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SHOP SKILLS 7                                              Quarter        Grade 7
Students will study wood, metal, and plastic and complete projects using each of these.

SHOP SKILLS 8                                               Quarter         Grade 8
Students will practice mechanical drafting using pencils and boards. If a lab is available,
3D drafting with ProE software will be introduced. A unit on basic electricity is also

AGRICULTURE/ADVANCED AGRICULTURE                               Semester      Grades 9 – 12
This course can be repeated. Students will be introduced to the FFA organization and
leadership and then choose agricultural topics to study. Freshman will select from a
variety of basics of production agriculture topics plus soils. Sophomores will emphasize
selection of quality stock. Juniors study animal science, nutrition, genetics, and health.
Seniors study farm business management.

SMALL ENGINES Alternate Years                               Semester       Grades 9 – 12
Small engines covers the theory, operation, and repair of one and two cylinder, two and
four stroke engines.

Grades 9 - 12
Students will learn to safely use all of the power woodworking tools in the shop while
completing a series of required woodworking projects. Advanced students will assist in
safety instruction and build more challenging projects.

WELDING/ADVANCED WELDING Alternate Years                      Semester Grades 9 – 12
Students will learn basic welding and cutting processes in oxyacetylene and arc welding
before moving into plasma arc cutting, wire feed welding and Tungsten Arc welding.
Basic metals will be covered and a cold metal project will be required as well as a small
metal welding project. Second year students will assist in safety instruction, review the
basic welding processes, learn to use the mill and lathe and complete a large metal
fabrication project.

NATURAL RESOURCES – FORESTRY                         Year          Grades 10 – 12
Students will learn all aspects of forest management in Minnesota, including tree and
wood identification, tree and land measurements, timber contracts, integrated pest
management and best management practices.

NATURAL RESOURCES – WILDLIFE                         Year           Grades 10 – 12
The first semester covers wildlife species which are hunted or trapped. The second
semester covers world wildlife issues, fish, non–game species, and other topics related to
wildlife management.
ELECTRONICS Alternate Years                              Semester Grades 10 – 12
Basic electricity will be studied as preparation for further studies in electronics. A series
of classroom and laboratory experiences will be used to facilitate learning.

BUILDING CONSTRUCTION Alternate Years                         Year Grades 10 – 12
Students will complete classroom and shop activities related to all aspects of home
construction, including surveying, concrete, electricity, and framing. Projects on model
houses and small buildings will be completed.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES Alternate Years                        Year Grades 10 – 12
Students will study the local environment using the school forests or area lakes. State,
national and international issues will be researched using a variety of current resources.
Efforts will be made to work with students from other states or countries on
environmental issues.

AQUACULTURE/HORTICULTURE Alternate Years Year Grades 10 – 12
This is a very hands-on course. The first semester is 80% aqua culture where students
will learn about the Aqua culture history and set up a fish farm. Some fall horticulture
activities will be completed. The second semester is 80% Horticulture. A crop of
bedding plants will be grown and a hydroponics demonstration will be set up while
continuing to raise a crop of fish to market size.

INDEPENDENT PROJECTS                                  Year           Grades 10 - 12
Students who were unable to take Agriculture/Industrial Technology classes due to class
conflicts may take courses independently for beginning instruction within the limits of
the instructor's ability to supervise. Students who have had previous instruction may
pursue more advanced projects in areas of Agriculture/Industrial Technology.

PRINCIPLES OF TECHNOLOGY                                             Year Grades 10 - 12
Students will demonstrate understanding of matter, forces, and energy by investigating
and analyzing the concepts of motion, force, laws of conservation, electricity, magnetism,
waves, energy, and work, and the historical significance of major scientific advances.
Students will design and conduct a scientific investigation and analyzing the short and
long-term impact on the individual and/or society in the areas of technology, economics,
and the environment.

COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING Alternate Years                  Semester Grades 11 – 12
Students will learn how to use ProE to make 3Ddrawings with a windows based
computer. A review of pencil drawing is included. Students may also practice and
participate in Technology Education projects.

AUTO MECHANICS                                    Year           Grades 11 - 12
Study the basic automotive systems with a combination of classroom and shop activities.
The program is being expanded to achieve NATEF certification for Electrical and
Electronics Systems and Brakes.
WORLD OF WORK                                                 Semester      Grades 11-12
World of Work is intended to prepare students for life after high school. Topics to be
covered include goal setting, career choices, responsibilities of an employee and an
employer, dressing for success, and interviewing skills. Writing skills will also be
covered as they apply to letters of application and resumes. Self image will be integrated
as it applies to work habits and work ethic.
                                   ART EDUCATION
ART 7                                                       Quarter        Grade 7
Students develop skill and knowledge about art elements, design, matting, perspectives,
painting and clay constructions. They will execute works in collage, charcoal, ink,
tempera, pastel, and acrylic. They will study building and animals in landscapes with
many styles from impressionism to modern art history.

ART 8                                                           Quarter          Grade 8
Students review principles of design, balance, proportion, rhythm, emphasis, and unity.
They will develop skill in self expression with portraits, still life interiors using the
twelve perspectives and various media.

GENERAL ART                                          Semester        Grades 9 – 12
A general art course exploring the elements and principles of art and design. Art forms
studied would be drawing with various media, painting with different media, ceramics,
printing, computer graphics, fiber arts and dying, and mosaics. Aesthetic appreciation of
art is stressed throughout the course.

PRINT MAKING                                                 Semester       Grades 9 – 12
This course covers a basic history of printmaking and the cultures involved. It also covers
printmaking processes from ancient times to the more innovative technological processes
of the modern age. Also, the students will learn the concepts of the elements and
principles of design. Along with the history and process of various printing techniques,
the students will develop rudimentary drawing and painting skills to generate
printmaking ideas. Students will demonstrate knowledge and skill in hallway display and
Power Point performance.

