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Online Middle School Electives

Elective Courses Offer Online Middle School Students a Wide Spectrum of Information

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Our core online middle school classes are very similar to the main course requirements at any face-to-face school. Electives are also available from eAchieve Academy to let students engage and learn about exciting topics.

Students can learn about a wide variety of subjects and focus on classes they find interesting.

Our elective online middle school classes include something for everyone. eAchieve Academy offers business focused electives to teach your student about future career opportunities.

Our health classes teach students about the human body and help them make smart choices. We offer several languages and a multitude of technology classes to prepare your child for our ever-changing world.

eAchieve Academy is focused on keeping students actively involved in their education.

Our online middle school electives allow students to learn more about their world and stay engaged in their education. This year’s middle school electives are:
Business Ventures Career Exploration Digital Imaging Food Dynamics
Gateway to Technology 1 Gateway to Technology 2 Intro to Computer Science Intro to Digital Arts
Keyboarding Music Appreciation Physical Education REAL
World Language Survey French 1 German 1 Latin 1
Spanish 1 Theatre Tech & Design Acting & Performance Health

 

Business Ventures

Description:

Have you ever thought about starting your own business? Can you resolve situations using ethical behavior? Will you be able to afford living on your own some day? Does advertising influence your purchasing decisions? This course explores owning or managing a business, ethical decision making, setting financial goals for your future, advertising and sales, and other business topics with hands-on activities and projects.

Learning Targets:

Business Management and Administration:

  1. Compare and contrast the types of business ownerships (sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations)
  2. Assess the impact of competition on business operations
  3. Distinguish traits of successful business owners and managers
  4. Identify and develop major components of a plan for starting a business including location, hours, and contact information, etc.

Financial Literacy:

  1. Examine how income affects choices and spending decisions when preparing a budget
  2. Create financial records and reports
  3. Write checks and deposit slips for a personal checking account
  4. Compute gross pay, taxes, and net pay using a weekly time card and payroll register
  5. Prepare and write checks for weekly payroll

Marketing:

  1. Compare types of advertising/promotion and reasons for using them
  2. Analyze the effectiveness and purpose of advertisements
  3. Plan, write, and create various types of advertisements
  4. Identify product features and benefits that help determine consumer buying decisions
  5. Develop, create, and market a product

Contributes to team project to produce original works or solve problems

Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Length:

1 Semester

Grade Level:

7, 8

Career Exploration

Description:

Career Exploration is an introductory course in which students complete self assessments and inventories in order to gain insight into potential future careers. This course uses wiscareers.org to explore and research careers based on the career cluster model. Students will also look learn career skills needed for for success.

Learning Targets:

T1: Identify skills and attitudes needed for successful careers.

T2: Analyze personal skills, values and interest surveys in relation to career clusters.

T3: Research careers based on personal inventory results.

T4: Create a personal career plan.

Prerequisites:

None

Length:

1 Semester

Grade Level:

7, 8

Digital Imaging

Description:

In Digital Imaging, students begin by learning the basic functions of digital cameras and general photographic concepts such as composition, subject, exposure, lighting and flash. Students then learn how to use the GIMP, an image-processing program to create and manipulate digital images. Specific skills taught in this course include using layers, cropping images, color and lighting concepts such as hue and saturation. As a culminating activity, students build a portfolio of work to demonstrate the skills they have learned. Students do not need to have access to a digital camera or photography experience to take this course.

Learning Targets:

T1: Students will be able to explain how a digital camera works, and the differences between color and black and white images.

T2: Students will be able to demonstrate good photographic composition and lighting in their images.

T3: Students will be able to use the selection, drawing, and transformation tools of GIMP on their own and existing images.

T4: Students will be able to use multiple layers to modify existing images and create their own multi-layered images.

Length:

1 Semester

Grade Level:

 8

Food Dynamics

Description:

This course is a comprehensive study of foods and nutrition which includes societal, cultural, economic, and technological factors. There will be an emphasis on food science as it relates to diet, food preparation, safety and sanitation, and successful food processes and products. Students will learn about career pathways related to nutrition, food science, and the culinary and hospitality industries.

