic progress rather than performance; however, band classes perform several concert compositions. Performances required.

Intermediate Band

(Y)-Designed for 6th grade students who have had one or more years of band in elementary school or the equivalent.

Ligon Phil (Intermediate Strings)

(Y)-This course is for continuing students and is an in-depth study of varied and sophisticated music for string orchestra, (NC MENC grades “3-4” or beyond). Prerequisite: Audition or teacher recommendation.

Piano 1

(Q)- Intro to Piano

Apprentice chorus

(S)-Introductory course for students who are singing for the first time at MS level.

Guitar

(Q)- Learn the fundamentals of guitar playing. Bring your instrument (loaners may be available).

Apprentice Strings (orchestra)

(Y)-Designed for students with modest level of experience as well as for the beginner, introduction to strings. One mandatory evening performance per quarter.

Carolina Crafts

(Q)- Students will create crafts using techniques such as basketry, weaving and pottery techniques, along with their accompanying terminology.

Ballet 1, 2*

(Q), (S)-The course will provide a more intensive study of ballet terminology, execution of steps, choreography and performance in the ballet style. Prerequisite: Magnet Intro to Dance I - Ballet and Modern

Commercial Art

(Q)- This course will put an emphasis on the understanding and application of the principles of design; namely, balance, movement, repetition, emphasis, contrast, and unity.

Fiber Art

(Q)- This course will allow the student the opportunity to explore a wide variety of art processes that involve fabrics.

Playwriting

(Q)- Learn the craft of playwriting! In this course, you will study plot, characterization, theatricality, and other elements of the playwright’s craft.

Puppetry

(Q)-  In this class, storytelling and art combine – you will learn about the history of puppetry, develop verbal expression and improvisational techniques, create puppet plays, and build your own puppets.