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					    2012 - 2013         TOLLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL                         2012 - 2013

        8TH GRADE ELECTIVES: COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


                                     ART ELECTIVE

2D/3D Art (1/2 year -Semester class)

This class offers students in grade 8 an introduction to two dimensional art as well as an
introduction the three dimensional art. The class will include an intensive introduction to
the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design. Throughout the course, the following
units/projects maybe included: drawing, hand building, wood burning, watercolor,
plaster, pen & ink, printmaking, soap carving, painting, perspective drawing, weaving,
3D sculptures and ceramic slip cast molds.

All students will be required to keep a three ringed 1” notebook throughout the semester
as they progress through various units, artist, and new vocabulary. Notebooks will be
part of the grade as well as projects, quizzes and being prepared for class.



                                COMPUTER ELECTIVE

Introduction to Game Design (1/2 year -Semester class)

Do you enjoy playing Internet games? Would you like to build ones of your own? In
this course you will learn how to do it! Students will learn how to code sprites, design
and utilize unique backgrounds, and work on-line. The tools used in this class are
available on-line, so students can work on their games at home, and at school, by
saving them to a Flash Drive.



                                   MUSIC ELECTIVES

Students enrolled in music classes are given opportunities to experience viewing and
performing their subject matter in many ways. While participation in winter and spring
choral and band concerts is a required part of the course, there are optional
performances/activities as well. These include:
           Eastern Regional Music Festival – (Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Chorus)
             Students audition in November, the concert is in March.
           Broadway Musical field trip (Chorus members)
           PAC Six Flags Music Festival (Chorus, Band,)
           8th Grade Graduation (8th graders in Chorus )
Band (Full year class)

The grades 7 & 8 Tolland Middles School Concert Band is for students who sign up for
band and should have three years experience or are ready to play at that level.
Students will create, perform, and respond to music. Band is a full year commitment.
To earn an A in band students will:
         1.)     PRACTICE AT HOME for 100 minutes each week.
         2.)     DEMONSTRATE IMPROVEMENT IN PLAYING ABILITY. Success is
                 not determined by how a student plays compared to others but by how
                 much a student improves individually. Students will perform a “Playing
                 Quiz” every five weeks to show progress. Progress = Success!
         3.)     EXHIBIT EXCELLENT EFFORT IN REHEARSAL. Put the group first
                 and always strive for excellence.
         4.)     PERFORM:
                     Winter Concert
                     Spring Concert
                     Adjudication Festival Performance (May or June)
                     Combined Concert for Grade 8 students & THS Band (June)
                     Promotion Ceremony (June)




Chorus (Full year class)

This course is open to all students who enjoy singing and are interested in performing in
a large choral organization. Several types of music are performed, including songs from
musicals, folk music, classical music, holiday music and music of today. Students will
participate in at least two concerts and will have the opportunity to attend a field trip
such as a Broadway musical and an Adjudication Festival at Six Flags, New England.
Eighth graders will sing at their promotion ceremony. This is a full year course.


Jam Session (1/2 year -Semester class)

In this course students will create their own amateur rock band. Students will explore
team building and rehearsal techniques while performing music with others. Students
must have their own instruments and equipment to participate in this course. They must
know how to play their instrument and be willing to learn new playing styles. Vocalists
interested in writing original songs are encouraged to sign up.


Electronic Piano (1/2 year -Semester class)

In this course students will continue to improve the piano skills they learned in 7 th grade
UA Keyboard class. Students will have the option to explore different styles of music,
improvisation and composition. Students will work at their own levels and learning
rates.
Guitar (1/2 year -Semester class)

This is a semester long course for any 8th grader who is interested in learning to play
guitar. Students will learn to tune their guitar, read and write music, and play simple
chords and various strumming patterns. Students will play alone and in groups, and will
be encouraged to compose and arrange music appropriate for the class. No guitar is
needed. The music department will provide an acoustic guitar.


                   FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE ELECTIVES


Creative Textiles (1/2 year -Semester class)

This class will consist of two major units. One unit will reinforce and strengthen sewing
skills that were started in the 7th grade Unified Arts Cycle (Textile Technology). The
second unit will be a project that will be selected by each student to meet their needs
and interests. A variety of experiences, during this ½ year class, will be available to the
students enabling them to increase their sewing skills, problem solving techniques, and
creativity. Students will be asked to purchase their individualized projects.

