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					ELECTIVE and REQUIRED ACTIVITY COURSES

       CARMEL MIDDLE SCHOOL
        CLAY MIDDLE SCHOOL
      CREEKSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL



              2005-2006
This packet contains descriptions of the elective courses offered at 6th, 7th
and 8th grade levels at Carmel Middle School, Clay Middle School and
Creekside Middle School. It is our hope that by reading the descriptions you
will be able to successfully select interesting and appropriate electives for
the coming school year. For information about all required courses you may
access curriculum guides for each course and grade level by going to one of
the middle school websites listed below, then linking to “General
Information”, “Counseling” and “Course Information”.

          Carmel Middle School (http://cougar.ccs.k12.in.us)

          Clay Middle School (www.ccs.k12.in.us/clj/front.htm)

          Creekside Middle School
           (www.ccs.k12.in.us/creekside/Default.htm)

Please don’t hesitate to contact your middle school counselor if you have
questions about the courses.




             Family and Consumer Science

Nutritious Foods – Grade 6
This Family and Consumer Science course includes an introduction to the
Food Guide Pyramid and basic food preparation skills. Students will
experience stove top cooking and oven baking. Lab experiences will
incorporate recipes representing the different food groups. Students will
learn how to use the FGP to make healthy food choices, including correct
serving sizes and nutritional value of each group. Kitchen safety and
sanitation, proper measuring techniques, table setting, and manners are
part of the laboratory curriculum. This course is designed to introduce the
sixth grade student to the world of food and nutrition
Get the FACS – Almost on Your Own – Grade 6
This course is designed to aid students in the transition from elementary
school to middle school. Emphasis will be on developing skills that will
allow students to function independently at school, at home, and outside
the home. Students will focus on various areas of growth. Skills helpful in
the school setting will include goal setting, decision making, and self-
esteem. Skills for the home will concentrate on cooking skills, nutritious
food choices, and clothing care. In the section on skills needed outside the
home, budgeting an allowance and being a good consumer will be
emphasized. Hands-on laboratory experiences will include quick and
nutritious recipes incorporating microwave cooking and convenience foods.

Nutritious Foods – Grade 7
This Family and Consumer Science course will develop an appreciation of
the use the Food Guide Pyramid and food preparation skills. Students will
experience stove top cooking, oven baking, and will use several small
appliances. Lab experiences will incorporate recipes representing the
different food groups. Students will gain a better understanding of the use
of the FGP as it relates to healthy food choices and nutrition by
participating in the Pyramid Challenge computer program. Students will
also learn how to read and use food labels. This course is well designed to
create an informed student who can plan and prepare a nutritious meal.

Nutritious Foods – Grade 8
This course challenges students according to their prior food preparation
experience in a motivating and stimulating manner. Students will plan and
prepare nutritious, appealing meals. Topics of study will include quick
breads, soups, salads, one dish meals, sandwiches and specialty baking.
The course will also focus on the Food Guide Pyramid and nutrition
deficiencies. In this course, students will find they have learned valuable
life-long skills.

Food and Culture – Touring the Globe – Grade 7
This Food and Culture class takes a flavor trip around the world. The study
of foods can help further students’ appreciation of the cultural diversity. By
studying the recommended food groups throughout the world, identifying
the food and culture of different countries, and comparing ethnic
backgrounds, religious and holiday customs, students will grow in their
appreciation of the world’s diverse population. Hands-on lab experiences
incorporate recipes representing different countries around the world.
Outside speakers as well as internet research will be an essential part of
this class.
Food and Culture – Touring the U.S.A. – Grade 8
This class takes a flavor trip throughout the United States. The study of
regional foods will help further the students’ appreciation of their individual
heritage. Studying the regional areas of the United States and identifying
the food and culture of these regions, allows the students to gain a respect
for the unique blend of many different cultures in the United States that
make a true “melting pot”. Hands-on experiences will incorporate recipes
representing the different regions of the United States. Outside speakers
as well as internet research will be an essential part of this class.




                              Journalism
Journalism – Grade 6 only
This introduction course will provide a broad background in journalism
concepts. While working on in-class assignments students are developing
reading, writing, research, interviewing, and technology skills. Topics
covered include: ethical responsibilities of a journalist; interviewing;
writing feature, news and editorial articles; editing; photography; captions;
headlines; and cartooning. Technology also plays a vital role in the
instruction strategies used to help meet curriculum standards. This class is
designed to be an introduction to this field of study, and is not a
prerequisite for the upper grade publication courses, though it is helpful.
Students may take this course one time per 18 weeks.