Note: There is some cooking in this class so students will need to purchase groceries.

Learning Targets:

T1: Demonstrate responsibility, safety, and sanitation while executing proper food preparation techniques.

T2: Analyze societal, technological and individual factors that influence nutrition and wellness of the individual and family.

T3: Research, prepare and reflect on foods from diverse cultures.

T4: Identify and evaluate skills needed in the food service industry.

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Length:

1 Semester

Grade Level:

7, 8

Gateway to Technology 1

Description:

Gateway to Technology content is derived from engineering concepts and industrial practices. The student learns theories, science and applications continuously evolving in manufacturing and engineering. Technological concepts are taught permitting students to understand the equipment, processes and techniques used in modern technological societies.

The primary goal of Gateway to Technology is to promote technological literacy. To achieve the goal of technological literacy, Gateway to Technology prepares the students to understand, control and use technology. Adapting to technological change and dealing with factors which influence our present and future are reflected in the curricular offerings for Gateway to Technology and the curriculum taught.

Learning Targets:

T1: Recognize the importance of and demonstrate the ability to work safely and cooperatively in a classroom/laboratory environment.

T2: Apply and evaluate the design process.

T3: Synthesize information in order to share observations, processes and results.

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Length:

1 Semester

Grade Level:

7, 8

Gateway to Technology 2

Description:

Gateway to Technology 2 is an advanced course for students in grades 7 and 8 who have taken and passed Gateway to Technology 1. This second level course will get students involved in hands-on projects in different areas of Technology & Engineering. Some of these fields of study include Green Architecture, Physics, and much more!  It is about applying engineering, science, math, and technology to solve complex, open-ended problems in a real-world context. Students focus on the process of defining and solving a problem, not on getting the "right" answer. They learn how to apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to make the world a better place through innovation.  This is a semester long course.

Learning Targets:

T1: Recognize the importance of and demonstrate the ability to work safely.

T2: Apply and evaluate the design process.

T3: Synthesize information in order to share observations, processes and results.

Prerequisites:

Gateway to Technology 1 taken and passed.

Length:

1 Semester

Grade Level:

7, 8

Intro to Computer Science

DESCRIPTION:

Designed to be the first computer science course for students who have never programmed before, Introduction to Computer Science is an optional starting point for the PLTW Computer Science program. Students work in teams to create apps for mobile devices using MIT App Inventor®. They explore the impact of computing in society and build skills in digital citizenship and cybersecurity. Beyond learning the fundamentals of programming, students build computational thinking skills by applying computer science to collaboration tools, modeling and simulation, and data analysis. In addition, students transfer the understanding of programming gained in App Inventor to text-based programming in Python® and apply their knowledge to create algorithms for games of chance and strategy.

LEARNING TARGETS:

  • Define the problem and analyze research to develop a solution
  • Generate information in order to communicate observations, processes and results
  • Collaborate effectively and allocate resources efficiently
  • Apply mathematical and scientific principles to arrive at tangible solutions to complex scenarios

PREREQUISITES:

There are no prerequisites for this course.

LENGTH:

1 Semester

GRADE LEVEL:

6, 7, 8

Intro to Digital Arts

Description:

This course is an introduction to using Web 2.0 tools in areas of digital arts including: digital photography, 2D and 3D-drawing, and website design. This exploratory course will build a foundation for future study in the digital arts.

Learning Targets:

T1: CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION: Students will apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, or processes and create original works of art as a means of personal extension.

T2: COMMUNICATION: Students will visually communicate ideas and information effectively by producing works of art using various tools.

T3: CRITICAL THINKING, PROBLEM SOLVING, AND DECISION MAKING: Students will visualize and plan alternative solutions to a given problem.

T4: PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND PROFESSIONALISM: Students will manage projects and accept responsibility for producing high quality results

T5: RESEARCH AND INFORMATION FLUENCY: Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.

T6: TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS AND CONCEPTS: Students will use Web 2.0 tools effectively and productively.

