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9th Grade Course Selections
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Business Electives
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Computer Applications Prerequisites: None
The purpose of this course is for students to apply computer software and technology to communicate and problem solve in our information-intensive society. Students will apply software applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software, to compose, organize, create, and communicate information. Students will integrate these programs along with e-mail and the Internet to prepare documents and complete projects. This class has transcripted credit with Gateway Technical College.
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Desktop Publishing
Create your own CD cover. Create your own candy bar wrapper. Design an ad or publish a newsletter used by a local company. Students will create business cards, flyers, forms, brochures, newsletters, greeting cards, and announcements by using graphics, objects, fonts, etc.
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International Business Prerequisites: None
How many products do you own that are not made in the US? How do world events affect your product choices? How do you prepare to do business in a different country or culture? Use internet research to answer and understand questions about the world of international business.
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Leadership Prerequisites: None
Successful athletes, powerful business people, and highly effective individuals--what do they have in common? They must have strong leadership skills to achieve success. This class is designed to teach students leadership skills that will be important to their future, regardless of career goals. This class teaches several of the new "basic skills" identified as crucial for success in the future. These skills include problem solving and creative thinking; self esteem, goal setting and motivation; interpersonal skills and teamwork; situational leadership and communication. The class emphasizes small group work and hands-on experiences.
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Starting a Business Prerequisites: None
This course introduces what's happening behind the scenes of a typical company. Learn about different types of business, their ethical and social responsibilities relating to employees and customers, and managing business risk.
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Web Page Design
Create your own web page! The Web has become the hottest new way for businesses and individuals to get their messages out. Businesses and individuals are creating Web pages and updating them periodically. Learn HTML language and software to design Web pages.
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English 1 Credit Required
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Survey Literature & CompositionPrerequisites: None
Survey of Literature and Composition builds on the knowledge acquired in middle school and sets a foundation for the students' literature and writing skills used in high school. This literature-based course draws from a variety of genres. Students gain an understanding of the writing process, including pre-writing, drafting, and revision for persuasive and expository writing. Skills will build in the areas of reading, writing, study strategies, listening, speaking, and research.
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Survey Literature & Composition - HonorsPrerequisites: None
Survey of Literature and Composition-Honors is a literature based course. Students will discuss and analyze literature from a variety of genres. Effective communication strategies will be practiced through both written and oral communication tasks. Each step of the writing process will be refined with particular focus on revision. Skills will build in the areas of reading, writing, study strategies, listening, speaking, and research in preparation for college.
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Family/Consumer Science Electives
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Child Development 1Prerequisites: None This course is designed to help the student understand the developing child. Students will explore the effect of heredity and environment on the developing child. The physical, social, emotional and intellectual well-being of children and their various growth and development patterns will also be studied. Those students interested in a career involving children will find this course useful..5
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Clothing 1 - Family ClothingPrerequisites: None The student will have an opportunity to improve their basic sewing skills and knowledge of clothing construction, including use of a pattern. Sewing machines will be utilized to complete individual clothing projects. Students must purchase their own materials and supplies with a course fee to be paid at registration..5
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Exploring Health OccupationsPrerequisites: None Students will learn about career opportunities in the health field. Education and other requirements for job entry, opportunities for advancement, and career maintenance will also be explored. Exposure to the healthcare field will be provided through audiovisual materials, guest speakers, and research. Students will participate in hands-on learning activities..5
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Foods 1 - NutritionPrerequisites: None
Students will learn about career opportunities in the health field. Educational and other requirements for job entry, opportunities for advancement, and career maintenance will also be explored. Exposure to the health care field will be provided through audiovisual materials, guest speakers, and research. Students will participate in hands-on learning activities.