INDEPENDENT ART                                               Year           Grades 9 - 12
The class is designed to give the students more freedom and choice in art. Also, they can
concentrate on their own interests and learn responsibility, dependability and
accountability. The students will have to come up with a plan of action and set their own
goals. Upon teacher approval, the student can move into an independent course of study.
Students will also do a world artistic understanding Power Point presentation. A contract
will be signed by the student and teacher to finish the course that has been set.

LETTERING AND ILLUSTRATION                               Semester       Grades 9 12
Students will gain skill and knowledge in communication with words and images in
various media for self expression and commissions.

ART FORMS                                            Year            Grades 10 – 12
Students will explore many art media in a historical context with an emphasis on Eras
and artistic performance in Power Point.
COMMERCIAL ART                Year            Grades 10 - 12
Students will develop skill and knowledge in lettering and illustration They will explore
19th Century Art to create a Power Point performance.

VISUAL COMMUNICATION                           Semester      Grades 11 – 12
Students will further explore different art forms and their media. Emphasis will be on
developing a visual awareness of art and the environment and to be able to creatively
apply it to designing illustrations and building models. Twentieth century art will be
researched and presented in Power Point.

ART HISTORY                                                Year Grades 11 – 12
Art History will be covered throughout the year, covering ancient to modern periods.
Students will create and appreciate art in its many forms.

DRAWING AND PAINTING                                 Semester         Grades 11 – 12
An introduction to basic design elements and drawing and painting techniques. Topics to
be explored are composition, shading, proportion, foreshortening, perspective, portraits,
two–dimension, three–dimension, shape, line and form. A variety of drawing mediums
such as pencil, charcoal, colored pencils, markers, pastels, crayon, and ink will be used.
Painting with the use of various media – watercolor, acrylics, and tempera will be
explored in historical context

SCULPTURE AND ARCHITECTURE                           Semester      Grades 11 - 12
A three dimensional emphasis of art design. Students will have the opportunity to add to
their portfolio works that explore visual concepts documented in Power Point.

ART STUDIO AND PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT                          Year Grades 11 – 12
Prehistoric to Modern art explored and expressed in images with a two dimensional
emphasis in various art media. Students will research and present in Power Point.

CINEMATOGRAPHY G/T                                             Year         Grades 9 - 12
Students study the history of motion pictures, including technical innovations and script
writing . An original script and edited film excerpt is required.

ART APPRECIATION                                             Year           Grades 9-12
Students will study the work of many great art masters, especially those that are “more
difficult” to understand. The creation of a unique art work emulating different art styles
will accompany each unit.

ARTISTIC CAREER DEVELOPMENT                                   Year             Grades 11-12
The students will focus on honing their artist skills and creativity to the level of a
professional. The class will also focus on the presentation of art including artist’s
statements. Grant writing may also be explored.
WORLD ARTISTIC UNDERSTANDING                                   Year             Grades 9-12
A cultural rather than historical look at art throughout the world. Projects will aim to
explore the different styles and significance of art in various cultures. The class will
include a final project dealing with a specific culture and artistic practice selected by each
individual student.
                               BUSINESS EDUCATION

ACCOUNTING                                            One year       Grades 10, 11, 12
Accounting has been called the “language of business,” making it an important basic
business course. If you are interested in the area of business, you should take this course.
Students may take accounting with any of the following objectives: (1) personal
knowledge, (2) preparation for advanced study (college or technical college), (3) entry-
level job skill (accounting/bookkeeping clerk), or (4) to complement other business skills
or career areas. We will cover the basic accounting cycle and related principles for sole
proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations. An introduction to computer accounting
may be included. Students who like to work with forms and numbers should enjoy this

Note: Students may qualify for Tech Prep College Credit at MN State Community &
Technical, Northland Community & Technical, or Northwest Technical College upon
successful completion of this course. (ACCT1100)

Prerequisite: None, but recommend a “C” grade-point average or better.

ITV note: Students should be motivated to work on their own without constant teacher
assistance. There is homework!

ADVANCED ACCOUNTING                                   One year      Grades 11, 12
Provides more complicated applications of the accounting cycle with emphasis on
departmental and corporation accounting. Also includes computer accounting
applications and an introduction to management, cost, and not-for-profit accounting.
This course is recommended for students who wish to pursue a career in accounting or
other business field or for the student who wishes to expand his accounting knowledge
for personal use.

Prerequisite: Accounting I

BUSINESS MATH                                         One year       Grades 10, 11, 12
Review and improve basic computational skills and apply them to business and personal
situations. Calculators, forms, and Excel applications are used. Areas of study include
basic skills, banking activities (with a checking account simulation), simple investments,
payroll problems, home and auto purchases, housing costs, loans, interest, budgeting,
income taxes, insurance, cash purchases, sales tax, discounts, charge accounts, and
finance charges.
BUSINESS LAW                          One semester Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
This course gives a general overview of the legal rights and duties of citizens and
introduces a lot of terminology in the study of courts, crimes, torts, contracts, and

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS                          One year     Grades 10, 11, 12
Use Microsoft Office XP on IBM-compatible computers to learn introductory and
advanced business applications, including word processing (Word), data base (Access),
spreadsheet (Excel), presentation s (Powerpoint), and calendar/desktop information
management (Outlook). This course includes the opportunity to prepare and test for
Microsoft Certification in any or all five Office components.

Note: Students who meet University of MN, Crookston, and class requirements may
earn up to four college credits from UMC. They may also receive Tech Prep College
Credit at MN State Community & Technical, Northland Community & Technical, or
Northwest Technical College upon successful completion of this course.

WORD PROCESSING                               One semester Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Emphasis will be on personal/business formatting, including letters, envelopes, labels,
memos, reports, tables, forms, flyers, and other documents in various formats using basic
and advanced word processing features, such as macros, forms, and mail merge. Also
covered will be continued skill development using computer programs, text, drills, and
timings; proofreading and editing; and language skills reinforcement.