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Length:

 1 Semester

Grade Level:

6, 7, 8

Keyboarding

Description:

Prepare yourself for the computerized workplace. This course is intended for students who need to learn or improve their keyboarding technique and skills. Students will master touch keyboarding and improve their proofreading, editing, and writing skills while formatting letters, reports, tables, and other documents. Master the skill you can't do without in today's world where the keyboard is the primary means of communication and technology input. This course is recommended for Computer Applications I.

Learning Targets:

T1: Demonstrate touch keyboarding skills at acceptable speed and accuracy levels.

T2: Execute proper keyboarding position to ergonomically key with correct fingering.

T3: Identify security issues pertaining to networked computer systems and practice a code of ethics

T4: Create an appropriate, professional impression through proper formatting/proofreading of reports, letters, and tables

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Length:

1 Semester

Grade Level:

7, 8

Music Appreciation

Description:

Through this online Music Appreciation course, students will be exposed to many diverse activities and will learn a wide variety of musical concepts they will be able to use in their everyday lives for the rest of their lives. Students will learn foundational skills such as performing, listening, analyzing, and responding to music. Students will develop a sense of self-esteem by accomplishing activities that require higher critical thinking skills especially developed for their grade level. Integrated assignments incorporate other content areas of study such as: science, social studies, and math. The content studied will directly apply to other areas of study providing students with an additional enrichment experience they'll be able to take with them for a lifetime.

Quizzes, discussion boards, projects, and performance activities will be assessed weekly to gauge content understanding. After completion of this course, students will have the knowledge to reflect on musical periods and styles, understand music's role in history, analyze and evaluate music, develop criteria necessary for making critical judgments and informed musical choices, as well as enhance their overall musicianship.

Learning Targets:

T1: Students will gain knowledge, awareness, understanding and appreciation of different kinds of music.

T2: Students will develop critical thinking and analytical skills when discussing various elements of music.

T3: Students will understand relationships between music, other arts, history and culture.

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Length:

1 Semester

Grade Level:

6, 7, 8

MS Physical Education

Description:

This course provides students with an overview of group sports. Students learn about a variety of sports, and an in-depth study of soccer or basketball. Students learn not only the history, rules, and guidelines of each sport, but practice specific skills related to each sport. Students also learn about game strategy and the benefits of sports. In addition, students study elements of personal fitness, goal setting, sport safety, and sports nutrition. Students conduct a pre- and post-fitness assessment, as well as participate in weekly physical activity.

Learning Targets:

T1: Physical Activity

Students will be able to participate regularly in physical activity.

Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.

T2: Content

Students will know and understand specific skills and rules of some sports.

Students will understand the 5 fitness components

Students will understand the importance of safety during activity.

Studentes will know and understand the benefits of exercise.

Students will be able to evaluate and understand more about how their body works.

T3: Goal Setting

Students will be able to set, self assess, and evaluate health enhancing goals.

Students will be able to evaluate, maintain, and improve physical fitness, motor skills, and knowledge about physical activity through fitness testing, activity labs, and assessments.

T4: Community

Students will be able to find resources that will help them enhance their health.

Students will be able to communicate with others about their activities, opinions, and experiences.

Length:

1 Semester

Grade Level:

6, 7, 8

REAL: Responsibility Education Accountability for a Lifetime

Description:

This course explores the roles and relationship of the individual with family, community and work environment. Through an in-depth understanding of human development students will problem solve challenges the individual and families face in today's society. Students will learn about career pathways associated with the changing needs of the individual and family in the 21st century.

Learning Targets:

T1: I can determine effective communication skills necessary for individual, family and work relationships.

T2: I can apply decision making and management practices to family, community and work settings.

T3: I can analyze the elements of the family environment necessary to meet the developmental needs of the family members.

T4: I can research a career in the Health Science career cluster and analyze its impact on family and community wellness.

Prerequisites:

None

Length:

1 semester

Grade Level:

7, 8

World Language Survey

Description:

In the Middle School World Language course students will be introduced to 6 different languages within the 18 week semester. The languages in this course include Latin, Spanish, French, German, Chinese and Japanese. Each language will be taught for a period of 3 weeks. This multilingual course is designed to give students an opportunity to gain understanding of a language that they might want to study in the future. The languages will be taught using the communicative method which combines listening, speaking, reading and writing in the target language with the use of multimedia resources.