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Interior Design 1Prerequisites: None This course provides a basic understanding of housing as it relates to individuals, families, and communities. A study of basic house styles and architectural terms and the principles of interior design are included. Students learn the decision-making skills and knowledge necessary for obtaining housing and home furnishings. A course fee to be paid at registration will cover the costs of materials. .5
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Fine Arts - Music Electives
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Concert BandPrerequisites: Previous instrumental experience and teacher permission
The members of the Concert Band will find the opportunity in this organization to continue the development of basic individual musical skills and ensemble performance concepts. Class work will emphasize the development of technical proficiency and musical
independence, as well as ensemble performance skills. Performance responsibilities include participation at all concerts, rehearsals, and sectionals, and responsible preparation of the music. Time outside the normal school day may be required.This course may be taken multiple times.
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Concert Band - HonorsPrerequisites: Previous instrumental experience and teacher permission
The members of the Concert Band Honors will find the opportunity in this organization to continue the development of basic individual musical skills and ensemble performance concepts. Class work will emphasize the development of technical proficiency and musical
independence, as well as ensemble performance skills. Performance responsibilities include participation at all concerts, rehearsals, and sectionals, and responsible preparation of the music. Additional honors requirements as assigned by the teacher are required for this course. Time outside the normal school day may be required. This course may be taken multiple times.
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Concert Choir (Male)Prerequisites: Teacher permission
Members of this choir will deal with four-part (SATB) literature. Performance responsibilities include participation at all concerts, rehearsals, and sectionals; a positive attitude toward development of talents and skills; and responsible preparation of the music.
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Concert Choir (Male) - HonorsPrerequisites: Teacher permission
Members of this choir will deal with four-part (SATB) literature. Performance responsibilities include participation at all concerts, rehearsals, and sectionals; a positive attitude toward development of talents and skills; and responsible preparation
of the music. Additional honors requirements as assigned by the teacher are required for this course. Time outside the normal school day may be required. This course may be taken multiple times.
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Concert OrchestraPrerequisites: None
The members of the Concert Orchestra will find the opportunity in this organization to continue the development of basic individual musical skills and ensemble performance concepts. Class work will emphasize the development of technical proficiency and musical independence, as well as ensemble performance skills. Performance responsibilities include participation at all concerts, rehearsals and sectionals, and responsible preparation of the music.
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Concert Orchestra - HonorsPrerequisites: Previous experience on string instruments
The members of the Concert Orchestra - Honors will find the opportunity in this organization to continue the development of basic individual musical skills and ensemble performance concepts. Class work will emphasize the development of technical proficiency and musical independence, as well as ensemble performance skills. Performance responsibilities include participation at all concerts, rehearsals and sectionals, and responsible preparation of the music. Additional honors requirements as assigned by the teacher are required for this course.
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Symphonic BandPrerequisites: Audition and teacher permission
The members of the Symphonic Band will find the opportunity in this organization to continue the development of basic individual musical skills and ensemble performance concepts. Class work will emphasize the development of technical proficiency and musical independence, as well as ensemble performance skills. Performance responsibilities include participation at all concerts, rehearsals, and sectionals, and responsible preparation of the music.
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Symphonic Band - HonorsPrerequisites: Audition and teacher permission
The members of the Symphonic Band - Honors will find the opportunity in this organization to continue the development of basic individual musical skills and ensemble performance concepts. Class work will emphasize the development of technical proficiency and musical independence, as well as ensemble performance skills. Performance responsibilities include participation at all concerts, rehearsals, and sectionals, and responsible preparation of the music. Additional honors requirements as assigned by the teacher are required for this course.
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Treble Choir (Female)Prerequisites: Previous singing experience is helpful
Treble Choir is an organization of female voices which explores literature composed or arranged specifically for voice. Performance responsibilities include participation at all concerts, rehearsals, andsectionals; a positive attitude toward development of talents and skills; and responsible preparation of the music. Time outside the normal school day may be required. This course may be taken multiple times.
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Treble Choir (Female) - Honors Prerequisites: Previous singing experience is helpful & teacher permission
Treble Choir Honors is an organization of female voices which explores literature composed or arranged specifically for voice. Performance responsibilities include par-
ticipation at all concerts, rehearsals, and sectionals; a positive attitude toward development of talents and skills; and responsible preparation of the music. Additional honors requirements as assigned by the teacher are required for this course. Time outside the normal school day may be required.This course may be taken multiple times.