Note: Students who successfully complete this course may qualify for Tech Prep College
Credit at MN State Community & Technical, Northland Community & Technical, or
Northwest Technical College. (ADMS0090 and ADMS1100)

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT                                  One semester Grades 10, 11, 12
Designed to give students an awareness of office careers, knowledge of the various skills
needed in an office, an understanding of the importance of good communication skills,
and the ability to apply these skills in an entry-level job situation or use them as the basis
for further study. Topics covered may include basic office skills, mail handling,
telephone technique, travel and appointment scheduling, machine transcription and
dictation, records management and filing, human relations, communication skills,
document reproduction (copying), use of the touch system to operate calculators, and
proper use of basic calculator function keys.

Prerequisite: Keyboarding skill.
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY                                 One semester Grades 10, 11, 12
Learn the terminology needed for further study in medical administrative courses at the
post-secondary level. Textbook with audio glossary on CD and web site used to learn to
spell, pronounce, define, and analyze terminology related to body structure, disease,
diagnosis, and treatment.

Note: Students who successfully complete this course may qualify for Tech Prep College
Credit at MN State Community & Technical, Northland Community & Technical, or
Northwest Technical College. (HLTH1106)

KEYBOARDING 7                                                     Quarter        Grade
Use timings and drills, text and computer programs to increase keyboarding speed and
accuracy using the touch method. Learn to key numbers with the numeric keypad. Learn
basic proofreader marks. Review selected language skills including subjects and verbs
and capitalization rules. Learn basic word processing features.

KEYBOARDING 8                                                Quarter        Grade 8
 Use timings and drills, text and computer programs to increase keyboarding speed and
    accuracy using the touch method, including the numeric keypad. Review selected
  language skills including subjects and verbs, capitalization rules, number usage rules,
pronoun agreement, word usage, and proofreader marks. Use word processing features to
                  format documents, such as business letters and tables.
                                COMPUTER SCIENCE
COMPUTER 7                                                    Quarter        Grades 7 – 8
This course teaches students the basic computer skills they will need for school. Topics
covered are word processing, spreadsheets, graphs, data bases, computer drawing and
painting, internet use, and internet searching. These skills are taught through curricular
projects and correspond to topics covered in other classes they are currently taking.

COMPUTER 8                                                    Quarter        Grade 8

This course introduces students to the programming side of computers. Units covered are
the history of computers and how computers work. Advanced topics such as multimedia
and web pages are also touched on, as well as advanced uses of technology in their

MULTIMEDIA PROJECTS                                    Semester        Grades 10 – 12
This course introduces students to a variety of multimedia resources and students use
each of them to create projects (ie: presentations, tutorials, animations, and movies). A
final project is developed which incorporates a wide variety of media resources.

Resources currently being used: PhotoShop, Illustrator, FLASH, iMovie, digital cameras,
scanners, internet resources, Power Point, and Garage Band.

DIGITAL MEDIA                                                  Semester       Grades 10-12
In this course, students will learn the basic concepts of digital imagery, photo editing, and
movie making, and how to incorporate them into a variety of computer software
applications. Students will then apply that knowledge to create a final project such as:
computer tutorials, presentations, or demonstrations for another class, a promotional or
informational video, or clay animation movie.
Current Resources: Digital still and video photography, PhotoShop, iMovie, and Final
Cut Pro video editing programs

WEB PAGE DESIGN                                              Semester       Grades 10-12
Students will learn how to program in HTML to create web pages for the internet.
Digital camera use, internet resources, photo editing, graphics/animation creation, and
scanners are incorporated in the creation of the pages. Copyright laws are also
investigated. Students research, design, and create a final web page project.

PREREQUISITE: Multimedia Projects or Digital Media

ADVANCED COMPUTER PROJECTS:                              Year           Grades 11 – 12
Class will vary from year to year depending on need and interest of students in the class.
It will build on the skills learned in the prerequisite courses to create more complex, in-
depth projects or learn new concepts and software such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe In-
Design, advanced web page design, and Java Script. In the past, students have become
the web masters for the school web page and worked with teachers to create instructional
materials for their classrooms. Entering contests such as ThinkQuest or TIES is also a

PREREQUISITE: Multimedia, Web Page Design, and Digital Media

ENGLISH 7                                                    Year             Grade 7
English students will study literature, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. They will read
short stories, poetry, novels, and nonfiction. They will write in a variety of forms, such
as personal narrative, descriptive writing, comparison/contract, summary, short story, and
poetry. Developing oral presentation skills is another focus. AR is also part of the
curriculum, as well as journal writing.

ENGLISH 8                                                    Year             Grade 8
Class follows the Core Knowledge Curriculum which our school board has adopted and
incorporated into its existing curriculum and Learning Continuum. Students will use the
Accelerated Reader program throughout the year and will engage in writing conferences
throughout the year. They will publish several of their pieces by the end of the year using
several different publishing vehicles: newspapers, contests, class sharing, and hall
displays. Each week will begin with a vocabulary and grammar lesson which will be
followed up with a weekly quiz on Friday. First quarter students will begin with a short
novel followed by a writing unit focusing on strong paragraph skills. Second quarter a
short story unit will be implemented. During third quarter, a poetry unit will introduce
the students to the pieces of work they are expected to present to the class. A local
history unit will allow students the opportunity to complete their research paper
requirement. Fourth quarter students will participate in a unit called “The Power of
Words: which will allow them to examine great essays like “I Have a Dream” and John
F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address before composing one of their own. Students will put
together a classroom book of their writing.

ENGLISH 9                                                   Year           Grade 9
Semester I
Academic Writing
This is a class designed to help the student pass the MCA Writing Test necessary for
graduation. Students will analyze nonfiction structure, and write using methods of
nonfiction communication including: descriptive, persuasive, compare contrast, and
informative. Students will also study modern usage and graphic constraints.

