High School: Grade 9-12

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“We live in a global village. We want our students to be dynamic and have available to them the greatest possibilities wherever life takes them. Our unique curriculum is designed to give them just that- variety, flexibility, and subject mastery.”  Director, Bayaan Academy

In grade 9, students enter high school which means all of the topics they studied in middle school, will now be dealt with in a more substantial manner.  All courses follow the American National Common Core standards. The curriculum is accredited by AdvancED.

International students who wish to prepare for GCSE exams may note that much of the core content for Science, Math, and English are similar to equivalent GCSE courses; however, international students are encouraged to enroll in GCSE prep courses in their hometown to learn specific test-taking strategies and nuanced differences from the American curriculum.

Core Subjects

Students in grade 9 take Algebra I or Geometry (if they have already completed Algebra I). Algebra I build students’ command of linear, quadratic, and exponential relationships. Students learn through discovery and application, developing the skills they need to break down complex challenges and demonstrate their knowledge in new situations. This course is built for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Topics include:

UNIT 1: FOUNDATIONS OF ALGEBRA
UNIT 2: SOLVING EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES
UNIT 3: FUNCTIONS
UNIT 4: LINEAR EQUATIONS
UNIT 5: SYSTEMS OF LINEAR EQUATIONS
UNIT 6: EXPONENTS AND EXPONENTIAL FUNCTIONS
UNIT 7: SEQUENCES AND FUNCTIONS
UNIT 8: POLYNOMIALS
UNIT 9: FACTORING POLYNOMIALS
UNIT 10: QUADRATIC EQUATIONS AND FUNCTIONS
UNIT 11: UNDOING FUNCTIONS AND MOVING THEM AROUND
UNIT 12: DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS
UNIT 13: DATA AND MATHEMATICAL MODELING

Biology focuses on the mastery of basic biological concepts and models while building scientific inquiry skills and exploring the connections between living things and their environment.

UNIT 1: INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGY
UNIT 2: THE CHEMISTRY OF BIOLOGY
UNIT 3: CELLS
UNIT 4: ENERGY TRANSFER
UNIT 5: EARTH’S RESOURCES
UNIT 6: DNA AND HEREDITY
UNIT 7: DNA TO PROTEIN
UNIT 8: ECOSYSTEMS AND NATURAL SELECTION
UNIT 9: EVOLUTION AND CLASSIFICATION
UNIT 10: HUMAN BIOLOGY END OF THE YEAR REVIEW.

The English I is grade 9 high school english. The course is an overview of exemplary selections of literature in fiction and nonfiction genres. Students read short stories, poems, a full-length novel, and a full-length Shakespeare plays, analyzing the use of elements of literature in developing character, plot, and theme.

UNIT 1: THE SHORT STORY, PART 1
UNIT 2: THE SHORT STORY, PART 2
UNIT 3: POETRY
UNIT 4: THE NOVELLA: FRANZ KAFKA’S THE METAMORPHOSIS
UNIT 5: DRAMA: SHAKESPEARE’S MACBETH
UNIT 6: THE RHETORIC OF ARGUMENT
UNIT 7: THE RHETORIC OF SPEECHES
UNIT 8: REINTERPRETING FICTION

U.S. History traces the nation’s history from the pre-colonial period to the present. The course emphasizes the development of historical analysis skills such as comparing and contrasting, differentiating between facts and interpretations, considering multiple perspectives, and analyzing cause-and-effect relationships.

UNIT 1: FIRST CONTACTS
UNIT 2: BECOMING AMERICAN
UNIT 3: AMERICA IN THE AGE OF JACKSON
UNIT 4: NORTH-SOUTH CONFLICT
UNIT 5: POST-CIVIL WAR AMERICA
UNIT 6: INDUSTRIAL AMERICA
UNIT 7: POPULISM AND PROGRESSIVISM
UNIT 8: THE AGE OF IMPERIALISM
UNIT 9: PROGRESS AND CHALLENGES
UNIT 10: THE COLD WAR BEGINS
UNIT 11: CHANGE IS IN THE AIR
UNIT 12: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES

Arabic program at Bayaan is an immersion program with a focus on spoken and written Arabic, Quranic vocabulary with proper usage of grammar, and Arabic comprehension. Students also dedicate a small portion of the class learning the fundamentals of Arabic grammar, morphology, and translation methods. Teachers and students have to converse in Arabic during the Arabic Language class.

Curriculum series from Arabiyyah Bayna Yadayk are used as the main resource.

In Islamic Studies, students are guided through the core text of the course, Imam Bukhari’s hadith collection known as Adab al-Mufrad, over two academic years. By focusing on its topic-based collections of hadith, students are encouraged to consider how the behaviours, qualities and characteristics of a prophetic mode of being connect to and are relevant to their lives as Muslims in the world today.

Throughout each term, students critically read hadith texts, gain an understanding of hadith classification and place the traditions in an historical context, and are encouraged to research autonomously during term projects. Further to this, they focus on selected Arabic vocabulary from the traditions enabling them to contextualize their learning across the curriculum, as it complements Arabic Language and Qur’an Studies. Presenting their learning using multimedia or written means, and ultimately synthesizing their learning cements the subject as crucial for each student and relevant to their contemporary setting.