Newspaper – Grades 7 only
The school newspaper is produced by seventh grade students enrolled in
this course. By producing this publication, students learn about
photography, computer applications, proofreading and various writing
styles. In addition, students discuss the effects of news media on today’s
society, current events, newsworthiness and learn important life skills like
organization, meeting deadlines and working in and with a team. All
students in this course have an opportunity to publish their work for the
entire school and its community through an all-inclusive paper printed 6-8
times per year. Students may take this course one time per 18 weeks.
Yearbook – Grade 8 only
The school yearbook is produced by eighth grade students enrolled in this
course. By producing this publication, students learn about photography,
cropping, design, computer applications, proofreading, captions, headlines
and various writing styles. In addition, students work with the cover of the
book, surveys, infographics and learn important life skills such as
organization, meeting deadlines and working in and with a team. All
students in this course have an opportunity to publish their work for the
entire school and its community through an all-inclusive, 120-page book
printed at the end of the year. Students desiring an editor’s position need
to enroll for both semesters.




                                 Music

General Music – Grade 6
Students in this class will study music appreciation as well as listening
skills. The students will also learn beginning music theory and composition.
A creative use of music is emphasized.

General Music – Grade 7
Students in this class will study listening skills, basic music theory and
music composition. Also included is exploration of the instruments of the
symphony orchestra and music movement.

General Music – Grade 8
Students in this class will study listening skills, music theory and music
composition, as well as some musical performance. The students will also
study the influential music and composers of the twentieth century.
Included are the genres of Broadway musicals, jazz and pop music.
Performing Arts – Grade 6
6th Grade Performing Arts classes are beginning level instrumental and
choral classes. These classes include: Beginning Band, Beginning
Orchestra and Beginning Choir. Students will learn the fundamental
techniques of playing an instrument or singing. All Performing Arts classes
meet during the school day. Any student who signs up for a Performing Arts
class will not take General Music.

Performing Arts – Grade 7
7th Grade Performing Arts classes are middle school intermediate level
instrumental and choral classes. These classes include: Concert Band,
Concert Orchestra and Allegro Choir. Students will continue learning the
fundamental techniques of playing an instrument or singing. Students
signing up for this class should have at least one year playing (band or
orchestra) or singing (choir) experience. All Performing Arts classes meet
during the school day. Any student who signs up for a performing Arts class
will not take General Music.

Performing Arts – Grade 8
8th Grade Performing Arts classes are advanced middle school level
instrumental and choral classes. These classes include: Symphonic Band,
Symphony Orchestra and Concert Choir. Students will continue learning
fundamental and advanced techniques of playing an instrument or singing
at the middle school level. Students signing up for this class should have at
least two years playing (band or orchestra) or singing (choir) experience. All
Performing Arts classes meet during the school day. Any student who signs
up for a Performing Arts class will not take General Music.
                   Technology Education

Keyboarding Connections – Grade 6, 7 and 8
This computer course focuses on the FUNdamental skill of touch-typing.
Students gain a better understanding of the capabilities of the computer
and familiarize themselves with computer terminology and procedures. This
course challenges students according to their prior experience and
presents computer FUNdamentals in a motivating and stimulating manner.
Keyboarding with correct technique is emphasized as well as the
development of accuracy and speed when typing. Students will use Word to
learn basic formatting skills for preparing documents. Students will find
this to be a valuable and time-saving course.

Computer Design – Grade 7
Computer Design 7 is a vital course that introduces and reinforces computer
skills using Word, Publisher, and PowerPoint. The emphasis in this course
will be in developing effective word processing, desktop publishing and
multimedia skills. Good techniques in formatting and designing projects
will be demonstrated. The capabilities of the software programs will be
explored. The tips and techniques demonstrated in Word, Publisher, and
PowerPoint will allow students to develop formatting skills that are
essential in creating attractive and effective presentations for their core
courses. Students will benefit by taking keyboarding prior to this course.

Computer Design - Grade 8
Computer Design 8 provides students with essential information in creating
technology projects. This class introduces and develops an array of
formatting skills and functions in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access,
Microsoft Word, and web page designing. Spreadsheet projects will be
created using Microsoft Excel. Students will format spreadsheets, charts,
and graphs, and will include formulas to compute results. Microsoft Access
will introduce students to database creation. Continued development of
effective word processing skills and web page design skills will be
demonstrated using Word. Students will benefit by taking keyboarding prior
to this course.
Digital Video Productions – Grades 7 and 8
Digital Video Productions is a hands-on, minds-on course in which students
are expected to actively participate in all aspects of the class. These
activities include: pre-production planning, writing and script editing, on-
camera appearance, technical work, critical analysis, post-production
editing of projects, and presentation of these projects. Students are
expected to create and produce original video projects which examine
specific genres i.e., short documentaries, interviews, sports, school
activities, and entertainment. Students will understand and effectively use
standard pre-production techniques such as: storyboards, shot lists, script
writing, identification of target audiences, presentation of project
proposals, and creation of schedules. Students will learn to use digital
video equipment to effectively communicate an idea and tell a story. They
will also learn to distinguish the quality of projects, demonstrate the ability
to produce quality programming, and take responsibility for programs that
are produced.