Semester II
This is a general English class. Areas of focus are: literature form and genre including
novel, short story, and poetry; grammar and usage; mythic content and allusion
including The Iliad and the Odyssey.

ENGLISH 10                                                   Year            Grade 10
This class will contain an in-depth study of complex reading. Students will be able to
identify main ideas, supporting information, distinguishing fact from opinion, fiction
from nonfiction, identify bias, point of view, author’s purpose, analyze the credibility of
evidence and source, and the logic of reasoning. A career unit will allow students to
explore their options through writing a report, job shadowing, and creating resumes and
cover letters. Students will read Romeo and Juliet. To Kill a Mockingbird, and Night
and write critical essays based on the literature. AR is also part of the curriculum.

WORLD LITERATURE                                              Semester       Grade 11
In World Literature, students will explore classics from Persian, Arabic, French, German,
Russian, and modern literature. Students study countries’ backgrounds, recurring themes,
and literary elements. Critically analyzing the literature through essay writing is a focal
point of this class. Vocabulary and journal writing are also important components.

RESEARCH PROCESS I                                            Semester         Grade 11
A one semester class which examines types of research scholarship, identification and
evaluation of primary resources, and use of MLA style. Students will submit a finished
research paper, properly documented in MLA style of at least 1800 words, which
includes at least 8 varied sources. Students will orally present their papers to an audience.

RESEARCH PROCESS II                                          Semester       Grade 11
A one semester class which examines, in depth, types of research scholarship,
identification and evaluation of resources, and use of MLA style. Students will submit a
finished research paper, properly documented relying on primary sources, according to
MLA style, of at least 3,000 words, which includes at least 10 varied sources. Students
will orally present their papers to an audience. Suggested as college preparatory.

AMERICAN LITERATURE SURVEY UMC College Credit                         Semester      Grades
11 - 12
Students will read representative literature from the following periods: Colonial, Federal,
Age of Reason, Transcendental, Civil War, Reconstruction, and Modern, as well as a
sampling of Native American Literature. Students will analyze, interpret, discuss, and
research authors, movements, and literary works.

ENGLISH LITERATURE Offered for UMC College Credit                   Semester        Grades
11 - 12
This course highlights the historical evolution of our language and English literature.
Selections include the King Arthur tales, Canterbury Tales and Oronoko. Formal writing
is stressed through paragraphs, essays and a research paper.

GRAPHIC ARTS (May be taken twice for credit.)       Year          Grades 9 - 12
First Year – Focus on computer                Second Year – Focus on darkroom

Students will participate in producing a school yearbook, including the initial design,
picture taking and developing the actual layout of the pages. Students will use the
Macintosh computers to create school activities programs, menus, ads, cards, posters, etc.
Students will also be responsible for putting together a spring literary magazine.
Students will learn the art of taking photos, processing film and creating prints using the
               Grading Scale: A, B, F

JOURNALISM (May be taken twice for credit.)                          Year Grades 9 - 12
Students will participate in producing a school newspaper which is circulated throughout
the community in the Northwoods Record. They will explore photography, page layouts,
writing, advertising, selling and graphic design. Students will explore newspaper ethics,
journalistic responsibilities, and the public's right to know. Communication skills are
enhanced through the interviewing process, videotaping activities, and staff planning
PREREQUISITE: Must have at least a "C" average in English.
                Grading Scale: A, B, F

Commentary Writing:                                                    Year Grades 11-12
The course, as the name implies, focuses on writing opinion pieces (letters to the editor,
editorials, personal essays, reviews, analyses, etc.). This will include an understanding of
the function of the editorial page; how to research and support your point of view; and
writing your piece with clarity and authority. It involves critiquing other opinion pieces
and identifying the
good and the bad.

APPLIED COMMUNICATIONS Alternate Years                    Semester       Grades 10 - 12
Applied Communications is offered every other year, and can be taken in semester
increments. Students may take one or both semesters and earn one–half English credit
for each semester they take.

This class focuses on written, verbal and electronic communication forms in the school,
personal, and work environment.

Students will learn the process of looking for a job as well as writing a resume and
application letter; furthermore, students will learn ways to be a successful interviewer for
a job.

Students will learn the various styles of communication that humans use to interact on the
job and in other aspects of life. Students will study and deliver various ways of
presentation formats. They will create memos, persuasive letters, and slide shows on the
Students will have an opportunity to put their skills to use by participating in job
shadowing a profession of their choice.

SCIENCE FICTION                                    Semester      Grades 10 – 12
Authors such as Bradbury, Stephen King, Asimov, and Poe will be explored in this
course. The focus will be on reading and composing written responses and research
themes. This is a course rich in comprehending advanced technology, futuristic thinking,
assessing judgments in an ever-changing world, and appreciating the human capacity for
creating a make believe world.

SPEECH                                                Semester       Grades 10 – 12
Developing self-confidence as a speaker, improving vocal quality and preparing various
types of speeches will be the objectives of this course. Students will have an opportunity
to study great speeches such as "I Have a Dream", learn valuable research skills and most
importantly, find success as a public speaker.

CREATIVE WRITING                                        Semester      Grades 10 – 12
Through the writing process, students learn to incorporate literary devices, free write,
keep a journal, write poetry, short stories, essays, plays and autobiographical
compositions. Students read, evaluate and critique each other's papers and literature
which serves as examples for their writing. Students submit their writings to several
writing contests during the course.

SHAKESPEARE .                                          Semester      Grades 10 - 12
Students will study Shakespeare's life, his poetry, and his plays. Students will use a
variety of resources to understand the greatness and enduring quality of Shakespeare's
literature. Tragedies as well as comedies will be read and studied. Students will stage
dramatic selections and incorporate set design and costuming techniques of Elizabethan
times. A field trip to the Guthrie Theater to see a Shakespearean play will be an exciting
enrichment activity as part of the semester class. Students who have strong verbal and
written skills should consider this class.