Geometry builds upon students’ command of geometric relationships and formulating mathematical arguments. Students learn through discovery and application, developing the skills they need to break down complex challenges and demonstrate their knowledge in new situations. This course is built to State Standards for Mathematics. Topics include:

UNIT 1: FOUNDATIONS OF GEOMETRY
UNIT 2: TRIANGLES
UNIT 3: RIGHT TRIANGLES
UNIT 4: TRIGONOMETRY
UNIT 5: QUADRILATERALS AND OTHER POLYGONS
UNIT 6: CIRCLES WITHOUT COORDINATES
UNIT 7: COORDINATE GEOMETRY
UNIT 8: CONIC SECTIONS
UNIT 9: CONSTRUCTIONS AND TRANSFORMATIONS
UNIT 10: THREE-DIMENSIONAL SOLIDS
UNIT 11: APPLICATIONS OF PROBABILITY

Physical Science curriculum is designed around the understanding critical physical science concepts, including the nature and structure of matter, the characteristics of energy, and the mastery of critical scientific skills. Course topics include an introduction to kinematics, including gravity and two-dimensional motion; force; momentum; waves; electricity; atoms; the periodic table of elements; molecular bonding; chemical reactivity; gases; and an introduction to nuclear energy.

UNIT 1: INTRO TO SCIENCE
Lesson 1: Science as Inquiry
Lesson 2: The Scientific Method

UNIT 2: MOTION
Lesson 1: Introduction to Kinematics
Lesson 2: Gravity and Free Fall
Lesson 3: Motion in Two Dimensions

 UNIT 3: FORCES

Lesson 1: Newton’s Laws of Motion
Lesson 2: Friction
Lesson 3: Centripetal Force
Lesson 4: Buoyant Force 

UNIT 4: ENERGY
Lesson 1: Momentum
Lesson 2: Work Simple Machines and Power
Lesson 3: Energy 

UNIT 5: WAVES
Lesson 1: Properties of Waves
Lesson 2: Sound Waves
Lesson 3: Electromagnetic Waves
Lesson 4: Optics

 UNIT 6: ELECTRICITY
Lesson 1: Static Electricity
Lesson 2: Current and Circuits
Lesson 3: Magnetism

 UNIT 7: REVIEW AND EXAM

 UNIT 8: ELEMENTS
Lesson 1: Structure and Components of the Atom
Lesson 2: The Periodic Table
Lesson 3: Trends and Patterns

 UNIT 9: BONDS
Lesson 1: Bonding
Lesson 2: Shapes of Molecules
Lesson 3: Compounds 

UNIT 10: CHEMICAL REACTIONS
Lesson 1: Chemical Equations and Conservation Laws
Lesson 2: Reaction Types
Lesson 3: Acids and Bases

 UNIT 11: GAS
Lesson 1: Heat
Lesson 2: The Gas Laws
Lesson 3: Thermodynamics 

UNIT 12: NUCLEAR ENERGY
Lesson 1: Radioactivity
Lesson 2: Nuclear Reactions
Lesson 3: Energy of the Future

The focus of the English II, taken during the 10 grade, focuses on the writing process. This course follows the model of English 9 by including at least one anchor text per lesson, but the essays, articles, stories, poems, and speeches are often presented as models for students to emulate as they practice their own writing.

English 10 also continues to develop students’ reading, listening, and speaking skills. Readings include poems, stories, speeches, plays, and a graphic novel, as well as a variety of informational texts.

UNIT 1: THE WRITTEN WORD
UNIT 2: THE STORY
UNIT 3: LITERARY CRITICISM
UNIT 4: THE RESEARCH PAPER
UNIT 5: PRACTICAL DOCUMENTS
UNIT 6: PERSUASIVE TEXTS
UNIT 7: THE SPEECH
UNIT 8: RESEARCHED ARGUMENTATION

In World History, students learn to see the world today as a product of a process that began thousands of years ago when humans became a speaking, traveling, and trading species. Through historical analysis grounded in primary sources, case studies, and research, students investigate the continuity and change of human culture, governments, economic systems, and social structures.

UNIT 1: WORLD HISTORY OVERVIEW
UNIT 2: THE RISE OF AGRICULTURE AND EARLY CIVILIZATIONS
UNIT 3: CLASSICAL ERA CIVILIZATIONS AND WORLD RELIGIONS
UNIT 4: REGIONAL AND TRANSREGIONAL INTERACTIONS
UNIT 5: THE RISE OF THE WORLD’S FIRST GLOBAL AGE
UNIT 6: WORLD HISTORY: 1750 TO THE PRESENT
UNIT 7: REVOLUTIONS IN SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY
UNIT 8: IMPERIALISM, NATIONALISM, AND POLITICAL REVOLUTIONS
UNIT 9: GLOBAL CONFLICTS AND RECOVERIES
UNIT 10: GLOBALIZATION AND THE WORLD TODAY

Algebra II introduces students to advanced functions, with a focus on developing a strong conceptual grasp of the expressions that define them.