Learning Targets:

T1: Students will be able to identify the benefits of studying each language and identify where the 6 languages are/were spoken/used.

T2: Students will recognize and reproduce (speak or write) target language vocabulary.

T3: Students will explain how the target culture is similar to or different from their own culture.

Prerequisites:

None

Length:

1 semester

Grade Level:

7, 8

French 1

Description:

In this course, the student will begin their foreign language study through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities that are based on pedagogically proven methods of foreign language instruction. In first semester, students will study Greetings, numbers 0-30, likes & dislikes, leisure activities, physical descriptions, family and pets. Second semester students will learn about school subjects, the calendar, telling time, sports, weather and foods. Through these topics students learn to express themselves using an ever-increasing vocabulary, present tense verbs, articles and adjectives. Grammar is introduced and practiced in innovative and interesting ways with a variety of learning styles in mind. Culture is sprinkled throughout the course in an attempt to help the learner focus on the French-speaking world and their culture, people, geographical locations and histories. The course is aligned to the national Foreign Language standards.

Learning Targets:

Listening - Students will understand the main idea and supporting details of spoken language that incorporates familiar vocabulary and structures and respond appropriately.

Reading - Students will understand selected written materials on various topics.

Speaking - Students will apply knowledge of French pronunciation and intonation patterns in various situations.

Writing - Students will respond to statements or questions in French; write compositions and conversations on selected topics, which incorporate description, detail and accurate grammatical structures.

Culture - Students will explain how aspects of the French-speaking culture differ from their own and discuss the influence of the French-speaking culture in the global community.

Prerequisites:

None

Length:

Full Year

Grade Level:

8

German 1

Description:

In this course, the student will begin their foreign language study through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities that are based on pedagogically proven methods of foreign language instruction. In first semester, students will study greetings, the numbers 0-20, likes & dislikes, leisure activities, family & pets, physical descriptions, school subjects & schedules, and time. In second semester the topics of study are clothing & shopping, ordering & eating in a cafe/restaurant, giving opinions, leisure activities, household chores, weather, food, and the city. Students learn to express themselves using an ever-increasing vocabulary, present tense verbs, articles and adjectives. Grammar is introduced and practiced in innovative and interesting ways with a variety of learning styles in mind. Culture is sprinkled throughout the course in an attempt to help the learner focus on the German-speaking world and their culture, people, geographical locations and histories. The course is aligned to the national Foreign Language standards.

Learning Targets:

Listening - Students will understand the main idea and supporting details of spoken language that incorporates familiar vocabulary and structures and respond appropriately.

Reading - Students will understand selected written materials on various topics.

Speaking - Students will apply knowledge of German pronunciation and intonation patterns in various situations.

Writing - Students will respond to statements or questions in German; write compositions and conversations on selected topics, which incorporate description, detail and accurate grammatical structures.

Culture - Students will explain how aspects of the German-speaking culture differ from their own and discuss the influence of the German-speaking culture in the global community.

Prerequisites:

None

Length:

Full Year

Grade Level:

8

Latin 1

Description:

Latin One introduces students to the Cornelius family, a typical upper class Roman family. Students will learn about the members of a Roman family, dress, slavery and life in Rome. Grammatically, students will learn declensions, conjugations, and other parts of Latin sentences. Students will learn to translate basic Latin sentences and become familiar with authentic Latin phrases and mottoes, mythological Olympians and legends in addition to a study of the Roman Monarchy and early Republic

Learning Targets:

Reading - Students will understand selected written materials on various topics.

Writing - Students will respond to statements or questions in Latin; translate selections from English to Latin and Latin to English, showing an understanding of accurate grammatical structures.

Culture - Students will explain how aspects of the Roman world differ from their own, recognize the Roman contributions to the modern world and utilize English derivatives from Latin.