CLASSIC NOVELS                                        Semester      Grades 11 - 12
This course is offered to college prep students having completed the required Language
Arts curriculum. The student will read three novels per quarter from a selected list. The
novels will be worldwide in origin and will fit the term “classic.”
The student will react to each novel with a paper which includes criticism from a
minimum of two sources, and which uses critical rationales from antiquity.

FICTION WRITING G/T                                    Year           Grades 9 - 12
The student will read works by a single author, one per quarter, and be able to identify
those stylistic and substantive traits which are common and/or unique to that author from
the readings and produce original works of fiction in the style of the author under study
which use those stylistic and substantive traits of that author. Authors under consideration
include: Salinger. Cummings, Lee, Hemingway.
NONFICTION G/T                                        Semester         Grades 9 - 12
The first quarter, this class examines Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, and views it as the
first of a new genre in nonfiction - the nonfiction novel. Capote's life and research as well
as the book's literary innovations are studied. A major paper is required which argues
placing the genre of the book into the "established" library canon. The second quarter of
nonfiction writing examines the evolution of style and the history of the biography. The
students will write a biography, which can be an autobiography, emulating stylistic traits
of "accepted" biographers.

POETRY G/T                                              Year            Grades 9 - 12
1.      Students will study a survey of poets including: Elliot, Stevens,
                               Cummings, Ferlinghetti, Frost, Rich, and Plath.
2.      Students will be versed in the poetic terminology's of: Visceral and
               cerebral poetry, lyric and narrative poetry, social and enduring poetry,
                                        literal and figurative poetry, concrete poetry, free
and structured poetry.
3.      Students will produce a body of original poetry in a variety of the areas
                               listed in number two.

Students will study the history of cinema from the late 19th century to the present. They
will evaluate actors, scripts, cinematography, editing, and the artistic and historic
importance of a variety of film. Special focus will be on the art form as is related to
historic events and artistic movements. Students will create a portfolio which contains
critiques of every film studied, a timeline of the history of cinema, one research paper on
some aspect of cinematographic history, and an original scripted scene in proper form.
                        FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE

FACS 7                                                        Quarter        Grade 7
Seventh Grade Family and Consumer Science explores nutrition, meal planning, and
basic food preparation skills. Students will be introduced to the safe and appropriate use
of kitchen equipment, measuring methods, recipe reading skills, and group planning.
Classroom instruction will be reinforced through group work in a lab setting and
individual projects completed at home. Students will also explore meal planning using
the Daily Food Guide.

FACS 8                                                   Quarter        Grade 8
Students are introduced to home management by working with household expenses,
budgeting and consumer decision making. Students also use resources to make consumer
comparisons and recommendations. A short sewing unit is also included.

INDEPENDENT LIVING                                            Semester       Grades 10 - 12
This class is designed to prepare students for the challenges they will encounter after high
school. Topics will deal with personal finances, bank services and credit, meal
management, housing decisions, etc. This class will incorporate real-life situations and
will emphasize information and skills that are useful in daily living on your own.

CONSUMER FOODS                                        Semester        Grades 9 - 12
Will prepare students to explore personal food choices and their relationship to individual
health. Topics to be covered include food habits in the U.S.; nutrition and diets;
purchasing, preparing, and storing foods, safe and sanitary food preparation. Meal
planning and management of time, money and skills will also be discussed. Food
preparation skills will be taught in a food-preparation lab setting.

FOREIGN FOODS                                         Year           Grades 10 - 12
This course will explore various topics in foods and nutrition in other cultures. Students
will study food customs and traditions in a variety of cultures. Foods will be prepared that
are representative of each culture. Some food preparation skill is helpful, but not
necessary. Areas of study include China, Italy, Spain, France, Mexico, Germany, and

HOUSING AND INTERIOR DESIGN                                          Year            Grades
9 - 12
Provides students with information necessary to make sound housing decisions both now
and in the future. Areas to be covered include the history of housing; architectural styles;
cultural, social, economic, geographic and personal influences on housing; interior and
exterior design considerations, and construction. Aspects of interior design to be detailed
upon include elements and principles of design, color, design styles, and factors
influencing design choices. Environmental concerns, consumer skills, and career options
will also be discussed. Students will incorporate knowledge and skills with hands on
projects involving floor plans and home design.
SEWING APPAREL AND HOME CRAFTS                                         Year Grades 9 - 12
This class is designed for students interested in creating their own clothing or home
accessories. This is an introductory-level course where the student will explore a variety
of sewing methods and techniques. Students will complete a variety of projects (which
they select) during the course and will learn lifelong skills in the process.
                                FOREIGN LANGUAGE

SPANISH I                                                      Year           Grades 9 - 11
Learning another language is becoming essential for college bound students, and a great
benefit to those in the business world. But beyond this, it is fun, challenging, and opens
doors to other lands, other customs, other people.

The emphasis in first year Spanish is mostly on comprehension, and basic
communication. Students tend to be fairly active as they learn vocabulary through action.

Students will speak and write, and begin to learn the fundamentals of Spanish grammar,
enabling them to communicate on topics of daily interest. Students will gain insight into
Hispanic cultures and will gain an appreciation of the contribution of Hispanics to the
contemporary world.

PREREQUISITE:          C Average in all work.

SPANISH II                                          Year             Grades 10 – 12
The instructor continues to use mostly Spanish in daily classes, allowing students to
assimilate vocabulary and Spanish speech patterns.

Students continue to explore Hispanic culture by means of videos, signing, games and
reading. Students will demonstrate a basic proficiency in Spanish conversation,
comprehension, reading, and writing.

PREREQUISITE:          Minimum C average in all work for ITV class.