This course supports all students as they develop computational fluency and deepen conceptual understanding. Students begin each lesson by discovering new concepts through guided instruction, and then confirm their understanding in an interactive, feedback-rich environment. Modeling activities equip students with tools for analyzing a variety of real-world scenarios and mathematical ideas. Journaling activities allow students to reason abstractly and quantitatively, construct arguments, critique reasoning, and communicate precisely. Performance tasks prepare students to synthesize their knowledge in novel, real-world scenarios and require that they make sense of multifaceted problems and persevere in solving them. This course is built to state standards. Topics include:

UNIT 1: EXPRESSIONS, EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES

UNIT 2: FUNCTIONS AND RELATIONS

UNIT 3: QUADRATIC FUNCTIONS

UNIT 4: TRANSFORMING FUNCTIONS

UNIT 5: POLYNOMIAL FUNCTIONS

UNIT 6: RATIONAL EXPRESSIONS AND FUNCTIONS

UNIT 7: RADICAL EXPRESSIONS AND FUNCTIONS

UNIT 8: EXPONENTIAL AND LOGARITHMIC FUNCTIONS

UNIT 9: STATISTICAL ANALYSIS

UNIT 10: TRIGONOMETRY

G11 Chemistry offers a curriculum that emphasizes students’ understanding of fundamental chemistry concepts while helping them acquire tools to be conversant in a society highly influenced by science and technology.

Throughout this course, students are given an opportunity to understand how chemistry concepts are applied in technology and engineering. Journal and Practice activities provide additional opportunities for students to apply learned concepts and practice their writing skills.

This course is built to state standards. Topics include:

UNIT 1: CHEMISTRY AND SOCIETY

UNIT 2: ATOMIC STRUCTURE

UNIT 3: BONDING IN MATTER

UNIT 4: CHEMICAL REACTIONS

UNIT 5: CHEMISTRY AT WORK

UNIT 6: ENERGY IN MATTER

UNIT 7: EQUILIBRIUM AND KINETICS

UNIT 8: TRANSFERRING ENERGY

UNIT 9: QUANTUM AND NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY

UNIT 10: ENERGY IN ORGANIC MOLECULES

In the English 3 course, students examine the belief systems, events, and literature that have shaped the United States. They begin by studying the language of independence and the system of government developed by Thomas Jefferson and other enlightened thinkers. Next, they explore how the Romantics and Transcendentalists emphasized the power and responsibility of the individual in both supporting and questioning the government. Students consider whether the American Dream is still achievable and examine the Modernists’ disillusionment with the idea that America is a “land of opportunity.”

Reading the words of Frederick Douglass and the text of the Civil Rights Act, students look carefully at the experience of African Americans and their struggle to achieve equal rights. Students explore how individuals cope with the influence of war and cultural tensions while trying to build and secure their own personal identity. Finally, students examine how technology is affecting our contemporary experience of freedom: Will we eventually change our beliefs about what it means to be an independent human being?

In this course, students analyze a wide range of literature, both fiction and nonfiction. They build writing skills by composing analytical essays, persuasive essays, personal narratives, and research papers. In order to develop speaking and listening skills, students participate in discussions and prepare speeches. Overall, students gain an understanding of the way American literature represents the array of voices contributing to our multicultural identity.

UNIT 1: THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

UNIT 2: ROMANTICISM AND TRANSCENDENTALISM

UNIT 3: THE AMERICAN NARRATIVE

UNIT 4: MODERNISM AND THE AMERICAN DREAM

UNIT 5: MODERNISM AND LANGUAGE

UNIT 6: REDEFINING HOME

UNIT 7: FRACTURED IDENTITIES

UNIT 8: THE INFLUENCE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Geography and World Cultures offers a tightly focused and scaffolded curriculum that enables students to explore how geographic features, human relationships, political and social structures, economics, science and technology, and the arts have developed and influenced life in countries around the world. Along the way, students are given rigorous instruction on how to read maps, charts, and graphs, and how to create them.
Geography and World Cultures is built to state standards and informed by standards from the National Council for History Education, the National Center for History in the Schools, and the National Council for Social Studies.

UNIT 1: INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY

UNIT 2: PHYSICAL ELEMENTS

UNIT 3: CULTURE

UNIT 4: NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA

UNIT 5: EUROPE AND SOUTHWEST ASIA

UNIT 6: EAST ASIA AND SOUTH ASIA

UNIT 7: AFRICA, ANTARCTICA, AND OCEANIA

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Elective Subjects

PHYSICAL EDUCATION (1/2 Credit)

Physical Education combines the best of online instruction with actual student participation in weekly cardiovascular, aerobic, and muscle toning activities. The course promotes a keen understanding of the value of physical fitness and aims to motivate students to participate in physical activities throughout their lives. Physical Education is aligned to national and state standards and the Presidential Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

UNIT 1: P.E. DESIGNED FOR ME
UNIT 2: IS MY BODY GOOD TO GO?
UNIT 3: GREAT FOR THE HEART
UNIT 4: FITNESS ADVENTURE

HEALTH (1/2 Credit)

Health is a valuable, skills-based health education course designed for general education in grades 9 through 12. Health helps students develop knowledge, attitudes, and essential skills in a variety of health-related subjects, including mental and emotional health, social health, nutrition, physical fitness, substance use and abuse, disease prevention and treatment, and injury prevention and safety. This course is built to the National Health Standards (SHAPE) and is aligned to state standards.