Prerequisites:

None

Length:

Full Year

Grade Level:

8

Spanish 1

Description:

In this course, the student will begin their foreign language study through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities that are based on pedagogically proven methods of foreign language instruction. In first semester, students will study greetings, likes and dislikes, and school vocabulary. In second semester, the topics of study are food, family, shopping, the house, and sports. Through these topics students learn to express themselves using an ever-increasing vocabulary, verbs, articles and adjectives. Grammar is introduced and practiced in innovative and interesting ways with a variety of learning styles in mind. Culture is sprinkled throughout the course to help the learner focus on the Spanish-speaking world and their culture, people, geographical locations and histories. The course is aligned to the national Foreign Language standards.

Learning Targets:

Listening - Students will understand the main idea and supporting details of spoken language that incorporates familiar vocabulary and structures and respond appropriately.

Reading - Students will understand selected written materials on various topics.

Speaking - Students will apply knowledge of Spanish pronunciation and intonation patterns in various situations.

Writing - Students will respond to statements or questions in Spanish; write compositions and conversations on selected topics, which incorporate description, detail and accurate grammatical structures.

Culture - Students will explain how aspects of the Spanish-speaking culture differ from their own and discuss the influence of the Spanish-speaking culture in the global community.

Prerequisites:

None

Length:

Full Year

Grade Level:

8

Theatre Tech and Design

 

DESCRIPTION:

In this class, students will take on the roles of theatre designers, read a play, research its background, and build a scale model of how you perceive the set of the play to look.  Then, the student will give a presentation to the play’s “director,” pitching their ideas by describing how their designs would look in the hopes the director will “hire” them.  The goal is to give them course work that exposes them to the backstage world of the theatre, while also providing an interdisciplinary and authentic learning experience that mirrors what the real world of theatre is actually like.

LEARNING TARGETS:

  1. Analyze a script to create a unified, comprehensive design
  2. Evaluate performance in class activities
  3.  Draw connections between the world of theatre and other subjects.

PREREQUISITES:

There are no prerequisites for this course.

LENGTH:

1 Semester

GRADE LEVEL:

6, 7, 8

Acting and Performance

DESCRIPTION:

Students would be introduced to the world of the theatre with emphasis on the process of preparing a piece for performance.  Students will develop the confidence required to speak and perform in front of others, and refine their skills to better communicate both physically and vocally.  Topics covered will include character development, physical and vocal expression, script analysis, freeing of inhibitions, overcoming stage fright, and reflection.  During the course, students would be assigned a variety of performance assignments, including poetry and prose interpretation, dramatic and comedic monologues, and/or original character creation.  In addition, the course would introduce students to the process it takes to create, produce, and perform a piece of live theatre.  As a result of taking this course, students will develop their public speaking and performance skills, increase their confidence, reduce their inhibitions, and learn to express themselves in new and interesting ways.

LEARNING TARGETS:

  • Create characters through physical movement, adapting movement and making physical choices to fit the requirements of a scene.
  • Create characters vocally, adapting voice and language to fit the requirements of a scene
  • Demonstrate an awareness of basic elements of theater history and how they influence modern performance
  • Demonstrate increased understanding of what they need to do to make their characters or scenes more believable and/or understandable

PREREQUISITES:

There are no prerequisites for this course.

LENGTH:

1 Semester

GRADE LEVEL:

6, 7, 8

Health

Description:

This comprehensive health course is designed for middle school students. It covers basic information about body systems, disease, and hygiene. Students explore the various realms of health, including mental, social, and emotional health. In addition, students learn important life skills such as decision-making and refusal skills.

Learning Targets:

T1: Community

Students will be able to access resources that will help them enhance their health.

Students will be able to demonstrate healthy ways to express needs, wants, feelings, and opinions.

Students will be able to evaluate the validity of health information, products, and services.

Students will be able to create something new to help the environment.

T2: Content

Students will understand the six dimensions of wellness and how they influence your health

Students will understand basic information about their body and benefits of healthy habits.

Students will understand and demonstrate the importance of decision making and refusal skills.

T3: Goal Setting

Students will be able to set, self assess, and evaluate health enhancing goals.

T4: Self Advocacy

Students will be able to express opinions about situations and health issues.

Students will engage in health enhancing behaviors to avoid or reduce health risks.

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Length:

1 Semester

Grade Level:

6, 7, 8

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