SPANISH III                                                 Year          Grades 11 - 12
Students expand upon their skills in reading, writing, comprehension and speaking. They
can now converse about a wide variety of topics.

We concentrate even more on culture, and topics of interest to students such as Hispanic
foods, music, literature, art, films. Students continue to be extremely active, as the best
way to learn a language is to experience it as fully as possible.

PREREQUISITE:          Minimum C in Spanish II or successful appeal.
                       Minimum B average in all work for ITV class.

SPANISH IV                                                  Year            Grade 12
Students will work to develop a more advanced understanding of Spanish grammar and
vocabulary and will be able to demonstrate higher levels of proficiency in reading,
understanding, speaking, and writing the Spanish Language.

PREREQUISITE:          Minimum B in Spanish III .
                       Minimum B average in all work for ITV class.
GERMAN I G/T                                                Year           Grades 9 - 12
This class introduces the German language and its influence on and relationship to
English. Students also learn basic conjugations, elementary conversation, and practical
vocabulary. * This course does not meet the requirements as a foreign language for post-
secondary requirements

PREREQUISITE:         Permission of the instructor

GERMAN II G/T                                              Year            Grades 10 - 12
This course builds upon German I, and expands written, aural, and oral skills, and
includes the subjunctive, adjective endings, complex sentence structure, and prepares the
student for the SAT advanced placement test. * This course does not meet the
requirements as a foreign language for post-secondary requirements

PREREQUISITE:         German I and permission of the instructor

MATH 7                                                        Year           Grade 7
Incremental development course that seeks to strengthen and internalize the concepts of
whole numbers, integers, fractions, mixed numbers and decimals in all operations; prime
and composite numbers; solving word problems; average; standard, expanded, and
scientific notation; perimeter, area, and volume; ratios and proportions; and unit

MATH 8/ ALGEBRA 1/2                                           Year           Grade 8
This course is the continuation of Math 7 which will seek to strengthen and internalize
the concepts of whole numbers and fractions; decimals and integers; percents, rates,
ratios, and proportions; number sense; estimation in context; measurement concepts;
tables and graphs; concepts of probability and statistics; and geometrical and spatial
relationships. This course will emphasize algebraic concepts throughout the course

ALGEBRA I                                                     Year     Grade 8 or 9
Students work with real data, real-life situations, and real-world applications in a
curriculum that integrates the traditional algebra curriculum with statistics, data analysis,
functions, discrete mathematics, geometry, probability, and trigonometry. Students study
new and different algebra topics, such a recursively defined routines, parametric
representations, data analysis, modeling, and random-process simulations. Using
graphing calculators, they are able to explore problems, ideas and concepts from different
perspectives in a learning environment that encourages a spirit of exploration and

PREREQUISITE:B- in prior math class or instructor approval for accelerated class

ALGEBRA II                                                   Year          Grades 9 - 12
This course is an extension of Algebra I. Students will extensively use graphing
calculators to model real life problems with linear, quadratic, and exponential functions.
Students solve systems of equations, and work with radical, polynomial, and rational
functions. Students will work with different types of data and demonstrate proper ways
of displaying and analyzing data. They will work with finding permutations,
combinations, and probability.

Prerequisite: Algebra I C average or instructor approval.

GEOMETRY                                                      Year           Grades 10 - 12
Discovering Geometry guides students to discover and to master concepts and
relationships before they are introduced to formal proofs. Students will apply inductive
reasoning as they perform investigations, look for patterns, and make conjectures. They
learn to follow algebraic, paragraph, and flow-chart proofs, building their reasoning and
logic skills. By the time they reach the chapters on proofs, students understand a proof's
relevance and are more than ready for the challenge of formulating proofs of their own.
PREREQUISITE:          Algebra I C average or instructor approval

 APPLIED MATH                                         Year         Grades 10 -12
 This course is designed as an alternative to Algebra II. Applied Math is for students that
have a more difficult time in mathematics. This course covers problem solving, sets, real
number system, fundamental concepts of Algebra, different types of functions,
probability , statistics, and voting techniques.

APPLIED GEOMETRY                                      Year           Grades 10 - 12
Basic Geometry is a set of modular learning materials prepared to help high school
vocational students and others develop and refine job related mathematical skills. As with
Applied Algebra, course material focuses on arithmetic operations and problem solving
techniques, and will include such topics as linear and nonlinear equations; precision,
tolerance and accuracy; scientific notation; trigonometry; and a large emphasis on

PRE-CALCULUS            Offered for UMC College Credit       Year Grades 11 – 12
Pre-Calculus course involves working with topics of: linear, quadratic. polynomial
exponential, and logarithmic functions; analytic geometry; right triangle and unit circle
trigonometry (involves solving unknown parts of triangles along with solving
trigonometric equations and working with applications of periodic functions). Students
will also work with sequences, series, matrices, and determinants.

PREREQUISITE: Algebra II (Geometry is recommended and would be beneficial).
Additional requirements for college credit.

CALCULUS                Offered for UMC College Credit          Year          Grades 11 - 12
It focuses on limits, derivatives, integrals, and applications of each. The course is linked
directly with the graphing calculator (TI-83).

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6 /7 GRADE CHOIR                                        Year                  Grades6-7
This class is offered to any 6th or 7th graders with a desire to sing. Emphasis in this class
will be preparation for the High School choir and will include sight singing, and a variety
of music styles. There are opportunities to perform in the concerts.

CHOIR 8-12                                           Year                    Grades 8-12
The choir is offered to any students in grades 8-12 who have a desire to sing. Students in
this group have the opportunity to develop lifelong skills and interest in music. A wide
variety of music will be explored. There are several performing opportunities including
contests, concerts, and possible trips.