UNIT 1: MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH
UNIT 2: FITNESS AND NUTRITION
UNIT 3: DRUGS
UNIT 4: DISEASE
UNIT 5: INJURIES

PSYCHOLOGY (1/2 Credit)

Psychology provides a solid overview of the field’s major domains: methods, biopsychology, cognitive and developmental psychology, and variations in individual and group behavior.

UNIT 1: PSYCHOLOGY AS A SCIENCE
UNIT 2: THE BRAIN AND THE BODY
UNIT 3: THINKING, FEELING, AND CONSCIOUSNESS
UNIT 4: DEVELOPING THROUGHOUT LIFE
UNIT 5: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
UNIT 6: DISORDERS AND WELLNESS

SOCIOLOGY (1/2 Credit)

Sociology examines why people think and behave as they do in relationships, groups, institutions, and societies. This course is built to the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Expectations of Excellence: Curriculum Standards for Social Studies

UNIT 1: WHAT IS SOCIOLOGY?
UNIT 2: WHAT IS SOCIETY?
UNIT 3: WHAT IS SOCIAL INEQUALITY?
UNIT 4: WHAT ARE SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS?
UNIT 5: WHAT IS SOCIAL CHANGE?

MULTICULTURAL STUDIES (1/2 Credit)

Multicultural Studies is a one-semester elective history and sociology course that examines the United States as a multicultural nation. The course
emphasizes the perspectives of minority groups while allowing students from all backgrounds to better understand and appreciate how race, culture and ethnicity, and identity contribute to their experiences. This course is built to the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Expectations of Excellence: Curriculum Standards for Social Studies as well as the National Standards for History published by the National Center for History in Schools (NCHS).

UNIT 1: IDENTITY
UNIT 2: CULTURE IN A MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY
UNIT 3: RACE AND IDENTITY
UNIT 4: THE MEDIA, RACE, AND IDENTITY
UNIT 5: UNDERSTANDING AND ADDRESSING RACISM IN THE UNITED STATES

COLLEGE AND CAREER PREPARATION I (1/2 Credit)

High school students have many questions about the college application process, what it takes to be a successful college student, and how to begin thinking about the career

UNIT 1: PREPARE FOR COLLEGE IN HIGH SCHOOL
UNIT 2: COLLEGE KNOWLEDGE
UNIT 3: TESTING AND ASSESSMENTS
UNIT 4: FINANCIAL AID
UNIT 5: CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
UNIT 6: COLLEGE AND CAREER PREPARATION

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS (1/2 Credit)

Information Technology Applications prepares students to work in the field of Information Technology. Students will be able to demonstrate digital literacy through basic study of computer hardware, operating systems, networking, the Internet, web publishing, spreadsheets and database software. Through a series of hand-on activities, students will learn what to expect in the field of Information Technology and begin exploring career options in the field.

UNIT 1: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
UNIT 2: COMPUTER HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE
UNIT 3: SPREADSHEETS AND DATABASES
UNIT 4: INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND NETWORKING
UNIT 5: EXPLORING THE WEB
UNIT 6: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (1/2 Credit)

Computer Applications provides an introduction to software applications that prepare students to succeed in the workplace and beyond. Students will develop an understanding of professional communications and leadership skills while gaining proficiency with word processing, email, and presentation management software. Students will also be able to demonstrate digital literacy through basic study web publishing and design, spreadsheets and database software.

UNIT 1: UNDERSTANDING BUSINESS CAREERS
UNIT 2: COMMUNICATING THROUGH LETTERS AND EMAIL
UNIT 3: COMMUNICATING THROUGH FORMAL BUSINESS DOCUMENTS
UNIT 4: COMMUNICATING THROUGH PRESENTATIONS
UNIT 5: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
UNIT 6: SPREADSHEETS AND DATABASES
UNIT 7: EXPLORING THE WEB
UNIT 8: COMPUTER APPLICATIONS

Spanish I teaches students to greet people, describe family and friends, talk about hobbies, and communicate about other topics, such as home life,
occupations, travel, and medicine. The material in this course is presented at a moderate pace. This course is built to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) standards.

UNIT 1: ON THE ROAD TO LEARNING SPANISH
UNIT 2: HOW YOU FEEL AND WHERE YOU ARE
UNIT 3: COLORS, CLOTHING, CULTURE, AND THE CULINARY ARTS
UNIT 4: SPANISH I EXAM-1
UNIT 5: WORKING OUT, PLAYING HARD, AND PARTYING DOWN
UNIT 6: DECIR, DEBER, AND THE BODY
UNIT 7: SEEING THE WORLD THROUGH NEW EYES
UNIT 8: SPANISH I EXAM-2

Building on Spanish I concepts, Spanish II students learn to communicate more confidently about themselves, as well as about topics beyond their own lives – both in formal and informal situations. Each lesson presents vocabulary, grammar, and culture in context, followed by explanations and exercises. This course is built to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) standards.