Food Technology (1/2 year -Semester class)

The Food Technology class meets every other day for one semester. This class
integrates math and science in the lessons. Students will have the opportunity to apply
some of the lessons using the cooking labs. Student will work in cooperative groups
and individually as they study some of the following:

             The Nutrients
             Food Preparation Techniques
             Food and Cultures



                               TECHNOLOGY ELECTIVE

Wood Technology (1/2 year -Semester class)

This course revolves around the exciting world of wood. Open to all students, this class
begins with a project using and exploring hand tools. The students will learn how
technology progresses from here to power equipment. Through hands on experience,
practice and the actual building of projects, students will learn to master and respect
machinery and materials. Students will recognize the importance of math and science
skills, as well as have the opportunity to safely learn about tools and materials through
the construction of their individual projects.
                             World Language Electives


Spanish 1B - Prerequisite: 7th grade Spanish 1A
After successfully completing the 7th and 8th grade programs, students may enter into
Spanish II in grade 9 at the high school.

The 8th Grade Spanish course is a beginners program that is designed to continue
developing the Spanish language and knowledge of Hispanic culture. Students will use
four different communication skills; speaking, listening, reading, and writing, in this
course. Students will continue to utilize their speaking and listening skills, and focus on
enhancing their reading and writing skills. Students will continue to use basic functions
of the language through simulation of real life situations. Students will continue to
develop their Spanish vocabulary and use grammar structures that are relevant to this
level of study. Students will acquire these skills through listening activities, visual
representations, speaking exercises, and other materials and activities. Students will be
graded based on home work, class participation, tests, quizzes, and oral presentations.
* Classes meet every other day.


French 1B - Prerequisite: 7th grade French 1A
After successfully completing the 7th and 8th grade programs, students may enter into
French II in grade 9 at the high school.

This continuation course is designed as an introduction to the French language and
francophone culture. Four different communication skills (speaking, listening, reading,
and writing) will be explored throughout this course. Students will be expected to speak
and listen to French at a beginner's level. Students will also develop reading
comprehension and write short, simple paragraphs through simulation of real life
situations. Students will develop French vocabulary and structures that are relevant to
this level of study. Students will acquire these skills through listening activities, visual
representations, speaking exercises, and other materials and activities. After
successfully completing the 7th and 8th grade programs, students will enter into French
2 in grade 9 at the high school.
* Classes meet every other day.


Spanish 1AB --Spanish I equivalency

This 8th Grade Spanish course has been developed for students who did not take
Spanish in Grade 7. This course will meet on an everyday basis and be the
combination of 7th Grade and 8th Grade Spanish in one year. This course is designed
to develop a beginner's acquisition of the Spanish language as well as develop
knowledge of the Hispanic culture. Students will learn the language through speaking,
listening, reading and writing. These four communication skills are essential for
language development. Students will develop Spanish vocabulary and learn grammar
structures that are relevant to this level of study. Students will acquire these skills
through listening activities, visual representations, speaking exercises, and other
materials and activities. Students will be graded based on home work, class
participation, tests, quizzes, and oral presentations.
* Classes meet every day.


French 1 AB – French 1 equivalency

This program is designed as an introduction to the French language and francophone
culture for students who were unable to schedule French in 7th grade. Class will meet
every day for 1 year. Four different communication skills (speaking, listening, reading,
and writing) will be explored throughout this course. Students will be expected to speak
and listen to French at a beginner's level. Students will also develop reading
comprehension and write short, simple paragraphs through simulation of real life
situations. Students will develop French vocabulary and structures that are relevant to
this level of study. Students will acquire these skills through listening activities, visual
representations, speaking exercises, and other materials and activities. After
successfully completing the 7th and 8th grade programs, students will enter into French
2 in grade 9 at the high school.
* Classes meet every day.
 Please fill out course selections and return to the Guidance Department by June 1, 2012

Student Name ____________________                         Current Homeroom __________________

Date received by student ___________ Date received in Guidance ____________
____________________________________________________________________________

NOTE: Students have three options:

         1. Select 3 full-year classes.
                   *If 3 full year classes are chosen, the student cannot take
                   half-year classes.
         2. OR… Select 6 half-year classes.
         3. OR… Choose a combination of full-year and half-year classes.
                   *Remember: 2 half-year classes are equal to 1 full-year class.
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Here is an example of how your choices can be scheduled. Please note you cannot choose
which block your classes will be scheduled for:

                                             A                               B
                                                                    One full-year class
Per. 1                       All students will be
                                                                             or
                              scheduled for PE
                                                                   two half-year classes
                            One full-year class                     One full-year class
Per. 2
                                     or                                      or
                           two half-year classes                   two half-year classes
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     Please select electives of interest:

         8th GRADE FULL-YEAR ELECTIVES:

____Band           ____Chorus                     ____Spanish 1B                        ____French 1B

____ French 1AB             ____Spanish 1AB
(counts as two full-year classes/ meets daily)

         8th GRADE HALF-YEAR ELECTIVES:

____Guitar             ____Jam Session               ____Electronic Piano

____Woods            ____Food Technology                  ____Creative Textiles

____Art                ____Introduction to Video Game Design


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         Parent’s Signature (REQUIRED)                                                   Date

				
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