Technology Education – Grades 6, 7 and 8
Technology Education features an individualized, modular, high-tech
approach to the study of technology. Students will proceed through a series
of technology experiences designed specifically for the middle school
student. Modular activities will feature hands-on, student-centered
approach that allows for a variety of learning styles. Technology modules
may include such areas as: Aerodynamics, CNC Machining, MasterCam
Production, Computer Aided Design, Digital Design, Digital Manufacturing,
Electronics, Engineering Structures, Flight Simulation and Transportation,
Landscape Design, Non-Linear Video, Robotics, Fiber Optics, Plastics,
Rocketry, Co2 Dragster Design, Computer Graphic Design, Animation, Radio
Broadcasting, Magnetic Levitation Vehicles, Solar Energy, Space Satellites,
and Computer Hardware Exploration. Additional problem-solving activities
will be included. Students will experience three to five areas each time they
elect to take the course. The class may be taken more than once per year to
build a portfolio of technical experiences.
                              Visual Arts

Exploring Art - Grade 6
Exploring Art classes will use a variety of tools and techniques to create two
and three-dimensional works of art. Topics of study will include drawing,
design, painting and sculpture. Students will study the historical
background of art and its impact on ancient and modern civilizations. Art
criticism, aesthetic judgment, and art careers will be emphasized. The
integration of other subjects such as the sciences, humanities, technology,
and music will also be an important aspect of the course. Students will have
the opportunity to record ideas that express personal feelings and thought
processes. Creative problem solving skills and critical thinking skills will be
developed. Exploring Art is a required course and is only offered in 6th
grade. It may only be taken one time.

Drawing and Painting – Grade 7
Drawing and Painting 7 is a two-dimensional art course that will explore a
variety of dry and wet media including graphite, colored pencils, pastels,
charcoal, markers, watercolors, tempera, and acrylic paints. Students will
explore a variety of techniques to communicate themes and ideas in their
work. They will develop their drawing skills by working from both flat
imagery and real life objects. Students will study the historical background
of drawing and painting; they will compare and contrast styles and genres of
various artists. The scientific aspects of color theory and chemical
composition of pigments, binders, and solvents will be explored. Creative
problem solving skills related to composition will be developed. Drawing
and Painting 7 is an elective course and may only be taken one time during
the 7th grade.
Drawing and Painting – Grade 8
Drawing and Painting 8 is a two-dimensional art course that emphasizes
modern and contemporary art styles and themes. This course will explore a
variety of dry and wet media including graphite, colored pencils, pastels,
charcoal, markers, watercolors, tempera, and acrylic paints. Students will
explore a variety of techniques to communicate themes and ideas in their
work. They will develop their drawing skills by working from both flat
imagery and real life objects. Students will study the historical background
of drawing and painting; they will compare and contrast styles and genres of
various artists. The scientific aspects of color theory and chemical
composition of pigments, binders, and solvents will be explored. Creative
problem solving skills related to composition will be developed. Projects in
Drawing and Painting 7 will be different from projects in Drawing and
Painting 8. Drawing and Painting 8 is an elective course and may only be
taken one time during the 8th grade.

Mixed Media – Grade 7
Mixed Media is a three-dimensional art course that will explore various
combinations of media, such as found object assemblage, jewelry, fibers,
printmaking, bookmaking, and ceramics. Students will explore a variety of
techniques to communicate themes and ideas in their work. Students will
study historical and contemporary artists who work in mixed media.
Creative problem solving skills will be developed. Mixed Media is an
elective course and may only be taken one time during the 7th grade.

Ceramics and Sculpture – Grade 8
Ceramics and Sculpture is a three-dimensional art course that will explore
media such as clay, plaster, wire, metal, and wood. Ceramic projects will
involve modeling clay with pinching, coiling, and slab construction
techniques. Surface decoration, glazing, and firing techniques will be
explored in this course. Students will study historical and contemporary
examples of sculptures from various cultures. The compositions of clay and
glaze compounds and the chemical reaction during the firing process will be
investigated. Creative problem solving skills related to the concept of form
will be emphasized. Ceramics and Sculpture is an elective course and may
only be taken one time during the 8th grade.
                        World Languages
The World Language program is a new exciting opportunity for ALL sixth
grade students to choose one of five languages – FRENCH, GERMAN,
JAPANESE, LATIN or SPANISH. Students will study their chosen language
through eighth grade in a class meeting every other day. Upon successful
completion of this course, students will be able to enroll in Level II study in
high school. Topics to be covered include pronunciation, spelling, numbers,
culture, geography, and greetings. Students will be expected to use
vocabulary in various speaking contexts. Formal and informal assessments
will be used each class meeting.

				
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