UNIT 1: MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT
UNIT 2: GETTING OUT AND STAYING IN
UNIT 3: WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, AND WHY
UNIT 4: SPANISH II SEMESTER 1 REVIEW AND EXAM
UNIT 5: OH, THE PLACES YOU’VE BEEN
UNIT 6: EAT, DRINK, AND BE ORDERED AROUND
UNIT 7: UNIT VOCABULARY
UNIT 8: SPANISH II EXAM

French I teaches students to greet people, describe family and friends, talk about hobbies, and communicate about other topics, such as sports, travel, and medicine. The material in this course is presented at a moderate pace. This course is built to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) standards.

UNIT 1: WELCOME TO FRENCH I
UNIT 2: YOU AND THE THINGS YOU DO
UNIT 3: EATING AND SHOPPING
UNIT 4: FRENCH EXAM-1
UNIT 5: SOME OF THE FINER THINGS
UNIT 6: TRAVELING AND TRANSPORTATION
UNIT 7: THE REAL WORLD
UNIT 8: FRENCH EXAM-2

French II teaches students to communicate more confidently about themselves, as well as about topics beyond their own lives – both informal and
informal address. Each lesson presents vocabulary, grammar, and culture in context, followed by explanations and exercises. The material in this course is presented at a moderate pace. This course is built to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) standards

UNIT 1: POPULAR AND FINE CULTURE
UNIT 2: THE PLACE WHERE WE BELONG
UNIT 3:HOME AND FAMILY
UNIT 4: : LA VIE QUOTIDIENNE EN FRANCE
UNIT 5: PARTIES, FOOD, TRAVEL, AND BUSINESS
UNIT 6:: FRENCH II REVIEW AND EXAM

Students begin their introduction to Mandarin Chinese by focusing on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course represents an ideal blend of language learning pedagogy and online learning.

UNIT 1 : GREETINGS
UNIT 2 : NUMBERS 1-20
UNIT 3 : NUMBERS 21-100 AGE
UNIT 4 : FAMILY AND FRIENDS INTRO TO MEASURE WORDS: (PEOPLE) 个,
UNIT 5 : SCHOOL MEASURE WORDS CONTINUED:
UNIT 6 : ANIMALS MW FOR ANIMALS
UNIT 7 : DESCRIPTIONS HOW TO USE 是 AND 很 HOW TO USE 好 LIKE “VERY”
COLORS IN CHINA FINAL SOUND /OU/
UNIT 8 : COUNTRIES AND NATIONALITIES

This course has been carefully aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). The course content is aligned to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) standards

THE HIGH SCHOOL MANDARIN CHINESE II COURSE HELPS STUDENTS:

  1. ENGAGE IN LANGUAGE LEARNING
  2. REVIEW AND EXPAND THEIR STUDY OF COMMON VOCABULARY TOPIC
  3. GAIN A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF A WIDE RANGE OF GRAMMAR
  4. PARTICIPATE IN EXPANDED CONVERSATIONS AND RESPOND APPROPRIATELY TO A VARIETY OF CONVERSATIONAL PROMPTS
  5. COMMUNICATE MORE MEANINGFULLY USING CORRECT VOCABULARY AND GRAMMATICAL STRUCTURES
  6. READ, WRITE, SPEAK, AND LISTEN FOR MEANING IN CHINESE
  7. FURTHER THEIR STUDY AND USE OF CHINESE CHARACTERS
  8. ANALYZE AND COMPARE CULTURAL PRACTICES, PRODUCTS, AND PERSPECTIVES OF VARIOUS Chinese-speaking REGIONS
  9. REGULARLY ASSESS PROGRESS IN PROFICIENCY THROUGH QUIZZES, TESTS, AND SPEAKING/WRITING SUBMISSIONS

Art Appreciation is a survey of the history of Western visual arts, with a primary focus on painting. Students begin with an introduction to the basic principles of painting and learn how to critique and compare works of art. Students then explore prehistoric and early Greek and Roman art before they move on to the Middle Ages. Emphasis is placed on the Renaissance and the principles and masters that emerged in Italy and northern Europe. Students continue their art tour with the United States during the 20th century, a time of great innovation as abstract art took center stage. While Western art is the course’s primary focus, students will finish the course by studying artistic traditions from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.

Coverage of each artistic movement highlights historical context and introduces students to key artists that represent a variety of geographic locations. Throughout the course, students apply what they have learned about art critique to analyze and evaluate both individual artists and individual works of art.

This course is built to state standards and informed by the Consortium of National Arts Education Associations standards. It encompasses a variety of skills to enable students to critique, compare, and perhaps influence their own works of art

UNIT 1: INTRODUCTION TO PAINTING

UNIT 2: PREHISTORIC TO LATE MIDDLE AGES

UNIT 3: THE RENAISSANCE

UNIT 4: BAROQUE AND ROCOCO

UNIT 5: MODERNITY IN THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES

UNIT 6: BEYOND WESTERN INFLUENCE

Creative Writing is an English elective course that focuses on the exploration of short fiction and poetry, culminating in a written portfolio that includes one revised short story and three to five polished poems. Students draft, revise, and polish fiction and poetry through writing exercises, developing familiarity with literary terms and facility with the writing process as they study elements of creative writing.