6TH/7TH GRADE BAND                                    Year                  Grades 6-7
This is offered to all 6th and 7th graders who have completed a beginning Band program.
Emphasis in this class will be on developing performance skills and a knowledge of basic
music theory. This course is intended to encourage readiness for participation in the Sr.
High Band in upcoming years. Students at this level begin to gain a true sense of team
effort, pride, and accomplishment that will last for years to come. Students will perform
in 2 concerts per year.

BAND 8-12                                            Year                   Grades 8-12
This Band is offered to students in grades 8-12 who have participated in Band during
previous years. Students in this group have the opportunity to develop lifelong skills and
interests in music. A wide variety of music will be explored. There are many “built-in”
performing opportunities including concerts, Large Group Contest, Solo and Ensemble
Contests, Pepband, and various band trips. A sense of pride, dedication, team effort, and
accomplishment comes with membership in this program.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION                                                     Year Grades 7 – 8
Emphasis is on fitness, and team sports. All classes are coeducational. Team sports
include softball, flag football, soccer, broom ball, volleyball and basketball. Fitness
activities include weight training, aerobics, in-line skating, rope jumping and running.
Physical Fitness tests are given in the fall and in the spring. Reports on assigned topics
and topics of choice are done at various times during a unit.

HEALTH                                                              Year Grades 7 – 8
Subjects covered in Health may vary year to year. What is not covered one year will be
covered the next year. Try to stress "Healthy Choices" where the student can hopefully
make choices that will lead to a more healthful way of life.

Areas covered are: Fitness and Recreation, Self Understanding (emotional and mental),
Human Sexuality, Functioning of the Body, Drugs and Alcohol (including tobacco),
Nutrition, First Aid and CPR, and Diseases (infectious and chronic). Reports and other
outside projects are required.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION                                               Year          Grade 9
This class will meet three times a week. The course will involve General Fitness and the
knowledge that goes along with the development of lifetime fitness programs and
activities. The classes will be involved in activities such as: archery, broom ball, cross-
country skiing, weight training, step aerobics, in line skating, softball, and if time
permits, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, shuffleboard, and badminton. Students will
gain knowledge and skills in these areas and will demonstrate knowledge and skills in the
form of written and skills tests. Students will develop a fitness plan and keep an activity
journal. Students will participate in a national Physical Fitness Test.

HEALTH                                                        Year           Grade 9
This class will meet two times a week. This grade level will cover family and social
health, the life cycle, and teenage pregnancy/ parenting. Students will be responsible for
carrying a computerized baby (representing a newborn child) and keep a journal
recording the care and experiences with the "child". Also covered are communicable and
non-communicable diseases, STD's, AIDS, drugs and alcohol., first aid, and CPR.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE                                    Year     Grades 10 - 12
The Physical Fitness activities for this class will be based upon the time of the school
year (weather conditions) in which they can be held and also the number of students in
class. Many of the class activities will be based upon Lifetime Activities (both dual or
individual and some team activities). The activities that we will engage in are: Archery,
Tennis, Soccer, Broom ball, Cross Country Skiing, IN Line Skating, Individual Fitness,
Volleyball, Badminton, Table Tennis, Shuffleboard, Floor Tennis, Horseshoes, Track and
Field, La Crosse, and Softball. The Health aspect will come into play when we begin
Individual Fitness and continue through the remainder of the year. By this time, students
will have some knowledge of body composition and the use of heart rate monitors.
Students will learn how activity affects various body systems (skeletal, muscular,
cardiovascular, and respiratory) and how they work together to improve the fitness of an
individual. Students will also work with nutrition in keeping a diary of food consumed,
calories in food, calories consumed/calories expended and various eating disorders.
Students will be expected to create a nutritious menu, prepare and serve the meal to their
family, and have the parents evaluate various methods in preparing, serving, and
consuming the meal. Also included is safety in activities both at home and in school.

LIFE SCIENCE                                                                  Year
        Grade 7
This course offers students an introduction to biology. Students learn the basic of cell
structures and processes. They learn how to use microscopes. They go through an
overview of the six kingdoms, learning characteristics of the organism involved: plants,
protists, monerans, fungi and animals. Students then spend time learning about human
life and their environment. Students try to apply concepts to everyday life and their
environment. Students also participate in laboratory experiments that demonstrate the
principles being covered. In these labs, students have the opportunity to do some simple
dissections, along with learning how to write lab reports. In order to enhance their basic
analytical and writing skills, students are also required to write several short reports as
well as keep a journal for the year. In May, students are required to do a project for the
local science fair.

EARTH SCIENCE                                                               Year
        Grade 8
Earth science class members learn about the Earth and its place in space. This course
offers instruction on: space and our solar system, oceanography, weather and climate,
rocks and minerals, and processes affecting the Earth's surface. Required laboratory
experiments enhance their understanding of the concepts. Students are required to write
lab reports for their experiments.

Students are required to write several short reports in which they investigate, interpret
and present information on a chosen topic. They also are required to keep a journal for
the year. Students are required to do a project for the local science fair in May.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE (With Earth Science)                                       Year
        Grade 9
The physical science class covers areas of the physical sciences, chemistry and physics.
Students learn the beginning principles of chemistry, atomic structure, combining atoms,
acids and bases. Students also learn the basic concepts of physics, including light, sound
and mechanics. The class also has earth science spread throughout the year.

Students are able to participate in laboratory experiments to help them understand the
subject matter and are required to write technical lab reports for each lab. To improve
thinking, note taking, and writing skills, students are required to research, evaluate and
compose material. Students are required to do a project for the local science fair which
will meet part of all science grad standards.

BIOLOGY                                                                     Year
Grades 10 – 12
The focus on this course is on life processes. Students will examine such topics as cell
structure, cell processes, biodiversity, photosynthesis, and ecology. Students go through a
section on genetics, spent mostly on human genetics. Following this, students learn about
classifying organisms and then systematically begin a study of the six kingdoms.

Students work in the laboratory on exercises designed to help them better grasp the
concepts being discussed. Dissections will be a part of these lab exercises.