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Fine Arts - Theatre Electives
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Acting 1Prerequisites: None
This will be a four-year course that will serve as a foundation for the four-year program in the theater specialty. Students will study basic skills needed in performance with an emphasis on developing the body, voice, and various technical aspects of the theater. The technical aspects covered include stage make-up, set design, set construction, costuming, business skills, designing programs, and performance resumes. The acting skills covered include improvisational skills and acting techniques. A four-year historical study, beginning with the theory of the origins of theater to Greek and Roman theater, will also be introduced. Throughout the four-year program, students will develop a portfolio that reveals their progress made over the entire four years.
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Acting 1 - HonorsPrerequisites: None
Acting 1 Honors will be a four-year course that will serve as a foundation for the four-year program in the theatre specialty. Students will study basic skills needed in performance with an emphasis on developing the body, voice, and various technical aspects of the
theater. The technical aspects covered include stage makeup, set design, set construction, costuming, business skills, designing programs, and performance resumes. The acting skills covered include improvisational skills and acting techniques. A four-year historical study, beginning with the theory of the origins of theatre to Greek and Roman theatre, will also be introduced. Throughout the four-year program, students will develop a portfolio that reveals their progress made over the entire four years. Additional honors requirements as assigned by the teacher are required for this course.
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Drama 1Prerequisites: None This class focuses on the fundamentals of stage presentation with an emphasis on acting and drama through performance. Students will learn basic voice and body techniques, participate in theater games, activities, improvisation, and play analysis..5
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Fine Arts - Visual Art Electives
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Intro to High School ArtPrerequisites: None
This is an art course open to any freshman students interested in either beginning or continuing their study of art. Students will experiment with a variety of structured experiences in design, drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture. Students will be introduced to the elements and principles of design including line, shape, form, space, texture, color and value. Composition, aesthetics and some art history will also be integrated into this class. An art fee will be assessed at registration to cover the cost of basic art supplies used in this class.
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Intro to High School Art - HonorsPrerequisites: Teacher permission
This is an art course open to any freshman student interested in either beginning or continuing their study of art. Students will experiment with a variety of structured experiences in design, drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture. Students will be introduced to the elements and principles of design including line, shape, form, space, texture, color, and value. Composition, aesthetics, and some art history will also be integrated into this class. Additional honors requirements as assigned by the teacher are required for this course.
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Mathematics 1 Credit Required
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Algebra 1Prerequisites: None
This course includes the study of rational number properties, variables, polynomials, and factoring. Students learn to write, solve, and graph linear and quadratic equations and to solve systems of equations. They also learn to model real-world applications including statistics and probability investigations
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GeometryPrerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra 1 (312011 and 312012).
This course is a study of plane and solid geometry. It includes precise definitions, theorems, and postulates relating to plane and solid figures. Students develop deductive reasoning skills as they complete basic proofs relating to these figures. Algebra is integrated throughout the course. Students study topics such as congruence and similarity properties of lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, and circles; areas; volumes; coordinate geometry; and right triangle trigonometry.
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Geometry - Honors Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra 1 (312011 and 312012) and teacher permission.
This course is a rigorous study of plane and solid geometry. It includes precise definitions, theorems, and postulates relating to plane and solid figures. Students explore complex geometric situations and deepen their explanations of geometric relationships, moving towards formal mathematical arguments. The Standards for Mathematical Practice are applied throughout to provide students with a mathematical experience that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.
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Physical Education Required
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Physical Education FoundationsPrerequisites: None
Physical Education Foundations will introduce fitness to students through many different activities, including team sports, individual sports, and organized fitness activities. Implementation of the SPARKS curriculum for high school will come from Physical Education Foundations. This course must be successfully completed before entering any of the other offered physical education courses.