Elements of fiction writing explored in this course include attention to specific detail, observation, character development, setting, plot, and point of view. In the poetry units, students learn about the use of sensory details and imagery, figurative language, and sound devices including rhyme, rhythm and alliteration. They also explore poetic forms ranging from found poems and slam poetry to traditional sonnets and villanelles.

In addition to applying literary craft elements in guided creative writing exercises, students engage in critical reading activities designed to emphasize the writing craft of a diverse group of authors. Students study short stories by authors such as Bharati Mukherjee and Edgar Allan Poe, learning how to create believable characters and develop setting and plot. Likewise, students read poetry by canonical greats such as W. B. Yeats and Emily Dickinson as well as contemporary writers such as Pablo Neruda, Sherman Alexie, and Alice Notley. Studying the writing technique of a range of authors provides students with models and inspiration as they develop their own voices and refine their understanding of the literary craft.

By taking a Creative Writing course, students find new approaches to reading and writing that can affect them on a personal level, as the skills they gain in each lesson directly benefit their own creative goals. Students who are already actively engaged writers and readers learn additional tools and insight into the craft of writing to help them further hone their skills and encourage their creative as well as academic growth.

This course is built to state standards and informed by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) standards.

UNIT 1: INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING AND FICTION, PART 1

UNIT 2: FICTION, PART 2

UNIT 3: FICTION, PART 3

UNIT 4: POETRY, PART 1

UNIT 5: POETRY, PART 2

UNIT 6: POETRY, PART 3 AND REVISION

Media Literacy teaches students how to build the critical thinking, writing, and reading skills required in a media-rich and increasingly techno-centric world. In a world saturated with media messages, digital environments, and social networking, concepts of literacy must expand to include all forms of media. Today’s students need to be able to read, comprehend, analyze, and respond to non-traditional media with the same skill level they engage with traditional print sources.

A major topic in Media Literacy is non-traditional media reading skills, including how to approach, analyze, and respond to advertisements, blogs, websites, social media, news media, and wikis. Students also engage in a variety of writing activities in non-traditional media genres, such as blogging and podcast scripting.

Students consider their own positions as consumers of media and explore ways to use non-traditional media to become more active and thoughtful citizens. Students learn how to ask critical questions about the intended audience and underlying purpose of media messages, and study factors which can contribute to bias and affect credibility.

This course is built to state standards and informed by The National Association for Media Literacy Education’s Core Principles of Media Literacy Education.

UNIT 1: WHAT IS A NETWORKED WORLD?

UNIT 2: HOW DO YOU READ IN A NETWORKED WORLD?

UNIT 3: WHO ARE YOU IN A NETWORKED WORLD?

UNIT 4: WHAT DO YOU CREATE IN A NETWORKED WORLD? PART 1

UNIT 5: WHAT DO YOU CREATE IN A NETWORKED WORLD? PART 2

Reading Skills and Strategies is a course is designed to help the struggling reader develop mastery in the areas of reading comprehension, vocabulary building, study skills, and media literacy, which are the course’s primary content strands. Using these strands, the course guides the student through the skills necessary to be successful in the academic world and beyond. The reading comprehension strand focuses on introducing the student to the varied purposes of reading (e.g., for entertainment, for information, to complete a task, or to analyze). In the vocabulary strand, the student learns specific strategies for understanding and remembering new vocabulary. In the study skills strand, the student learns effective study and test-taking strategies. In the media literacy strand, the student learns to recognize and evaluate persuasive techniques, purposes, design choices, and effects of media. The course encourages personal enjoyment in reading with 10 interviews featuring the book choices and reading adventures of students and members of the community.

This course is built to state standards and informed by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) standards.

UNIT 1: INTRODUCTION TO READING STRATEGIES

UNIT 2: INTRODUCTION TO READING PROCESSES

UNIT 3: READING FOR ENTERTAINMENT: FICTION

UNIT 4: READING FOR INFORMATION: MAGAZINE ARTICLES

UNIT 5: READING FOR INFORMATION: NEWSPAPERS

UNIT 6: READING FOR INFORMATION: ESSAYS

UNIT 7: READING TO COMPLETE A TASK: SCHOOL TEXTS

UNIT 8: READING TO COMPLETE A TASK: FUNCTIONAL DOCUMENTS

UNIT 9: READING TO ANALYZE LITERATURE: POETRY

UNIT 10: READING TO ANALYZE LITERATURE: PROSE

Writing Skills and Strategies develops key language arts skills necessary for high school graduation and success on high stakes exams through a semester of interactive instruction and guided practice in composition fundamentals. The course is divided into ten mini-units of study. The first two are designed to build early success and confidence, orienting students to the writing process and to sentence and paragraph essentials through a series of low-stress, high-interest hook activities. In subsequent units, students review, practice, compose and submit one piece of writing. Four key learning strands are integrated throughout: composition practice, grammar skill building, diction and style awareness, and media and technology exploration. Guided studies emphasize the structure of essential forms of writing encountered in school, in life, and in the workplace. Practice in these forms is scaffolded to accommodate learners at different skill levels.