PHYSICS                                              Year           Grades 10 – 12
This course is offered alternating years with Chemistry. Students begin with a
background and history of physics followed with a review of the metric system. Students
learn about vectors, mechanics, and motion. The next section of the class deals with heat
and energy. Students then learn about waves, both light and sound. The class concludes
by covering the areas of magnetism and electricity. Students have the opportunity to learn
more about the concepts by doing laboratories set up for those concepts.

PREREQUISITE:        Students should have taken Physical Science and Algebra II.

CHEMISTRY                                                     Year            Grades 10 - 12
This course is offered alternating years with Physics to the upper class students. In this
course, students will receive a short history of chemistry and will review how to use the
metric system. Topics to be investigated include: matter, chemical formulas and chemical
equations. Using the periodic table, students will analyze the structure of the elements.
Students will learn about the different types of bonding and how this affects elements in
compounds and solutions. Finally, students will learn about acids and bases and begin a
study of organic chemistry.

The students have the opportunity to enhance their learning by participating in the
laboratory, where they will carry out experiments dealing with the topics covered in

PREREQUISITE: Students should have taken Physical Science and Algebra II.

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY                                        Year Grades 10 – 12
This course is set up so that students will go through each system of the human body one
system at a time. They will learn the different organs that make up the system and then
study how these organs work together.

The course is set up for discussion with laboratory experiments to help show and
demonstrate the different concepts. There is one dissection in the class, a cat, to show
how the different systems relate to each other in a closely related organism. The course
ends with a short section on genetics.

PREREQUISITE: Students should have taken Biology.
ADVANCED SCIENCE                                    Year           Grades 11 – 12
This course is divided into three different components: Earth Science, Biology standards
not covered in Biology I, and Comparative Anatomy.

In Earth Science, they will explore in depth such topics as Astronomy, Meteorology and

In the Biology component students will continue their study of the biology standards with
topics such as genetics, ecology, and cellular biology.

In comparative anatomy, students will explore, both in the laboratory and in discussion,
the anatomy of members from the different classes of chordates. They will look at the
following classes of chordates: chondricthyes, ostyicthyes, amphibia, reptilia, aves and

PREREQUISITE: Students should have taken Biology.

APLLIED SCIENCE                                     Year            Grades 11-12
This course meets the Minnesota state standards for Earth and Space Science while
emphasizing applications to the world we live in. Areas of special interest include soil
science, mapping, environmental studies, and problem solving related to the geosphere,
atmosphere, and space.
                                   SOCIAL STUDIES

WORLD GEOGRAPHY                                               Year           Grade 7
This class involves a basic introduction to world cultural, physical, and political
geography. In addition to introducing students to basic geographic terms and concepts,
this course examines the nations of the world in a regional context and shows the
interdependence which exists today.

CIVICS                                                         Year           Grade 8
This class involves a basic introduction to citizenship and the responsibilities which lie
with it. Topics covered in this class include: an essential base of knowledge concerning
local, state and national governments; an introduction to the various economic systems in
use in our world today, and a basic understanding of how the American legal system

US HISTORY I                                                  Year            Grade 9
This class covers the U.S. History from the period of settlement in North America by the
Native Americans, through the end of the 19th century. This class not only focuses on
the basic events and individuals of these time periods, but also the effect of these events
and individuals upon our lives today.

US HISTORY II                                                Semester     Grade 10
This class covers 20th century US History to the present time. Written reports are done
on various subjects in each chapter and videotapes are used to supplement important
information that is pertinent to the chapter or time period.

GEOGRAPHY                                                     Semester         Grade 10
This course takes an in depth look at world cultural and physical geography. Themes of
human geography and political geography are investigated with special emphasis placed
upon the role that history has played in shaping the current state of affairs in a region.

WORLD HISTORY                                                Year            Grade 11
This course will cover the history of the world from the rise of civilization to modern
times. All areas of the globe will be covered.

ECONOMICS                                                    Semester        Grade 12
This course is a basic introduction to Economics. While it examines the various economic
systems of the world, a great amount of emphasis is placed upon the economic system of
the United States, and the combination of features that are unique to this system.

AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (UMC College Credit) Semester                            Grade 12
This course examines the structure of the American system of government from both a
historical and functional perspective. The legislative, executive and judicial branches of
our local, state, and federal governments are extensively examined.
AMERICAN GOVERNMENT                                           Semester       Grade 12
This course examines the structure of the American system of government from both a
historical and functional perspective. The legislative, executive and judicial branches of
our local, state, and federal governments are extensively examined.

PSYCHOLOGY G/T                                       Year          Grades 9 - 12
This college prep survey course covers behavioral psychology focusing on, but
exclusively, Skinner. Abnormal psychology is also emphasized with a renewed
evaluation of Freud and Jung. Significant time is also devoted to educational
psychology, sleep, and personality. A major paper is required requiring the profile of an
actual serial killer, along with comprehensive examination on topics covered

PREREQUISITE: Permission of the instructor.

PHILOSOPHY G/T                                      Year          Grades 9 - 12
This course surveys the evolution of philosophic thought from 600 B.C. through present
day. Students examine the relationship between modern science and classic questions of
meaning and being. A major paper on individual philosophic expression and
interpretation is expected.

PREREQUISITE: Permission of the instructor.

EGYPTOLOGY G/T                                      Year           Grades 9 - 12
This survey course requires students to view approximately 20 hours of documentary tape
on Egypt, postulate theories which address Egypt's historical mysteries, and produce a
time line from about 8,000 BC until 400 A.D.

PREREQUISITE: Permission of the instructor

AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY This course is offered over ITV. Year Grades 9 - 12
The curriculum for this class is based on "500 Nations" and will use not only handout
materials, but will incorporate the "500 National Video Series" to provide students the
opportunity to learn about the American Indian History from the American Indian

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