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Science Required
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BiologyPrerequisites: None
Biology students explore how living things function, interact with their environment, and change over time. In this course, students will study the domains of life through an examination of the anatomy, physiology, and ecological significance of representative organisms.
Note: This course is not open to students who have successfully completed Biology-Honors.
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Biology - HonorsPrerequisites: None
Biology Honors is the study of how living things function, interact with their environment, and change over time. This course will examine all domains of life. Required lab work is included in this class that will reinforce the essential concepts of structure and function of the representative organisms. Biology Honors puts a strong emphasis on in-depth critical thinking and independent work. This course prepares the student for courses like Human Anatomy & Physiology and AP Biology.
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Social Studies 1 Credit Required *All sophomores should take World History (Regular, Honors or AP)
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Human Geography - APPrerequisites: None
The purpose of the Advanced Placement (AP) Human Geography course is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface. Students learn to employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications.
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U.S. HistoryPrerequisites: None
Students will survey the development of the U.S. History as a country from Reconstruction through the present time. The highlights of the course are the studying of the Progressive Era, Roaring '20s and the Great Depression, as well as surveying the World Wars, Korean Conflict and Vietnam. The turmoil of the 1960s will be studied as well as the remaining decades until the present time. This course contains panel discussions and seminars along with simulations. There is an outside reading requirement, and the writing skills of the students will be developed.
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U.S. History - HonorsPrerequisites: None
U.S. History Honors is an accelerated examination of America from Reconstruction to the present. The course focuses on the geographical, intellectual, political, economic, and cultural development of the American people, its places, and U.S. events in the context
of world politics. Students will be required to complete work in class as well as outside of class to be successful. Honors credit will be granted based on a student's ability to interpret primary sources, comprehend historical information, and analyze events of the past. Units of study will be chosen from the following list:
• 1865-77—Reconstruction;
• 1865-1900—The Gilded Age, Industrialism, Urbanization, and the End of the Frontier;
• 1890-1914—Imperialism and the Progressive Era;
• 1914-29—World War I and the Roaring Twenties;
• 1929-45—The Great Depression and World War II;
• 1945-60—The Cold War Era;
• 1960-90—The Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, Watergate, and the administrations of Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Bush.
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Technology Education Elective
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Computer Aided Design: BeginningPrerequisites: None
Students will master the basics of the application of computer-aided design (CAD) to the communications and creation of design solutions. This course is articulated with Gateway’s Beginning CAD course and is a prerequisite to CAD 2 and CAD Solids.
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Construction Systems 1Prerequisites: None
This 18-week course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of construction systems. This course gives the students a hands-on opportunity to explore the construction field. Students will learn the components of a house through building wall sections in small groups. Students will also become familiar with the electrical circuits and components used in residential electricity. The final portion of the course will give students an exposure to fine carpentry. Students will use their newly acquired fine carpentry skills to complete a prescribed project.
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Exploring Computer SciencePrerequisites: None
Exploring Computer Science teaches the creative, collaborative, interdisciplinary, and problem-solving nature of computing with instructional materials, which feature a fun, inquiry-based approach to learning and teaching. Exploring Computer Science is designed to introduce students to the breadth of the field of computer science through an exploration of engaging and accessible topics: human-computer interaction, problem solving, web design, introduction to programming, computing/data analysis, and robotics. Rather than focusing the entire course on learning particular software tools or programming languages, the course is designed to focus on the conceptual ideas of computing and help students understand why certain tools or languages might be utilized to solve particular problems. Students will also be introduced to topics such as interface design, limits of computers, and societal and ethical issues.
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Intro to Design, Engineering & TechnologyPrerequisites: None
Introduction to Design, Engineering, and Technology centers on the principles of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to explore and solve problems through a formalized design process. Students will work individually and network in groups using hands-on skills to build simple and complex structures using computer science software and hand and power tools.
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Manufacturing Process 1Prerequisites: None
This course allows students to learn how to use many tools and machines in the manufacturing of several products. Different manufacturing techniques will be covered, such as jigs, fixtures, and mass production. Students are exposed to several different types of manufacturing materials, including woods, plastics, and metals. Safety, precision measuring, and blueprint reading are important areas of emphasis in this course.