This course is built to state standards and informed by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) standards.

UNIT 1: INTRODUCTION TO WRITING STRATEGIES

UNIT 2: THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF COMPOSITION

UNIT 3: PARAGRAPHS: EXAMPLE AND ILLUSTRATION

UNIT 4: PARAGRAPHS: PROCESS AND CAUSE-AND-EFFECT

UNIT 5: PARAGRAPHS: DESCRIPTION AND CLASSIFICATION/DIVISION

UNIT 6: ESSAYS: PERSONAL WRITING

UNIT 7: ESSAYS: COMPARE-AND-CONTRAST

UNIT 8: ESSAYS: PERSUASIVE WRITING

UNIT 9: ESSAYS: WRITING ABOUT LITERATURE

UNIT 10: WRITING IN THE WORKPLACE

Financial Literacy helps students recognize and develop vital skills that connect life and career goals with personalized strategies and milestone-based action plans. Students explore concepts and work toward a mastery of personal finance skills, deepening their understanding of key ideas and extending their knowledge through a variety of problem-solving applications.

Course topics include career planning; income, taxation, and budgeting; savings accounts, checking accounts, and electronic banking; interest, investments, and stocks; cash, debit, credit, and credit scores; insurance; and consumer advice on how to buy, rent, or lease a car or house.

These topics are solidly supported by writing and discussion activities. Journal activities provide opportunities for students to both apply concepts on a personal scale and analyze scenarios from a third-party perspective. Discussions help students’ network with one another by sharing personal strategies and goals and recognizing the diversity of life and career plans within a group.

This course is built to state standards as they apply to Financial Literacy and adheres to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ (NCTM) Problem Solving, Communication, Reasoning, and Mathematical Connections Process standards.

UNIT 1: GOALS AND CAREER PLANNING

UNIT 2: INCOME AND BUDGETING

UNIT 3: BANKING

UNIT 4: SAVINGS AND INVESTMENT

UNIT 5: CREDIT

UNIT 6: CONSUMER PURCHASING AND PROTECTION

Mathematics of Personal Finance focuses on real-world financial literacy, personal finance, and business subjects. Students apply what they learned in Algebra I and Geometry to topics including personal income, taxes, checking and savings accounts, credit, loans and payments, car leasing and purchasing, home mortgages, stocks, insurance, and retirement planning.

Students then extend their investigations using more advanced mathematics, such as systems of equations (when studying cost and profit issues) and exponential functions (when calculating interest problems). To assist students for whom language presents a barrier to learning or who are not reading at grade level, Mathematics of Personal Finance includes audio resources in both Spanish and English.

This course is built to state standards as they apply to Mathematics of Personal Finance and adheres to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ (NCTM) Problem Solving, Communication, Reasoning, and Mathematical Connections Process standards.

UNIT 1: WHAT IS MONEY?

UNIT 2: COST OF LIVING AND BUDGET

UNIT 3: INCOME TAX

UNIT 4: CHECKING AND SAVINGS

UNIT 5: PURCHASING AND CREDIT

UNIT 6: LOANS AND PAYMENTS

UNIT 7: SEMESTER 1 REVIEW AND EXAM

UNIT 8: CAR OWNERSHIP

UNIT 9: HOME OWNERSHIP

UNIT 10: INSURANCE AND RETIREMENT

UNIT 11: INVESTMENTS

UNIT 12: BUSINESS

Probability and Statistics provides a curriculum focused on understanding key data analysis and probabilistic concepts, calculations, and relevance to real-world applications. Students are challenged to work toward mastery of computational skills, apply calculators and other technology in data analysis, deepen their understanding of key ideas and solution strategies, and extend their knowledge through a variety of problem-solving applications.

Course topics include types of data, common methods used to collect data, and representations of data, including histograms, bar graphs, box plots, and scatterplots. Students learn to work with data by analyzing and employing methods of extending results, involving samples and populations, distributions, summary statistics, experimental design, regression analysis, simulations, and confidence intervals.

Ideas involving probability — including sample space, empirical and theoretical probability, expected value, and independent and compound events — are covered as students explore the relationship between probability and data analysis.

Extended projects allow for more open-ended, extended applications of concepts and skills. Students collect and analyze statistical data about a topic that interests them, and they apply probability concepts in a real-world context.

The content is based on the Common Core standards and is aligned with state standards.

