High School Schedule C Curriculum Outlines


English

The equation: "American Literature = American History + Literature" (Castillo) essentially encapsulates what this class is about. Students will be examining the effects various events in American History have had on the discipline of Literature and the society of which they are part. Guided discussions and debates become the primary modes of teacher/student exchange. In addition, the expansion of various writing skills as well some strategies for the SAT verbal section will be brought to the forefront.

Students will also be required to read selected works outside of class for Accelerated Reading points.

Selected texts include but are not limited to:
  • ♦ The Great Gatsby/F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • ♦ “A Rose for Emily”/William Faulkner
  • ♦ “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathanial Hawthorne
  • ♦ The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn/ Mark Twain

Mathematics.

Texts: Primarily Saxon Math series or as noted (see below)

Students in grades 5-12 are tested and placed in the level of math they will be most successful in. Students who are accelerated will be tested and given the opportunity to take more advanced math levels. Saxon is a comprehensive system through pre-calculus, which emphasizes learning in small increments and review of all previously learned concepts throughout the year. Each night's homework consists of many different types of problems from all previous lessons.

  • ♦ Math 8/7 (Saxon Publishers, Inc.)
  • ♦ Algebra 1/2 (Pre-Algebra) (Saxon Publishers, Inc.)
  • ♦ Algebra 1/Geometry (Saxon Publishers, Inc.)
  • ♦ Algebra 2/Geometry (Saxon Publishers, Inc.)
  • ♦ Advanced Math - Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus (Robert Blitzer)
  • ♦ AP Calculus - Advanced Trigonometry, Analytic Geometry (Saxon & Wang)
  • ♦ Practical Math - Consumer Applications (Holt, Rinehart, Winston, 1998)

Science (Lab Science: Chemistry).

Texts:
  • ♦ Modern Chemistry (Holt McDougal 2012)

The Modern Chemistry text presents a balanced and engaging approach to conceptual and problem-solving instruction. Each student has access to an online version of their text; as well as extensive support materials for problem-solving support.

The text is designed to encourage students' progression from lower-order thinking skills to higher-order thinking skills as they master concepts.

Content that makes the program more accessible to students include:
  • ♦ critical thinking questions
  • ♦ highlighted formulas and variables
  • ♦ in-text definitions for key vocabulary
  • ♦ check for understanding sections for reading comprehension
  • ♦ Problem-solving steps

The Laboratory Experience:

Students are exposed to the process of chemistry in every lab through the use of investigation and experimentation. In addition, there are activities within the chapters that provide students with hands-on experience that may be done at home or on desks. The goals of each lab include some process skills; which are the skills that scientists use when they actually do science.

Students participate in a 90-minute laboratory on a biweekly basis.

Social Studies: History (World History).

Text: World History: Continuity and Change (Holt, Rinehart, Winston, 1999)

In World History we study up to the beginning of the Modern World paying particular attention to the Roman Empire and the Empires of Asia and Africa. These civilizations are explored from the perspective of that civilization's internal development, and form the perspective of how cross-cultural interaction and historical legacies affected its development and the development of other civilizations. In addition, we also focus on the Industrial Revolution, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and Desert Storm. Throughout the year students are expected to do current event reports and discussions.

The following two courses have been taught some years as student interest and time allowed:

Economics.

Text: Economics: Today and Tomorrow by Roger LeRoy Miller (Glencoe-McGraw Hill, 1999)

Psychology.

Text: Psychology: An Introduction by Charles G. Morris and Albert A. Maisto (Prentice Hall, 2002)

Foreign Language: Korean.

The Korean language program is designed for students to develop and polish their skills in reading, writing, and speaking the Korean language. In addition, students will be able to identify Korean language and culture through a variety of special activities.

Foreign Language: Spanish.

Ninth through Twelfth Grade: Acquire knowledge of Spanish language step by step using the textbook, workbook, audio and visual aids and a Spanish/English dictionary. There will be several modes of instruction ranging from lectures to group discussions and activities in which all participate. This course is divided into Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced.

Memorize and apply the vocabulary and grammar of the Spanish language through oral, written, reading, and audio exercises. To review basic grammatical structures already studied followed by more advanced structures needed to acquire better proficiency. Classroom activities progress from drills to exercises of a more communicative approach. The course will consist of the following: Lecture by instructor, the use of the textbooks (Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced levels respectively), workbooks, oral activities, listening activities, Internet activities, written activities, and cultural activities.

Evaluation: Homework, project assignments, class participation, quizzes, textbook unit tests, midterm and final. Required Texts: Paso A, Paso I, II, and III (Prentice Hall).

Character Education.

Text: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey

Health (including Marriage & Family).

Text: Health (Glencoe McGraw Hill, 1999)

Other sources:
  • ♦ I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris
  • ♦ Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus by John Gray
  • ♦ RQ: Relationship Quotient by Richard Panzer

The focus of this course is making informed and healthy life choices. The course covers:

  • ♦ Fitness and nutrition
  • ♦ Mental and emotional health
  • ♦ Body systems
  • ♦ Growth and development
  • ♦ Medicines and drugs
  • ♦ Disease and disorders and injury prevention and safety
  • ♦ Healthy relationships

Information Technology.

Schedule C

Students in Schedule C and D will mostly learn about writing code for creating JavaScript programs using an online resource called “Khan Academy”, but will also be taught other skills that will help them throughout college and future careers such as building a resume, understanding advanced search functions for conducting research, word processing skills such as implementing proper citations, and more.

Programs Used:
  • ♦ Notepad++
  • ♦ Microsoft Word
  • ♦ Gimp 2.0
  • ♦ Tinkercad
  • ♦ Windows Movie Maker

Units and Topics
  • ♦ Making JavaScript programs with Notepad++
  • ♦ Creating and designing web pages using HTML and CSS programming
  • ♦ Resume building tools for job hunting
  • ♦ Advanced word processing skills
  • ♦ Advanced Search functions
  • ♦ Designing and creating multimedia projects
  • ♦ Building 3D models for 3D printing

Food Tech

The goal is that students will come out of this class not only being able to fend for themselves, but also having the confidence to prepare meals for their family when you need them to do so. Your encouragement is vital to the success of this program.
“Cooking Class,” or Food Tech, meets every other week for a three hour class.
Students will be assigned to teams, with each team responsible to prepare one course of the meal.
Each student will be assigned one class per semester when they will be responsible to plan the menu of their choice, or be the "Head Chef"
On the week your student is the Head Chef, they will be responsible for the menu, and shopping for all ingredients. Parents may assist, but students are required to shop for all the ingredients themselves. This is an important aspect of the program that teaches them to work within a specific food budget, understand unit pricing, estimate quantities of ingredients needed, learn how long it takes to shop, and many other things.
HOMEWORK: Your student will also be required to COOK ONCE A WEEK AT HOME, preparing some part of the meal, for your family. Parents must sign off verifying what their student cooked at home each week and this counts towards their grade.