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Manufacturing Process 2Prerequisites: Manufacturing 1 and/or teacher permission
This course is designed to allow students to delve deeper into the world of manufacturing. Students learn advanced techniques of manufacturing, such as milling, turning, and CNC applications. This course uses a project-oriented, hands-on approach to drive student learning. Students use a variety of materials and learn the properties unique to those materials. There is an emphasis on quality and pride on each project.
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Small Engine Repair & MaintenancePrerequisites: None
Students interested in small gasoline engines will, upon successful completion of this course, understand the operation and general maintenance of small gasoline engines as
well as gain the knowledge to disassemble and reassemble a small gasoline engine.
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World Languages Elective
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Introductory French 1Prerequisites: None
This is an introductory course in the target language and culture. This course stresses basic communication skills through daily conversation and vocabulary building. Students learn to ask and answer questions and describe people, places, and things in the target language. Students are exposed to the culture of related countries. This course provides a solid background for any student wanting to advance to the next level.
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Intermediate French 2 - HonorsPrerequisites: French 1
This course continues the development of communicative skills with an emphasis in developing reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills through an applied practical use of the target language. Students will broaden knowledge of products, perspectives, and practices of other cultures. This course provides a solid foundation for any student wanting to advance to the next level.
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Introductory Spanish 1Prerequisites: None
Spanish 1 gives students an introduction to the basics of the Spanish Language and the Spanish-speaking world. This two-semester course aligns with the national standards of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), which dictate a pedagogical method that focuses on successful communication through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Course unit topics include the alphabet and numbers; greetings; introductions; the calendar (days, months, and seasons); weather; time; colors; familiar objects and places; family; food; pastimes; and school objects and routine. Course strategies include warm-up activities, vocabulary study, reading threaded discussions, multimedia presentations, self-checks, practice activities and games, oral and written assignments, projects and quizzes.
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Intermiediate Spanish 2 - HonorsPrerequisites: Spanish 1 and/or teacher permission
This course continues the development of communicative skills with an emphasis in developing reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills through an applied practical use of the target language. Students will broaden knowledge of products, perspectives, and practices of other cultures. This course provides a solid foundation for any student wanting to advance to the next level.
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Advanced Spanish 3 - HonorsPrerequisites: Spanish 2 and/or teacher permission
All aspects of effective communication are practiced at this level with a strong emphasis on using authentic materials from the target country to build literacy skills in the target language. Students demonstrate extemporaneous communication on complex topics. Students apply critical thinking skills during analysis and evaluation of current events from target countries. This course provides a solid foundation for any student wanting to advance to the next level.
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AP Spanish Language & CulturePrerequisites: Spanish 3 and/or teacher permission
Students continue to develop interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication in the target language. Students acquire information through authentic sources in the target language. Students apply knowledge of cultural perspectives from target countries. This course is for students who plan to take advanced courses after high school and emphasizes the skills necessary for the Advanced Placement exam.
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Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1Prerequisites: Oral fluencey in spanish and/or teacher permission
This course is designed for students who speak Spanish as a home or heritage language. Students will broaden their linguistic repertoire of Spanish by focusing on reading and writing skills and developing an awareness and understanding of Hispanic linguistic repertoire of Spanish by focusing on reading and writing skills and developing an awareness and understanding of Hispanic cultures.
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Spanish Culture and Civics HonorsAlthough all aspects of effective communication are practiced at this level, the emphasis is on speaking and reading. Using current magazines, newspapers, films, and literature, students refine and review skills learned in previous courses while studying high interest materials which employ an authentic contemporary vocabulary. To further develop skills, this course reviews grammar points deemed the most troublesome. The course enhances those skills necessary in upper level classes. The techniques learned in this class enable students to take advanced courses after high school and increase their fluency in daily and job-related settings. World Language Honors classes challenge students to a higher level of fluency.1
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