UNIT 1: INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS

UNIT 2: DESCRIBING DATA GRAPHICALLY

UNIT 3: MEASURES OF CENTER AND SPREAD

UNIT 4: DESCRIBING DATA SETS

UNIT 5: MODELING DATA

UNIT 6: SEMESTER 1 REVIEW AND EXAM

UNIT 7: INTRODUCTION TO PROBABILITY

UNIT 8: APPLICATIONS OF PROBABILITY

UNIT 9: DISCRETE PROBABILITY DISTRIBUTIONS

UNIT 10: CONTINUOUS PROBABILITY DISTRIBUTIONS

UNIT 11: SAMPLING AND CONFIDENCE INTERVALS

Bridge Math is a fourth-year math course focused on reinforcing core concepts from Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II. Bridge Math is intended for students who need to review concepts before continuing their studies. It starts with a review of algebraic concepts before moving on to a variety of key algebraic, geometric, statistical, and probability concepts. Course topics include rational and irrational numbers, systems of linear equations, quadratic functions, exponential functions, triangles, coordinate geometry, solid geometry, conditional probability, independence, data analysis, scatterplots, and linear and non-linear models of data.

Throughout the course, students hone their computational skills and extend their knowledge through problem solving and real-world applications. Within each Bridge Math lesson, students are supplied with scaffolded note-taking study guides and are given ample opportunity to practice computations in low-stakes Checkup activities before moving on to formal assessment. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to formulate and justify conclusions as they extend and apply concepts through printable exercises and “in-your-own-words” interactive activities.

The course is built to state standards, including Tennessee’s Bridge Math standards.

UNIT 1: FOUNDATIONS OF ALGEBRA

UNIT 2: FUNCTIONS

UNIT 3: SYSTEMS OF LINEAR EQUATIONS

UNIT 4: QUADRATIC FUNCTIONS

UNIT 5: POLYNOMIAL FUNCTIONS

UNIT 6: SEMESTER EXAM

UNIT 7: EXPONENTS AND EXPONENTIAL FUNCTIONS

UNIT 8: TRIANGLES

UNIT 9: 2-D AND 3-D GEOMETRY

UNIT 10: APPLICATIONS OF PROBABILITY

UNIT 11: DATA AND MATHEMATICAL MODELING

Liberal Arts Mathematics 1 addresses the need for an elective course that focuses on reinforcing, deepening, and extending a student’s mathematical understanding. Liberal Arts Mathematics 1 starts with a review of problem-solving skills before moving on to a variety of key algebraic, geometric, and statistical concepts. Throughout the course, students hone their computational skills and extend their knowledge through problem solving and real-world applications.

Course topics include problem solving; real numbers and operations; functions and graphing; systems of linear equations; polynomials and factoring; geometric concepts such as coordinate geometry and properties of geometric shapes; and descriptive statistics.

Within each Liberal Arts Mathematics 1 lesson, students are supplied with a scaffolded note-taking guide, called a Study Sheet, and are given ample opportunity to practice computations in low-stakes Checkup activities before moving on to formal assessment. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to formulate and justify conclusions as they extend and apply concepts through printable exercises and “in-your-own-words” interactive activities.

This course is built to Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and Benchmarks.

UNIT 1: SOLVING EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES

UNIT 2: FUNCTIONS

UNIT 3: LINEAR EQUATIONS

UNIT 4: EXPONENTS AND EXPONENTIAL FUNCTIONS

UNIT 5: POLYNOMIALS

UNIT 6: QUADRATIC EQUATIONS AND FUNCTIONS

UNIT 7: NONLINEAR FUNCTIONS

UNIT 8: SEMESTER 1 EXAM

UNIT 9: DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS

UNIT 10: FOUNDATIONS OF GEOMETRY

UNIT 11: TRIANGLES

UNIT 12: RIGHT TRIANGLES

UNIT 13: CIRCLES WITHOUT COORDINATES

UNIT 14: CONSTRUCTIONS AND TRANSFORMATIONS

UNIT 15: THREE-DIMENSIONAL SOLIDS

Liberal Arts Mathematics 2 addresses the need for a course that meets graduation requirements and focuses on reinforcing, deepening, and extending a student’s mathematical understanding. Liberal Arts Mathematics 2 starts with a review of algebraic concepts before moving on to a variety of key algebraic, geometric, statistical and probability concepts. Throughout the course, students hone their computational skills and extend their knowledge through problem solving and real-world applications.

Course topics include analysis of quadratic, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions, arithmetic and geometric sequences, trigonometry and trigonometric functions, coordinate geometry and proofs, statistical analysis, experimental design and applications of probability.

Within each Liberal Arts Mathematics 2 lesson, students are supplied with a scaffolded note-taking guide, called a Study Sheet, and are given ample opportunity to practice computations in low-stakes Checkup activities before moving on to formal assessment. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to formulate and justify conclusions as they extend and apply concepts through printable exercises and “in-your-own-words” interactive activities.

This course is built to Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and Benchmarks.

UNIT 1: FOUNDATIONS OF ALGEBRA

UNIT 2: QUADRATIC FUNCTIONS

UNIT 3: POLYNOMIAL FUNCTIONS

UNIT 4: EXPONENTIAL AND LOGARITHMIC FUNCTIONS

UNIT 5: SEMESTER EXAM

UNIT 6: SEQUENCES AND FUNCTIONS

UNIT 7: TRIGONOMETRY

UNIT 8: COORDINATE GEOMETRY

UNIT 9: STATISTICAL ANALYSIS

UNIT 10: APPLICATIONS OF PROBABILITY

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